Tag Archives: Recover a storage ottoman; change fabric on an ottoman; new ottoman cover

Recover a Storage Ottoman – It’s Easy!

22 Oct

Disclaimer: This project requires a sewing machine. So, if you don’t have one or can’t sew, I can’t help this time. All you need besides your sewing machine is a staple gun.

It’s no secret – I love me some hidden storage. I’m realizing that maybe I even love it TOO much – I have clever storage areas that are…ahem…still empty. Maybe that’s because I’m an anti-hoarder. But hey – these little nooks and crannies are nice to have, just in case.

Anyway, I really wanted something to put my feet on when rocking the wee one in the nursery. We have an extra ottoman that I thought about covering, but it’s pretty much just a cube – no storage. I really wanted something with storage to put little baby toys and such in it.

I ran across this gem in Target for – wait for it – six bucks! 75% off! Sold…I took it home. However, the fabric was aaaall wrong based on the nursery colors.


I found some yellow and white chevron fabric at Hancock Fabrics that worked. I wanted to bring in a pattern but not too much extra color. I completed the barrel part of it first.

I basically laid my fabric out, right side up, and cut enough to have about 4″ or so extra on the top and the bottom. This is what you’ll fold under and staple, so it’s nice to have a little extra to work with. If I did it again, I’d leave more like 5″ because it was a little tight to fold over and staple. Since my fabric has a pattern, I was careful to keep it as straight as possible.


Next, I pinned my vertical seam, and I pinned it tight. Really tight – I didn’t want any slack on this fabric.


Next, just sew your vertical seam. I turned it back so the right side was out, and shimmied it on to the barrel. If you do it right, it should take some effort to work it back on!


Next, just fold under your rough edge and start stapling.


Here’s what the bottom looks like. Not the prettiest, but it’s functional and no one can see it. Except whoever is reading this, I guess.

Do the same for the top:


Barrel is done! The cover is next. Still pretty easy, just a bit more sewing and measuring. First, I laid the cover out on the fabric. I did a rough pencil sketch about a half inch wider than the circle; that’s for the seam allowance. Cut out your circle.DSC_0726

Next, I cut out a strip of fabric for the outside. It’s the same length as the barrel; it’s just maybe 3″ or so high. Be sure to leave a few extra inches to fold under and staple.

And that’s where I forgot to take a picture. Moving along…

First I sewed the outside strip, pretty much the same way I sewed the barrel fabric. Make sure it’s nice and tight around the edge of the cover. Then I worked it on to the outside of the cover (wrong fabric side out).


Next, take your circle and lay it on top (wrong side out). Pin it around the circle so you have about a 5/8 inch seam allowance. Never mind the wet spot on the fabric. That’s just where I washed the fabric after bleeding on it when I stabbed myself with a pin.


Sew those two pieces together, turn it right side out and shimmy this piece onto the cover.


Last but not least, turn under your fabric and staple along the underside of the cover.


Done! This took me a surprisingly short amount of time to complete – maybe between an hour and an hour and a half. So, if you have a sewing machine, it is super-easy to create a new ottoman cover!