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How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

A few month’s ago we had the pleasure of helping our friends with their nursery! You might remember, that we installed crown moulding for them. While we were over, I helped reupholster a rocking ottoman with a pillowcase. My friend, Rachel, couldn’t find fabric that she liked, so she bought a flat sheet set that also contained pillow cases! While the guys finished up on the crown moulding I taught her how to reupholster using a pneumatic staple gun! At first she was nervous to use it but then she got the hang of it and wouldn’t put it down.

Fast forward a few week’s later, she changed her mind on her fabric choice and asked if I could (re) re-upholster the ottoman cushion again for them. Being the good friend I am (and of course knowing how easy this is to do) I didn’t hesitate at the chance to help out!  I do want to note that I did not recover the rocking glider chair. She sent the fabric and cushions to a family friend who did it in no time (much quicker than I ever could have)!

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

Supplies:

  • Rocking Gliding Ottoman
  • Pillowcase (or fabric of your choice)
  • Scissors
  • Pneumatic Staple Gun
  • Ear Plugs
  • Safety Glasses

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

First, cut the pillow case along the seam both vertically and horizontally.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

Lay the fabric out so you have one long piece. Place the ottoman cushion on top of the fabric. Using scissors, trim around the fabric leaving 4-5 inches on every side.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

Fold over one side of the fabric and staple every few inches.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

When you get to the corner you’ll want to fold it like a package.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

Fold over the fabric, making sure that the corner is tucked in nicely.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

This is what it should look like once you staple the corner.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

Then repeat with the remaining four corners until all the fabric has been secured to the cushion. I made a video earlier this year on how to upholster a chair cushion. It is the same exact concept. If you need a better visual representation you can watch that video!

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

Trim excess fabric.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

This is what the finished cushion looked like.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

Re-attach the ottoman cushion back on the rocking glider and enjoy! I absolutely, LOVE what our friends did to their babies nursery! I love the color scheme and can’t wait to share their entire room in the coming weeks.

How to Reupholster a Rocking Ottoman with a Pillowcase from SewWoodsy.com #nursery #diy #reupholster

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Comments

  1. Great project again! Found you @ craftfoxes and just loved your dresser! Anyway, really liked your blog too…CONGRATULATIONS! You have a new reader now!

  2. I love using fabric from “non-fabric” sources. Like curtains and sheets, or pillowcases as you’ve done here. The ottoman looks great!

  3. Super smart idea Katie! I wish I had thought of this when my kids were in the “rocker” stage… much cuter!

  4. What a great makeover! Who would think to use a pillow case? Great idea!

  5. Marissa Cesar says:

    Any ideas on how the chair cushions were re-upholstered as well? I have a similar glider that I want re-done (first child was a boy so the glider cushions are blue – currently preggers with a GIRL)? would like different colors as well….
    Thanks!!!

    • Our friend sent the cushion to a family friend who is a seamstress. I’m in the process of looking for fabric for my glider. I would take apart each piece of fabric, use as a template, cut new fabric and sew. I’m sure you can find tutorials on the web. good luck.

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