DIY Tire Ottoman

Shortly after we moved into the house, J got some much needed new tires for his car. He had the wheels and tires mounted and balanced by the company so all we had to do was pop off the old ones and put on the new ones. This left us with 4 tires that sat in the garage and old shed for quite a few months. Then the shed had to come down so the tires got relocated to the driveway for a few more months. Until last week we had just thought about putting them out at the curb with a free sign, but who would want 4 very worn and mismatched tires with wheels? Luckily, I had a stroke of genius, DIY tire ottoman! We’re prepping for our big Oktoberfest party here next weekend and can always use more seating for the event so why not!! For less than $40 I was able to create 4 tire ottomans for the patio. Plus, its an up-cycle, repurposed, greenish project!!

Supplies

old tires

Spray paint primer

spray paint colors are vintage turquoise and green apple

plywood (had from shed demo)

Jig Saw

cushion material 

outdoor fabric ~ 1.5 yards for 4 tires (watch for sale or use a coupon)

staple gun with staples

Tires

Start by cleaning the tires really good. I used car wash soap with a sturdy brush, followed by a degreaser to really get the dirt off.

 

Measure the wheel well of the tire and cut rounds with jig saw out of plywood to cover it. You can math it and use a pencil with string or do like I did and find an object that was the same size and trace it, in this case an empty planter. I would recommend sanding the wood a bit if its rough, I however failed to do this step until it was too late.

 

Pick up a priming spray paint and give it a quick coat to help the spray paint adhere to the tire. Also, if you don’t want spray paint all over your patio, cover it with a plastic tarp or cardboard.

It took about a can and a half to cover two tires with spray paint. I did two coats, flipping the tires between the coast to get all directions of the tread.

Cushions

I knew for my tires that they were 19′ inches across so I would need fabric that was slightly bigger to fold over the ends. The foam cushion doesn’t fit 100% but it was the best/ cheapest option.

Make a sandwich with the fabric, cushion and wood. Notice I painted the wood, that part was optional.

Wrap the fabric around the wood like a present and staple away!

 

Finish

Place the tires where you would like them and top with the cushions you just made! I plan on bringing in my cushions most days when the tires are not in use. This will help to preserve the fabric from the CA sun and dust.

Beach Pillow DIY Whale Applique Pillow

Beach Pillow DIY #6, click to see nautical knots,  navy stripe,  painted seastar pillowbuoy pillow, and anchor pillow

Beach Pillow DIY Whale Applique Pillow

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I think the hardest part of this pillow was deciding what beach shapes I wanted to use, what fabric to use and how to do it. I started out thinking I would do a blue and white seastar applique pillow but I just couldn’t commit to the idea. I kept playing with fabric and shapes until it dawned on me, “duh! I should do a whale applique pillow!”. I don’t normally go for applique projects, but this whole Beach Pillow DIY series was about playing with different techniques.

So I found a whale shape I liked online, printed it out and traced it onto some lightweight two-sided fusible web. From there I followed the instructions for the fusible webbing to attach it to my fabrics (I had pre-cut my fabric). An optional step would be to sew either a zig-zag or straight stitch the outline of the whales so that they are sure to stay. I used the Happy Housie’s tutorial for an envelope pillow case to stuff a 17″x17″ pillow.

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And there you have it. The final pillow of the Beach Pillow DIY series.

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While I was making all of these pillows I got some inspiration for my next quilt! I’m still working on some of the details but I’m excited to start another quilt project to share with you.

If you don’t already follow my Nautical Nonsense board on Pinterest, you should check it out. Tons of fun ideas to make your coastal cottage ship shape!

