Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to Create a Faux Fur Ottoman For Less Than $20.

Faux fur ottomans in my opinion are to die for. I love faux fur. In fact I've had a faux fur obsession for at least the past 15 years.

So when I saw this blue ottoman at the Salvation Army for $5 I snatched it knowing that one day it would become a faux fur ottoman.

The truth is this ottoman has sat in our house untouched for almost two years. I just didn't have a spot for it and refused to give it up, although I almost did a few times. But I'm glad I kept it because once we found out we were pregnant I knew it would go in the baby's room. We held onto our glider from when Jakey was a baby, but we had never gotten an ottoman to go with it. We had intended to, but just never got around to it. And so this blue ottoman got it's faux fur transformation.

I got the fabric from Joann's. I waited for a 50% off sale, and used a coupon on top of that. So the fabric went from $22 a yard to about $6 a yard. I got two yards because I am still pretty new to sewing and wanted to give myself plenty to work with in case I messed up.

I got brown faux fur instead of white for several reasons: 1. I think brown goes better with the d├ęcor in baby Noah's room than white. 2. I wanted something that would dirt from both Jakey and the baby touching it and the hubby and I putting our feet on it.

I pretty much followed the same idea in sewing this ottoman cover as I did with Foxy's dog bed. The main difference is I didn't add a bottom piece. I was going to, but as I was putting this together I realized I didn't have to and having a removable cover would probably be best for washing purposes.

I laid my  fabric out and cut out a square for each side and the top.

Next, I pinned all four sides to the ottoman with the fabric reversed so I could sew the seams. After sewing each seam I would put the fabric back on the ottoman just to make sure I pinned correctly the first time.

After all four sides were done, I again put the cover on the ottoman, again with the fabric backwards, and added the top. I pinned all four sides and sewed up the seam.


Finally, I was going to hem the bottoms but I realized that if I folded them up instead, they didn't fall back down and because the fabric is bulky than non faux fur fabric you can't even tell that it's folded up.

And there you have it. A faux fur ottoman for less than $20. $5 for the ottoman and $12 for two yards of fabric. I'm definitely no seamstress but I think this is the nicest thing I've sewn thus far. I guess practice makes perfect!

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