You ready to learn how to make one of these bad boys?
I’ve come to love ottomans lately. I’m in love with tufting. You can do this to a lot of different projects. You can use it when upholstering a sofa or chair, or use it to upholster a headboard. It’s a great trick and it makes your project look professional.
How to cover buttons with fabric:
First, you need to get fabric buttons. These can be bought at your local fabric store. I got them at JoAnn’s. It is REALLY easy to cover them. Simply follow the directions. I got the ones that snaped together. So, all I had to do was cut a circle of the fabric, catch the fabric on the little metal “teeth” on the underside of the button, and then SNAP the back of the button on to create a nice, smooth fabric covered button.
Heck, this concept could be used for lots of things. You could recover buttons for a jacket to add some sass, or even to make a cute buttoned bow for your little girl.
Now that you know how to make fabric buttons, now we’ll move onto the ottoman.
How to make a tufted ottoman:
First, you need to acquire an ottoman. I found this one at D.I. (Utah’s version of Goodwill) for $25.00. I then took off the nasty leather upholstery and took the ottoman apart.
When I took the ottoman apart, I was thrilled to see that there were already holes cut in the wood. This is where the tufts will be pulled through the foam.
Out with the old.
Now I have a clean slate to begin the beautification process. This is where it gets fun!
I chose a stain resistant turquoise fabric. I got it at Calico Corner. I tried to find a turquoise leather-type fabric, but I didn’t have any luck. That’s why I decided on the stain resistant fabric. Since I have three small kiddos, I thought it might be worth a little bit extra to “protect” it.
Next you need to upholster the board. You need to use the same concept that was explained HERE and HERE on previous posts.
Here is my cute hubby helping me. AND…he’s holding the new electric stapler that he just got me. What a hunk.
Here is what it looked like when we got done with the upholstering. I liked it smooth, but I thought it needed a little somethin’ extra.
So, I went and bought upholstery needles. I got them at JoAnn’s. You need the long needles to thread your tufts through the foam.
Here we are starting the process. We would push a needle up through the foam to mark the spot, and then we would thread on the fabric button onto some STRONG thread and pull it tight. I know you can buy button tufting twine, but I was unable to find it. So, I got some upholstery thread and doubled it up twice to make sure it was nice and strong enough to be pulled tight.
Then when we got the thread as tight as we wanted the tufts to look, we did this to hold it in place with the staple gun.
Here you can see all of our tufts secured in place.
Here is a reminder of the end result! SHHHHH don’t look at the clutter in the background.
After your tufts are in place, you need to make sure to pull the fabric tight and may have to re-staple it underneath because you don’t want any loose parts.
What a fun project! Have fun on your ottoman hunts.
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