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 my Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) 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:
Print your graphics in the reverse onto the TAP:
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!
This may be over the top for some, but I think it’s a fun addition 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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