When I told my Mom I was making a cover for my toaster oven, she laughed. I’m pretty sure she was envisioning the quilted country blue covers she made for her small appliances many years ago. All of them.
I promise this is NOT my mother’s toaster oven cover! Here’s my version:
I think it turned out cute. The graphics definitely give it a much more updated feel. I used Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper (TAP-affiliate link) to transfer the graphics.
Want to see how you can make one yourself? It’s simple! Start with any small ugly appliance you want to hide:
I used leftover bleached drop cloth from my slipcovered chairs. I used two layers of fabric to add stiffness. Drape your fabric over your appliance and pin down all four corners:
Remove and sew those seams:
Trim the excess corner fabric:
Seal the edges. I just run a zig zag stitch along the edge:
Replace the cover on your appliance right-side-out and tuck up at the bottom:
To create the skirting, you’ll need 3″ strips of fabric at least two times the circumference of your appliance, depending on how full you want your ruffle. I used two and a half times the circumference.
Sew your strips end to end and hem.
Time to create the ruffle. I made this the same way I made the ruffled skirting for my slipcovered chairs, only smaller. You can see more detail here.
Run a stitch across the top once you have it pinned:
I recommend ironing the ruffle, but I like a neater look. That’s up to you. Pin the skirting behind the bottom edge of the cover:
Sew in place and seal the edges:
And you’ve got a pretty new cover, but to bring it up to date, let’s add some graphics! I used my TAP paper and printed the graphics right onto it in the reverse:
Click HERE to get the pdf to print your own.
Cut close to the edges:
Position the image in place, iron, and voila!
My counters and back splash are dark, and with wood cabinets, I really needed something to brighten up this space. You can see my DIY under-the-counter docking station too. 🙂
This was perfect.
Some things are better left unseen…
This paper works really great on fabric. I used it on this men’s valet stand redo also:
Update: Here it is in my newly painted kitchen!
My cover looks even cuter in this space now, and I love the touch of whimsy it adds to my kitchen. And at least I didn’t make one for every small appliance I own like a certain mom I know, ahem. (I love you Mom!)
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there. I hope you get to do what ever you want on your special day.
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