Remember the post from a few weeks ago where I painted a fabric ottoman? And the first attempt was a total flop?
Then I managed to rework my strategy and the ottoman ended up being…welllll…. totally awesome? 🙂
Well, welcome to round two of “How to Fix An Ottoman Flop.”
Actually, this time it really isn’t a flop. It’s just more of an early redirect.
A redirect that took me by surprise, but like the fabric flop — turned out ok in the end.
And, just in case you are a Friend joining us from the DIY Furniture Girls Monthly Challenge and wonder what on earth I’m talking about, you can catch the antics from the first ottoman refresh by clicking here. But do make sure you come back to this post and see how this sweet little ottoman gets its new set of clothes.
Cozy Ottoman Slipcover
As you can see, this antique ottoman was way past due for a refresh. And it was perfect for this month’s DIY Girl’s theme of “layers.” The plan was to apply a chippy milk paint finish on the feet (which I did) and a shabby chic-type slipcover over the body. The layers would be quick, easy, and so adorable, you’d just love them to the moon and back.
See what I mean? Are these just the cutest layers or what?
Well, lo and behold, I somehow mismeasured the quilted under cover and was about 10 inches short. Argh! I couldn’t find another sham like this one, couldn’t find white quilted material, and couldn’t find lace even close to this. With the monthly challenge deadline looming, I was in big trouble. What I needed was a plan. A new plan.
Cozy Farmhouse Cottage Ottoman Slipcover
So I started digging through my stash of fabrics and found the shredded remains of a vintage quilt. It had been hand-made by my grandmother about 50-60 (maybe even 70) years ago and Mother gave it to me when it fell apart. She said she knew that I would never throw it away. Well, she was right. With some careful maneuvering, I was able to come up with a piece that was big enough to cover the ottoman and yet strong enough for the slipcover to be used by the family.
So here’s how it all came together:
Step 1: Layer on the Paint
To the feet and sides, apply a light blue coat of milk paint and then a white coat of milk paint. The trick to getting the chippy – an authentic looking chippy – isn’t hard, but does require a post unto itself. I will write-up how to make this happen over the weekend and publish it next week.
Step 2: Layer on the Cushion
To get an authentic-feeling cushion, like Grandma used back in the day, I had to stay away from foam. And because of allergies, I had to stay away from down filler. Luckily, I had a “feels-like-down” pillow that was way past its prime. To make it work, an old pillowcase was wrapped around the pillow and sewn to the measurements of the ottoman top.
A pillowcase was used to reinforce the sides of the pillow and was sealed around the pillow by hand using a whip stitch.
Step 3: Layer on the Slipcover
To make the unstructured slipcover, find one piece of fabric that is big enough to cover the entire ottoman. This way, the only seams are on the corners.
First, turn the fabric wrong-side out and pin to mark where the seam will be sewn in.
Sew the seam and then trim away the excess fabric. I leave about 5/8 inch on each side so that the seam can be pressed open. When this is done on all four sides, turn the fabric right-side out and fit it over the cushion and ottoman.
If the fabric needs an adjustment for the hem, pin the adjustment and then sew a hem and/or cut the fabric away. But please make every effort to cut the fabric to size before sewing the corners. It is a bit easier.
Also make sure to get the corners snug enough so that the cushion stays in place.
I was able to manipulate Grandmother’s quilt pieces so that the naturally occurring tattered edges became the hem for this slipcover.
And that’s all there is to it.
Mom will be so happy to know that I did, in fact, upcycle the shredded quilt pieces into a new family treasure.
A handy graphic is here for pinning this idea for later…
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And now, let’s check out what The Girls are layering: