How To: Make an Ottoman Slipcover

Project: Ottoman Slipcover
Time: 2 1/2 hours
Cost: $20.00 excluding extra set of legs

No question about it, the little straw ottoman is already as cute as can be. It can however, go to work for you doing double, or even triple duty with help from a slipcover and a change of legs. Once you make the basic slipcover pattern...

...for your most beloved ottoman, the sky's the limit on your design possibilites; color, pattern, and texture will be at your disposal. A change of legs can convert a little floor stool into a pull up seat or vanity stool and will make a splash in any room of the house. The trick is to get as much work from one piece of furniture as you can.

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Tools and Resources:

  • 1 1/2 yard of plain fabric
  • 3/4 yard of contrasting felt
  • craft/applique iron on paper
  • fusible hem tape
  • velcro
  • desired pattern
  • iron
  • sharp scissors
  • sewing machine
  • measuring tape
  • fabric glue
  • button kit (not shown)
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Step by Step:

  1. Place your ottoman on top of a piece of paper or fabric and trace around it adding 1/2" all around
  2. Measure the circumference of your ottoman and add 3 extra inches
  3. Determine the desired depth of the slipcover and add 1"
  4. Cut out the fabric top
  5. Cut out the fabric that will be the side band of the slipcover
  6. Fold 1/2" of the long side of the fabric over and press with a hot iron, slip fusible hem tape inside of the fold and press until fabric is fused, forming a hem
  7. Fold over 1" of the short end of the fabric band and then fold over another 1", inserting fusible hem tape to fuse the folds in place
  8. With a hot iron, press the craft/applique paper on top of the felt until it's fused together
  9. Trace and cut out the desired shapes from the felt
  10. Peel off the paper backing and press the felt designs in an attractive pattern on the top and sides of the slipcover pieces
  11. Pin and stitch the slipcover side to the top of the slipcover
  12. Pin and stitch the velcro on the two short ends of the slipcover side where they overlap so the slipcover side will stay closed and you won't see the velcro.
  13. Make three covered buttons and handstitch them in place next to the fold of the side
  14. Add a set of angled metal leg brackets on the bottom of the ottoman so you can change out different sets of legs
  15. Stain a set of wood legs with your desired color, let them dry and smooth off with steel wool
  16. Make many slipcovers using the same pattern but change some details to make it different
  17. Get some extra sets of legs that will fit into the angled metal let plates and you can change the appearance of your favorite ottoman
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