Honestly, it is so gross. It needed to be covered, and luckily I had hung onto my red couch cover, so I had some fabric to work with. After reading the tutorial from Pink and Polka Dot on slipcovering a chair, I attempted the ottoman. It turned out okay, considering it was one of my first projects.It's perfect...comfortable, washable, and adds some needed color to the family room.
New pillows usually cost about $20 each, which is crazy. I had some old ones just sitting in the closet that I used for this project. I hope they are the last pillows I buy, because if I want a new look, I'll just make a new slipcover for them!
This is the back of the pillow cover. See how there's a nice little slit for inserting your pillow?
This is the back of the other pillow. Remember, I was working with leftover material and I didn't quite have the right lengths of fabric. But, in the spirit of "use what you have" I just sewed some smaller peices together. It doesn't quite cover the old pillow as well, but you can't tell from the front, so I'm not worried about it.
Conclusion: Buying that slipcover from Kmart was a great plan. I used it as a couch cover when I needed it, then turned it into something that fits my needs now. It doesn't always work to repurpose your old stuff, but lots of times it does, and the results are so satisfying!