I am a big fan of doing DIY projects and re-purposing or reusing items and breathing new life into something old making it new again. I found this ratty avocado green velvet and tweed ottoman at a garage sale for $1.00. Most people would consider this a piece of junk but to me, I saw so much potential! I brought it home and got to work at designing something that I could cover it with.
Nate and I are in the process of buying a house, and soon we will be moving in and making it a home. Although I plan to live with my parents until our wedding, I will be back and forth between our cities busy getting our home prepared for the two of us to spend our future! I decided to use this ottoman for my first DIY project for our new home.
To make it a perfect square in height and width, I needed to add feet. I glued and then screwed four blocks of wood to the bottom of this piece.
Then, I covered the entire piece in quilt batting to give it some cushion as well as making the entire piece consistent in color hiding all the hideous green.
Once finished, I designed The New Beginnings Afghan Block and replicated and sewed together 5 squares for this slipcover. I named it New Beginnings because that is symbolic of this time in our life…
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–G-4.25mm Crochet Hook
-You can use a smaller or larger hook to make this square depending on your tension. I wouldn’t use anything larger than an I-5.5mm Crochet Hook though.
-The finished square measures 14 inches.
-This square is worked from the center outward
YO: Yarn Over
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half-Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
TR: Treble Crochet (YO twice)
Beg. Popcorn: ch up 3, 3 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
Popcorn: 4 DC in same st, remove hook from loop, insert hook in 1st st, put loop back on hook and pull through.
FPDTR2TOG: Front Post Double Treble 2 Stitches Together
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPTR: Back Post Treble Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
BPHDC: Back Post Half Double Crochet
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.
Start with Warm Brown:
Ch 4, sl st to beginning to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), 15 DC in ring, sl st to ch up 3. (16 sts)
Rnd 2: With Frosty Green, In any st, Ch up 3, Beg. Popcorn in same st, ch 2, * sk next st, Popcorn st in the next st, Ch 2, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. Popcorn st. (8 popcorn sts, 8 ch 2 sps)
Rnd 3: With Warm Brown, In any ch 2 sp, Ch 1, SC in same sp, *EDC in Sk’d st from Rnd 1, SC in same ch 2 sp, Ch 1, Sk popcorn st, SC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC. (16 SC, 8 EDC)
Rnd 4: With Redwood, In any ch 1 sp, Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, * SC in next EDC, 5 DC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch up 3. (8 shells, 8 SC)
Rnd 5: With Buff, BPSC around any SC, *BPSC around next 2 sts, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPSC around next sc, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st SC. (32 BPDC, 8 BPSC, 8 CH 2 sps)
Rnd 6: With Coffee, In 1st BPDC after a V-Stitch, Ch up 3, DC in next 4 sts, * Ch 2, Sk [DC, Ch2, DC], DC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 3. (40 DC, 8 Ch 2 sps)
Rnd 7: With Gold, In ch 2 sp from Rnd 5 (Work in front of Ch 2 sps from round 6), Ch up 3, [2DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in same ch 2 sp, *BPDC on next 5 sts on round 6, [3DC, ch 2, 3 DC] in next ch 2 sp of Rnd 5, repeat from * around, sl st to 1st ch up 3. (88 sts, 8 ch 2 sps)
Rnd 8: With Buff, Start in ch 2 sp from Round 6. Ch up 3, 3 DC in same sp, *FPTR around next DC from Round 5, sk 1st BPDC, DC in next st, [DC, TR, Ch 2, TR, DC] in next st, DC in next st, Sk next BPDC, FPTR around DC from Round 5, 4 DC in next ch 2 sp from round 6, repeat from * around. Sl st to Ch up 3. (80 DCs, 16 FPTR)
If that round is confusing, please see video tutorial for visual instructions.
Rnd 9: With Flamingo, In any ch 2 sp: Ch up 1, *3 SC in ch 2 sp, BPSC on next st, BPHDC on next st, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPTR on next 4 sts, BPDC on next 2 sts, BPHDC on next st, BPSC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first sc. (120 sts)
Rnd 10: With Warm Brown, Start in 1st SC of a 3 sc grouping in a ch 2 sp, Ch up 1, SC in 1st 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, *SC in next 3 sts, HDC in next 12 sts, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st SC. (120 sts)
Rnd 11: With Buff, Working in BLO, Start in a 1st SC of a 3 SC grouping (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch up 1, SC in 9 sts, *FPDTR2TOG on FPTR from Round 8 and next FPTR from Round 8, SC in next 15 sts, repeat from * around, end with SC in last 6 sts, sl st to first SC.
Rnd 12: With Redwood, work in both loops, start in any st, Ch up 1, SC in each st around, sl st to first SC.
Rnd 13: With Frosty Green, Start in 8th St from FPDTR2TOG st, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same st, *DC in next 8 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, SC in next 7 sts, HDC in next 4 sts, DC in next 8 sts, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next st, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.
Rnd 14: With Coffee, In any ch 2 sp, Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, *BPDC on next 10 sts, BPHDC on next 4 sts, BPSC on next 7 sts, BPHDC on next 4 sts, BPDC on next 10 sts, 5 DC in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3.
Rnd 15: With Gold, Start in Middle DC of corner, Ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in same st, *DC in each st until middle DC of next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2DC] in middle DC, Repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3.
Rnd 16: With Buff, start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.
Rnd 17: With Flamingo: start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.
Rnd 18: With Coffee: start in ch 2 sp, ch up 3, [DC, ch 2, 2DC] in same sp, *DC in each st until next corner, [2DC, ch 2, 2 DC] in next corner, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3.
Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
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Great project! I’m a big fan of Goodwill and other thrift stores… I love to upcycle and repurpose… Please checkout one or two videos on my channel to see if you like any upcycling projects I’ve done. I also repair/upcycle jewelry… 🙂 TFS!! God bless!
I love your color choices. And the pattern looks like it would lend itself to all kinds of combinations. Great project!
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