Let’s Make a Tuffet!

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Tuffet making is sweeping the nation as a great way to use your favorite fabrics in a fun and exciting way. A delightful accent to any home, tuffets can be traditional or whimsical—the choice is yours! Tuffet expert Sharyn Cole guides you every step of the way as you choose fabric, prepare the foundation, learn her flip-and-sew method, and construct the entire piece of furniture down to the very last cute little foot! This is a fantastic way to use those collections of precut strips! Commemorate weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays with a custom-made tuffet. Note: An additional purchase of a Pieced 18″ Tuffet Fabric Foundation Pattern is required for this class.

Course Curriculum

Let’s Make a Tuffet! by Sharyn Cole - 1hr 46min
Lesson 1. Class Introduction 0 Hours 6 Minutes00:06
Lesson 2. Fabric & Foundations 0 Hours 5 Minutes00:05
Lesson 3. The Flip & Sew Method 0 Hours 18 Minutes00:18
Lesson 4. Joining the Foundations 0 Hours 15 Minutes00:15
Lesson 5. Bottom, Button & Batting 0 Hours 30 Minutes00:30
Lesson 6. Assembling the Tuffet 0 Hours 17 Minutes00:17
Lesson 7. Finishing the Tuffet 0 Hours 11 Minutes00:11



  • (1) Pieced 18" Tuffet Fabric Foundation Pattern


  • (64) 2½" precut strips cut into 22" lengths
  • Fat quarter of coordinating fabric
  • 18" square of fusible fleece
  • 6" square of coordinating fabric
  • Drizzle Batik Fabric Strip Pack
  • (2 pkgs) Red, White, and True Strip - optional fabric Pack
  • (2 pkgs) Skinny Jeans Batik Strip Pack - optional fabric


  • Tuffet Source™ Finishing Kit with feet
  • *if you do not wish to purchase the kit view the full list of supplies under 'Optional'


  • 50 wt. in a neutral color or one that coordinates with the fabrics
  • Upholstery thread

Sewing Foot

  • Open toe foot
  • Cording foot

Pins & Needles

  • Straight pins
  • 12" Tuffet upholstery needle
  • Sewing needles with large eyes

Quilting Supplies

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • 12" Add-A-Quarter™ Ruler

Other Supplies

  • Glue stick pen
  • Mary Ellen’s Best Press
  • Awl
  • Scissors
  • Eye protection
  • Circle making ruler
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Iron
  • Ironing Surface


  • Purchase a Tuffet Source™ Finishing Kit with feet and eliminate shopping for many of the items listed below:

*Tuffet Source Finishing Kit with feet includes:

  • (4) stained tuffet feet with hanger bolt installed
  • 17" x ¾" plywood, drilled and sanded wood circle with tee nuts installed
  • 18" x 6" upholstery foam, beveled
  • 36" square of Dacron upholstery batting
  • 2½" half dome button
  • (4) 18" heavy duty cords for button installation
  • 72" heavy duty gathering cord
  1. Can I make my tuffet with precuts?
    Absolutely! It’s likely you already have some spare precuts in your stash that would be perfect for this project.
  2. Can I do some different things like appliqué, paint, or add other embellishments to the tuffet?
    You sure can, and we’d love to have you post your unique tuffet on the iquilt website!
  3. Are these difficult to make?
    Sharyn has vast experience teaching this tuffet technique. Follow along with her and you should not have any problems.
  4. Do I have to purchase the pattern for this class?
    Yes, the pattern must be purchased to ensure the successful completion of this class. You will need to purchase the Pieced 18" Tuffet Fabric Foundation Pattern.
  5. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Sharyn will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  6. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!


Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. Gail Voldarski


    Wasn't sure I wanted to make a piece of furniture but the tuffets are so unique I just had to give it a go. In prep for winter projects, I took Sharyn's class; one of the best classes-well presented info and instruction-loved that "close enough is good enough." Couldn't wait for winter and purchased the pattern immediately after taking the class; then back online to purchase the kit. This was l

    ike eating potato chips...you can't stop. From one Yooper girl to another, thank you Sharyn, love my tuffet and so do all my friends and family.
  2. Victoria Zych


    Great class and excellent instructions! Instructor made the project much easier to complete!
  3. Gillian Porter


    Just purchased this class and have watched it all the way through. I am so eager to get started. Sharyn's instructions are so clear to follow she has boosted my confidence in being able to make one. I am now off to the fabric shop to purchase all my fabrics etc. So excited to get going! Thank you Sharyn.
  4. Debra Kelleher-taeger


    I loved this course! I admit to being a little intimidated by the project but Sharyn walks you thru each step making it so easy to create a show piece as a gift or for your own home. I can't wait to make another!
  5. Jayne Thomas


