Friday, October 21, 2011

French Industrial Ottoman: Guest Post {AKA Design}

Only today and tomorrow left to link up YOUR Round 3: Fabric project? Prizes will be given to the top 3 viewed links. GO HERE to enter yours. Linky party open until Saturday, October 22nd @ 6 pm MST.

Our 2nd place finisher for Round 3 was Shannon & Dean {AKA Design} with their French Industrial Ottoman.


So incredibly pretty! Shall we see how it was made?

Take it away Shannon & Dean:

Our French industrial ottoman is a cute little number, isn't she?

Okay, let's begin at the beginning.

Since we didn't have any ROUND pallets kickin' around (she says with a cheeky grin), we had to create one. Once again we used up some off-cuts from our headboard project.

Dean laid out the wood on the deck and using a pencil, nail and string, drew TWO 22" circles. Then he cut each piece with his jigsaw (thanks, Mom!).

Using some thin wood (also leftovers), Dean fastened the pieces together to make TWO circles. He also cut four 3.5" blocks from a leftover 4"x4". At this point I stained all the pieces. {If I'd waited until it was "built", it would have been awfully hard to get a brush in the small spaces.} Once the stain dried, Dean stacked all the pieces like a sandwich - large circle (wood strapping down), blocks and then second large circle (wood strapping up) and screwed them all together (bottom, flip, top).

Dean attached some industrial casters underneath each of the four blocks for support and function. I used our pencil transfer method to mark some numbers on each block - Our anniversary! Then I filled them in with my trusty black paint marker and gave the whole thing a light sanding to distress.

Then it was on to the fabric part of the project. I marked and cut two 23" circles, a 70"x9" rectangle, and two 70"x2" rectangles.

And after tracing our french script directly off my computer screen (again!) onto some white paper, I taped the paper and fabric to the window and traced using - guesses? - my paint marker.

Would you like to know what the French script says? It's actually part of the lyrics to one of my most favorite old country songs {yes, I said country!} - Little House by Doug Stone. I used Google translator to translate it into French and I used only part of the lyrics because I was hand-painting the fabric and didn't want to be painting for days!

Love grows best in little houses,
With fewer walls to separate,
Love grows best, in houses just like this.

Anyway, moving onto sewing. Gah, this was a little tricky because I can pretty much sew a straight line. And not much more.

I made the piping by sewing (a straight line) some jute into the 70"x2" rectangles.

I sewed a zipper (don't get me started on zippers) to join the two ends of the 70"x9" rectangle (to make a big circle). And pinned everything together right sides in. Be sure to open the zipper a bit so you can turn it all right side out again after you sew it. Um, yes, I tell you this because I know.

When it's all sewn up, turn right side out. Using a staple gun or glue gun INSIDE the empty cushion, affix it to the ottoman's wood top all around the edges especially. Then just stuff and zip closed.

And there's our French Industrial Ottoman! Any questions!?


I absolutely love that fabric and can’t believe all the words are hand-painted on. I love all the meaning in this project – from the poem to the anniversary date in the block. Amazing!

I can hardly wait to see what’s in store for Round 4! Good luck!!!


  1. This was hands down my favorite project for this round! Amazing work!

  2. Thank you from the bottom of our sappy hearts!!!
    Shannon & Dean


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