I happened to inherit a free ottoman. My husband loves it when he’s rocking with the little boy in the nursery, and Little M loves to roll around on it and pretend to sleep on it. Problem? It’s ugly! Solution? Slip cover! This is a ridiculously easy project with big impact. Of course you could complicate it by using a storage ottoman, or adding piping, but I wanted a quick “cross off your to-do list” projet du jour.
So… Start with one ugly ottoman:
Then drape your much nicer fabric over the ottoman, fabric right-side-in:
Then pin the corners:
I drew a line along the edge to help guide me when sewing:
Then sew along your line:
You should put your slipcover back onto your ottoman to make sure it fits properly. At this point your son may announce “ALL DONE!” and try to climb up on top. However, he would be mistaken: you may need to re-pin, stitch rip, or re-sew the sides to make the fit snug. I am not very fussy though, and I declared it good enough.
Then you can remove the slipcover and trim off the corner pieces (I’m saving mine… possibly for pillows?)
Now you can hem up the bottom for a nice edge:
Now you can turn your slipcover right-side-out and voila! A fun little ottoman slip cover!
I made mine a little loose, since I think it’ll be taken off and washed frequently, given its location in the kids’ bedroom. (Which, by the way, I pre-washed the fabric to avoid future shrinkage fiascos). I may go back and tighten up the corners a little, but I’m perfectly happy for now!
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- passtheparcel said: great timing! i have 2 very ugly ottomans sitting in my garage with the threat of being trashed if i don’t do something with them. i’m on it now thanks to your tips. xx
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