Not Your Mother’s Toaster Oven Cover

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:

Toaster Oven Cover

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:

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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:

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Remove and sew those seams:

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Trim the excess corner fabric:

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Seal the edges. I just run a zig zag stitch along the edge:

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Replace the cover on your appliance right-side-out and tuck up at the bottom:

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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.

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Sew your strips end to end and hem.

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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.

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Run a stitch across the top once you have it pinned:

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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:

Toaster Oven Cover

Sew in place and seal the edges:

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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:

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Click HERE to get the pdf to print your own.

Cut close to the edges:

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Position the image in place, iron, and voila!

Artist Transfer Paper


Toaster Oven Cover

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. 🙂

Toaster Oven Cover

This was perfect.

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Some things are better left unseen…

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That’s better!

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This paper works really great on fabric. I used it on this men’s valet stand redo also:

Sweet Stool for her from a Men's Standing Valet B

Update: Here it is in my newly painted kitchen!

Not Your Mother's Toaster Oven Cover!

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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  1. Oh-mah-goodness…this toaster oven cover NEEDS a spot in my kitchen. And thanks to you and this snazzy tutorial, that is a viable possibility. Thanks, lady! Pinning stat! #ruffleobsessed

    • Oh girl, I’m loving the ruffle these days too! And although my mother laughed when I told her what I was making, she is now asking when I’m going to make one for hers now. HA! Have a fantastic weekend, my friend!! 🙂

  2. OMG Christy – that is SOOOO cute!! I’ve got to make one for one of my counter appliances! Mini slip-covers…I love it!!

  3. Beverley Leonie says

    How cute! And the cover will keep the appliance cleaner.

  4. Gah, I love it! I’ve got several appliances for which this would work nicely. Thanks!

  5. Love the pleated ruffle and the lettering is beautiful. The directions were really clear and easy to understand. I love it!!

  6. Sherri S. says

    Great job! Definately the “old fashioned” appliance covers. It looks great!

    Happy Mothers Day 🙂

  7. Oh Christy that is too cute! I love it- you are such a talented seamstress:)

  8. How pretty! You did a beautiful job with the cover! It looks so pretty, I love the ruffles!

  9. JaneEllen says

    It really does my heart good to see so many young women on blog land sewing. I thought it was a dead creative craft. You did such a fantastic job making that cover and making it seem so easy. Love the ruffle you put on your chair cover and toaster oven cover.
    In your Mom’s defense that’s what women were told we should do to make our small appliances more attractive in the kitchen in that era. There were all kinds of patterns and suggestions how to make them attractive, lol.
    Happy Mother’s day to you.

    • Thanks, JaneEllen! I tease with my Mom, but her covers were lovely in their day, and we were all very impressed when she made them! I sew because my mom loved to sew. I’m so grateful I got that from her! I hope you are enjoying a lovely Mother’s day! 🙂

  10. Holy cow! This is SO adorable! Pinning and sharing!

  11. If you’re going to make an appliance cover, it may as well have ruffles! Super cute!

  12. That is super cute. Does this mean I have to go buy a toaster oven now????


    • Ha ha! My eleven year old son was like, “What? Now I have to take off a cover to heat up my pop tarts? That’s so much trouble.” I’m such a mean Mom.

  13. I have that exact toaster oven. I put it away in a cupboard every day because I don’t want it sitting out. This is a fabulous idea!!!

  14. You sure do make everything you make classy! 🙂 This is too cute. My mom had one for each appliance too. I vaguely remembering the covers were made out of a quilt type fabric. lol

  15. Love your cute appliance cover! I do have a question though about the design transfer…is it washable? I am wanting to DIY some canvas shopping bags with my brand name on them but they I want them to be washable. Also, where did you get your transfer paper? Thanks for your help.

    • Thanks, Sheila! It is suppose to be washable and crack-resistant on fabric, according to the package. I haven’t washed my cover yet, and I found it on Amazon. 🙂

  16. Your cover looks modern and quite chic. I need to look for that TAP. I can think of so many uses for it.

  17. This is so cute and I have some drop cloth from another project too. Would love if you shared on Merry Monday Linky Party. Pinned.

  18. So pretty! Now my appliances seem a little naked… 🙂

  19. It’s simple!! She says…lol 😉 And yes, it does look pretty simple. Great tutorial! You are my sewing hero.
    Love the cover!!!

  20. Oh that is so adorable…far prettier than toaster oven.
    Our toaster oven is ugly…thanks so much for the “how-to”…..that is just what I needed.

    • Thanks, Nancy! I was hoping to break up the sea of grey and black, and I think it worked pretty well. My toaster and it’s crumbs weren’t a pretty sight either! XO

  21. I love it. The stencil is the perfect finishing touch.Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop . Watch for your feature on Monday♥

  22. Love it!! Just wondering if you have to use a certain kind of printer – does it have to be laser ink?

  23. Girl!!! you are wicked with that sewing machine!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! You make it look so easy too!!! mmmm……. might have to give it a try.

    • Thanks so much, Addie!! I’m so glad you like it! When I described it to my mom as I was making it, she laughed. Of course when she saw it, she placed her order lol! And in response to your other question…absolutely! This would be perfect for a sewing machine! I love that idea 🙂

  24. Question……I guess one could do this same technique for a sewing machine cover? eh?

  25. Who knew a toaster cover could be so amazing??? I love the graphics, and the pleated skirt is the perfect detailing! 🙂

  26. Saw this on Pinterest…very clever! Just might be the first grown up thing I make with my daughter’s sewing machine. Is it possible to use a Janome mini for this project?

  27. Christy,
    This is so cute. I love it. Wish I sewed. This is the most adorable toaster oven cover ever.
    Just found your blog. Love it and have become a new follower.

  28. Great project Christy. I’m lusting after it for my own home. It would be perfect in my kitchen. Thank you for inspiring me. I’m delighted to be featuring this project at tomorrow’s Shabbilicious Friday link party. Thank you fro linking up.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  29. Tina Matteson says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this and will be making one too, very soon!

  30. I’m in LOVE with your custom cover – just what I need. Too bad I’m a proven DIY failer – womp, womp – if ever you’d consider making and selling a cover – please let me know I would love to purchase. 🙂 In the meantime I’m loving your blogs design inspiration.

  31. Tina Marie says

    I love the Toaster Oven graphics. Did you put that together yourself?


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