How to Make Pottery Barn Style Slipcovers Using a Quilt

Recently I was shopping at my local mall and took a stroll through

where I came across this sofa along with a love seat. What caught my eye wasn’t the actual Pottery Barn sofa or fabric but the trim detail – more specifically that there was none – no covered cord along the cushion and pillow edges. It looked so modern and fresh. I wanted that look for slipcovers I am customizing for my family room.

I bought inexpensive throw style covers for my sofa and love seat from SureFit Slipcovers. To make the throw covers stay put and look more appealing I am making separate seat and back cushion covers from quilts that I found in the clearance bin.

This ottoman moves all over the room from chair to sofa and it acts as the coffee table when needed.  When I decided to re-do my family room I knew I could not afford new furniture so I swapped out the seating from my basement and family room for a new look. I liked the simple lines of the sofa and love seat, but not the navy blue color. By purchasing the throw style slipcovers I knew I could create a neutral palette to begin making over the room in my desired color scheme and stay within my small budget.

The How-To:

Wash the quilt first for shrinkage. Once dry and shrunk, I draped a quilt on top of the ottoman and pinned each corner as shown.

Notice the grey fur ball who thinks he is helping me.

Then I sewed a seam and trimmed the excess from each corner.

I clipped each corner so the fabric would lay flat when placed on the ottoman.

So the cover looked like this.
One single line of stitching on each corner seam.

Then I sewed another seam along each side of the main seam to get the look that I saw on the Pottery Barn sofa.  It was Sew easy!!!  No cord cover to mess with – no bias cutting fabric to cover the cord, no pins – right up my alley – EASY!

Every seam looks like this now. It resembles a double covered cord, but it is flat.

If you ever made a slipcover you know that you have to keep going back and forth between the piece you are working on and your sewing machine.  Every time you need to fit the cover you place it on the piece inside out, fit, pin, and then go back  to your machine and sew. Then repeat, repeat, repeat…until you have a completed slipcover.  It is not hard, just lots of back and forth.

After I had the top complete I only had pieces left of the quilt.  Normally to make the skirt I would want one long piece, but since I could not afford to buy another quilt. I decided make the skirt using 4 pieces. Once I then cut 4 pieces to size – one to add to each side of the cover to act as the skirt.  I measured the height and added 2″ for the hem.

Now this is where this tutorial goes south – a cat who shall go nameless decided he needed to help me out GET IN THE WAY the rest of the day!

He thinks he is the King and this ottoman is his throne.  I cannot tell you how many times I scooted and pushed him off.  Finally I gave up.

You can kind of see the side pieces that I added in the photo below.  Sorry I don’t have a more detailed photo.

The top cover is on the ottoman inside out. Each side/skirt piece was measured to fit the side it was going on.   I hemmed the sides and bottom of each piece. Once they were ready, I pinned each one to their respective side and then sewed them to the top part of the cover.  I added the Pottery Barn seaming to these seams also.

Since I pieced the skirt I needed to cover the ottoman where the skirt sides meet: I sewed a small rectangular piece of quilt to the seam on each corner.

I turned  the slipcover right side out and placed it back on the ottoman.

I still have some tweaking to do on the corners. I want to add a button to each corner of the ottoman and a button to replace the bow ties on the throw slipcover on the chair, but I will have to show you how I did that in future post.

The shenanigans I had to put up with…


sound asleep ZZZZZZZZZZ. Now I can finish up without any assistance.

If you would like to see more ottoman inspiration check out this post, Ottoman Bliss at Brabourne Farm.




  1. says

    OH my gosh….that is amazing!! You are so darn creative!! I think I would have a ball of fabric sewed in knots if I tried that:):) Great job!!!!

  2. says

    Great job! I have made on slipcover and you are right about the back and forth!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome tip!

  3. says

    I love the texture of the quilt and the quiet elegance it gives to the ottoman. But your kitty? Made the whole post even more enjoyable. Silly kitty, she/he just loves you that’s all.

  4. says

    Gorgeous! I would have never thought to use a quilt but it looks fabulous! Your assistant is precious too :o)

  5. says

    Diane, your ottoman cover looks great. I have been thinking about doing something similar for my daybed. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. says

    What a great job! I love it! You are such an inspiration!! Love how the dogs / cats get all involved in your projects…mine do the very same thing!!! But I wouldn’t have it any other way!!

  7. says

    You give me hope for my couches! I so have put off making slip covers because of the ribbing! I’m able to make them, but just don’t want to mess with it! You certainly have my thoughts going towards covers.

