Step-by-step tutorial showing how to make a pom pom trimmed ottoman slipcover. The fun and flirty pom pom trim is attached with velcro so it can be removed before washing the slipcover.
After lots of consideration and reading through all of your recommendations in my post about what slipcovered sofa I was considering buying for my living room, I finally made my choice.
I went to the Pottery Barn in Greenville, SC to do a comfort check and then ordered my favorite, the PB Comfort – in the 92″ long Grande size. It is a little longer and the seats are deeper than the popular PB Basic with 3 cushions and the 81″ size PB Comfort. I also ordered two leather recliners that swivel and rock. I ended up getting them in a neutral color so I can still change up the color scheme of the room on a whim or seasonally. I had considered Navy.
So…. now….. I have to wait about 4-6 weeks for delivery. While I am waiting, I thought I would replace the ottoman slipcovers for two ottomans I will be keeping in the room.
I wrote about how I made an ottoman slipcover for the two ottomans when I first started blogging, you can see that post, here. I made those first covers with pleated skirts. I even made colorful covers for them a few years ago, but I no longer have these covers as the printed fabric didn’t wash well, the colors faded.
I thought about making the same style ottoman slipcover, but then decided I wanted something different and since I love pom poms… I added large pom pom trim to the new white slipcovers instead of a pleated skirt.
I made the pom pom trim so that it can be easily removed when the slipcover needs to be laundered. More on how I did this in the tutorial below. I can also make and add a pleated style skirt to the slipcover in the future since the cover is simply a box of fabric over the cushion with a hem.
I bought these ottomans years ago at Sears Home Store. They are one of the best furnishing items I have ever bought as they are very versatile. They are not only great for putting your feet on, but they allow for low seating across from the sofa to create a conversational grouping in the room while not blocking the view to the lake.
In my previous house, I placed the ottomans in front of the fireplace. Being that they are low, they didn’t block the fireplace like a chair would, plus they are portable and easy to move where ever you need them. They can become a seat or even a place to set down a tray to create an extra table. They are the workhorses of my living room.
If I ever need to get new ottomans, I like these and their price tag. They are 4-inches larger than mine, but I love the color and styling.
How to Make a Pom Pom Ottoman Slipcover
- Fabric – enough to cover top and sides of your ottoman
- Yarn to make Pom Poms – I needed 2 skeins to make 16 pom poms for each ottoman
- Pom-Pom Maker – I used a 3-3/8″ size Clover Pom Pom maker
- Velcro – One Wrap style – Amount needed: long enough to go around hem of slipcover
- 1 -inch grosgrain ribbon – Amount needed: long enough to go around hem of slipcover
- Thread to match fabric and ribbon
- Straight pins
- Ruler or tape measure
- 16-gauge sewing machine needle for sewing through Velcro
Don’t know how to make a pom pom? You can learn how to make a pom pom of any size using a piece of cardboard in this pom pom basket post. Or you can buy a pom pom maker. They are easy to use and when you need to make a lot of pom poms for a project having a pom pom maker makes the process go faster. I learned how to use the pom pom maker by watching this You Tube video.
- Drape fabric right side down over ottoman. Bring excess fabric on each side of corners to a point. Use straight pins to fit the fabric to the corner. Cut away excess fabric. Repeat for all ottoman corners.
2. Sew a seam along pinned line. Repeat for each corner.
3. Trim excess fabric from sewn seam. Use scissors to notch top of the fabric about 1/8″ from the seam.
4. Turn cover right-side out and place over ottoman. To make sure the fabric hangs at equal lengths from all side of the ottoman, use a yardstick to measure up from the floor. The drop of fabric from the top of my ottoman is 14 inches. I used a pencil to mark the 14 inch mark all around the ottoman.
5. I then cut the fabric connecting all my pencil marks to create a box style cover for the ottoman.
6. Fold over bottom edge to create hem. Pin, press and sew hem.
How to Attach Velcro to Hem For Easy Removal of Pom Pom Trim
I used Velcro called One Wrap which has the hook and loop on one side and the sticky side on the other of the same piece. Most Velcro comes in two pieces that stick together. Regular style Velcro can be used also, I just found the One Wrap style less expensive and it has a thinner profile.
- Cut a length of Velcro to go around ottoman. Pin to inside bottom hem. Sew onto hem. Remove pins. Place aside as the next step does not have to do with the Velcro, but will make the bottom hem of the slipcover look better
2. To hide the stitches of sewn-on Velcro, I added 1-inch wide, white grosgrain ribbon to the hem on the outer side of the cover.
3. Pin ribbon along bottom edge and sew along top and bottom edges to attach.
4. Cut another length of One Wrap Velcro to go around ottoman. Attach it to the Velcro that you have previously sewn on.
4. Place slipcover over ottoman and lift up corner to make a mark on the Velcro. These marks will help you attach and evenly space pom poms along the bottom edge of the slipcover. Make a mark on each corner
How To Attach Pom Poms to Velcro
- . Remove Velcro from cover and place on a work surface. I used my ironing board. Using the marks that you made at each corner, make new marks evenly between the corner marks. I spaced my pom poms 6-inches apart, so I made my marks on the Velcro, six inches apart.
2. Once you have made the marks evenly on the Velcro, tie on your pom poms, making sure that the knot of each tie will be along the top section of Velcro when the slipcover is on the ottoman.
3. Attach Velcro strip with pom poms to the sewn-0n Velcro on the underside of the ottoman slipcover’s hem.
Place pom pom trimmed slipcover over ottoman, press fabric if needed.
When the slipcovers get dirty, simply remove the strip of Velcro with the pom poms from the cover and launder the cover. Once dry, attach the pom poms again.
I am so happy with how the ottoman slipcovers came out. Fun and just my style. :-)