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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

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38 thoughts on “DIY Faux Leather Ottoman

    1. Hi Diane! We used foam that’s pretty squishy, so it’s not for adults to sit on. My toddler can sit on it. Otherwise it’s just for putting your feet up. But if you preferred, you could get super-firm foam and use it to sit.

  1. Cute! I’m working with foam on another project and I was wondering how you kept the foam together. I can tell that you are using smaller pieces to form your cube, are there dowels or something else to connect them?? Thanks for your time.

    1. Hi Brenda! We actually didn’t use anything to keep the foam layers together. We just cut them to all the same size and then the form of the cover keeps them all in place. In other foam projects, I’ve used spray adhesive to keep the layers together, which I’ve found works well. Thanks!

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