Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY :: Ruffles and Rosettes Slipcovered Ottoman

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Good Morning!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are ready for a great week ahead. I spent all of Saturday completing my quilt design. I'd completed it on paper and with fabric.... surprisingly the graphics and layout of the actual pattern took longer than the other two steps! It was a really fun process, though, and I can't wait to share the finished product with you. I have some gorgeous fabric on order from Canton Village Quilt Works (free shipping special ends tonight, fyi!). Once I get that, I'll make another sample quilt, photograph it and then my debut quilt pattern will be ready to go! I'm very excited. Can you tell?  :)

Since I can't share the quilt with you quite yet, I'm going to show you the cute ottoman I slipcovered and a few step-by-step pics as well. I hope it'll inspire someone to slipcover something! You can find the ugliest chair and make it into something beautiful with just a simple slipcover. For my wingback chairs and the ottoman I used Finish Factor Drop Canvas Cloth from Lowe's. I pre-washed and dried it to prevent shrinking later on. The piping is made from the drop cloth and cording from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Ruffled Ottoman Slipcover... looks very cute with just the ruffles, but I wanted to add just a little something more...
... how about some rosettes! With a quick Pinterest search (does anyone even use Google any more?), I found many tutorials on how to make rosettes. For these ones I ripped a 2.5" strip of drop cloth, tied a knot for the center, then twisted and glued (glue gun) all the way around until it was the size I wanted. Then I just cut the fabric and glued the end at the back. I attached them to the ottoman with the glue gun, too!

The "Before". Dusty Blue Velvet, anyone?
The ottoman and 4 matching wingback chairs were a Craigslist find.
I got rid of two of the wingbacks, cuz really? Who needs 4 matching chairs!
Of course, now I'm thinking I could have used them in the basement.
Oh well!

Lay a piece of drop cloth over the top of the ottoman and cut it larger than the top.

Have handy: sharp scissors, pins, piping (that you've previously made with drop cloth and cording!)

Hold together the piping with the drop cloth, put the piping where you want it to end up. I put it right along the existing piping on the ottoman. Put the right side toward the ottoman. Pin piping in place.

Pin piping in place by pinning from the top, close to the piping. Wherever you place the pins is where you will end up sewing. 

Work your way around the chair, placing pins close together. When you reach the corners, snip the piping.

Snipped piping. Don't get too close to the stitches. Snipping helps the piping to go around the corners smoothly.

When you've pinned the piping all the way around, get ready to join it with a neat seam.

Rip out a few stitches at the beginning and end of the piping.

Cut off the excess piping, leaving a 2.5" overlap.
Tired of dumping your pins several times per project? No more, with a magnetic pin cushion! I love this thing.

Pin the two ends together snugly with right sides together. Don't pin the piping in there, just the drop  cloth.

Almost ready to take it to the sewing machine!

Before taking it to the sewing machine, cut off excess drop cloth. 

This is how it looks before sewing.

First sew the ends together, trim the seam allowance and tuck the cording neatly inside the drop cloth piping cover.

Use a zipper foot on your sewing machine so you can sew right next to the piping. It makes for a much neater and more professional finished slipcover.

Put it on right side out so you can see how it looks. You can see where I joined it on the front. Unless you look closely, you can hardly tell it's a join!

Now, put the slipcover top on inside out again. Cut a piece of drop cloth big enough to go from the top to the bottom and all the way around. I don't use a ruler or tape measure, just wrap the drop cloth around the ottoman and rip or chop it off. Use pins to attach the drop cloth to the slipcover top.
Pin the join nice and snugly. Trim off excess drop cloth fabric before sewing. It doesn't matter if it's a little too short because it will be covered with ruffles after anyway! Take the slipcover off, take it to the sewing machine and use the pins as a guide as to where to sew.
Unfortunately, I can't find the pictures for the next couple steps. :( Once you've completed the above steps, put the slipcover on the ottoman right side out.

To make the two ruffles, cut 2 pieces of drop cloth the same height. To determine the length of ruffle, so around the ottoman 2.5 times and that should be enough.  Use the edges of the drop cloth that has the nicely finished selvedge edge so you don't have to hem the bottom of the ruffle.

Turn over the top of the ruffle and hem it. Take your ruffle pieces to to the sewing machine. Lay a piece of narrow elastic about 1" below the top hem of the ruffle piece. Put the sewing machine needle into the elastic, through the ruffle piece. Stretch the elastic continuously while sewing it into place. This will automatically create a nicely gathered ruffle!! I hate the thought of basting and gathering the old fashioned way, so was very relieved when I discovered this method!

Once both ruffles are created, sew them in place on the right side of your slipcover. Sew right over the existing stitch line. When you get to the ends just fold over and tuck in the ends, overlapping slightly.

Well, that took forever!! LOL Hopefully it's helpful to someone. If you'd like more in depth help with learning how to slipcover, I'd recommend The Lazy Girls' Guide to Custom Slipcovers. It's a $10 e-book, and I'm an affiliate... so if you click through and buy it, I'll get a little $$. Thank you! I purchased the e-book myself and found a lot of useful information in it.

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  1. Fabulous project Cindy! It really turned out lovely. What a great upcycle!

  2. Great transformation! Would have never guessed they were blue underneath!

  3. Aha stunning work...and my hero x

  4. Amazing job, not surprised it took ages taking a photo of every step, thank ever so much for taking the time to do this - will certainly keep this post saved back and refer to it if I ever decide to take a project such as this one :) thanks x

  5. Thanks so much for all the nice comments, everyone!

    @Amanda I think it took longer to take and edit and upload the photos than it did to make the slipcover! lol

  6. This took a lot of work, but it paid off, because it's darling!

    Also, I gave you the Liebster Award over at Que Linda (

  7. Love it! I slipcovered my ottoman but used pleats, I like your ruffles so much better! Next time I am doing ruffles!

  8. I love the ruffles, they make me so happy!

  9. This is beyond adorable--It looks wonderful! I love the pillow in the background too--it is so what it becoming my favorite shade of blue. I wish I could get a closer view:) I am going to go follow you right now!

  10. @Shabby chic Sandy Thank you! I got the pillow at TJ Maxx in Bellingham, WA. It was around $12. I figured it was cheaper to buy it than make it myself and I couldn't resist the cuteness!

  11. It looks beautiful, I love ruffles and the rosettes you made are just the right finishing touch! :)


  12. This is one of the prettiest ottomans that I have seen - I especially love the rosettes!! Wish I had that much patience. Incredible job!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  13. SO pretty & neat! I wouldn't have the patience to do this. Can't find day 13 of the X'mas hop on LaShawanda's blog. Can you tell me?

  14. love this tutorial! I have an old ragged out ottomon that I've been needing to recover...this gives me some inspiration and great sewing directions!

  15. Anyone who would want to freshen up their home can make good use of the advice here. I think that the changes you have made would make a room look and feel more comfortable. I would like to see a post on how much money people can save by making their own slipcovers.

  16. very good article. I have always seen people chasing discount and deals at coupon sites for the product that they wanted to buy for their living room. But your article is an excellent of fact that money is always limited but creativity is unlimited and with little creativity you could make your room look awesome. thanks much!