Saturday, June 2, 2012

SSS...Ottoman Slip Cover Tutorial

Sew Sew Saturday...I had to shorten it to SSS, but you all know SSS is about making a point to "find" the time to sew. My day to make an appointment with myself to sew is Saturday.

Thought I'd share with you last Saturday's project. My daughter Courtney had an ottoman in her dorm room that I didn't want to store in the basement over the summer, so I thought I would use it! Here's a quick tutorial on how to make a slip cover for it.

I used inexpensive burlap because 1. it's cheap and 2. that's what I had on hand!

Here's the AFTER...

Here's the BEFORE...the stark white just didn't work for the room


Measure the width of the top east to west.

and the width of the top north to south.

You also need to measure the height of the side.

and the distance all the way around.



Cut out the top and place it RIGHT SIDE DOWN on the ottoman. (there is no right side to burlap, but your fabric might have it)

For the side piece, I used the finished selvage edge for the hem so I wouldn't have to hem it. Take that into consideration when cutting the side piece.

Add only 1/2 inch to the height measurement if you are using the selvage finished edge.

Add more to the measurement if you have to hem it.

This is the strip I cut for the side panel that goes all the way around.

Sew the 2 short ends together to make a loop.

Place the loop over the ottoman WRONG SIDE OUT. Match the seam to one of the corners.

This is only a temporary cover for me, so I'm not picky. If you want a seam on all for corners, you must cut four individual pieces for all the side panels. Same just need to sew the 4 pieces together and have the seams on the corners.

Pin the top to the side panels...

All the way around.

Sew with 1/2 inch seam with a straight stitch, then go back again on the edge with a zig zag stitch to prevent the burlap from unraveling.

Then just slip it on!

Mistakes and all. I had no desire to pull that little gathered stitch out. I think it adds character!! That's what we all say when we don't want to correct a mistake! Lol

Easy peasy and works great just as a temporary cover for the summer until she takes it back to school.

Add a tray for magazines and what nots...keeps things contained and there is still room to put your feet up.

Courtney said she actually loves the burlap and wants to keep it on and redecorate her dorm room with burlap in mind.

Yikes...I think I see more sewing in my future.

Have a Sew Sew Saturday,

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  1. This is great, I like.

    You are so creative.

    Thanks for sharing this whit us you .


  2. Love it! I have an ottoman that size that I have been wanting to cover. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 1. good idea!

    2. good tutorial and pics!

    3. good grief, how big is her dorm room?????

    4. :-)

  4. Looks great and fantastic tutorial! Now I think I need to change mine around too!

  5. Great job! Made one of those myself. Another inexpensive fabric? Trusty painter's tarp.

  6. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for blog :)


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