I’m really excited about this project for my living room. I made a new blue ruffled slipcover for my living room ottoman. You can see the blue velvet pillows I made on the settee also. I used velvet from Calico for these as well.
I want to show you what the ottoman looked like before. I made this oatmeal covered linen slipcover several years ago. There’s nothing wrong with it, and it’s stored away for use in the future.
Underneath this slipcover, the ottoman is actually red. You can get more of the original ottoman HERE. If you know how to sew, you can save a lot of money! I wanted to add more blue, so I found this beautiful fabric at Calico. The fabric is Himalaya in color Bluewater. I think this fabric works so well for my blue ruffled slipcover because the background color is close to the color of the settees and my sofa.
I added two nice details to the piece. First I added contrasting piping along the top edge of the ottoman in a soft blue linen (also from Calico.)
Next I added a much smaller ruffle to the bottom edge. I like that the legs are now more visible. I love a short ruffle like this one. It’s just a nice finishing touch.
Yes I still love neutrals, but I’m also enjoying some gorgeous color in my home. I was never against color. I just prefer to add it in ways that are easy to change and not expensive. If I changed out my sofa every few years, it would be very expensive, but changing out the pillows and throws is a different story. I move the old pillows and throws to another room, store them, or give them away to a good home. Win/win! Actually, I store the pillow covers that aren’t in use, but use the same pillows. This way I don’t need a lot of storage space. Isn’t that a great idea? (Ding, ding, ding, I think that’s the tip of the day!)
I love the color! See the room neutral and with the color. But I also love that I can change the room back the way it was if I choose to without buying or selling any furniture. Which look do you prefer? I’m loving the blue ruffled slipcover, but who knows what it will look like a year from now.
Anita, I am DROOLING over this slipcover! I think blue can even read as somewhat of a neutral, but this infuses just the right amount of color. That fabric pattern is gorgeous! You’re definitely inspiring me.
Oh I’m so thrilled, this is inspiring you! That’s what I’m here for.
Donna R says
I love them both equally! The blue fabric choice was a perfect choice!
Thanks Donna. I love having options.
Valerie Reynolds says
I love the new material on the ottoman, but have to say I prefer the room the other way with the oatmeal colored linen slipcover. It was so effortlessly timeless and classic.
I have to agree with Valerie. I am not in the space actually standing there, but the blue pillows overpower the fabric if they are as blue as they look. Great sewing skills!
In person I don’t think it does overpower. I think in the photos you pick up on the sheen of the pillows. But at the end of the day, it’s all personal preference!
Great thought Valerie! I love the old look too, and I can always put the over slipcover on when I tire of the blue.
That is very pretty fabric, and you sew just beautifully. Love the new blues showing up in your room.
Thanks Pat. I was a bit bored with the other look, so change if good.
Françoise Gauthier says
I love your ottoman slipcover. Your room is gorgeous with those colors in blue. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you. I’m enjoying the blue.
Pat M. says
I actually like it better with the oatmeal ottoman cover, but that new fabric is amazing. I would have left the oatmeal cover, but used the fabric as pillows and probably a throw over the ottoman like you did originally with the linen piece on the oatmeal. By necessity, I used to sew all of my draperies, pillow covers, bedspreads, simple upholstery projects, etc but got rather burned out and stopped doing it. I still can spend actual hours in a fabric shop mentally recovering and redoing all of the soft surfaces in my home. Maybe someday I’ll get back to it. Your work is impeccable.
Thanks Pat. Well that’s why I love slipcovers so much. I can always go back to the previous look, but simply changing the slipcover. Good thoughts.
Vicki Trask says
Love the blue.
Nancy Walden says
Love the new print! Your love of slipcovers inspired me to make some for my dining room chairs. The chairs have a ladderback with a decorative metal insert so I just covered the seats. I love that I can take them off and wash them if they get dirty.
Denise Cox says
VaVaVoom!!!! I am loving the blue!! Of course, I am a lover of color anyway. The slipcover is highbrow and gorgeous and I like the touch of the shorter ruffle. Well done! I am so glad I found this blog as I’m lovin’ it!!!!
Ginger Valdes says
I love everything you do, so this is no exception. That fabric!!! I love the idea of being able to change the look of a piece with a slip cover. This has a gorgeous Sring is here! look. I predict the neutrals will be back during the hottest part of summer. Maybe then a buffalo check for Fall (well, those months we call it Fall in Texas), and then who knows what perfect fabric you’ll find? You’re going to need an even dozen slipcovers for that ottoman!
Deb G says
The design and texture of the fabric reminds me of a cottage style sofa and ottoman we had a few years back. It had a buttery yellow background and blues like in yours. I have lots of blue and white chinoiserie decor so I painted the walls a light buttery yellow. That room made me happy every time I walked into it. I imagine you’ll be pulling out more of your blue and white also. It’s too classic not too enjoy! ?
Deb G. says
PS: I like the sofa styled like in the picture with the oatmeal ottoman, with the new slipcover. It seems like there’s too much blue on the sofa. Just use more blue in your accenting decor pieces. But hey, how many times has my home been featured in a magazine! You probably know best. 🙂
Thank you for your wonderful decorating ideas, they are very much appreciated.
Donna Milazzo says
You are such a talented seamstress Anita. I also love your taste in fabrics. I am working on setting up a craft/sewing room and hope to dust off my old Kenmore machine soon.
MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says
Beautiful job, Anita! That fabric is gorgeous! I love sewing slipcovers as you can change things whenever you like! Your home is so beautifully decorated! You have so many wonderful gifts!
Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings!
Wow, you are a great seamstress. Although I love both ottoman covers, the oatmeal one is my favorite. It seems to fit better to. Thanks for sharing both fabulous covers.