DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Soooooo this project was kind of ambitious for me. You guys know that any sewing I do is pretty much in a straight line and two-dimensional. In my head, this one seemed easy so I decided to give it a go. I’m pretty impressed with myself (and I only stabbed myself with pins once or twice!). Don’t be afraid of this one; you just have to take your time with it. Here’s what you’ll need.

Materials

  • pleather, or other sturdy upholstery fabric
  • sewing machine and materials (pins, scissors, thread, etc)
  • 36″ zipper
  • thick foam

Cut foam so that it pieces together into a cube that’s 14″ tall, 16 1/2″ wide, and 16 1/2″ deep. Cut two 16 1/2″ squares of fabric. Cut one rectangle that measures 66″ long and 14 1/2″ wide.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Pinning right sides together, pin the long edge of the rectangle around the border of one of the squares. When the rectangle meets itself, pin right sides of the rectangle together.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Sew a straight stitch along all pinned edges. Trim excess.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Pin the other square to the opposite long edge of the rectangle, creating a box. You’ll need to pin in the zipper on two consecutive sides; I started the zipper on the corner where the rectangle’s edges meet.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Sew a straight stitch along all pinned edges. You will need to use a zipper foot for the edges that are connecting to the zipper. You should now have what looks like a sad, limp box. Flip it right side out.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Fill it with the pieces of foam.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Zip to close.

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

Oh my gosh, you did it. I did it. We all did it together. I won’t lie, I came away from this project with a Band-Aid on my finger, a broken sewing machine needle, and a whole lot of pride. It has square corners and everything. And now all of my magazines have a super-glamorous place to rest.

Oh! And if you’re wondering about the pleather gold croc fabric, I found it on the street in the fabric district of downtown LA. But as far as I can tell, this is it right here. Good luck! xoxo

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

DIY Faux Leather Ottoman


21 comments

  1. Brittni on said:

    Well, look at you! How fancy/ awesome is this little ottoman. Love it Chelsea.

  2. Ceci Bean on said:

    Fun idea! By the way, where did you get that awesome grey arrow pillow?

    • Andreia Duarte on said:

      I was wondering the same thing! That pillow is gorgeous :)

  3. ms.Q on said:

    love this tutorial! if i’m feeling ambitious one day i might have to try it for my office.

    random question, the print in the top of the photo (pink pineapples), where did you get it? i’ve been looking for it everywhere! :)

  4. elaine costa on said:

    Beautiful!

  5. Ash on said:

    Love this! Brilliant :)

  6. Angela on said:

    OMG!!! It’s amazing! You totally made it and it looks PERFECT! That gives me courage to try it also. :-)

  7. That fabric is amazing! And great how to. I’ve been thinking of making one of these, thanks for the tips.

  8. Samantha on said:

    Awesome job. You made it look easy.

  9. Lyss on said:

    Wow! This is an awesome post! I was considering making two of these our our deck. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Rachael on said:

    Super cute!! Going to try to tackle one if these this weekend!

  11. Jen on said:

    Hi there,
    I’ve been looking for a gold vinyl like the one you used in your ottoman. Will you please share with me where you got it.

    Thanks!

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