Whether you’ve gotten bored with the pattern on your bar stools or you’ve given the room a makeover, you can transform the stools easily to give them new life and help them blend in with any decor. If the stools have always been uncomfortable -- not enough padding or a little too much -- now is the perfect opportunity to replace the old padding and make the stools some of the most comfortable seats in the house.
Measure the diameter of the bar stool's top and add 5 inches to the measurement. Use a compass circle to draw a circle on your choice of fabric. If your bar stool is square or rectangular, add 2 inches to the length and width and draw the shape accordingly. Cut out the shape from the fabric.
Sew a zigzag stitch all the way around the outer edge of the fabric. Alternatively, serge around the outer edge instead if you have a serger.
Measure the circumference of the bar stool's top and subtract 3 inches. Cut a piece of 1/4-inch-wide elastic to this length.
Sew the elastic around the outer edge of the fabric with a zigzag stitch, pulling firmly on the elastic as you sew. Backstitch as you begin and finish sewing the elastic to the fabric.
Lay the foam padding on your work surface and put the new cover on the padding. Try the cushion on the bar stool to ensure it fits well.
Cut a few scraps from your leftover fabric, each at least 1 1/2 inches square. Wrap one fabric scrap over the front half of a button. Tuck fabric into the hollow in the back, cut off the excess, and slide on the back piece of the button to secure the fabric to the button. Repeat to make three more small covered buttons.
Remove the cushion from the stool and arrange the decorative buttons evenly spaced. Sew each one in place, pulling the thread through both the fabric and the cushion to attach the buttons securely. Pull tightly to sink the button into the cushion, which will make it more comfortable for sitting.