How To Make Appliance Covers

Some tips, techniques and pointers for sewing your own small appliance covers for toasters, blenders, griddles and more.

Safety First! Make sure appliances are unplugged and cool before covering them with fabric!

Appliances come in so many shapes and sizes nowadays that it's really hard to find well-fitting covers for toasters, blenders and can openers, but you can make your own pretty easily. Appliance covers for things like toasters fit well, whereas ones for oddly-shaped appliances are loose fitting to allow for protrusions on the appliance. Choose the fabric and quilt it in advance if you'll be doing several different pieces, since this will cut down on the time it takes to quilt each individual piece. The pieces don't have to be quilted, but the quilting gives a little more texture and dimension to the covers. Machine wash and dry fabric before making the covers.

Toasters: Start by measuring the width, height and depth of the toaster. Cut the front piece and back piece the same size, the two sides the same size, and cut one top piece. Begin by sewing all four sides together to form a square, with no open end. Pin the sides to the perimeter of the top piece. Sew around the perimeter of the top piece, with wrong sides together. Trim closely, then use binding tape to cover the stitches, sewing it first to all four corner seams, then around the bottom, and finally, around the top. Another way to sew it altogether is to place right sides together, sew the sides around the perimeter, then eliminate the binding tape altogether and simply hem the bottom.



Electric can openers: Get an approximate measure of the top, allowing for the handle. Cut one top, and four sides, which will taper somewhat as they go towards the top of the cover. The top piece will be approximate, since can openers are shaped oddly at the top. Stitch all four sides together, following the steps for the toaster cover, choosing to either add binding tape, or simply leave stitches on the inside and hem the can opener cover around the bottom.

Blender: Measure around the bottom of the blender, and draw the four measurements onto the cloth, adding the height, then the top measurement to the drawing. Cut four sides to these measurements. Now measure the top of the blender, cutting one piece for the top of the cover. Again, sew the four sides together first, choose binding or none, and proceed accordingly, hemming when finished.

Griddles: Cut one long piece four the griddle, and then cut a wide strip which will form the sides of the cover. Hem one long edge of the side strip. Sew the two ends of the strip together, then pin to perimeter of griddle cover top. Stitch around and you're done.

Toaster oven: As with most appliance covers, you'll take a measurement for the top piece and cut that part, then measure two long sides and two short sides, or all four equal sides. The four sides are usually sewn together first, then pinned and stitched to the perimeter of the top of the cover. Never use covers on an appliance until it has completely cooled down.

Other: Make a cover for round bowls and similarly shaped items, too. Cut a large circle, then place the exact center, from underneath, over index finger. Grab the very top of the pyramid, at the index finger, and stitch or tie to form a small ball. Hem and use to drape over anything round.

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