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A well-padded headrest is key to a comfortable chair. Cover it with the same fabric you used for the footstool. For attaching the finished headrest to its support, you’ll sew on velcro at least 1" wide. Adhesive velcro doesn’t stick well enough to fabric.

Cut the fabric to 22"×22". Secure the seam and velcro strip. You have a choice of sewing or using fabric bonding tape. Use a sewing machine if you can. However, I found that Stitch Witchery tape makes a surprisingly strong seam, at least on denim.

If you’re sewing, sew an 8" velcro strip to the visible side of the fabric, about 1" from one edge, centered. Sew all the way around the velcro.

Fold the fabric in half, wrong side out, and sew a 22" straight seam about ½" from the open edges. Turn the fabric sleeve right side out. It should be about 7" in diameter.

If you’re taping, fold the fabric in half, wrong side out, and place a 22" length of Stitch Witchery tape between the open edges. Follow the instructions on the package; the operative words are hot and damp. The joint must be steamed to be strong (don’t forget the damp cloth). Let it cool before testing.

Turn the fabric sleeve right side out. It should be about 7" in diameter. Place the 8" velcro strip adjacent to the seam (on the outside of the sleeve), with one or more strips of bonding tape between the velcro and the fabric. Iron the fabric side, not the velcro side. This means you must put the iron in the sleeve.