Handmade Ottoman Using A Wire Spool Cable

There are thousands upon thousands of fun art projects that you can take on and enhance the look in your home or in the kitchen and even on your person. DIY Ideas come in handy most of the times and craft projects can help you come up with interesting ideas. Crafts ideas such as handmade Ottoman do not have be too expensive or too tedious to make, useful ideas can come in handy to help you create products that you can keep for yourself or even generate an income from! Today, we take up the practik ideas of making handmade Ottoman Using Wire Spools Cable…


  • 20 inch diameter empty wire spool (electric)
  • 8 piece of wood cut in the following inches 1x2x6
  • 32 piece of one and three quarter inch screws
  • wood glue
  • foam piece that is around 6 inches thick and a foam piece that is half inch larger all-round the wood
  • adhesive spray
  • scrap fabric or a bendable cardboard piece
  • One and a half cotton yard/ Dacron Batting
  • One and a half yards of 54 inches wide fabric
  • Three quarter inches scrap fabric yard (purposely for covering the finished ottoman’s bottom)
  • Straight pins and Thread
  • Staples
  • Four screws on leg plates
  • Four great ottoman legs



  • Drill
  • An electric knife
  • Big Marker
  • 3/32 inch drill bit
  • 3/8 inch drill bit
  • Electric stapler
  • A pair of scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pliers either in needle nose form or crescent form
  • Flathead screwdriver

 Creating the Frame:

  • Take the spool apart. Create a pattern by tracing a circle on a big piece of paper. Allow the trace to go half an inch bigger around the paper (for seam allowance). The pattern comes in handy when it comes to the point of cutting out the foam, batting, fabric, it will also be used as a dustcover for the bottom.
  • You can glue as well as screw 8 posts evenly all around the exterior edge of a single wooden circle. You should also add another wood piece on top of the posts and join them together. Ensure that the wood circles remain aligned.


  • Make use of the staple gun for the purpose of joining the long pieces of cotton muslin round the exterior edges of the bottom and top circles. Keep the fabric pulled taut. The fabric main purpose is filling all the open spaces that are in between the posts (support). Cut the excess fabric.
  • You can now start tracing on the foam as you make use of the electric knife. Use the knife to cut the foam. The knife blades should remain perpendicular to the foam allowing you to create a crisp and even cut.
  • Use the adhesive spray and glue the foam on the ottoman’s frame top.
  • Now trace the pattern on the batting, cut it out. Again cut off a long strip of batting that will equal the entire height of the ottoman. Start from the foam’s top till the edge of the bottom and get two inches extra.
  • Now pin the batting strips on the batting circle. Begin with one inch from the strip’s short end and finish with one inch from the other end. Now stich it in place.
  • You can take it off from the sewing machine and start stitching the open seam closed. You can go back and finish the stitching the band’s section on top of the batting.
  • You can trim off the seam allowance, batting cover should now be turned the right side out and pulled down on the ottoman’s frame top.
  • Carefully measure and proceed to mark the band batting. Cover it all round. The covering will ensure that you staple it evenly starting from the top seam all the way to the frame’s bottom edge. Don’t dare attach the batting on the woods underneath side. Attach it on its edge cutting off the excess batting.
  • To create the fabric cover, start by tracing the pattern on the fabric and once done, cut it out. Cut a fabric band 3 inches longer that the ottoman’s height. Cut the band again 5 inches wider than the perimeter.
  • You can stitch two pieces together and you will get a piece of band that is long enough. Split the perimeter measurement in top two. Proceed to add 3 inches extra on every piece.
  • Next you need to ready the fabric covering for stitching. Begin by folding a shorter end of the fabric that has been cut over with 1 inch (the wrong sides should be joined).
  • Having the band’s right side on the right side of the fabric circle, match the patterns, pin the materials and start stitching from short edge (folded), all round to the other short end.
  • You can now overlap the excess fabric 2 inches past the short end that is folded. Use the pair of scissors to cut off any fabric that is excess (beyond two inches).
  • Now pin and stitch the fabric that is overlapping the seam.
  • It’s time that you turned over the fabric covering the right side out. You should topstitch the seams (folded) starting from the band’s bottom all the way to the top of the seam.
  • It’s time you pulled down the fabric covering. Pull it over the Dacron covered Ottoman. You can adjust the fabric pattern as you straighten it allowing the pattern or plaid is aligned.
  • Pull the fabric down firmly and use the staple to hold it in place evenly and snugly.

Tips for Upholstery:

  • Upholstery works best when you begin with a single section, attach the section using several staples, cross over to the opposite side and repeat the same. Get hold of the other side and also repeat the same.
  • You should then attach the fabric in between the staples that you’ve set in place. Smoothen and ease the fabric.

 Attaching Legs:

  • Start by measuring and marking the ottoman’s bottom base for the attachment of the legs. Start by placing leg plates on the marks and ensure that the legs have an equidistant from one another.
  • Now mark the plate’s center holes. Start using the 3/8 inch drill bit, use it for the purposes of drilling out the hole in the center. Start using the steps before you put on the fabric.
  • From the scrap fabric, cut out a dustcover and attach it on the ottoman’s bottom. Fold the edge under half an inch.
  • Line the plates up and locate the drill holes. Screw the leg plates (the perfect tool for this job is a Phillip’s head screwdriver). Now attach the legs on the plates. Your project is now complete! Enjoy!!!


Handmade ottoman from wire spool

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