DIY Round Ottoman Covers

Making a do-it-yourself ottoman cover saves you money and protects your ottoman from wear and tear in high-traffic areas. Sewing a cover is also a way to refurbish an old ottoman, to hide an unattractive fabric cover or worn areas. There are many options when it comes to fabric colors, allowing you to blend the ottoman into the existing decor and make it look new. Select durable, washable, yet soft fabric that drapes nicely without stiffness.

Sew a cover for a round ottoman by making a ruffled skirt that attaches to the top fabric.

Step 1

Lay a piece of newspaper on the floor. Flip over the ottoman and set the top on the newspaper. Trace around the top of the ottoman for a pattern.

Step 2

Remove the ottoman and draw a second circle 1/2 inch outside of the first.

Step 3

Measure the circumference of the ottoman base with a flexible measuring tape and multiply the number by two. Measure the height of the ottoman and add 1 inch to the number.

Step 4

Cut a piece of fabric using the adjusted circumference and height measurements. Cut a circular piece of fabric using the pattern for the top of the ottoman.

Step 5

Pin the circumference piece of fabric by matching the short ends with the right sides together. Sew the ends together with a 1/2-inch seam to make a tube. Finish the raw edges of the seam with a serger or zig-zag stitch.

Step 6

Sew a row of gathering stitch about 3/4 inch from the top edge of the loop. Sew a second row about 1/4 inch from the top edge. Leave the thread ends about 4 inches long so you can grab them when gathering the edge.

Step 7

Gather the top edge of the fabric loop by grabbing the starting thread from the top and bottom row. Pull the thread gently while sliding the fabric along the stitching. Gather the loop until it reaches the same measurement as the circumference.

Step 8

Insert a pin next to the start and end thread of the gathering stitching, and then wrap the threads around it in a figure-eight pattern. This will prevent the gathering from coming undone.

Step 9

Pin the gathered edge of the loop fabric to the round top fabric, matching the right sides together. Sew the pieces together with a 1/2-inch seam. Finish the raw edges with a zig-zag or serger stitch to prevent fraying.

Step 10

Fold the bottom edge of the cover 1/4 inch to the wrong side, and then iron it to hold. Turn the edge under another 1/4 inch and iron. Sew the hem with a straight stitch to hold in place. You may want to pin the hem after turning the second edge to hold the fabric while you sew.

About the Author

Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.