I have recovered this ottoman twice now! I love the large size of this ottoman and the fact I can use it as a footstool, extra seating, or add a tray for a coffee table. So instead of replacing it with a new style, I would rather just recover it. For this DIY project, I added new, fresh fabric and exchange its outdated wide, round feet for squared, tapered feet with mid-century, modern style. Also, this fabric is very versatile. If you saw the canvas art I shared last month, this is the same fabric! Scroll down to see how to recover your ottoman with new fabric and furniture legs.
Recover & Refresh!
This ottoman update is easy peasy! I’ve listed all the materials and tools for you below. There’s also a photo tutorial for how to recover your ottoman. Just follow the steps to give the ottoman you love a new look.
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- Sewing machine
- Pinking shears
- Sewing scissors
- Sewing pins
- Needle-nose pliers
- Electric staple gun
- Remove furniture legs
- Use needle-nose pliers to remove staples holding fabric and upholstery backing
- Remove extra staples for a clean base
- Using removed fabric as your pattern, cut top and side panels with pinking shears
- Sew four side panels together, right sides facing
- Open and press all four seams
- With right sides together, pin side panels onto top panel, matching the corner with each side seam
- Sew all four edges of top to attach side panels
- Press seam flat with inside edges pointing towards bottom of side panels
- Add top stitch around top of side panel, sewing all four sides
- Stretch fabric over ottoman and turn to expose base and wood edges
- Staple around all four edges of ottoman base, pulling fabric tight
- Trim backing to size of base plus four inches on each side. Fold edge under and staple to cover fabric staples.
- Attach new ottoman feet.