Monday, June 28, 2010

Step Up and Bloom

I had mentioned before, when we were staying with that lovely family from church, that I would share with you how to make this adorable little ottoman (or stepping-stool however you want to use it).  You are not going to believe this - it is made out of four 46oz juice cans.  

It is incredibly sturdy - I can stand on it, and it is just the right size to put in front of the bathroom sink so Charlotte can wash her hands. 
If you would like to make it, here is what you will need:
1 1/2 yards of fabric
(either all the same, or coordinating)
Fabric Pen
Scrap of batting
Polyfil Stuffing
4 empty and washed 46oz juice cans 
Open your cans like this, 
so that the tops and bottoms will still be intact.
Sewing Machine and thread
Yard stick

Step 1:  Lay out the fabric you will use for the top and bottom pieces.  Put the juice cans on the fabric like this - forming a little flower design. 
Step 2:  Using your fabric pen, trace around 1/2" larger than the outside edge of the "flower".
Step 3:  Cut out 3 flowers - two out of fabric, and one out of batting.
Step 4:  Lay out the fabric you will use for the side.  Cut a strip 8" x 38".
Step 5:  Pin the strip to the bottom flower - right sides together.
Step 6:  Stitch around the edge, using 1/2" seam - leave a 3 inch opening.  In the corners of the flower, you will need to take a little pleat.
Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the top flower  (only this time you will be sewing the top flower fabric AND the batting as one piece) - be sure that the openings on the top and bottom are at the same place - this is where you will slip the cans in.
Step 8:  Clip the fabric at the curves.  Turn it right sides out.
Step 9:  Slip the cans in one at a time.  Stuff the top with the stuffing to your desired poofy-ness.
Step 10:  Hand whip the opening closed.



  1. I think martha Stewart will be Booking you on the show for this one for sure! That is amazing!!! Charlotte looks absolutely adorable of course:)

  2. I agree--what a brilliant idea!

  3. Thanks for posting this! My parents inherited a similar can stool (with a few more cans inside) my great grandmother made during World War II... growing up I loved it and have wanted to make another and now I can!!!

  4. Its really wonderful buddy...keep it up your nice tutorials

  5. this is so great! I'm in need of a 'potty' step stool for my 3 year old & this will work great!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I remember my mom making one for my sister when she was little. She was 5 years young than I so she was just around 1 when mom made one, or probably several, from juice cans. I think mom made her stool from 5 cans. I am going to have to ask....oh...Mom made these 50 years ago! Funny how crafts make their way around again!
    Love your posts...

  7. Woww ... Wat a beautiful idea. I'm surely going to try this...


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