Slipcovered Ottoman

I love ottomans. They are so versatile. They can be a foot stool, coffee table, side table, and you can slide them under another table to pull out when you need some extra seating. They are the ultimate multi-taskers when it comes to furniture and they are easy to slipcover. I purchased this one at a yard sale for $4.00. The upholstery was a little tired, but it was in otherwise good condition.

I sewed up a slipcover using sanded white cotton twill from Wal-Mart. This took about 2 1/2 yards of fabric, plus piping and thread.

I chose to go with a pleated skirt to make the piece look a bit more feminine.

I absolutely love how it turned out. I know some of you may be hesitant to use white slipcovers in your home, but I have two toddler boys, two cats, and a husband and all of my slipcovers have weathered very well. I do have to wash them frequently, but the nice thing about white is that it can be bleached. And, when they get really bad, I can just make a new one! If you want to tackle a slipcover, an ottoman is a great place to start.

Miss Mustard Seed

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Comments

  1. bravo!

    i hope you are selling those – not for me – but that is well done!

  2. absolutely love it! great job!

  3. … now IF we could only change our bodies as quickly as we can cover our furniture … chuckle! Wonderful re-creation.

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  4. Oh, I love that slipcover! Those pleats on the bottom are to die for. At some point (after I fix the toilet, tile the bathroom, stain the staircase, etc, etc) I'll be making a slipcover for my wingback. I'm glad to know you like the Walmart twill.

  5. that turned out so cute!!!! I also love the pleats! My next slipcover is going to have pleats like that.

    Shellagh

  6. So ~ you can sew, too? Why am I not surprised. Save a little talent for the rest of us, would you? : ) I just got my white fabric from fabric.com to have my sofa slipcover made up. I could never do this myself, but my friend the drapery lady will be doing them for me.

  7. I love the look of slip-covered furniture…my husband however, does not! He claims that it makes the house look as if the people are away on a very long vacation and threw sheets over the furniture to keep the dust off!!! Can you believe?! So, though I would love to slip-cover some things, I don't think that I'll be able to get away with it! Too bad!

    -Grace

  8. I love this!!! One (of many) things I cannot do that I wish I COULD is sew! I am in awe and so envious of those of you who are so talented and able to "create" gorgeous things from fabric!!

    Love the white!!

    Lou Cinda :)

  9. I use and love that Walmart twill as well….in fact I made a sofa slipcover with it more than 7 years ago, washed and dyed it numberous times, and it's still holding up beautifully. Love the ottoman, and hopefully will share a slipcover project I'm working on for Friday's furniture feature. :o)

  10. After seeing this you making me braver! I think I could do this…so I am going to add ottomans to my list for the next time I stop by the Goodwill and see if I can come up with something as beautiful as the one you did. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh I love it… I really need to get back to my sewing lessons!

    Michelle

  12. Gorgeous!! I'm in love with pleats, big time. Do you make the piping yourself or is that something someone can buy? (see how often I browse through fabric areas?)

    Donna

  13. I love those pleats! It adds a feminine touch, but not too ruffley. Nice and tailored. This almost inspires me to dust off my sewing machine (I am not too fond of sewing)!

    Have a great one!

    Danielle

  14. Just another thing that you've done that I'm in love with! Our Wal-Mart in Maryland has turned into a Super Wal-Mart and stopped carrying fabric. I use to buy just about all my fabric from Wal-Mart.

    Have a wonderful day.

  15. LOVE the pleats. this is totally what i want to do to the pair of armchairs i just inherited from my parents. and i'm so glad to hear another shining endorsement of white slipcovers vs. pets/kids/husbands!

  16. That's a great looking ottoman. You really did a professional job with it! Also, I really enjoyed the thrifting post. Lots of great ideas and advice! Linda

  17. Love it! I have an ottoman on in my attic that's on my very long "to do" list!
    Yours turned out fabulous!
    Traci

  18. Adorable, I love the pleated shirt.

  19. Once again another project I love. My sewing skills are a little rusty but with my mother's help I just might be able to attempt this one!
    Thanks,
    Jane

  20. I. am. in. love.

    So beautiful!!!

  21. I want one just like it!
    Beautiful!

  22. You have 2 toddlers!?! And get so much accomplished!!! What can I say…you are amazing!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

  23. It looks fabulous! It's on my "to do" list to learn how to sew slipcovers.
    Stephanie

  24. It turned out SO pretty – love the pleats!

    pk @ Room Remix

  25. Love it, love it! I love those knife pleats and have been using them a lot in my slipcovers.

  26. Its looking fine, you can find more Home Furniture here…..

  27. Very nice, did you use a pattern or create your own? Cindy

  28. Slipcovers really do cover a multitude of sins, don't they? Some more egregious than others!
    Looks just great!
    Anne

  29. BEAUTIFUL! I am just amazed by people that sew these! I need to learn to sew but can't even imagine my workmanship being this GOOD. Looks awesome!

  30. Great idea. I love the ruffle. I am gonna copy you on this one. Thanks. Laura @ the mansion

  31. Beautiful. thank you! smiles.

  32. Beautiful. thank you! smiles.

  33. Just gorgeous! The pleated skirt makes it divine!!!

  34. Oh, swoon! What a beauty! I must get over my fear of slipcovers and try something. Anything. A footstool sounds like a safe option for my maiden voyage. This is such beautiful inspiration.

    XO*Tricia

    P.S. I do a feature on my blog on Saturdays called "Inspire My Saturday" and I would love to add this in. If that is a problem, please let me know. Otherwise, I will be adding and linking you.
    Thanks so much.

  35. Wow! I'm impressed. This is gorgeous. You are so talented. It looks very tasteful too.

  36. I LOVE this! It makes me think of all of the ugly ottomans and foot stools i have passed up at yard sales! who would have thought!…..I would love to see a tutorial of this! HINT HINT! I love your blog!
    Kayla

    http://www.thealdapes.blogspot.com

  37. The ottoman looks amazing! You did a fabulous job with it.

  38. I LOOOOOOOOOVE that slipcover!!!! It really turns it into an entirely new piece!

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