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No-Sew Storage Ottoman DIY.


No-Sew Storage Ottoman DIY.

Michelle Pulman

Baby-proofing our home is in full-effect! I'll probably do a post in a few weeks to show how we're making out house a little safer for Jake, but in the meantime, I'm going to share what I did with one of our living room storage ottomans... 

For the past five years, we've lazily used a faux leather storage ottoman from Target to house extra wires, cables, and various remote controls for our television. This set-up worked for both my husband and myself: I was happy because everything remained out of sight, and my husband was happy because he could easily access things when needed. But after realizing it would be just as easy for our son to grab a spare extension cord, I figured it was time for a new solution. 

The ottoman itself had seen better days and didn't really match the rest of our decor (faux brown leather was fine in college, but I like to think that we've moved past that stage of our lives...)

My first thought was to move the wires/cables/remotes somewhere else and just toss the ottoman altogether. But then I decided it might be fun to reupholster the ottoman for extra toy/blanket storage in Jake's nursery. 

Now, I don't know how to sew (one of my five-year goals is to teach myself how to use a sewing machine) but I'm pretty good with the staple gun. So despite the fact that this ottoman was ROUND, I figured I'd try my hand at turning it into something I really liked. Worst case scenario, I would do a poor job and just toss the whole thing out. 

I really liked the fabric I used for Jake's bench so I went back to the fabric store that I purchased it from and (despite being almost a year later), they still had it. So, I bought the whole roll (about 3.5 yards) because it was on sale and I figured I'd probably need the extra material. The guy at the store actually asked how my reupholstery plans and even went into great detail about how I should create piping, but once I mentioned my staple gun, he sort of chuckled and said "good luck!". My tools:

The first thing I did was to add fabric to the top of the ottoman. I measured enough to wrap around the full exterior surface, while still leaving (more than enough) to wrap around and staple to the underside.

Now because of the round shape, I had to be strategic about the wrapping of the fabric. The first thing I did was to pull the fabric tightly across the top and staple it underneath on opposite sides. Then I did the same with the other two remaining sides. What I was left with looked like a square with loose corners that weren't yet secured (sorry, I totally forgot to photograph this step!). Focusing on one corner at a time, I very very slowly started to tuck the extra corner fabric inside itself (just like you would when wrapping a present) so that it once again began to resemble a round surface. When I was happy enough with how the corner looked, I pulled the fabric tightly and stapled it underneath. Here's a close-up of how I folded and tucked the fabric:

Once I did the same to the other three corners, the top of the ottoman was complete! I was actually able to accomplish this all during one of Jake's naps.

Here's what the underside of the top looked like:

Skipping ahead to Jake's next nap, and I was ready to begin reupholstering the bottom half of the ottoman. The bottom was a little tougher because in addition to being round, it also had four wooden legs and was a larger surface to cover. I wanted to use just one piece of fabric for the whole thing, so I decided to add the fabric first to the inside of the ottoman and fold it over the top and sides, before securing it to the bottom. The process is sort of difficult to articulate to here are a few images that detail how I did it:

First, I laid the fabric across the inside of the ottoman and folded it over the top and sides. 

Next, I put one staple on the inside to hold the fabric in place.

Once stapled from the inside, I folded the fabric over the top and pulled tightly around the side before stapling it to the bottom of the ottoman.

I purposely left a lot of extra fabric to make the folding and stapling easier to manage. 

After one side was stapled, I slowly began to wrap the fabric around the exterior side of the ottoman, making sure it was taught. I added a staple to the bottom of the ottoman every .5 inch as I worked my way around the ottoman.

And, while I was smoothing the fabric around sides of the ottoman and stapling it underneath, I was simultaneously pulling the fabric tightly down the interior sides of the ottoman and stapling it to the inside. 

Once I had finally wrapped the fabric around the full exterior of the ottoman and ended up back at the side where I started, I folded the end of the fabric into itself (being careful to line up the stripes as best as I could) before stapling it underneath. 

Here's a close-up of how I folded the end piece. You'll see that there's definitely a visible seam and the lines don't match perfectly, but it really doesn't bother me. 

After both pieces of the ottoman were complete, the last thing I did was to measure and cut three circles that would cover the inside of the top, the bottom of the inside, and the actual bottom of the ottoman. This step wasn't 100% necessary, but since the ottoman was going in my son's nursery, I wanted to make sure that all of the staples were covered with a layer of fabric. I used a hot glue gun to adhere each piece to the ottoman, which also made the whole thing look a lot prettier and more put together.

Here' a look at the inside of the final product:

And here are some shots of the ottoman in Jake's nursery:

It isn't perfect, but I'm really happy with how the ottoman turned out! The piece matches Jake's room perfectly and it was a fairly cheap and quick project to complete! Has anyone else done a no-sew reupholstery job? If so, I'd love to see!