In the house in my head, aka my dream house– I imagine white canvas slipcovers on over-sized seating, a big stone fireplace, with white, beige, and purple accents, along with a great view of the ocean out a bank of french doors. The house I physically live in well – has blue upholstery, a brick fireplace I painted white, french doors, but they only look out to my backyard, and I do have white and purple accents, thanks to HomeGoods. After finishing this project – white canvas slipcovers, the distance between the house in my head and my real one is getting smaller one teeny-tiny step at a time.
I have been hunting for ottomans for this room as it’s size and architectural details doesn’t allow for a lot of seating. Ottomans are great multi-tasking pieces – they are low profile so they visually don’t take up a lot of space. They can easily be moved around the room – in front of the fireplace, against the sofa for your feet, moved into a conversational grouping with the sofa and matching chair, or used as a table when a tray is laid on top. When I saw this ottoman I knew I could try to cover it in white canvas to get a smidgen closer to my vision. I bought two of them during a clearance sale at my local furniture store.
My original plan was to just cover the purple cushion with fabric, gift-wrap style and secure the loose fabric underneath the cushion with safety pins. That worked fine, but I really wanted a pleated flounce and thought if I put my mind to it I could make a real honest to goodness slipcover. I thought- I can make pillows, I can do this, too. I found the fabric at a dollar a yard fabric center near my house. You have to search through racks and bins, but it is always worth my time because I always find something good. I didn’t use a pattern since the cover would be a basic box, no arms or curves, which would have been way beyond my skills. I also added piping. To save you a step you can buy pre-made piping by the yard at fabric stores in many different colors.
I am thrilled with my effort, it is just a touch of my vision of having white over-sized seating, my imagination will have to do the rest, at least for now.
How to Make an Ottoman Slipcover
- Fabric, enough to cover the top and sides of the cushion, plus pleated flounce
- Straight pins
Wash fabric first before constructing the cover to allow for shrinkage.
1. Measure the top and sides of the cushion and add 2-inches all around for seams. If you want a loose fitting cover add to your measurements.
2. Lay cushion on center of fabric and mark exact size of top of cushion. Add the depth of cushion and add 2″ extra for seam allowance. Cut fabric out. At each corner, angle cut as shown.
3. With fabric inside out, sew each seam. You will have created what looks like a box lid.
4. To create the pleated flounce, measure around the ottoman (mine was 87″). Double that measurement for pleats and add 1-” for seam allowance.
Measure how long you want the flounce. Mine is 5 1/2-inches. I added 1″ for seam. I cut a strip of fabric 6″ x 175″
5. Using straight pins pleat the fabric along its length as shown above.
5. Pin the pleated flounce to the edge of the box, making sure right sides are together. If you are adding piping, pin the piping to the edge of the flounce first and then to the edge of the box. Sew along the edge leaving about 3/4″ seam. Pin and then sew the two ends together and trim excess fabric.
6. Press all the seams open, turn fabric right-side out. Place on ottoman.
These have held up so well, but after 8 years of wear and tear I thought it was time to update them. You can see how I updated them here.