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Throwback Thursday: Burlap Ottoman Cover How-To - Oh My Goods!

Finished ottoman detail

I posted a couple of weeks ago about burlap and that was a pre-cursor to this very post! Burlap is so versatile and a pretty inexpensive fabric that it just seemed like the most logical choice for my ottoman cover. Before this, I had quickly sewn together brown remnant fabric I had on hand to make a cover when I first purchased the ottoman from a second hand shop in Orlando. It was supposed to be temporary (as in a few months), but I definitely used it for about 2 1/2 years! Well, finally after buying burlap a couple months ago, it was time (yesterday) to make that cover I’ve been thinking about ;)

Here’s How I Did It:

Ottoman Before:

Ottoman Before

Here is a photo gallery and some pretty basic instructions that you can add your own customizations to:

Instructions:

  1. Measure your ottoman and calculate how much fabric you will need
  2. Wash and dry your burlap (it might need ironing afterwards)
  3. Place part of burlap on top of ottoman and cut around the top (leave room for seam allowance) Cut out burlap top
  4. Fold remaining burlap in half (lengthwise) and cut Fold burlap in half
  5. Then fold those two pieces in half again (lengthwise) and cut
  6. Now, you will have 4 strips Fold two cut pieces in half again and cut
  7. Use one of those strips as a pattern for the liner fabric: lay strip on top of liner fabric and cut two strips of liner fabric Measure liner from burlap strip
  8. Sew or hem one edge and both sides of each of the burlap strips Hem view
  9. Serge or zig zag opposite edge to prevent fraying zigzag stitch
  10. Fold over edge and sew (only to 2 of burlap strips)
  11. Sew a stitch across that same edge that you just serged/zig-zagged with a “gathering” stitch (low tension, low pressure, long stitch length) gather stitch
  12. Pull the bottom string of the gathering stitch and push fabric together (tie the opposite end to prevent gather from falling out) gather stitch strings
  13. Tie the end you have been working with when desired gathering look is complete.
  14. Do gathering stitch to all 4 strips Burlap strip gathered
  15. Sew liner strips together on one side, fit to ottoman, the cut and sew other side
  16. Sew liner to ottoman top Liner sewn onto top
  17. Use the two strips with the “unfinished” top edge to be the bottom ruffles for the ottoman Sew bottom ruffle onto liner
  18. Pin onto liner at desired height around the whole side and then sew, removing pins while sewing
  19. Sew other two strips with the “finished” edge just above or right at where the liner meets the burlap top Sew finished gathered strips to top edge
  20. You can leave it like this if you like the “flowy” look Ruffled ottoman
  21. To continue on, measure down to the desired height and pin fabric around the whole ottoman
  22. Sew the straight stitch along the pinning line, removing pins as you sew
  23. VOILA!

Final stitch ottoman

Finished ottoman aerial

See Original post here (03/02/2012)

CategoryDIY, Home, Home Decor
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