Weekend Project: Slipcover a Thrifted Cube

by on Jan 28, 2011

Tea cup with saucer in slipcover thrifted cube table

Not that long ago I was asked to create some cube bean bags. After figuring and re-figuring, I came up with the pattern, added a zipper and filled it with those little styrofoam beads. BIG pain in the you know what. Why go to the trouble when you can find oodles of cheapy cube ottomans at the secondhand store?  Since the cheapest of the cheaps are covered in hideously benign microfiber, find a yard or two of fun fabric and stitch your own custom cube slipcover. Better yet, look for two and make a pair. DesignSponge shows

Experience furniture designs a thrifyed cube.

you exactly how it’s done. No sewing machine? While you’re thrifting for cubes, keep your eyes open for old Singers. I’m partial to the ones made circa 1970.

Here’s all you need to get started on your cube cover: 

1-2 yards fabric, depending on the size of your ottoman

Sewing thread to match

Tape measure

Sharp scissors

Straight pins

Sewing machine

Iron and ironing board

The fully photographed tutorial is right here. And here’s another idea: If you have an ugly square or rectangular coffee table, stitch up the same type of covering to pull over that for a refreshing look and feel.

For a full tutorial on making a round, pleated slipcover, click here.

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