Passing Notes Today: Mrs. Williams
Sometimes when I get catalogs in the mail I pretend they're actually magazines (my true favorite type of mail) and use them as inspiration (rather than a reminder of what I don't have). When I recently found the Garnet Hill catalog in my mailbox, I started "reading" and found myself really inspired. Page 36 stopped me in my tracks. The Chevron Ottomon. So cute. So fun.
$168! That seemed like a hefty price (not including shipping and tax) for an item that I was pretty sure we could make ourselves. Plus, it's kind of a trendy piece - not something I wanted to invest in, but something that would be fun to add to the house for now. So, I showed my husband the picture. He was all like, "I can make a box, but you'll need some legs."
Cue the garage sale that I dragged my boys to the next day. What did I discover in a random paper bag? Legs...well, I'm not really sure if they're supposed to be legs, but I figured we could make them work.
My husband picked up a sheet of plywood at Home Depot ($15ish), made a cube, attached the "legs" and then handed it over to me.
I picked up some fabric and batting at JoAnn's ($10ish) and started covering the cube. First, I hot glued some of the batting to the cube.
Then, I sewed the cover. I totally made up the whole sew-a-cover-process as I went along - so I will not be sharing any specific instructions.
And now, here she is ... my very own chevron ottomon.
And just for fun, since I made it so the cover can slip on and off, I sewed another cover. I think I'm going to have some serious good times dressing up this ottomon in different "clothes."
P.S. - Apparently Garnet Hill inspires other people too. Check out how my good friend, Kate, transformed an entire wall in her bedroom using a Garnet Hill rug as inspiration here.
Note from Mrs. Gosling: Holla! You are "sew" amazing at makeovers!
Note from Mrs. Kelly: Can we go back to you picking up legs at a garage sale? :) Finished product is loverly!