Do you have a storage ottoman that’s looking beat up or just doesn’t go with anything you’ve got? Bring it back to life by wrapping it in some new fabric. The fabric was dated on this secondhand treasure, but the structure was in good shape. When thrifting, look for pieces that have good bones; the fabric and paint color can always be changed.
Before beginning the project, remove any hardware or notions from the ottoman. Ours had a cord, tassel and hinges. We also removed the small wooden legs to make the job easier.
The top of the ottoman is the easiest part. Lay out the fabric (right-side down) and place the top of the ottoman (top down) on the fabric. Decide how much fabric is needed to cover the top. (No need to measure, just fold it up to determine what you’ll need.) Allow a couple inches of excess fabric so you can fold it over before stapling it down.
For the base of the ottoman, determine how much fabric you need. Lay the fabric right-side down on your work surface. Place the ottoman on its side on top of the fabric. Make sure there is enough fabric to cover it. You can wrap it around the whole ottoman to make sure it fits, or measure one side and multiply by 4. Again, add an extra inch or so all the way around for seam allowance. Fold and iron a seam on all sides.
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Fasten the Sides
Lay out the fabric and place the ottoman on its side. Begin stapling the top and bottom of one side. Now you have a secure side to pull the fabric nice and tight around the rest of the ottoman. Continue stapling around the sides and on the bottom. When you get to the end, staple the fabric from the inside or add a dab or fabric glue to hold the seam closed.