November 13th, 2012
Remember the ottoman that I got a while back to replace the coffee table with a more kid-friendly option? Well, as I imagined, the upholstery began to get stained with everything from coffee to spit-up–so I decided to recover it. Reupholstering it did not make sense–because the reupholstery was bound to get dirty too–so I came up with what I think is a really great solution. I made a reversible, removable ottoman cover from a vintage Kantha quilt.
Kantha quilts are made from Indian Saris and have contrasting colors and patterns on either side–which makes it the the perfect candidate for a reversible cover because it allows me to change up the look of the ottoman when I get tired of one pattern. Also, Kantha quilts are made of cotton and therefor easily washable–the perfect material for my cover.
Here are the basic steps I took to make the cover:
1. I wrapped the top and sides of the ottoman in the quilt as though I was wrapping a gift, and pinned the corners into place.
2. I then sewed the corners up using a whip stitch.
3. Once all four corners were sewn into place, I reversed the quilt so that it was inside out on the ottoman–and the raw edges were facing out. I then cut off the excess fabric flaps of the corners and sides.
4. Next I sewed three ribbons onto each side of the quilt. I use the ribbons to tie the bottom sides of the quilt together underneath the ottoman.
I’m loving the versatility and the ability to change the pattern up when I want to–so much so, that I’m contemplating making another one! Don’t you love reversible things? It’s like a 2-for-1, and who doesn’t love that?
You can find Kantha throws in my recommended pieces on Luvocracy
photos by J. Blakeney