I want you to open your brains a bit and think outside the box when it comes to materials you use on DIY fabric projects. I have a fabric obsession, myself, and if I see something I love, no matter what it is, I’ll find a way to incorporate it in a nontraditional way.
Take this duvet cover, for instance. It went on clearance, and I had no need for it as a duvet but loved the look of the subway style print. So I snagged it, considering $15 for that amount of fabric was awesome!
I had found this ottoman at Goodwill for $6 last year, and it’s been just sitting in the guest room waiting to be covered.
This is a very simple upholstery project for anyone with a staple gun. It’s just like wrapping a present, really! All you need is a staple gun, fabric scissors, your ottoman, and enough fabric to cover it. No sewing involved!
Step 1: Position the fabric over your ottoman (or stool or bench) to where you like the print positioning on top. Make sure you have enough fabric on all sides to staple underneath.
Step 2: Staple the fabric underneath on one of the sides.
Step 3: When you get to the corner, tuck the fabric under to make a straight fold so that it’s a straight line down the corner. (to make it look like a seam)
Step 4: Snip away the fabric that is now in the way of the wheel ( if you have one, or a leg ) and staple. Continue to go around the ottoman until all the corners are finished, making sure you’ve been pulling the fabric tight.
The finished product!
So next time you see a shower curtain or blanket, consider using it to upholster an ottoman, bench, stool, pillows, you name it. Shower curtains and duvets are especially good because they are wider than home decor fabric and are great for when you need more coverage without a seam.
Have some fun with it and enjoy!
Steph is a stay at home mom, wife, decorator, doula, wedding coordinator and a deal-aholic. She loves to find knock offs of home decor/furniture and great sales, especially online. You can follow more of her adventures at her blog, She Does.