How to Make an Outdoor Ottoman

How to Make an Outdoor Ottoman

Crafting Time:
  • 3-5 Hours
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Coats and Clark
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Additional Information



  • Spool of Coats & Clark® Outdoor Thread
  • 1-1/4 yd outdoor upholstery fabric, main print
  • 1/2 yd. outdoor upholstery fabric, coordinating print
  • 2-1/2 lb. bags Polystyrene beads (2)
  • 5 lb box Poly-fil® fiber
  • Sewing machine
  • Point turner
  • Basic sewing supplies

  • Finished Size: 20" cube


  1. Use 1/2" seam allowances throughout.
  2. From the main print, cut four 21" squares for the sides. From the coordinating print cut two 21" for the top and bottom.
  3. Thread machine with outdoor thread. Increase stitch length to 4mm and use a size 16 topstitching needle.
  4. Mark a dot at each corner 1/2" from cut edges.
  5. Pin three side squares together in a row. Sew the first square to the second square starting and stopping at the dots. Backstitch each end to secure. Repeat sewing second to the third square.
  6. Pin a coordinating print square to the top and bottom of the middle square in the row of squares joined in step 4. Unit is now a plus shape. Sew the top and bottom seam starting and ending at the dots. Backstitch.
  7. Pin the remaining square to the end of one of the top or bottom squares. Stitch between dots.
  8. Align and pin two sides of the cube, right sides together. Stitch between dots backstitching each end to secure. Repeat until all sides are joined forming a cube with an open top.
  9. With right sides together, starting and stopping stitching at dots,join the top to the sides, leaving a 6” opening for stuffing.
  10. Trim corners diagonally. Turn cube right side out. Using a point turner, poke out corners.
  11. Insert pellets into cube. Cut a small opening in the pellet bag to create a funnel at the cube opening. Pour pellets slowly.
  12. Add polyester fiberfill to pellets and pack with hands. Shape the cube until it is fully expanded to desired fullness. Hand stitch opening closed.
  13. Thread a large hand sewing needle with outdoor thread. Sew a long running stitch 1/2" from edge through both thicknesses forming a decorative edge around top of pillow .