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How to Reupholster an Ottoman with a Mexican Blanket

Learn how to reupholster an ottoman with a Mexican blanket. An old leather ottoman gets a bohemian-style, Aztec makeover.

I own furniture that I’m not all that excited about. For example; early in our marriage we bought a faux leather storage bench. It’s practical and functional; but isn’t hitting high marks in style.

That is, until it got a quick makeover.

Storage Ottoman Makeover -- Reupholster an Ottoman -- Update a plain Ottoman or Bench with a Festival Blanket -- Mexican Blanket Projects -- DIY by @CraftivityD

Reupholster an Ottoman with a Mexican Blanket

Mexican blankets are affordable and easy to source — here is the selection on Amazon, for example. I couldn’t pass up this blanket from one of Hannah’s Instagram Sales {she is a must-follow if you love vintage and antique quilts}; because it had just the right color palette for our bedroom makeover.

Storage Ottoman Makeover -- Reupholster an Ottoman -- Update a plain Ottoman or Bench with a Festival Blanket -- Mexican Blanket Projects -- DIY by @CraftivityD

You don’t have to be a seamstress in order complete a basic re-upholstery project; but you will need the right tools.


Storage Ottoman Makeover // Tools
  1. Pinking Shears {this type of fabric scissor prevents fraying}
  2. Staple Gun and Staples
  3. Fabric, Blanket — or any textile of your choice

Storage Ottoman Makeover -- Reupholster an Ottoman -- Update a plain Ottoman or Bench with a Festival Blanket -- Mexican Blanket Projects -- DIY by @CraftivityD

Once you have the correct tools on hand, you can start tackling a variety of small re-upholstery projects {like ottoman, bench, chair and footstool cushions} — and it’s a skill that you can use again and again.

Storage Ottoman Makeover -- Reupholster an Ottoman -- Update a plain Ottoman or Bench with a Festival Blanket -- Mexican Blanket Projects -- DIY by @CraftivityD

Storage Ottoman Makeover -- Reupholster an Ottoman -- Update a plain Ottoman or Bench with a Festival Blanket -- Mexican Blanket Projects -- DIY by @CraftivityD

Storage Ottoman Makeover -- Reupholster an Ottoman -- Update a plain Ottoman or Bench with a Festival Blanket -- Mexican Blanket Projects -- DIY by @CraftivityD

What old, un-loved furniture could you transform with a modern fabric or a colorful blanket?

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Gretchen@BoxyColonial

Monday 14th of March 2016

nice job! I love the colors in that blanket :)