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The Pleather Cube

Monday, August 15, 2011


I'll bet more of us have a pleather cube than would like to admit.  I think this one came from Linens & Things or somewhere similar with a coupon for 1/2 off ( a long time ago).  I really do like it for the storage and extra seating; just not crazy about the pleather.


I wanted to experiment with making a slip cover for it and had some extra linen and burlap on hand to play around with.  I used linen on top because it is soft and burlap around the sides.


Now that I have made one, the next one will be much easier.  What a fun way to dress up those ho-hum storage ottomans.



39 comments:

  1. i don't have a pleather cube anywhere. and yours looks so cute, that now i kinda wish i did. great job, rene!

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  2. I love it Rene, have a good week.

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  3. I don't have one, but no want to find one just so I can slipcover it. Yours is absolutely perfect. Love the trim on the bottom too!

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  4. So pretty! You make everything fabulous, Rene!

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  5. No pleather cube here! I do have made several slip covers for cubes like yours and have loved the results. It truly is a simple way to completely change the look of the cube.

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  6. I have a round one that I want to cover, with cute trim. I really like the kick pleats on the corners of yours.

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  7. Oh, Rene. You are so talented! I love it, especially with the tiffany blue trim.

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  8. It looks great, I like the more softer, more feminine look.

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  9. I love it!! It looks so cute with the aqua trim too.
    I hope you had a great weekend!
    xo

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  10. This is great! I don't own a cube, but given this amazing project, I wouldn't pass one buy if I saw one.

    Will you be able to share a sewing tutorial with us, Rene? I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to try this, too.

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  11. Thanks ya'll! I made quite a few mistakes on this one, but learned a lot. Maybe I will make another one and do a tutorial then. If you see a cube in a thrift store, grab it :)

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  12. Looks great Rene! I don't have one but wish I did so I could try and make a slipcover for it!

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  13. I love it!!! I don't have a cube, but if I did I would definitely want a tutorial!

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  14. Cute!! I have a couple ottomans that could use one of those! Not pleather, but kid stained ticking...yuck! Love your inspiration photo too! So chic!
    Kelle
    xoxo

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  15. so pretty! love the little kick of turquoise too!! yes, a tutorial is in order, please. xo, Tessa

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  16. Great idea, and fantastic job. I love it.

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  17. Are you kidding me? You are so amazing. The trim makes it. I have an ottoman the the hubs and I made {our first DIY} that I can not part with. Hmmm. You have me thinking.

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  18. Good morning, Rene! Your cover is super cute with the turquoise trim. You folks who can sew just amaze me.
    Camille

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  19. arg... just lost my comment...so for the second time:

    mmm... burlap and linen over pleather! It looks great! Definitely try it out with a small print fabric... fall is coming up so maybe you'll do a wintery slipcover?! :)

    No pleather cube here, but I do have one of those Ikea storage ottomans. You know, the one with the fabric handles...used to be white... desperately needs a slipcover. A pattern like this would work perfectly!

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  20. I love the new look!! This is so ironic because we have the same pleather cube and I was playing around with some fabric on it this past weekend. Ours is currently being used as a prop for our daughter who will be walking soon, so it's taking a beating. But I would love to pretty it up like you did. Great job!

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  21. Thta looks so great, Rene! I don't have a pleather cube. Wish I did now! The turquoise trim is fun and adds the perfect touch.

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  22. You did a fabulous job transforming your cube to a real decorative beauty! I love the attention to detail.
    Yvonne

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  23. Love the trim at the bottom! What a great transformation!

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  24. I don't but now I feel as if I need one...:)
    Just so I can cover it as you did......so cute!

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  25. Love this idea! Is the slipcover easy to make for a beginner? I have one of these cubes and would LOVE to hide the pleather (what was I thinking when I purchased it???)

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  26. What a great job! I have two cubes, I'd like to do something with. Any chance you could give me a quick tutorial?
    Thanks,
    Lori
    www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

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  27. Rene, it's so cute and you'd never know what lies beneath! Love it!
    Debbie

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  28. we need a tutorial on this! wow rene! totally amazing!

    ashley

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  29. I love, love, love this transformation! The blue trim is perfect! It has given me an idea for a cube that my husband will not part from as we move it into the new home:) Take care, Caroline

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  30. I don't have one but man I wish I did!! I love the aqua trim, so pretty!!

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  31. Rene, that is so adorable! I can't believe how you just whipped that up! It inspires me. I have that cocktail ottoman (stained and ugly cotton) that needs covering!

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  32. So cute, Rene!! I have some storage cubes just like that - your post has the little wheels in my brain turning.

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  33. Love your slipcover! Great idea to use linen on top where one might sit on it and leave that fantastic burlap texture for the sides. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Such a fantastic makeover - I see these cubes all the time and I just adore the added slipcover. So pretty! Have a fabulous week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  35. Great job! I love the burlap look! I'm so impressed!

    I'm visiting from Met Monday. I hope you have a great week!
    Pam

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  36. ok, I need to re-do mine now! Piping, a bright colored trim- perfection! LOVE what you did with it

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  37. Wow -- that looks amazing! I love the ribbon trim too, such a great pop of color!

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  38. I have a pleather cube! It doesn't have a lid that comes off like yours does. The pleather ripped at the seam right down the middle of the seat. I have a sewing machine but the only thing I've ever used it for is to make cornhole bags. Learning to sew for real is one of my to-dos for the year. A cover for my cube seems easy enough that even I could probably do it!

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