Jun 19, 2013 - Crafts, Recycle & Reuse    10 Comments

Colorful No Sew Ottoman Cover

A while back I showed you how to make casual easy frayed applique pillows shams and I showed you this great fabric that I found.  Well, I also used that giant floral to recover my ottoman for my basement rec room.  This colorful no sew ottoman cover was a snap and gave new life to my tired old ottoman.

No Sew Ottoman Cover

I purchased this large ottoman at a local discount store and paid about $200 for it.  The top was chocolate leather.  I thought the sides were leather too, but…they were vinyl.  They tore quickly and easily and my toddlers at the time thought it was fun to stick their fingers in and stretch the holes out even bigger.  That was when I covered it with a simple stripe as pictured below.

No Sew Ottoman Cover

The great thing about this ottoman is how EASY it is to change it up.  Just flip it upside down, unscrew the wood base and remove it.  I didn’t even take off the old fabric!  This new fabric is from Home Fabrics.  It is printed and has great bright colors with a bold pattern.  I like that the background is chocolate to match my sectional.  The pattern and color also hide popcorn grease and stains very well, perfect for an ottoman.

No Sew Ottoman Cover

I draped the fabric over the ottoman and cut it to the right length.  One width is perfect to cover the top and the sides.  I turned the entire ottoman over and made sure the fabric was centered.  Then I started stapling.  Don’t be afraid to add a ton of staples.  Start in the center of each side and work your way to the corners.

No Sew Ottoman Cover

I wrapped the ottoman like a present with creased corners so I wouldn’t need to sew anything!  I think they turned out great.

No Sew Ottoman Cover

Then I just screwed the base back on drilling the screws right through the fabric.  A quick flip over and voila!  This project probably took 30 minutes.  I can un do it and throw the fabric in the wash or recover it when I change out my decor.  You may not have the exact same ottoman as I do, but don’t be intimidated to recover what you have.  I love ottomans, they are such a versatile piece of furniture!

No Sew Ottoman Cover

What have you recovered and given a new life to?  Leave a comment or a link to your project below!


  • Did you wash the fabric beforehand? Or is that unnecessary? I’m using a grey chevron to redo my doing chairs.

  • I am truly INSPIRED! I have had a few left overs ottomans that NEEDED recovered, but I didn’t want to sew them. Looking at yours, I am ready to tackle them!! Thanks girl! I was stopping in to say hello- I’m back at the blog and I was thinking about you!

  • What type of fabric did you use? I am a novice sewer–so I haven’t used much fabric. But this would be PERFECT for my ottoman and I would love to attempt it. Just not sure which fabric would be best :)

    • I used a heavy thick weave cotton for the floral. BUT the under cover was a thinner cotton stripe from Ikea. It was very inexpensive and worked perfect. I did add a little quilt batting between the fabric and the ottoman since it had a slightly tufted top. Good luck!

  • Love this. So easy and simple! I dont even own a sewing machine so this is perfect! A friend of mine has a heavy duty stapler… So, we are going to try this! I bought a greek key outdoor fabric. Will put the ottoman in our front balcony!

  • great job! such a beautiful fabric!

  • How do you do this if the legs don’t come off? I bought this great ottoman at a resale shop and am ready to go but it would be so much easier if the legs came off. Thank you.


  • nice post

  • looking good

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