I’m one of those people that take the long way home through my neighborhood hoping I’ll see someone’s old junk out front with a “free” sign on it. And when I do, I break!
What, you think I’m crazy?
This washable slipcovered ottoman would not have been possible without one of those detours!
That’s right, I got this ottoman for free! Clearly it needed a bit of help, but it is so perfect in our loft space where our kids run free and get Ca-Razy because we don’t have to worry about bonking heads on corners and such.
So today is all about how I took this old ottoman from bad to rad!
I think it is made of some sort of fake leather that is flaking off….not cool. But when something is free I don’t pass it up. I had a vision right away!
In order to function the way I need it to it had to be both good lookin’ and washable. This is real life. And in real life things get dirty, spilled on, colored on (hopefully on accident) and occasionally even snotted on. So here is what I did.
I bought this green chevron fabric online at Fabric.com
. I love them because they offer free shipping on orders over $35 and suggest coordinating fabrics for you too!
- I measured each side of my ottoman (4 sides) and added 1/2 inch for seam allowance at each side and 2 inches for the bottom to tuck under the ottoman.
- Then I cut out each piece. If you are using a stripe like I am, cut one piece and then use it to guide where you cut your second piece so that the pattern lines up at the seam.
- I then measured the top of my ottoman and added 1 inch to each measurement to allow for a 1/2 inch at each seam.
- I sewed the 4 sides together making sure to line up the stripes. You end up with a giant inside out ring.
- I carefully pinned the top piece into place and sewed it on.
- Fold the bottom of each panel under 1 inch and pin the soft or loop side of a strip of velcro in place. I also folded my corners in to allow for the very short peg legs on my ottoman. (See picture) Sew the velcro in place.
- Cut a strip of the loop side of the velcro the length of each side of your ottoman and attach it using hot glue. Once the hot glue has dried completely, put your slip cover on and fold each panel under and join the velcro.
This is what the bottom of my ottoman looks like when I’m done.
And here is the final result! The tray makes the perfect place to put my coffee or for us to enjoy a treat while watching a movie together!