Hi Angel! Do you remember that awesome screen printed flower fabric you sent me a while back? I decided some time last year that I should re-upholster our little ottoman with it, and I finally got a wild hair to do it this weekend!! This was my first upholstery project and I'm SO happy with how it turned out!
This ottoman is one of the first pieces of furniture I ever got after moving out of my parents' house. My mom was working in upholstery and antiques at the time and found the frame for it in a shed crammed with old broken furniture. She fixed it up and upholstered it with pretty purple fabric. After a few moves, and living with a cat and a toddler, the fabric was dirty and torn, so my mom made a brown velvet slipcover for it. That worked for a while until we got our blue-grey couch last year, and since then the ottoman has needed a makeover 'cause the brown and blue-grey just do not work together!
I thought I would show you a few photos of my process. It was really easy!! I started by removing the slipcover and taking measurements. For the top, I simply laid fabric right side down and drew the outline with a fabric marker.
I cut the top 1/2 inch around my marker outline, and cut 2 long pieces that were 12 inches tall (9 inch height of the ottoman + 1/2 inch seam allowance + 2.5 inches for tucking under and stapling). I sewed my 2 long pieces together and fit them around the ottoman to confirm circumference, then I sewed the 2 ends together so it would become one big loop. I pinned and sewed the loop to the top. Throughout the process, I pressed all my seams opened and top-stitched on both sides of the seam for durability and a nice added detail.
I didn't remove the purple fabric, which I think a professional probably would have done. I did remove the dust cover from the bottom which was torn by kids and/or kitty. I unscrewed the 4 legs. I put down a layer of batting, stretched it and secured it with a few staples. Then I slipped the new fabric on top. It was snug but fit perfectly. With the ottoman upside down, I stretched and pulled the fabric and stapled it with my staple gun, taking turns with the sides and finishing with the corners (not unlike how I stretch artwork onto wood frames!). When it was done, I screwed the legs back in. And then I tucked the fabric under and stapled it -- which I should have done before screwing the legs back on but whatever.
And ta-da it was done!
Considering this was my first upholstery project, I am very pleased with how it came out. Of course, I now see all kinds of details I'd like to fix and redo. For example, I should not have top-stitched the seams on the side. It just brings attention to where the fabric panels meet up. Also, the fabric isn't quite straight and even on the ottoman frame. But, whatevs! From a few feet away, it looks fab and I'm so excited!
My husband was in Nashville while I did this project (and got to see you and the family, I'm SO jealous!!!!!!) and I was nervous about what he would say when he got home, since the fabric features flowers and the result is a bit more girly than I had planned. But, he loved it! And said I did a great job! Yay!! I just love happy projects like this! Here's to doing more spur-of-the-moment projects that have been on my to-do list forever!
What do you think of my newly upholstered ottoman? Have you tried upholstering furniture before? Was your experience successful or... a good learning experience? I'd love to hear your stories!