How to Make an Outdoor Ottoman
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- 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
- Use 1/2" seam allowances throughout.
- From the main print, cut four 21" squares for the sides. From the coordinating print cut two 21" for the top and bottom.
- Thread machine with outdoor thread. Increase stitch length to 4mm and use a size 16 topstitching needle.
- Mark a dot at each corner 1/2" from cut edges.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pin the remaining square to the end of one of the top or bottom squares. Stitch between dots.
- 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.
- With right sides together, starting and stopping stitching at dots,join the top to the sides, leaving a 6” opening for stuffing.
- Trim corners diagonally. Turn cube right side out. Using a point turner, poke out corners.
- Insert pellets into cube. Cut a small opening in the pellet bag to create a funnel at the cube opening. Pour pellets slowly.
- Add polyester fiberfill to pellets and pack with hands. Shape the cube until it is fully expanded to desired fullness. Hand stitch opening closed.
- 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 .