Well, I’ve finally come out of my winter hibernation. Is it just me or does winter wreak havoc on your soul? I’m a day person and I need sunlight. Which is why the sunroom is quickly becoming my new favorite spot since my husband cleaned it out and replaced the flooring. I can’t believe we went so long without using this space for anything other than storage. I can’t wait for you to see the full before and after pictures. But first, let me tell about this DIY no-sew skirt.
My original plan for this room was centered around using a small breakfast table. But one day I just started moving some furniture around on a whim and quickly realized I already had a perfect piece to use in here. Remember this ottoman? If you’re a regular reader then you already know my sewing skills are pretty much the worst. So when I decided I wanted to have this ottoman reupholstered I knew I would have to have the cushion on the top recovered by a professional but I did have an idea for how I could make the skirt on my own. And it actually worked.
So here is my not-so-technical tutorial. But it worked for me and hopefully, it will work for you too.
- I removed all the old fabric then draped the new fabric over the top to see how much I would need for the cushion.Then I cut the rest off all the way around. This would be the fabric used for the skirt.
- Then I measured the ends, sides and height of the base and added a few inches to each measurement to allow for three things. 1. Enough fabric to staple to the top. 2. Enough fabric to fold under to create the seams. 3. Enough fabric to overlap the end pieces OVER the side pieces. Then I cut the fabric into four sections based on my measurements.
- To create the seam I used an iron and fusible webbing. It’s super easy to use. Just fold the fabric over where you want to create the seam, place the fusible webbing between the layers of fabric, and iron on high heat.You can see from the pictures that the edge isn’t perfectly straight. But that’s okay. The way the fabric hangs makes it hard to tell. I used a Waverly Sun N Shade fabric which is not too thick but extremely durable.
- Then I used a staple gun to attach the fabric to the base of the ottoman. I didn’t create a seam on the edges of the long pieces, since these wouldn’t show. I added the long pieces of the skirt to the long sides of the ottoman first, then I attached the short pieces to the ends, so they would overlap the sides. Then, I just placed the cushion on top of the ottoman. The upholsterer, who did an amazing job on the cushion and who by the way, just happens to be one of the super awesome people I work for, added pieces of velcro to the bottom of the cushion so that it can be attached to the base. (This same person has offered to give me sewing lessons and one day I’m gonna taker her up on her offer.)
I love how this room is coming together. Mixing patterns is one of my favorite ways give a space some personality. And since this space is so small, those ghost chairs still allow plenty of light to come through those big windows, and that’s the best part. This is where I’ve been getting my daily dose of sunshine when it’s been too cold to go out. And that’s Coco, just waiting for me to take that tray off the ottoman so she can get back to HER favorite spot…