Beach Pillow DIY Anchor Pillow

Beach Pillow DIY #6, click to see nautical knots,  navy stripe,  painted seastar pillow, and buoy pillow

Beach Pillow DIY Anchor Pillow 

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I thought this would be a fun and easy pillow to make. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was a nightmare! I started with this tutorial. First, there was a problem with the template for the anchor (fixed version here). Next, there was the whole working in 3D, aspect. Sewing something anchor shaped is nearly impossible! Not your basic square pillow. If you feel up to the challenge, this is an advanced sewing project, so, not for beginners. I wouldn’t call myself an advanced seamstress, so this project was a bit of a headache for me.

If you want to tackle an anchor pillow, I suggest you try this one by Flamingo Toes. Its an applique technique, and normally I avoid applique but realistically I think it would be much more manageable than the anchor shaped pillow.

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Here are my notes and tips if you choose to make this anchor shaped pillow.

  1. You really only need 3 fat quarters, but you need a whole bag of stuffing. I used what I already had in my stash.
  2. Use lots of pins!
  3. Baste on the machine or hand sew
  4. Sew at 1/4″, not the suggested 1/2″, 1/2″ didn’t reflect the shape well.
  5. You’ll have some fabric gaps/overlapping where you make turns to follow the shape, I did an invisible stitch to close those gaps.
  6. I stuffed the anchor in parts before stitching the whole thing closed.
  7. Take your time. I got pretty frustrated with this project, and that doesn’t happen easily. I had to walk away a few times just so I wouldn’t toss the whole project. It can be done in a day however.

 

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Did I mention lots of pins?

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Where I pinned closed a fabric gap/ overlap.

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Where I stitched closed a fabric gap/ overlap.

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In the end my beach pillow DIY anchor pillow did turn out pretty good. I just wish it hadn’t been so difficult. The tutorial made it sound so easy! I wont be making another one of these ever again that’s for sure.

Check back for my next Beach Pillow DIY on May 26th!

If you don’t already follow my Nautical Nonsense board on Pinterest, you should check it out. Tons of fun ideas to make your coastal cottage ship shape!

Beach Pillow DIY Buoy Pillow

Beach Pillow DIY #4, click to see nautical knots pillow,  navy stripe pillow and painted seastar pillow

Beach Pillow DIY Buoy Pillow

I did a combination of two different bolster pillows to end up with a buoy pillow. A case of the yellows and Sew it Love it.

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Supplies needed:

  • (1) 5.5” circle
  • (1) 18″ x 18″ piece
  • (1) 18″ x 6.5″ piece
  • rope

Instructions:

  1. I painted a shell and rope design on with craft paint and then ironed it with a pressing cloth.
  2. Hem the white 18×6.5 piece of fabric 1/4” and another ¼” on each side
  3. Hem ¼” on top
  4. Hem ¾” on top (a finished looking hem)
  5. Fold body, sew 1/4”
  6. Line up seams on white and blue, sew ¼”
  7. Sew white “top” together stopping just before you come to the ¾” seam part
  8. Fold circle in half and mark both ends
  9. Pin circle and sew ¼”
  10. Stuff
  11. Slip rope into ¾” seam slot at the top and tie off

Ta-da! Buoy Pillow!

Check back May 24th for my next beach pillow DIY!

If you don’t already follow my Nautical Nonsense board on Pinterest, you should check it out. Tons of fun ideas to make your coastal cottage ship shape!

Beach Pillow DIY Painted Seastar Pillow

Beach Pillow DIY #3, click to see (#1) nautical knots pillow and (#2) navy stripe pillow

Beach Pillow DIY Painted Seastar Pillow 

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  • We found that Martha Stewart pearl craft paint with stencils and foam brushes worked the best. We got it all at Michael’s.
  • After the paint was dry, we placed a pressing cloth on the painted side of the fabric and ironed it.

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I’m super excited about this stencil guys, I can think of so many things I can do with it now!!

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I used The Happy Housies envelope pillow case tutorial to make my beach pillow DIY painted seastar pillow.

Check back on May 22nd for my next Beach Pillow DIY!

If you don’t already follow my Nautical Nonsense board on Pinterest, you should check it out. Tons of fun ideas to make your coastal cottage ship shape!