Ikea Reject Ottoman Union Jack Slipcover Makeover!

Hi Lovelies,

It’s been too cold to paint lately so I’ve been having fun getting aquainted with my new sewing machine and rediscovering my sewing moJo! 

Well actually it’s not so new, I got it for Christmas and only recently got her out of the box.  Here she is on the right;  Bloggy friends meet Jan..  Jan meet my bloggy friends 🙂   Now that we are all properly aquainted… I’ll move right along.

So I finally carved out a little mummy space in the corner of the playroom; lucky for me it’s quite a large room so plenty of space for me, my sewing projects and approximately 20 thousand pieces of lego!

I’ve had this little rejected Ikea ottoman laying around for-like-ever!

I got him in the bargain area at Ikea, he was naked except for a piece of foam on his top, but we won’t go there… he’s a tad embarassed about that fact 😉

I decided I’d try my hand at sewing him a new slip cover.  Inspired by the Queen’s Jubilee I went for a Union Jack 😉

I had some calico fabric and a roll of burlap/hessian fabric so I got to work cutting strips. 

I cut strips of burlap and some natural coloured linen (which I trimmed from my too long Ikea curtains… mmmm that’s a project for another day!). 

I then placed them over the seat foam until I was happy with the layout. 

Having never sewn with burlap before, or used this machine for that matter, this took a little practice but after a test strip we were off and racing!

Here he is in his new Bespoke threads….

Jan is my new BFF… I love her!  I had fun with this little project… and I think this little guy is a much happier chappy not to mention warmer now 😉 

What have you been working on lately?  Anyone upcycled an Ikea reject? Love to hear about it!

Keep sparkling! 🙂
Jo xx

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  1. Restyled Vintage

    That looks gorgeous Jo! I got a new sewing machine for xmas too, after having my mum’s hand me downs since I was a kid. It has taken a bit to get used to a newer, lighter, quieter machine but I love it now 🙂

    xx Karen

    • Jo Coastal Home Love

      Thanks Karen! I am loving my new machine!! I didn’t realise how much I missed not having one. My old one was my Mums too!… it was a Husqvarna from the 70’s and built like a tank! This new one is a dream. Jo xx

  2. Stylish Kylie

    After seeing this beauty on instagram, I just had to come and have a look. I love it, you did a great job.

    I have a Jan too – she’s served me well for 15 years.

    Kylie x

    • Jo Coastal Home Love

      Hi Angela 🙂 Thank you so much! There’s something about neutrals that’s so soothing! I’m guessing you found me via a linky party? I’m a newbie at all of this so I’m having fun linking up and it’s fantastic to discover new blogs too… popping over to yours now 🙂 Jo xx