In my post about my slip covered furniture you saw a glimpse of a ruffled ottoman I’ve had around for a while. A friend asked if I could share more of that ottoman, so today I’m doing just that.
It’s just a simple cube of an ottoman, I bought it at a friend’s garage sale, and I made a slip cover for it. I took it with me to a show – maybe last Spring but I can’t remember for sure. Wherever it was, it didn’t sell and when it came back home it found a spot in our living room ‘for the time being’.
But it never left! I have found I use it every day. And it’s white. So how could I part with it now? It is the perfect height for me – almost the same height as the seat of the couch – and I use it to prop my feet up while I’m blogging. Or watching a movie. Or reading a book. Or just hanging out doing nothing. It’s also a great spot to lay my laptop when I’m not using it.
The ottoman’s original wardrobe is chocolate-brown vinyl and there is nothing wrong with it. In fact it looked rather nice with my mustard-y couch the other day when I had all the slip covers off for a washing. But I love the white and the ruffles so for me it has to be covered.
Making a slip cover for a cube ottoman is really easy. Measure one side, add 1/2 inch to all 4 sides and cut out 4 pieces of fabric. sew them together to form a ‘cube’. Measure top of ottoman, add 1/2 inch to all sides and cut out. Right sides together attach top piece to all four side pieces, one side at a time. Turn right-side out and put on ottoman. Make sure it fits properly and figure how much of a hem you want. Or leave the bottom edge raw. If you want to add ruffles, add them now in any pattern or design you want. You can see a photo tutorial on making a ruffled ottoman cover here.
I made the ruffles on top of this one follow the square shape of the top.
The sides I switched up a bit. 2 sides have the ruffles running vertically and the other 2 sides they run horizontally.
The edges are all raw edges on my ruffles. It washes up beautifully – these photos are just a of couple days after I washed all my slip covers. There are a few long threads that I pull off after it goes through the dryer but each time it is washed there are less strings. I also try to pull my slip covers out of the dryer before they are completely dry and put them on a bit damp. This lessens wrinkles and makes them go on nicer. A good time to wash my slip covers is in the evening and then put them on right before bedtime – that way no one sits on a damp cover and they have time to dry completely.
Do you have slip covers? I love mine!
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