Chevron Ottoman Slipcover Tutorial {by Jen from Tatertots and Jello!

Did you have a good weekend?
Mine was wonderful!  We have gotten a lot more accomplished around our new home, and we are thoroughly enjoying all of our 5 acres.  Jonathan said our land was “a boy’s paradise!”  How sweet!  I pray many amazing family memories will be made here together!
Here is a picture of the first makeover project we have already begun to tackle…

Project Front Porch Restoration!

Oh yeah, Baby!!

I am so excited about how it looks now and can’t wait to share it with you.
But today, I am excited to have Jen from Tatertots and Jello with us today!

I got to meet Jen briefly at Blissdom but have vowed to spend much more time with her at the next conference we attend together.  She is so talented, and genuine, and she is as sweet as everyone says she is.  I am so glad to call her my blogfriend!
Thanks for helping me out, Jen!
Hi! I’m Jen from Tatertots & Jello and I am so excited to be here.

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I met Traci at Blissdom and had such a fun time getting to know her!!

I’d love to share a little project I recently made –
my Chevron Ottoman Slipcover!

Chevron Slipcover Tutorial
chevron ottoman
I have been having such a fun time lately with Chevron.

I love the graphic look of it and I have found so many different colors of chevron material.

I especially love this blue chevron material.

I recently ordered from I had a very old ottoman sitting in my bedroom. I had wrapped some blue material around it to hide the 1990’s plaid fabric. When this blue chevron material arrived in the mail I knew I needed to make a slipcover for this sad, stained ottoman.
ottoman before
I have never really made a slipcover. So I kind of stumbled my way through this project!

ottoman with fabric
Here’s what I did:
  • The first thing I did was I measure the top of the ottoman and added 1 inch to each side.
  • Then I measure the width of the sides of the ottoman and left about 2 inches for the pleated ruffle.
  • I drew the picture on a piece of paper with the measurements. I am a visual person and this is the best way I could figure this project out.
  • Then I cut out the top of the ottoman and all four sides.
top and sides inside out
  • I sewed the sides of the ottoman onto the top of the ottoman cover.
sew on the top and sides of the slipcover
  • And then I sewed the side up. I made the seam allowances as small as I could because I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough room to fit the cover over the ottoman.
sew up the sides
  • Luckily the cover turned out to be the perfect size once it was sewn.
  • Now I turned my attention to the pleated ruffle.
sew the ruffle
  • I measure the circumference of the ottoman and added 150% to the total. Then I measured 5 inches and folded the material so that the ruffle was 2.5 inches wide. I sewed the ruffle and then ironed it so it was flat.
pin in 6 sections
  • Then I laid the cover inside out and pinned the ruffle onto the cover. I pinned the ottoman cover to the ruffle in 8 sections. The first I pinned and the I pinned the opposite section of ruffle to the opposite section of the cover. Then I did the same thing with the other two sides. And so forth. Then I took the material that was for each section and made 1 inch ruffles all the way around the cover. I did have to repin a few times. And this part of the slipcover is tedious, but so worth it once you are done!
pin in 1 inch sections
  • Once the ruffle was pinned, I sewed it onto the inside of the slipcover.
pin in 1 inch pleats
  • And then I was done!!
I just love my new slipcover. It totally transforms the look of the ottoman – totally updating it!!
chvron ottoman cover
And, just for fun – I made a couple of matching pillow covers. They look so good in my living room. And, they would also fit in perfectly in my bedroom too!!
chevron ottoman and pillows
Thanks for letting me stop by and share my Chevron obsession – lol!!
chevron ottoman tutorial

Great Job, Jen!

For more amazing projects be sure to visit Jen at Tatertots and Jello!


  1. I love the slipcover. The chevron fabric is great.
    Can’t wait to see what you do to your porch. 5 acres sounds like dream. It is something I’ve always wanted.


  2. Jen~ I *love* this fabric and am actually using it to make my kitchen drum lights! You’re making me think I should do a slipcover for my ottoman in case I change my mind…
    Traci~look at you all go! Already started on the projects amidst moving in…awesome.
    Love you both :)

  3. Really clear tutorial. I am almost ready to try the same project. I will be reading this post a few more times.

    – Joy

  4. I love the pleats and that fabric is awesome! I just added some chevron material to my front porch, but this makes me want to add some in my house too:)

  5. Very cute slipcover!! Love how it looks with the throw pillows!! And Traci, I CAN’T WAIT to see the new pics of your house!! I bet your boys are LOVING all of your new land!! I know my 4 year old would be in paradise!!

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