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There are many names for these small furniture pieces: foot stools, ottomans, that-thing-over-there. And for their size, their price tag can leave you with raised eyebrows, which is why it is practical and money-saving to make one of your own through this tutorial.

The best part of making your own furniture from artificial leather fabric is that you can make it exactly how you want it. In this case, that means your ottoman can be whatever size you require. Just make sure that the measurements of the top and the bottom pieces of your ottoman are half of an inch larger than the measurements of the four sides. Another hint before you get started: use a drill bit that is the same diameter as the screw shank. This will help prevent the wood from splitting when you drill the pilot holes.


First things first, you will need the following items:
• 4 plywood squares, 23×23 inches, ½ inch thick (or measurements of your choosing)
• 2 plywood squares, 23 ½ x23 ½ inches, ½ inch thick (or measurements of your choosing)
• Power drill
• Drill bit set
• Phillips cross head bit
• 1 ½ inch wood screws
Pleather fabric
• Pencil
• Utility scissors or utility knife
• Framing square
• Measuring tape
• Yardstick
• Aerosol adhesive
• Quilt batting
• Scissors
• Carpet tacks
• Tack hammer
• Decorative upholstery tacks
• 4 locking furniture casters

Lay one 23×23 inch square plywood down. Stand another square of the same size on the edge making sure it fits snugly against one edge of the bottom piece.

Drill the pilot holes about 3 inches apart through the side of the upright sheet of plywood and in to the edge of the bottom piece. Using the Phillips head screwdriver bit, insert the wood screws in each pilot hole.

You now have an ‘L’ made out of plywood. Turn the entire piece to stand with the 23×23 facing you and the fastened corner upright and on the left. The second 23×23 piece should be away from you and on the left side of the frame.

Place another 23×23 piece along the right edge. This will make the next corner. Drill the pilot holes in to the piece that faces you and insert the screws.

Rotate the frame so the open side of the frame is on the right.

Drill and insert the screws on the last 23×23 piece. Rotate the frame and fasten the corner.

Take a 23 ½ x 23 ½ piece and place on top of the box. Drill pilot holes in the top piece and through to the frame. Insert the screws to fasten the top. Flip it over and fasten the second 23 ½ x 23 ½ piece to form the bottom.

Lay your fabric out and set the cube on top. Draw the outline of the cube with pencil then trace an outline that is 4 inches wider along that. Cut out the leather using the second outline.
Lay out the remaining fabric. Line the cube on top with it as close to the left edge as possible. Trace the left edge.

Roll the cube four times toward the right. Trace the right edge. Draw a straight line 4 inches to the right of thet raced line. Cut the leather along the left line and the wider right outline.

Put a framing square on the leather with 1 leg lined up on the left edge and the perpendicular leg on the bottom edge of the leather pointing right. Trace the bottom edge.

Line the yardstick with the traced line. Extend the line to the right cut edge. Cut the leather.

Measure the left side of the leather to 28 inches; mark it. Line the square on the left edge with its perpendicular leg extending across the leather at the pencil mark. Trace the edge, extend the line. Cut the leather.

Spray adhesive on the top of the cube. Place the sheet of quilt batting on the adhesive. Trim the excess.

Spray adhesive on the sides of the cube. Wrap with batting; trim the excess.

Center the leather square on top, right side facing up. Press the edge over the side. Hammer carpet tacks through the leather on the bottom edge about 3 inches apart. Rotate the cub 180 degrees and repeat the process. Rotate and repeat on the two other sides but make sure to keep the corners unfastened.

Press the leather on one corner over toward the left to make a smooth fold around the corner. Fasten the bottom edge of the fold to the cube using carpet tacks. Do this to all the corners.

Fold the rectangle leather piece over 2 inches with the right side facing out. The fold will be turned away toward the cube. Align the folded edge with the upper edge. Hammer decorative tacks ½ inch below the upper edge of the fold. Space 1 inch apart. Repeat along the bottom edges.  Repeat on the rest of the sides.

Fold the free edge of the leather under and tack it down on the corner. Add decorative tacks on both sides of each corner.

Turn the cube upside down. Align one locking furniture caster near each corner. Insert screws through the caster plates and into the bottom of the cube.

You have just completed making your very own ottoman!


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