Wednesday, January 19, 2011

DIY: Ottoman Slip Cover

I debated lots of ottoman options for the baby's room. In the end, I chose a cheap, versatile option: I got a $19.99 footstool from IKEA and recovered it with fabric that we already had at our house.

The process could not have been any simpler:
  1. I removed the existing slip cover and carefully took it apart with a seam ripper (those things come in so handy!). I paid close attention to the seam allowances (which was easy to do, since there was a crease in the fabric).
  2. I measured the dimensions of the existing pieces (five pieces of equal size).
  3. I used my rotary cutter and my cutting mat to cut out five matching pieces.
  4. I hemmed the bottom of four pieces and then sewed them together on the sides.
  5. I pinned the top piece in place and sewed it to the other four pieces. This was the hardest part, but it worked fine.

And I was done! I love this option because I can make a new cover if I find another fabric that I absolutely love. For a while there, I was getting way too stressed about the fabrics and the colors of the baby's room. I finally just decided to use fabrics I already had and to make everything pretty easy to change out (like the ottoman and pillow colors).

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Mary C said...

Love this idea! How did you first get into sewing? You make everything seem so easy, but I am so intimidated to start!

Anne said...

I love it too! Can I say you're the only blog featuring sewing that I dare to read, because your projects actually look DOABLE :) ?
Thanks for the inspiration Sara!

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ Mary C: I've been meaning to write a post about how to get into sewing. Thanks for reminding me! I think I already have all my post ideas for next week, but be on the look-out for it the following week.

@ Anne: Thanks! I honestly only take on pretty easy projects. I get impatient with anything too complicated!

Kristen said...

Love the fabric you used!

Feel free to check out my own DIY slipcover on my blog:

tom said...

Nice cover. love the fabric you used!

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