Tuffet Retreats with Kim

Adding a bit of whimsy along with practicality, a tuffet is a fabric covered footstool.  It’s a beautiful piece of furniture that enhances your home and makes a wonderful gift for friends and family celebrating any occasion.   Consisting of furniture-grade components, the tuffet has a cushion, a wooden base, batting, a fabric cover (that you make!!) and wooden feet.  It is made for your enjoyment for years to come!


Making tuffets becomes addictive as Kim has found out herself!   She is now a Certified Affiliate of The Tuffet Source™, the company that produces an original and wonderful pattern for tuffets.  Kim is now hosting and teaching tuffet making here at the Inn.   A 2-3 day retreat, you will go home with a finished tuffet to enjoy!  Come join the fun!  All you have to do is Sew, Eat, Sleep and Repeat!


Who can make a tuffet?  Anyone with basic sewing skills, the knowledge of how to operate a sewing machine, and a sense of adventure – with fabric!  It’s not hard to make a tuffet; it just takes a bit of time . . . . Patience helps, too!


Tuffet supplies needed: The tuffet kit that includes the cushion, batting, plywood base, and a button cover kit to be purchased from Kim.  The Tuffet Source™ Tuffet Pattern with fusible or fabric foundation** is also required and available from Kim.  Feet for the tuffet may be purchased from Kim with a choice of several styles and finishes; big box stores have some unfinished feet, though the hanger bolt isn’t as secure.


What other supplies are needed?

What supplies are needed for finishing the tuffet?

  • Fabric for the tuffet and 1¼ yards of muslin if using the fusible foundation
  • Sewing machine in good working order with extra needles, bobbins, sewing machine manual, power cord and foot pedal!
  • Sewing thread – neutral or to match your fabrics
  • Straight sewing pins, fabric cutting scissors (large and small) that are sharp
  • Rotary cutter with sharp blade and extra blades
  • Rotary cutting rulers – 6”x24” or 6”x12” – whichever is your favorite
  • 12” Add-a-Quarter Ruler*
  • Seam ripper just in case*


*Kim will have a small supply of notions if you have forgotten yours or you weren’t able to find these supplies*


Tuffet Retreat Agenda

Tuffet class is held here at the Inn along with all your lodging and meals. Cost includes: 3 nights lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, instruction fee, use of tuffet making tools, taxes and gratuities. Tuffet kit and pattern are purchased separately.



Arrival:     Any time after 2 pm, get settled, visit local quilt shop(s), relax!

6:00 pm:    Dinner (4 courses: appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert)

7:30 pm:    Start discussing tuffets, the pattern, and get ready for sewing!!



8:00 am:   "Vermont's Favorite Breakfast!"

9:00 am:    Tuffet sewing begins

12:00 pm:   Lunch Break (soup, salad, cheese, crackers, veggie tray, beverage)

1:00 pm:    Tuffet sewing (includes a break with Grandma Miller's cookies)

6:00pm:     Dinner (4 courses: appetizer, salad, entrée, dessert)

7:30 pm:    Casual evening, show and tell, or more sewing



8:00 am:  "Vermont's Favorite Breakfast!"

9:00 am:   Tuffet sewing and begin construction

12:30 pm:  Lunch (soup, salad, cheese, crackers, veggie tray, beverage)

1:30 pm:    Tuffet construction and completion

4:30 pm:   Finish up and Wrap up



8:00 am:  "Vermont's Favorite Breakfast!"




Kim will have the following on hand for your use in finishing your tuffet:


  • 12” upholstery needles; Sharpie™ markers; glue stick
  • awls; staple removers; floor flange; metal file; pliers
  • Air compressor, pneumatic staple gun and a plethora of staples
  • Safety equipment (goggles) for use with staple gun



**Choice of fusible interfacing pattern (ironed onto 1¼ yards muslin) at $28.00 per pattern or printed foundation pattern (ready to cut) at $54.00 per pattern. The printed foundation pattern costs more but doesn’t require any pre-class preparation. Please advise if you would like a fusible foundation or a fabric foundation at the time of booking your reservation.


The cost of the kit is $99.00 without feet or $139.00 with feet.  Fusible foundation for additional tuffets (available only to those who have already taken the tuffet class with Kim) is $18.00.


Cost for the Weekend Retreat is $375.00 per person double occupancy; the cost for single occupancy is $545.00.  Package includes:  3 nights lodging*, 2 dinners, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, coffee/tea breaks, instruction fee, taxes and gratuities . . . and a whole lot of fun!


A deposit of $100.00 per person is required at the time of booking:  payable by a check received within 7 days or by payment of our invoice via our credit card processor Square.  We understand that there may be a need to cancel for health or emergency needs at home.  In this instance, we require notice of cancellation no less than two weeks prior to arrival.  Your deposit will be refunded less a $25.00 cancellation fee.  There are no refunds if notice is received within the two weeks prior to arrival.


**arrival Friday and departure on Monday **

*Call Kim for more details, if you have questions or to make your reservation. She can be reached by phone at (800) 639-5033 or email at innquilter@comcast.net.*


The Colonial House

Inn & Motel

287 Route 100

Weston, Vermont 05161


Phone: ( 802) 824-6286

               (800) 639-5033

Fax:       (802) 824-3934

Email: cohoinnvt@comcast.net