I got the foam and cut it up to fit the top…I wish I had wider foam so that I could do it in one piece, but I work with what I have…
It would be better to use one piece verses cut up pieces. If you do have to piece the foam you should top it with a layer of dacron to make it smooth. I used the batting that I got for my Moroccan Wedding blanket and doubled it.
Remember that each layer should be glued down with spray adhesive so it does not slip.
Now I had to cover my button. I used the Dritz half ball cover button in the 2 1/2″ size. The top of it is rounded and it said no tools required.
Since this is going to be sat on I covered it with a little foam to make it a bit more soft and then I cut the top edge to bevel it a bit.
The fabric I used to cover the button was actually a hideous blouse I purchased from the Goodwill just for the purpose of using it for my ottoman. hee hee
Since I had the foam on the button I did not use the cutting template because I thought it might be too small. I just put the fabric on the button and stretched it as I was hooking into the teeth (by just pressing it into the teeth). Very very easy.
then I trimmed the fabric
(that leopard print in the background is my jammies LOL)
Then I snapped on the back. WOW this was SUPER easy!!
I purchased the fabric as a remnant and it was way long but I needed some more width so I thought about patching it together. One side went to the bottom but the other side didn’t.
I was not sure how this was going to work once executed but the choices were to use the fabric the best way I could or scrap it and go buy 6 yards of something different. Since I purchased this as a remnant I could not buy any more of this specific pattern. Trust me, when I found this one that was the one time I dug through a bin trying to find another piece and even called the other stores in the chain to see if they had it. No such luck. I know 6 yards seem like a bit much for this ottoman BUT in order to piece the fabric together the “right way” that is how much it would take. Luckily I don’t have any reservations of doing things my way... that’s just how I roll… so lets see how this thing comes out.
Since I did not have enough fabric I went back to Mackenzie Childs website for some more inspiration..
I found this one..now remember that I am not trying to copy her stuff exactly I am just looking for inspiration. This piece cost $2,250!! Hmmmph not in this lifetime. I decided to combine the Mackenzie:
with a Moroccan Pouf
This part is not going to be easy. I dug out my soil separator fabric to make my pattern
I traced a small plate to make the center…didn’t like how that looked so I used a regular plate to make the circle larger. I used my t-square to separate the ottoman into 8 sections and then drew lines from the bottom of each line to the top of the next line at the end of the plate line. I then cut out the fabric to the edge of the ottoman and I numbered each section so that I will remember where each piece goes.
I cut all the pieces out making sure I added some extra for seam allowances and then laid them on the ottoman to make sure they fit. They looked like once sewn together they would fit perfectly.
But once I sewed them all together they do not fit the same 😦
Maybe it will look a little better when I iron it out.
For my centerpiece I sewed a piece of satin together and scrunched it up and sewed it in a circle.
I placed the cover on the ottomon and stuck a long needle through the center hole on the bottom so I could be sure where the center is on top.
Then I sewed the poufy thingy in the center by hand
Then I put the button on and pulled it from the bottom and tied the string around a wad of cotton. I used come cotton string I found in the supermarket.
Part three I will have the sides stapled down, the final trim applied , and the legs painted. I worked on this bad boy too long today and I am done for the night. Difficulty level? 1-10 with 10 being the hardest…I rate this an 8. I need a break now. Going to find my electric cigarettes now cause I either need a smoke or a drink LOL