How to Slipcover a Storage Ottoman with Cheri from Studio Cherie

on July 14 | in Products, Sewing + Quilting Tips, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 3 Comments

Cherie of Studio Cherie is a talented designer with a wide variety of PDF sewing patterns and products (like these wonderful travel duffles!).

Cherie just launched a popular Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs Craftsy class! Cherie teaches you everything you need to know to create professional slipcovers to refresh your home. Learn how to make beautiful, unique slipcovers for either dining chairs or armchairs.

From Craftsy:

    Sew slipcovers that enhance your furniture instead of hiding it! Join pattern designer and sewing expert Cherie Killilea as she shares accessible techniques for draping and rough-cutting slipcovers that enliven any chair. Discover how to accurately measure furniture so that you can estimate yardage as you cover both a straight-backed dining chair and a cozy armchair. Choose from two hem options, for both everyday and formal finishes, and learn how to sew a zippered cushion cover to complete your armchair makeover. Plus, Cherie will share insider tips that make slipcovering a whole set of chairs infinitely easier! By the end of this class, you’ll feel empowered to breathe new life into your favorite furniture—with fabric you love and a style that’s uniquely you.

You can get Cherie’s Custom-Fit Slipcovers: Chairs class at half off with the link in this post! Cherie also shows you how to slipcover an ottoman here at Sew Mama Sew, to give you a taste of the expertise and ease she shares as she teaches her Craftsy class. This is a fun IKEA hack to give you extra style and storage in your home!


I am excited to announce my Slipcovering Class at Craftsy. The beautiful chair cover you see here was one of the slipcovers I made for and in the class. The coordinating storage ottoman is a fun project too. I wrote the tutorial to share here with you.

5 Reasons to Have a Storage Ottoman:
1. Reduce clutter
2. Increase storage
3. Turn your favorite chair into a chaise lounge
4. Extra seating
5. You can cover it with gorgeous fabrics without sacrificing functionality

By sewing and attaching the top cover and bottom cover separately, you can maintain the functionality of your storage ottoman. This tutorial covers the IKEA EKTORP footstool.

Materials List:

  • Fabric – 2.25 yards of preshrunk 54” wide
  • Piping – 3.3 yards
  • Hook and Loop Tape – 3 yards

Extra Tools List:

  • Pneumatic staple gun or upholstery tacks and tack hammer

Step 1: Prepare the ottoman lid/cushion. Either staple or tack the rough side of the hook and loop tape to the underside of the storage ottoman top (the cushioned part) between the feet, as shown.

Step 2: Cut the fabric as shown in the layout.

Step 3: Make a pattern to shape the cushion side and end panels. The pink lines are stitching lines. The green lines are cutting lines.

Start with a piece of pattern paper that is 10.25” tall and at least 6” wide. From the top down, draw a 5” long line, ½” from right edge (shown in pink). Make a dot that is 7” down from the top of the pattern and 1.5” in from the right side. Connect the bottom of the first line to the dot (shown in pink).

With another color, draw another line that starts from the bottom of the pattern, 4” in from the right side going straight up for 2” and then curving to the right to connect to the dot at the bottom of the stitching line. The angled part of the green line at the top end of it measures ½” from the pink stitching line, giving you ½” seam allowance.

Cut on the green line. This funny shape gets cut out of both bottom corners of each of the four cushion side and end panels. They will look like this:

Step 4: Finish the side edges on each of cushion side and end panels with either a zigzag stitch or an overlock stitch. From top to bottom, including the curved part.

Step 5: Hem the bottom of each of the cushion side and end panels with a 1.25” hem. I turn up .25” and then another inch. Stitch the soft part of the hook and loop tape onto the hem area.

Step 6: Stitch cushion side and end pieces together on the pink stitching line shown in Step 3 with a 1/2” seam allowance. Alternate side, end, side, end to form a continuous band. Mark the top center of each of the cushion side and end pieces.

Step 7: Round the corners of the cushion top, and add piping. I use a tea cup with a 4” diameter, as shown.

Stitch piping all around the cushion top, leaving 1/2” seam allowance. You can try it on the cushion to make sure you like the fit. Mark the center of each side of the cushion top piece.

Step 8: Finish the cushion cover. With right sides together, stitch the top of the band of fabric made in Step 6 to the cushion top by aligning the center marks and pinning in place. If any of the sides do not fit exactly, you can adjust at the corner seams to perfect the fit and avoid any puckering. Finish that seam. Now the cushion cover is complete and you can secure it to the cushion with the hook and loop tape.

Step 9: Stitch the box sides and ends right sides together alternating side, end, side, end so you have a band of fabric to go around the box. 1/2” seam allowance. Finish those seams.

Step 10: Hem the bottom of the band with a 1.25” hem.

Step 11: Miter the corners. Put the band in place on the box inside out with the seams at the corners of the box. Pin the top in place so you can draw the mitered corners as shown. Stitch those corners, trim away the extra fabric, and then finish the edges as desired.

Step 12: Add hook and loop tape. Since this ottoman comes with hook and loop tape already on the inside of the box, stitch some soft hook and loop tape to the wrong side of the fabric at the top edges of the box cover. I used several 2” pieces on each side rather than going the whole length. I don’t think it is necessary.

Turn right sides out and slip in place.

I hope you enjoy your beautifully covered storage ottoman. If you want to learn to slip cover chairs too, hop over to my fun new Craftsy class for only $14.99.

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3 Responses to How to Slipcover a Storage Ottoman with Cheri from Studio Cherie

  1. krystina says:

    WOW, this is awesome!

  2. Welcome to the class, Mary. I look forward to working with you to make some beautiful furniture.

  3. MaryKS says:

    This is brilliant!!! I love Ikea and have this ottoman and a similar chair and I will be using your. tutorial asap! Thank you for your kindness in offering the discount for your class. I have enrolled and look forward to learning more. Sew Mama is one of the best blog sites around!

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