October 9, 2011

Easy Slipcovered Ottoman

With football season in full swing, I've turned my attentions to making the TV room a little more cozy for watching the games.  Every Sunday afternoon our home as become a place for our family and friends to gather and cheer the Packers towards another victory!  With at least five adults and eight kids running around on a slow day, a place for everyone to get cozy, sit back and relax has me moving furniture around the house every Packer football season. 

This year I decided to move a wing back chair from the living room down into the TV room.  It's perfectly comfy but what's watching football if you can't put your feet up?  An ottoman was just what was needed.  I braved the overflowing storage area under the steps and sewed a quick slipcover to cover it's ugly forest green fabric.
I also made a quick pillow slipcover for the chair from a sugar sack I had picked up more than a year ago.  It's just been waiting for the perfect project.
I love the way the ottoman slipcover turned out.  It took less than an hour to put together so I thought I'd share in case your looking for a quick and easy project.

I first started by draping fabric over the ottoman, using quilting pins to hold the fabric in place while I worked.

Since I was going for easy and quick I didn't want to deal with any complicated corners.  Instead I simply made two pleats - one on either side of a corner.

Folded the left pleat toward the center, followed by the right pleat.

After pinning the bottom of the pleat, I pinned each individual pleat to hold it steady during sewing.  Next I marked a sewing line with a pencil.  I repeated the same steps on all four corners of the ottoman.  Once everything was pinned and marked I removed the slipcover and sewed a basting stitch along the sewing lines on each corner.

I next checked for fit.  It looked like this.

After I was satisfied it fit well I pinned each pleat about one and a half inches above the basting line.  Then sewed a top stitch from the basting line up to the V of the pleat.  This gave the base of the slipcover more snugness to hold it onto the ottoman.

Next I added a ruffle to the bottom of the slipcover and called it a day.

I'll be sitting here come next Sunday  -  yelling and screaming . . . moaning and groaning . . .making sarcastic comments and muttering "get'm, get'm, get'm" . . . all together being very un-ladylike and enjoying every second!!!!!!

Hope you have a great day,


  1. The slip cover looks great and how practical. I also love the wing chair: the simple stripe gives it an almost Scandinavian feel.


  2. so lovely....enjoy it!

  3. What, the Packers?! How can this be? lol. Love your slipcover, Robin, it turned out great...cute ruffle!

  4. Robin, you are a fantastic seamstress! The slipcover is just adorable. I especially love the pleat detail at the corners.

  5. Jealous here! I envy your sewing abilities, Robin! I think I could maybe handle the cover...but the ruffles is another story! Will you do a post on "Ruffles for Dummies" sometime? lol!

    xoxo laurie

  6. Your footstool is fabulous! If you are going to be unladylike, you may as well do it prettily in pretty surroundings. Your new pillow looks beautiful on that chair.
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. this is so great, i'll have to try it sometime! i'm a new sew-er, so i think i can handle this...
    i really need a slip cover for my slipper chair and don't think i can handle that! did you do your wing chair too? it looks awesome! thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Great ottoman slipcover Robin! I really like the ticking on your wing chair too. I am your newest follower. I hope that you will stop by and visit me sometime too.

    Susan and Bentley

  9. It looks really pretty! I am a football nut too!! WE would make a good pair in our shabby chairs screaming at the tv!

  10. so sweet and simple with
    great advice for making one of my own

    now i just need to aquire an ottoman for my wing chair!

    thanks so much for sharing the loveliness at fridays unfolded.


  11. So cute. I love the detail on the edge of the slipcover. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  12. Great tips on making a slip cover. I love the ruffles.

  13. It looks so pretty with that great chair and pillow:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  14. Really cute, and sew simple. I really like it with the chair. Great place to hang out and watch the packers! I would love it if you would post this to my first Sunday's Best link party. This project is so cute and simple it would give inspiration to many.

  15. absolutely lovely!

    come visit anytime.


  16. just a note
    to let you know
    that i am featuring your lovely ottoman slipcover
    on this week's edition of
    fridays unfolded!


  17. I LOVE this! What a sweet charming slipcover!! Gives me an idea too!! Sharing this on FB today- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  18. Hi Robin, really easy pattern for making a slipcover for the footstool. Now I have to search the second-hand stores for an old footstool to work on!!! I found and am now following you through My Romantic Home and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  19. Your footstool is lovely and you've done a beautiful job! I have this linked to my slipcovers post too today, well done!


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