This is one of my very favorite projects! I love the look of this square ottoman slipcover. This post is sponsored by Calico.
Do you remember the square ottoman slipcovers I had on the ottomans at the farm, a long time ago? I made burlap slipcovers for all 3 of them.
Then I found some French lavender benches, so I took out these ottomans. CLICK HERE to see the newer lavender benches. So I’ve had a surplus of these ottomans for awhile. They are small, so I had them tucked here and there at the farm. I brought this one home for this darling project.
This is a fun episode of DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS where we look at the history of interior decorating. It’s just 30 minutes, so we’re just talking about some of the fun highlights of decorating over the years.
The ottoman is a 15 inch cube. I cut a square for the top 16 inches by 16 inches. The 4 sides are 16 inches wide and about 18 inches tall pieces of fabric. I cut the sides a bit taller, so I could hem the fabric on the bottom. I also cut a piece of fabric to make matching piping. It was about 2 1/2 inches wide, but when I finished the piping, the side edge was about 1/2 inch. I normally sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. (Yes I know that 5/8ths is standard.)
I also know you are supposed to cut the fabric for piping on the diagonal, but I rarely do. I made sure that each side piece was cut so that the pattern would match up. If you are using solid fabric, you can skip this step.
I sewed the piping onto the top piece along the edge.
Here it is with the piping pinned in place. I add cuts in the piping where it wraps around the corners, so it will fit properly.
Next I sewed all of the side pieces together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Then I pinned the side pieces to the top piece, and then sewed it. Lastly I added a hem all along the bottom of the piece. This fabric is Justina Blakeney Crypton Home Beachy. The fabric has added liquid and stain resistance, so I can have my tea in here.
I love the texture of this fabric. It looks a lot like a rug. It’s a heavy-duty fabric, so be sure to use a needle for heavy fabric. I made this slipcover to fit snugly and so glad I did. It’s a charming square ottoman slipcover.
I want you to see how different this corner of my room looks now from a few weeks ago.
I didn’t recover my settee, I did what we suggest on the podcast, DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS, all the time. Stick with solid fabrics for your furniture. Then you don’t need to recover your furniture for a new look. Simply change out pillows, throws and slipcovers. This project took less than 2 yards of fabric, and I covered an ottoman I already had. You can choose a very cheap and unattractive ottoman, then cover it with a fabric you love. I am so very happy with how it looks. I used another Justina Blakeney fabric to slipcover the stools in my kitchen. I’ll show you next week!