Right before Christmas, I ordered the cutest knitted ottoman for Emily’s room. My sister was there when I opened the box (much squealing and excitement on my part!) and said she didn’t have an ottoman for the nursery. Well, that’s uncomfortable!
So I made her one! Because what else are you going to do?
This was a really easy project, and a great scrap buster. This was right around the time that I was purging/cleaning/organizing our office, so I had committed to purging my scraps/random fabric by half. But I hate throwing away fabric. Problem solved!
This and one tub of fabric. That’s what I consolidated to!
What you’ll need:
*LOTS of stuffing (I even used two extra pillows, plus all my scraps)
1. Cut 6 squares. Mine measured 20″, because I used two decorative pillows as the top and bottom. I know, two fewer pillows in my house! You think that means I get to buy 2 more? But you could make yours any size that works for you.
2. Sew your cube using this cloth block tutorial from Make It and Love It. I skipped the step of clipping the corners, because with something so big, you’ve got some flexibility.
3. Stuff and stuff and stuff. Sit on it to press it down. Then stuff some more. It’s going to take lots more than you think, because you want it to be pretty solid. Hand sew the opening shut.
With all that fabric, your ottoman will be pretty heavy!
The little miss testing it out.
The nursery is a pretty small room. Maybe 8’x9′ at the most. Which means we wanted furniture to do double duty. We got an Expedit bookcase in white from Ikea, turned it sideways, and added some legs to create a window seat with plenty of storage for toys (with pink bins from Target).
But of course, we needed a cushion to make the window seat comfortable. I wanted to use a piece of 3″ foam, but that was pretty expensive. So with 4 clearanced pillows from Ikea, I set to work.
What you’ll need:
*fabric (front and back pieces cut 1″ longer and 1″ wider than the length of your bench)
*pillows, stuffing, or foam the length of your bench
1. With right sides together, pin the two long sides of your fabric. Sew just those two sides.
2. Stuff your fabric tube with your stuffing/pillows/foam. Both of the short sides are open so you can maneuver to filling a little more easily.
3. Fold the short ends in about 1/2″ each. Pin and stitch closed.
The finished product:
My husband is a great sport about all my sewing. He puts up with scraps all over the office, stepping on pins, and me wanting to change our decorating a couple times a year. Good guy that one! But he does have one strict rule about pillows: One in, one out. I’m allowed to change the pillows as often as I want, as long as the collection doesn’t grow. Thank goodness fabric is so cheap and there are great tutorials out there for creative pillows!
Pillow with Ties
(Make It and Love It is one of my go-to website for creative projects!)
But, I have a tendency to envision things that don’t actually exist. Like the shade of orange I wanted for my living room. I wanted a darker, almost reddish orange, but all I could find was the citrus orange. I have to admit, I was getting pretty frustrated that shopping day.
I went to World Market just to cheer up and look at their scarves. And found, this dress on their clearance rack (started as $24.99 and got it for $4.99, plus a coupon!). So I got one to wear and one to turn into a pillow. Love it.