Images & Tutorial: Ribbons & Bluebirds
And we’re back with Part 2 of our DIY Storage Ottoman tutorial. Part 1 is back over here, which shows you how to make the box portion. Now Jenn is back for the second part – how to upholster your ottoman! Take it away Jenn.
If you started with a cube already or you followed along with our DIY Storage Ottoman Part 1 tutorial, we’re ready for part 2: tackling the upholstery.
Upholstery can be intimidating, but it’s not hard! Once you pick up a few tips and techniques, and you get a feel for the fabric you’re using, you’ll be upholstering like a pro. On that note, if you love upholstery projects I can’t recommend Design Sponge’s Upholstery Basics series enough – they do a fantastic job of walking you through the professional method for a bunch of projects step by step.
Materials, should all be available at your local fabric store:
- Storage ottoman box, (buy: Home Basics Storage Ottoman, or make yourself from our Part 1 DIY Storage Ottoman Tutorial)
- Furniture feet, from Part 1
- 1” High Density Foam (I used 2 yards, 24” wide)
- 2” High Density Foam (I used a 15×17” chair pad)
- Dacron batting (I used just over 2 yards at 54” wide
- Outer fabric – yardage will depend on fabric width. I used 3 yards of fabric at 42” wide for my ottoman, which was slightly larger than the dimensions we used in Part 1.
- Felt or other heavy lining fabric
- Ribbon or other trim for finishing
- Fabric covered button kit, 7/8” size
- Staple gun (I use a light-weight gun and it works great without killing my hands.)
- Hot glue gun
- Spray glue
- Xacto knife
- Fabric scissors
- Kitchen paring knife
- Fabric glue
- Sewing machine
- Straight pins
So when we left off last, we had a bare box with the hardware installed for furniture feet, and a separate lid. Now it’s time to finish it off with cushy foam padding and fabric.
Lay your box on the 1” thick upholstery foam, and use a marker to trace the size you need. For the first two pieces, measure the foam to exact the size of the panel (should be 12.5”wide x 11” tall), and cut using a pair of sharp, heavy-duty scissors. Use spray glue to attach the foam panels to the sides of the box, on opposite panels.
Use the box, now with two sides covered in foam, to measure out the longer sides for your second pair of panels, to overlap the first corner – these should be approximately 14.5” wide but can vary based on how accurate the rest of the your construction has been. Attach the third and fourth panels to your box with spray glue. If you don’t have enough foam in a continuous piece to cover a side, you can splice two pieces together to form the full panel: just cut the two pieces you need and use spray glue to attach a thin piece of fabric over the joint. When you’re finished with this step, the outside of your box should be covered in 1” foam.
For the top, take your piece of 2” foam and trace the exact size of your top piece. Cut this piece out – it will be more difficult to keep your cuts straight vertical, but it can still be done with the fabric scissors.
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