How To Cover An Ottoman #ottoman

I have an ottoman but the top of it was thrashed from children, dog and adult use for the last 13 years.

The top of it was really getting on my nerves.  It looked beat-up and I don’t want my furniture to look beat up.  I don’t have the finances to get it reupholstered.  I did research on the internet on how to recover it.

Red areas show wear

I decided that I didn’t need to make a cover that would go to the ground, because the ottoman has a nice looking skirt.

The fabric, which you will see better in a moment, is by Waverly and is called Gemma (I think).

I washed the fabric first.

It this photo you can see that the skirt still looks good.  How do you measure to figure out how much fabric to buy?  You measure from wherever the ends of the fabric will hang, and add 1-2 inches.

You make one measurement from one side to the other side of the ottoman, and another measurement from the other end.  I drew arrows above so you can see what I am talking about because I am probably not explaining it very well.

Let’s say the measurements are 76″ x 54″.  The final measurements would be 77″ x 55″, because you are adding one inch all around.

You lay the fabric right side down, and pin all the corners.  Here is a close-up:

Pin all four corners so it’s a snug fit.  Then using a basting stitch, sew all four edges.  Then bring the cover back to the ottoman and put it on, right side out, to see how it fits.  If it’s too loose, you can take out the basting and resew it so it fits better.

My ottoman is lopsided and I can’t make all the edges line up (long story), so the cover doesn’t fit perfectly.

Here is a lopsided edge photo:

I sewed a fancy border all around the hem of the cover.  It took forever to pin the hem and sew the border, but it was fun too!

Here is the finished product:

I bought the fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I was really happy when I discovered the outdoor canvas fabric and they had a huge selection.  It was also on sale – 50% off!  I bought 1.25 yards for $13 including tax.  I was very happy with this price and the quality of the fabric.  Normally it was $19.99 a yard.

I might buy a cheap ottoman at Target and recover it, because I need one more ottoman for our living room!

This is our Jack Russell Terrier on the new ottoman cover!

Let me know if you have any questions!