Completed Project: Orsome Ottomans

It starts out simple enough. You think, oh before I start sewing this skirt I’ll just draft up this really easy pattern for ottomans I saw online. Then you start thinking about the skirt some more and then think, you know, it would be really easy to whip up one or two of those cute ottomans right now, who cares if the skirt is already cut. Then BAM! before you know it it’s midnight and you have two of these beauties:

Aren’t they divine! I’m so happy with them, and I know Sweetheart likes them too: instead of his usual ‘cool, baby’ he smiled and looked at them for a while. Then he tried sitting both at once and promptly fell off. πŸ™‚ *love*

Like most things I make these have a back story too. The fabric is from an old doona cover that was given to me about 3 years ago. I cut it up soon after with the intention of making several large floor cushions, but I never finished making them all because I didn’t really like them that much. After that, the cut up pieces of fabric went from fabric stash to throw-out pile and back again more times than I care to count.

Then on Saturday, I found we faced a dilemma. We’d bought some new furniture, and the Sunshine Seat was just too big for our space. Plus, we also have a seating shortage when guests visti and two ugly corners in the living area: cables and powerpoints made me want to claw my eyes out. So I had an idea for ottomans… and found this great tutorial over on Living with Punks!

I worked out my own dimensions and skipped the handle, and found some neat gold bead piping in my stash that I thought I’d use in a dress but decided it would be better used in these. Then sew sew sew and when they’re done, half the beans from the Sunshine Seat go on the floor and a small amount make it into the new ottomans. I just love them. Here’s a close up of the fabric and piping combo:

I now have enough pieces of cut-up doona cover left to make two more in smaller sizes, and I’m considering some complementary ones in leather look vinyl… oh to Β creative, ’tis a joy and a curse!



5 thoughts on “Completed Project: Orsome Ottomans

  1. I like the color choice for these ottomans. They seem to be quite high, is it true? If so – I guess it is more comfortable to sit on them. What I am most impressed is your speed to get them done while working on the other thing πŸ™‚ For me it would have taken a week or so. COmpliments to you!

  2. Thanks Jennifer! We too are waiting for the day everything is wireless *and* affordable! One day… in the meantime it’s fun to upcycle solutions πŸ™‚

    Thank you aboutGoodness! They are quite high – The larger is about 15″ tall and the smaller about 13″. They are comfortable to sit on, or equally you could use them as back cushions whilst sitting on the floor (which I tend to do a bit of πŸ™‚ ). I like unusual things so these non-standard measurements fit the bill! I am also impressed with my speed – though it baffles me why that pile of washing in the laundry hasn’t been done yet… hehehe

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