    My friend and I just finished our first tuffets using the course. We found it a great asset to our adventure. Sharyn Cole is an awesome instructor. She explained everything very well. We had no problem following along. We both see more tuffets in our future.
  6. Joy Field


    I loved your class , easy to understand , fast replys .......your the best ..thank you ...from Canada ..will be watching for more of your classes....
  7. Kathleen Randolph


    This course is outstanding. Sharyn Cole is an expert instructor, she's absolutely the best!!
  8. Marjorie Brown


    I began working on my first tuffet just a couple of weeks ago and once I started I could not stop. I am so very thankful to have purchased the online instructional class given by Sharyn Cole. It really is packed full of good tips that didn't necessarily come along with the pattern and kit I ordered from Tuffetsource.com (I would also recommend, for first time tuffet makers especially, that one

    order a complete kit from this source, too.) Having Ms. Sharyn's instruction made me feel at ease as I followed along and repeatedly watched again what portions may not have been clear to me the first time. My tuffet turned out just as I wanted it. I will be giving it to our married daughter who happens to be the mother of our very first grandchild. I'm so excited to see her reaction on Christmas morning when she opens this gift. What a blessing!
  9. Darlene Rogers


    Tuffet making is so much fun! Years ago my oldest daughter asked if I would make her a tuffet. I laughed in her face. This Christmas I hope she will be laughing with delight when they get their very own handmade tuffet. The instructions were easy to follow and every step was fun. Even parts I figured would be hard turned out well because of the clear directions. My husband and I worked together

    which was really enjoyable. I can see more tuffets in our future. Thanks Sharyn!
  10. Sandra Knecht


    I have wanted to make a tuffet for a long time. Once I watched this class, I had the confidence to begin and finished it very quickly.
    The class is so organized and very detailed. I loved Sharyn's teaching skills and it felt like I had her standing right there with me while making the tuffet. I used 16 different fabrics and it went together very easily. I recommend this class whole heartedly.
  11. Jessica Stanmeuer


    I’m a novice sewer. I love to make floor cushions, throw pillows and other home décor items. In searching for my next project, I discovered the tuffet but when I searched for classes, all were a distance away. I was so excited that this class was offered online where I could work at my own pace in the comfort of my home. I decided to order the kit just to ensure I had all that was needed and to

    save time shopping (except the fabric shopping, that part is the fun part). The infusible pattern is ingenious. I’ve had courses where I print the pattern and then mess around with awkward parchment pattern pieces that are hard to keep in place. Trust me, for this you don’t want to do that! Overall the course was clear, concise with many great tips along the way. The steps were easy to follow and I was amazed how quickly my tuffet came together. The end result is just beautiful. I cannot wait to make another!
  12. Karen Simmons


    I'm a Certified Affiliate with Tuffet Source (March 2016) and I found this course to be a excellent refresher. Sharyn is a great teacher and this course captures her patient style.

    She proves anyone can make a tuffet!!

  13. Lisa H. Calle


    I bought all of my supplies to make a tuffet at Christmas.. I got the piecing done and then just stopped... once I saw Sharyn's class, I knew it would be the thing to get me to finish it. I love Sharyn's teaching style, close is good enough... for a perfectionist like me.. I'm pretty sure that's why I didn't complete my tuffet at Christmas. I was afraid I was going to do something incorrect. Th

    ank you Sharyn for sharing your knowledge with all of us. I have completed my tuffet and can't wait to make another one.
  14. Jackie Kunkel


    After having made a tuffet with supplies that I had purchased from The Tuffet Source and now watching the class, there were tons of tips and techniques that will make my next tuffet so much easier to make! Sharyn truly taught us step by step the process of making a tuffet and along the way offered so many time saving tips! Plus, Sharyn made it easy to follow along and broke down each step effortl

    essly! I LOVED the class! And I will be watching again. My next tuffet is going to be from my husband's neck ties. This will be for his home office and will be much more "manly" than the one that I made for myself. Thank you to Sharyn for a fabulous job in teaching this class and inspiring us to make more!
  15. Michelle Ford


    Great class but very disappointed that a pattern isn't included that could be printed off.
  16. Sarah Vedeler


    What a fun class! I've already made two tuffets. Sharyn has given me so many tips and ideas in this class that I'm eager to make another one so that I can put them into practice. I listened to the whole class in one sitting and am looking forward to watching again as I make my next tuffet. Thanks for such a great class Sharyn!
  17. Patrice Rine


    This was absolutely wonderful!!! I actually purchased the pattern a couple of months ago in anticipation of making my first Tuffet. Now I'm completely motivated and can't wait to get started. I wanted to take a class and was watching to see if a local one became available and this on line class was absolutely perfect. Sharyn explained everything and really broke each step down so clearly and

    now I'm ready to go!!! Great class Sharyn!

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