27 October 2010

Ottoman Slip covered

I told you all last week that I went to upholster an ottoman and it didn’t go so well.  That is when I ended up with my beautiful new musical wreath instead.  It would seem we either need a wider crown staple for using drop cloth to upholster with, or we need a tighter weave fabric because the fabric kept popping right off the staples!
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You can see my girlfriend decided to make her ottoman out of a square coffee table.  She order high density 2in foam for the top.  But with our little staple problem we brainstormed how else to tackle this table gone ottoman.  Then it came to me… A SLIP COVER!  I swear I could slip cover my life some days lol.
Here is what you’ll need:
  • A few yards of fabric (we got drop cloths from the hardware store)
  • Scissors
  • Existing ottoman or table
  • Sewing Machine

First we measured and cut our square.  We had a 38.5x38.5in piece.  Then we wanted the sides 9in total in length but half fitted and the bottom half ruffled.  So we four pieces (one for each side) 38.5in long by 5in wide.  Then we cut another set the same and set those aside (those will be the ruffles.  Now pin the first set of strips onto your square.
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Make sure your corners line up.  You will sew the long sides to your square first.  Then you will sew down these corners until you meet the seam from the other direction.  I used a strait stitch for all of these.
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Next we sewed French seams since we didn’t have any cording to use.  A French seam is when you sew wrong sides together, then flip and sew again right sides together.  It’s a stronger reinforced seam.  Normally the rim it creates is on the inside of the article but in this case we did it backward so that this would create our trim. 
Here is the first side we sewed.  This will be the inside of the slipcover in the end.
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Now flip it over and sew along the same lines you just did on the other side.  And it will look like this…
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This is going to be right side out.  Now strait stitch alone one side of those other four strips you cut.  Gather them so they are 38.5in and sew them onto the raw edge you see above.  Here is a tip.  Drop cloths have hemmed edges already!  So I used all the hemmed edges for my ruffle so I wouldn’t have to finish the edges, it was already done for me!
Here is what it looks like with the sides and ruffle attached…
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And in place on the table/ottoman =)

24 comments:

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Pure genius! Great execution.

Amy Kinser said...

This is so pretty. Great job!

Inspired by you said...

Lovely! I did the same thing with a coffee table from Goodwill. A slipcover can really transform pieces of furniture.

Nutbird said...

I am really interested, why didn't the fabric stay stapled? Maybe you needed to have a lining fabric stapled to the outside wooden skirt of the coffee table first? Then you could wrap the drop cloth around and staple in to the inside of the coffee table? Ann Snow yet?

Sommer said...

Well I don't own an upholstery stapler. It's just a pneumatic construction type and either the crown of the staples are too narrow to hold the fabric or the drop cloth fabric weave is too loose. We could have lined it but decided to just glue down the foam to the table, wrap it in plastic (for spills) and make the slipcover!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i absolutely love this!!! it is so adorable and a great way to change a look without paint.

Melanie said...

Saw you @ Miss Mustard Seed, all I can say is WOW! That looks amazing! I'll be bookmarking this page for sure!

Restoration House said...

Do you know if the dropcloths you get at Lowes etc. can be bleached? They always seem more lighter when I see them used on blogs than what I actually see in the stores.
Amazing job and great idea!
Kim

Inspire Me Heather said...

Great post on slipcovering - the ottoman looks fantastic! I mentioned it on my slipcovering post too! ~ Heather

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Wow, this is just beautiful. You make it look so easy :)

Joan's Good Life said...

Oh Man! I just bought an ottoman that I want to recover. But now I'm thinking I'll use your frenchseam technique instead and slipcover it. Hope you don't mind me copying!

Chrissie said...

This is truly wonderful1 I love the look of the slipcover. Oh how I wish I could sew!

Shaunna said...

Beautiful!! If I were to brave slipcovering, I would definitely use this tutorial...thanks for sharing at Style Feature Saturday! -shaunna :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ I love this ottoman!! What a fabulous piece! It came out beautifully! :)

angie said...

I'm partial to slipcovers myself; as this is what I do for a living. You did a great job and you will be so happy have the option to take it off for cleaning.

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

It's just lovely! I really like the simple ruffle and the fact that you can still see the table's pretty legs. Cool idea about the french seams! Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

Pudel-design said...

I really, really LOVE this project!
Nice job!
Lovely greetings...;)

http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! said...

This looks like it's professionally done! Gorgeous - love it.

I'm hosting Sweets This Week link party and would love for you to party with us! (Maybe post a certain slip cover) Have a great Friday :)

~Sarah

Jami said...

I can't believe that is a drop cloth! It turned out great!

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

I love the way it turned out... ALL my drapes in my house are drop cloths... They are a great "fabric" option. :)

Kolein said...

This is so pretty!!! I would slip cover my life too! I think it might actually happen some day!!!

~Kolein

Rene said...

Very nice! Thanks for showing how to make the French seam - it adds a nice touch.

So glad you shared the link today!

-Rene

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

The slipcover turned out so well, and the best part is that it is washable.

amy anderson said...

Not only is this precious but oh my word..you just explained to me in about 2-3 sentences what the heck a french seam is. I have several tutorials saved just in case i ever needed it but honestly had no clue exactly what they were. Thank you thank you!! I have two old teacher chairs I am going to recover like you did this ottoman and now i know just what to do. Thanks!! amy

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