Whether you use it for extra seating, as a table, or for your feet, an ottoman’s look can fit your many moods.by KELLIE GRENGS
Ottomans and footstools are a very popular home accessory and you see them everywhere. There are really whimsical ones by McKenzie Childs and the more traditional leather styles by Ralph Lauren. I found this inexpensive 16-inch-by-16-inch square ottoman and created three easy looks with trim and decorator fabrics. This is a very basic sewing project and the trim can even be hot glued onto the fabric. •
1 For each style, measure the circumference of the ottoman and add seam allowance. For example: This ottoman’s circumference is 64-inches, then add 1 1/2-inch for a seam allowance (sewn at a standard 5/8-inch seam allowance). The height of the ottoman was 16-inches, plus seam allowance for the top and bottom edges. I cut a strip of fabric 65 1/2-inches-by-17 1/2 inches.
2 Measure the top of the ottoman and add seam allowance to each edge. For example: This one was 16-inches-by-16-inches, and then I added a seam allowance and cut a square that was 17 1/2-inches-by-17 1/2-inches.
3 Sew the long strip that will wrap the sides of the ottoman to create a “tube.” Quarter the “tube” and sew the top square by lining up each corner of the square with 1/4 of the tube. Inside out the slipcover. Roll hem the bottom edge 5/8-inch and slip over the ottoman.
4 Sew or hot glue the trimming.
A fun, floral fabric in muted tones with the addition of chenille pom-pom trim make this ottoman work great on a sun porch with wicker furniture.
Denim fabric and beaded leather fringe make this a kicky casual ottoman suitable for a den or playroom.
ANOTHER LOOK... Use a thick terry cloth for the covering and place in the powder room.
Brocade fabric and a rope-fringe trim dress up this ottoman. A pair of ottomans would work together as extra seating or placed at the foot of the bed.
This article appears in the April 2005 issue of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles