Slipcovered Ottoman

by | Nov 11, 2009 | Sewing, Tutorials | 38 comments

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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  1. Anne Marie


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

  2. mrso'

    absolutely love it! great job!

  3. blushing rose

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

    Pop over & enter our TRIPLE GIVEAWAY … TTFN ~Marydon

  4. AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage

    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. Ticking and Toile

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


  6. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    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 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. Grace @ Ruby Moon Designs

    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!


  8. Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas

    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. cindy the cottage chick

    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. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese

    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. Vintage Junky

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


  12. Funky Junk Interiors

    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?)


  13. Danielle @ Transforming Home

    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!


  14. Gail

    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. lauren @ gathering moss

    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. Linda (Nina's Nest)

    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. Traci@ Beneath My Heart

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

  18. Robin

    Adorable, I love the pleated shirt.

  19. Jane

    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!

  20. Amber B.

    I. am. in. love.

    So beautiful!!!

  21. Leigh Ann

    I want one just like it!

  22. Cindy@OldTimePickers

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

  23. Stephanie

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

  24. pk

    It turned out SO pretty – love the pleats!

    pk @ Room Remix

  25. Angie

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

  26. Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig

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

  27. Sherri

    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!

  28. abnsigoslady

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

  29. Ellen

    Beautiful. thank you! smiles.

  30. Ellen

    Beautiful. thank you! smiles.

  31. Tricia

    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.


    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.

  32. { L }

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

  33. Kayla

    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!

  34. Design Esquire

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

  35. Jennifer Rizzo

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


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