Spruce Up Your Ottoman with This Beautiful DIY Cover | Video Tutorial

FEB 27, 2018 updated Jun 4, 2021
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This DIY ottoman cover is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! Or at least give you somewhere to rest them. Re-cover a tired, old ottoman with a fresh design to spruce up your living room or sitting area.

Watch the full DIY ottoman cover video tutorial below, or follow along with the step by step guide after the video. 


*amount of yardage depends on size of the cube you’d like to re-cover

Cutting out your Pieces – Calculating Pattern Piece Sizes

Start by measuring all sides of the cube that you would like to re-cover. I’m re-covering a 15” x 15”, 6-sided square cube. Each side of the cube measures 15” x 15” and I’ll be using a ¼” seam allowance when sewing my pattern pieces together. I will need to add ¼” to all sides of my 15” x 15” pattern pieces. which means my final pattern pieces should measure 15 ½” x 15 ½”.

Once you’ve figured out the final measurement for each of your pattern pieces, cut out all pieces from your upholstery weight fabric.

I have six 15 ½” x 15 ½” fabric squares.

Sewing the Cube Together

With right sides pinned together, take two of your fabric pattern pieces and stitch together with a ¼” seam allowance.

Make sure to leave a ¼” gap at the top and bottom of your stitch line.

Repeat the above step until all 4 side pieces are sewn together in a consecutive line.

Attaching Sides to Top

With right sides facing, match up the raw edges of the cube top with the sewn cube sides. Your four sides should easily stretch all the way around the cube top. Stitch in place, leaving a ¼” gap at the beginning and end of the stitch line.

Once the sides and top are attached, you will need to close the last side seam of the cube.

With right sides still facing, match up the raw edges of the remaining side seams of the cube, pinching the corner of the cube top between the sides.

Starting at the bottom of the cube side and leaving a ¼” gap at the beginning of your stitch line, stitch into place. Sew all the way to the end of this stitch line as you will need to secure the top corner firmly to the sides.

Pro tip: If you’re new to sewing with heavyweight fabrics, these five tips will help you out.

Attaching the Bottom

Flip your cover right side out and place over the cube you are re-covering.

Lay the bottom of the cube cover over the bottom of the cube, matching up the raw edges of the bottom and sides as best as you can.

Stitch the bottom to the sides with a blind hem stitch.

And you’re finished! Complete this living room refresh with a coordinating bookcase renovation with wallpaper!

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    • Hi Karen,
      Your local home goods store should have ottomans available but you could also look at stores like Ikea.

  • Thank you for using our fabrics on the illustration, but it would have been nice if you could have referenced the fabrics you have used in your tutorial. This way, those who liked the designs, can find them directly.

    • Hi Efe,
      Your design was a great addition to the ottomans! All of the designs are linked at the top of the post.

  • Ainsley Bourgeois

    Love these! I have an ottoman coffee table that could use some new life. I need to make a new cover for it!