April 13, 2013

Simple Ottoman Cover Tutorial! (With JoAnn's and HGTV)

A little while back I was contacted about reviewing some delicious fabrics from HGTV's new line for JoAnn's.  Fun! Look at these gorgeous decor prints they sent. I love the bright, summery colors!

But I have to admit, I sat on it for a week rather stumped as to what to make. I actually would have loved to have some cheery throw pillows for the sofa, but I wanted to think of something a little more creative to share. 

So, I have this ottoman. 
I bought it when I was pregnant with Paige, which is great because nothing says "toddler friendly" like 100% silk, right? Yeah. It wasn't long before it looked like this:

Yikes. Let's get a close up of that, shall we?
Very nice.
Well, I did say that we wanted a more humble look to our home... :O)
I had it covered with a bit of ruffled fabric (from here) which I liked, but I was putting it back on 30 times a day!

So, we made a simple, bright, happy cover for it! I love it.

And it has a little surprise underneath...

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It is so simple to make. Really! Basically, you're making darts in each corner and then sewing the two pieces of fabric together. BAM.

Want to make one?? C'mon, this is an easy one! You can do this.


  • First you'll need to measure your ottoman: 

across the long side
 across the short side
 and then measure the hight of the corner for your darts

 Don't forget to add about 1/2'' to each measurement for seam allowance!

After you've trimmed your fabric to the length x width of the ottoman, use a ruler to mark off a square in each corner that is the hight you need for darts. 
  • Fold the corner so that the lines match up and pin.


  • Sew along the line.


* before you trim, slip the cover over your ottoman to be sure the fitting is correct*
  • Trim excess.


  • Press your seams open. You don't have to do this part, but it's tidier. 


  • Then pin the two pieces together with edges folded under toward each other. The right side of both fabrics should be showing.

  • Then sew along the pinned edge and you're done!


With the scrap that was left over I made Paige a little bow tie for her collection. :O) I love using every scrap if I can. 


Thanks so much to HGTV and JoAnn's for sharing the love and helping make a happy little spot in our home!

And if you'd like to get your hands on some of these pretty new prints, here's a little coupon from JoAnn's to sweeten the deal:


Have a glorious day, now! :O)
Love,
Disney

31 comments:

  1. Love it. I have this old ottoman that I may try to cover. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Is there a tutorial for that awesome bow tie? Thanks for the basic sewing tutorials along with all the other great things you do. Oh, and your daughter is Adorable!

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    1. I don't have one up yet, but here is a simple one from the pleated poppy. I think it's even no-sew! http://thepleatedpoppy.com/2011/04/bow-tie-tutorial/

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  3. What a great idea! I've seen all the reupholstering tutorials on pinterest whichseem like a lot of work but I never thought to just make a little cover. So cool! You're a genius.

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  4. Super cute! And I can't believe how much Paige looks like you in the pic of her wearing the bow tie :)

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    1. Really? I always think she looks so much like my husband, so that's fun to hear!

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  5. Cute! Goes with your living room well

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  6. Whatwhatwhat? Reversible? That is seriously fabulous! A wonderful makeover, and the fabric is gorgeous.

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    1. P.S. You are always so encouraging, I love reading your comments!

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  7. ADORABLE! You have inspired me ~ I may try that with our {~BIG~} coffee table. It is in a bit of a sad state, but also the lower end of our {~loooong~} 'to do' list! (0; THANKS!

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  8. Spiffy! I made a quick and dirty slipcover for a sad little ottoman I picked up at a neighbor's yard sale but my cats love to scratch it so it's a bit mangled now and constantly half-on-half-off. The big ottoman that we use for a coffee table is badly in need of a make-over, too. Looks like I just added 2 new projects to this week's "TO DO" list. :)

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  9. Spiffy! I made a quick and dirty slipcover for a sad little ottoman I picked up at a neighbor's yard sale but my cats love to scratch it so it's a bit mangled now and constantly half-on-half-off. The big ottoman that we use for a coffee table is badly in need of a make-over, too. Looks like I just added 2 new projects to this week's "TO DO" list. :)

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    1. Haha, sorry to add to your list! But I hope yours turn out great. :O)

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  10. That looks great! We bought a cheap ottoman when we first got married and it's starting to look beat-up. I'll have to make my own cover. :)

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  11. What beautiful fabrics! I have a bench at the end of our bed that could use a makeover like this. Thanks.

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  12. Just found your blog this morning and it is great! I really like this idea.

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie! So happy to have you here! :o)

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  13. That's a really great idea, Disney. Such great fabrics too!

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  14. Love this idea!! Have a leather ottoman that I would love to use but the cats scratch it up jumping on and off, so I could just cover it!

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  15. I recently bought fabric to cover my ottoman and didn't know where to start. Thank you!

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  16. I recently bought fabric to cover my ottoman and didn't know where to start. Thank you!

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  17. Disney, this is so cute - and your photos are so visually stunning! Love that you made it reversible!

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  18. reupholstering is one of my favorite ways to bring life to old furniture!

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  19. so cute and quirky!

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  20. That was totally fabulous....i will Joann fabrics just rocks and that reversible was excellent.

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  21. Love it! I've reupholstered before but never thought to create a cover, definitely have to try it out in the future! Also, I LOVE your sewing pins!

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  22. You do such lovely work! This looks wonderful & she is so adorable. :)

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  23. thanks for the awesome tutorial! it was my first time sewing and i ended with a really nice ottoman cover! is the simplest tutorial out there and perfect for a beginner! it took me 2 hours though ( setting up the machine, good tutorial for winding the bobbin also: ) )

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  24. How do you think this fabric would hold up for reupholstering a chair? I have fallen in love with several of the hgtv home decor prints but I'm wondering if they are heavy weight enough. Thanks!

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