Sylvi Sealy tuffet teacher
Sylvi Sealy has been an affiliate with TuffetSource for just over a year now. In 2015 she taught 32 classes all over south Texas, from Harlingen in the south, Port Arthur to the East, San Antonio to the west and Dallas in the north. Her total number of students were at 300+ and 550+ tuffets made at the beginning of 2016. One could safely say she has some experience. :-) Pictured above are a few example of tuffets made by her students. Click here to learn about her retreat in July 2016. More information about her is listed below.
Quilter, Quilting & Appliqué Teacher and Fabric Shop Owner
Sylvi learned to quilt “the purist way” (all piecing and quilting by hand) from an American lady while living in Nigeria 26 years ago. During a 5 year stint in Alaska and subsequent 2 years in Texas, she took every possible quilting technique class she could fit in around the kids’ activities. During a 6 year stay in France she started teaching quilting classes to friends and neighbors.
Back in Houston for the second time she worked for two quilt stores in the Houston area, where she also taught quilting and appliqué classes. Three years ago Sylvi started her own online fabric business to help out with her daughters’ college fees. In October 2013 she saw a tuffet on a Facebook page and decided to make a couple. She bought a couple of patterns but they were not ideal. Then she found and bought TuffetSource’s pattern, which is such a breeze to use. By January 2015 Sylvi became a Tuffetsource Affiliate which means she is officially qualified to teach how to make these adorable little footstools. Since January 2015 Sylvi has taught classes for 34 groups of ladies, with a total of 314 students and over 565 finished tuffets.
The tuffet is a proper piece of furniture. It measures 18” diameter and is between 10” and 14” tall depending on the choice of feet. It is made from sturdy plywood, upholstery (sofa) quality foam, upholstery batting and strong sofa quality bun feet. Sylvi sources only the best materials from local suppliers in Houston to make tuffet hardware kits which she sells to her students. She also offers 10-12 different styles of tuffet feet. The student only needs to decide and purchase the fabrics that they want to use, and any sewing notions they may need. Sylvi uses only TuffetSource’s pattern, which has an 8 page instruction booklet full of photos and good instructions. Also included are pre-printed fusible interfacing panels with lines for us to sew onto. With a lot of assistance and help during the class, even a total beginner at sewing can make a tuffet. The only pre-requisite is that the student knows how to operate their sewing machine.