    • says

      Hi Rita-

      My litttle helper distracted me so much from focusing on taking a photo of each step. I added a few more photos to help with understanding how I pieced the slipcover all together. The next time I do a detailed project like this, Trax is going to be put in a bedroom with the door closed. :)

  8. says

    I love it — and your helper made the experience memorable! We have a really UNcongenial cat –unless I’m working on a big sewing project, like laying out a pattern, or laying out quilt squares, then she has to be right in the middle of things!

  9. Coastal Femme says


    What a great idea! The ottomen looks fabulous and I love your assistant…what would you do without his help?

  10. says

    Hi there! Your site is absolutely lovely. So are your slip covers, very nice. I will definitely be coming back here because some of your projects were actually on our to do list, the banquette and removing the carpet from our stairs.

    Great job! And I’m following!

  11. says

    That looks fantastic! Such an improvement. I love the quilt look. It’s fabulous! Great job.

    I hope you can join my link party going on today. Each entry means your eligible for $130 to CSN!
    Have a great day!

  12. says

    Thanks so much for sharing this with me…I have an ottoman in my bedroom that needs a slipcover:) I’m having a GIVEAWAY…would love to have you come by and enter to win a gift card and some goodies!


  13. Pamela Manes says

    Absolutely love the white quilt used to make the ottoman cover. I’ve got an ottoman that I believe will be getting this treatment…you’d made it very understandable and simple. I’ll just have a couple of pups to keep out of the way.

  14. says

    That looks so phenomenal! And I really like the way you did the stitching, much easier without the cording and it does look nice without it.

  15. says

    Ok… a non-sewer that project is like looking at a work of art! I can’t even imagine tackling something like that! Wow! It is just beautiful! Great job! And I luv your assistant…!

    xoxo laurie

    • says

      Hi Laurie-

      I am no sewer and my professional sewing friends laugh at my attempts, but I don’t have to have everything perfect. If you ever wanted to try your hand at something like this, start with a simple shape . It is not very hard if you can sew a straight row of stitches on the machine just lots of fitting, trimming, and pinning.

  16. says

    Great job friend!
    I really like it. I have an ottoman a little smaller and I am totally done with the color. I bet I could do this.

  17. says

    Hi, I’m stopping by from Funky Junk Interiors. Your ottoman cover is very pretty. I love that you used a quilt. I prefer making slipcovers for ottomans. So much faster than for chairs and couches! And they slip off for the wash so easily. I agree that the trick is to keep trying it on the furniture. I always try to bring the furniture to my craft room, or the sewing machine to the furniture (way less steps that way.)

  18. says

    Great tutorial. It looks fabulous! When my cats help out they leave fur everywhere. They can’t help it because they both have long fur. They are so sweet though (except when they get jealous of ea other and fight for my attention) lol.

    • says

      Hi Katherine-

      I have another very sweet and affectionate kitty who lives outside. She has long black hair that we find everywhere. She doesn’t seem to mind Trax too much, but Trax beats up on my poor little dog, Schnitzel all the time.

  19. Mary Jean Cunningham says

    Oh, I wish I’d seen this before I made a new gold cover for my own navy denim ottoman a few months ago – I got stuck trying to sew through multiple layers of fabric at the corners and it looks not-so-awful but I think this would have been a lot easier and it looks a lot better – next time… Thanks again for showing us how and making it look easy! I really enjoyed your little helper, too – maybe more than you did at the time…

  20. brandi says

    Wow Diane, You made that look so easy. Thanks for the tutorial. You have a lovely home! I can’t wait to read more of your blog!

  21. says

    Love your ottoman slipcover! (and your very enthusiastic assistant, lol)
    I like the way you finished off the corners of the skirt. I’ll have to remember that one. And I agree with you, so much nicer without all the cording. I left it off my slipcovers, but it was of necessity…my dog loves to nibble on furniture cording. (she’s the reason I had to make slipcovers in the first place!)

  22. says

    wow! I will never look at old quilts the same. The ottoman cover looks great and looks like u had a really good “helper”, lol!

  23. Celeste Berkley says

    I just want to tell you that your ottoman looks so much better than the chair. NOW you should get a quilt to cover the chair to match! It would look like a million bucks! Great job!

  24. Monique says

    I used to be the manager of Pottery Barn Design Studio, and I am very impressed with your slipcover! Wow what a lucky kitty!!

  25. Teri says

    This is awesome! I’m getting ready to redo my living room & need to recover my ottoman. What size quilt did you use? Can’t wait to get started.

    • says

      Hi Teri – I used a few different size quilts to cover all the cushions. I think I bought 2 queens and a twin. The store I used to work at always had them on sale. I used to watch for them to go on clearance. :)


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