DIY: New Life for an Old Ottoman Cushion

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This ottoman started out with a dark stained base and a once loved cushion that had seen better days. Luckily, there were no nasty smells lurking within so a makeover was definitely possible.

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Start by removing the old upholstery.

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Next, measure the length, width and side width of the cushion.

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Write down your measurements and add an inch to each to allow for half inch seams.

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You will need to cut two pieces of new upholstery that measure the length times the width for the top and bottom of the cushion. Cut two new pieces that measure the width times the side width and two new pieces that measure the length times the side width for the four sides of the cushion.

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A rotary cutter and a cutting mat work really well for this kind of precise cutting.

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Place the short side pieces on top of the long side pieces with right sides facing together. Pin them together on the short side of each piece.

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Sew the pinned sides together with a half inch seam allowance.

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Now lay out the two long pieces you have created with right sides together. Make sure you are alternating the long and short pieces. Pin and sew the two short sides together with a half inch seam allowance.

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Press open each of the seams.

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You will end up with a long circular piece of fabric that is just the right size to fit around your cushion. This will be your new side piece.

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Lay one of your big pieces of fabric out with the right side facing up.

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With right sides together, pin one long edge all the way around, matching the seams with each corner.

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This is what your corners will look like. The seam will be a half inch in from the corner.

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Just fold the side piece around as you pin.

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Sew a half inch seam all around your pin line.

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Slow down before you get to the corners.

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Stop when your needle reaches the middle of the seam. Keep the needle in the down position so it is still in the fabric.

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Lift the presser foot.

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Turn the fabric so you are facing down the new side. Put the presser foot back down and resume sewing down the next side with a half inch seam allowance.

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When you have finished sewing all around, turn it right side out and press each seam for a nice crisp look.

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Turn it inside out again. With right sides together place the other big piece on top, pin and sew just like you did with the other piece. The only difference is, you will leave one side open so you can slide the cushion in. After you have finished sewing around the edge. Turn it right side out and press the new seams.

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Slide the cushion into the new cover.

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Pinch the open sides together so a half inch on each side is folded in.

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Pin the opening closed.

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Close the opening by hand stitching.

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When you’re finished you’ll have a beautiful new cushion for your freshly painted ottoman.

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Enjoy!

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