If you hadn’t figured it out from my blog name, I love burlap. It’s versatile yet inexpensive, simple yet classic, and can fit in with any decor style, from modern to farmhouse, shabby chic to contemporary. Recently, I’ve been smitten with the contrast of rugged burlap and sweet ruffles. And so, with an ottoman gifted to me from my mother-in-law, I went to work!
about a yard of burlap, depending on the size of your ottoman
thin, cotton fabric for the ruffle, maybe a quarter of a yard
any cheap fabric (I used muslin) to line the ottoman with (Only needed if your ottoman, like mine, had already been covered and you are too lazy to pull off what is there. Burlap does have small holes in it, so a neutral base is best. Any dark, bright fabric will probably show through the burlap)
glue gun or staple gun
Step 1: If needed, cover ottoman with any plain, neutral-colored cotton fabric. You can see the original red, green and yellow fabric underneath my fabric, but it doesn’t show when covered with the burlap.
Then, once you have your lengths of fabric creased and ready to go, go to your sewing machine, lengthen your machine stitch to the longest setting, and sew a line down the length of your fabric, about 1/4 inch from the end. I set my machine to 6 stitches per inch. Again, not sure if that is at all the correct way to do it, but it worked for me. You do not want to backstitch on either end!! Make sure to leave long threads on each end…see following two pictures. This is important as you do not want to start pulling threads on one end and end up pulling them through the ruffle at the other end (I hope that makes sense).
Once you have sewn down the length of your fabric on all three pieces (or however many you decide to do), start at one end and gently pull the threads and slide the fabric down the threads as you are pulling. This will cause the fabric to ruffle. I stop when I have about half the fabric ruffled, tie off the two threads, and repeat for the other end. Play with it until the ruffles are as tight or loose as you want them!
Now the next step should be to sew a regular stitch along the gathered edge to hold the ruffle in place. I skipped this step, as I knew I would be sewing the ruffle to the burlap shortly. You may not want to skip this step if you think the ottoman will get heavy use or you plan on washing the slipcover often.
Step 6: Pin ruffle along burlap slipcover right sides together. Using a regular stitch, stitch all the way around slipcover.