DIY Cube Ottoman Slipcover

As promised I am here to share how I made my ottoman slipcover!

I must warn you…

I am not the best at writing sewing tutorials! For some reason, I find it much harder to put sewing steps into words.  But… Here we go!

First you will need to cut your fabric.

I found my fabric at Joann’s.  It’s a coral colored zebra print and I love it!  Plus, it’s considered an outdoor fabric which means my kids will have a much harder time destroying it!

These will be your cuts…

Top – 1 piece at 19″ x 17.5″

Longer Sides – 2 pieces at 19″ x 18″

Shorter Sides – 17.5″ x 18″

You will attach all of your side pieces first to form the outside of the cube.  Leave 1/2″ for seam allowance.  Start each stitch where the “top” of your ottoman will be.  Start 1/2″ from the top and side just like this.

Sew all the way down each side to the bottom of the piece.  You can fit it around your cube like this.  Ignore the top piece in the picture!  I took the pic too late 😉

I like to iron my seams down like this to keep it from bunching and it helps it look more crisp.

Your next step is attaching your top piece.  Make sure your long and short sides match up when you do this part.  Open up a corner and lay a corner of the top piece onto it.  It will line up like this.  I like to hold mine in place with a pin.

Just like the side seams you will start your stitches 1/2″ from the side and top.  Here is a shot of the top piece of fabric after I have attached it to my sides.

Once you have your top piece on, it’s time to make the bottom hem.  I like to pull the cover on the ottoman and fold my fabric up where I want it to be like this.  Just hold it in place with a pin.

Iron this hem and then double fold your fabric to the line you ironed like this.

Stitch it all the way around and you are finished!  I promise it is a WHOLE lot easier than it sounds. 😉

Plans for the Cube Ottoman can be found HERE!

Please let me know if you have any questions at all and thank you for stopping by!



  1. Dls on January 13, 2023 at 12:42 am

    Easier to make a long sleeve and sew to the top, rather than all the unnecessary side seams

  2. Rachael on July 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    How many yds of fabric did you buy?

    • on July 29, 2018 at 11:44 am

      ??????YAY!!! So excited with the way mine looks! I built this and I’m super thankful it turned out so well! I used the plans at www. to build mine – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

      Go to www. – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures!


  3. christina on April 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I am newer to sewing. I’m pretty competent but am still learning, so the corner of the slip cover is a little tricky. I’ve already built the frame and padded it (and love it!), but now I need to do the cover. Any other tips you can offer on sewing the corner!?

  4. Erin on April 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    you are unbelievable. feel free to come make some of those for me… I shall pay you with wine.

    xo – lunch soon! –


  5. Michelle on March 30, 2012 at 7:50 am

    These are exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for posting.

  6. Tiffany on March 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Very very good idea to use outdoor fabric. The coloring has so much POP! I have a coupon good til Saturday, think I know how I’m gonna be using it…

  7. Linda Roberts on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Why are the sides different lengths? I too would like to know the answer to that? By the way the ottomans are awesome

  8. Liz Prince on March 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    daaaaaaang do you girls EVER stop!?? you guys are soooooo awesome and SO fast at getting projects finished. What is my deal?

    LOVE the new ottomans you made. Those would work great in my family room. Are they pretty sturdy? With 4 kids they need to be! Keep up the GREAT work ladies. You guys are still in my top 3 fave diy blogs!

    • Shanty2Chic on March 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you Liz! I try to utilize nap time as much as possible 😉 Thanks so much for your sweet comment! We loved reading it!

  9. Susan on March 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Why are the sides different lengths?

  10. Bella (@weheartDIY) on March 22, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for the tut! Now I need to find myself some fab fabric.

  11. Kellie on March 22, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Many Thanks for the great tutorial! 🙂

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