DIY: New Life for an Ottoman Cushion


 Every once in awhile, I look across the racks of clothes at my local thrift shop and lay my eyes on the perfect piece of furniture to refashion. Especially now that I’m trying to decorate the new studio. This “funky cheeseball” ottoman started out with a dark stain and this once loved cushion. Luckily, there were no nasty smells lurking within, so it was a prime candidate for a makeover.


 I don’t know if you’ve ever priced new high density foam, but YIKES, it’s spendy! I felt like I’d struck gold when I found this whole ottoman, cushion and all, for five dollars. All it needed was a little lovin’. I thought I took some photos of the “before” ottoman, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find them. But I’m sure you get the idea. 🙂

I think it’s now the perfect match for my funky orange thrift shop chair. What do you think?


My latest eHow post shows you the step by step process to recovering an old cushion. Plus, it really is a pretty tutorial, if I do say so myself. There is just something about turquoise and orange that rolls my socks up and down. 🙂 I hope you’ll check it out…..

You can click here for the entire tutorial.


Well, I’m off to work some more on the studio. So much to do before the big Book Launch Party in October…..

For more refashion inspiration:

Easy DIY Refashion Tutorials

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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23 Responses to DIY: New Life for an Ottoman Cushion

  1. Niecy says:

    Love it, I have 2 tables I’m wanting to do and the colors are perfect…
    Love your site and I want your book….
    God Bless Niecy

  2. acraftymind2013 says:

    I really like this. The colors are so pretty!

  3. Mother Deer says:

    Very nice tutorial, Beth. Easy to understand 🙂

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    I ❤ the turquoise colour. The ottoman makeover is gorgeous.

  5. Trenie says:

    I don’t even sew and your site caught my attention. I’m 71 years old and thinking about purchasing a sewing machine!!

  6. I love giving a new life to old furniture. That’s awesome.

  7. bibbieandblue says:

    Absolutely love the color combo!

  8. Pingback: Fabulous Color Combo on (Re)imagined Ottomon | bibbie&blue: Art, Crafts & the (Re)imagined

  9. Susan Luke says:

    I’m loving what I’m seeing!!! Good luck getting everything done in time for the book launch!

  10. Joanie says:

    Love it! I did something similar with our tired foot stool/ottoman. It was old enough to be vinyl covered and stuffed with straw. It now has a multicolored stripe fabric cover with a steady wood base and wooden feet thanks to a class I took on how to make a tuffet.

  11. redoing old furniture is what I like to do too…you did a wonderful job!…and love the colors!

  12. redbamsews says:

    Love what you did! I prefer the new color scheme.

  13. Maria del Socorro says:

    me gusta es algo muy practico y en cualquier sitio se ve preciosa,gracias

  14. Love it! the colors are awesome!

  15. seweverythingblog says:

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful re-fashioned ottoman. It’s making me feel the pressure to take up my own sewing room re-do where I left off — and pressure is exactly what I need :).

  16. arcruz34481 says:

    Reblogged this on She Blogs Daily and commented:
    Great idea to revive an old ottoman

  17. mpthriftychic1 says:


  18. Debbie Young says:

    Great tutorial. You inspire me. Thanks so much!

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