Sewing a toaster cover can keep your kitchen looking tidy. It can also keep kids and pets from playing with the toaster or leaving unexpected items inserted in it. You have the opportunity to match or coordinate it with dishtowels, tablecloths, or cozies for other appliances. The challenge is that toasters come in a variety of heights, lengths, and widths. You will need to get out the measuring tape to create your own pattern for sewing a toaster cover.
Often you will want a quilted toaster cover. You can purchase pre-quilted fabric for this purpose or quilt fabric first before using it in the pattern. For example, a cotton calico fabric quilted with natural cotton batting. Or, you might want a stiffer cover, such as made with fusible interfacing. Choose washable fabric if you often are dealing with kitchen spills and spatters that can soil your toaster cover.
Piping is added to the end sections for a crisp outline while the bottom edge of the cover is finished in bias tape. You can choose colors for these that coordinate well with your fabric and kitchen color scheme.
Materials You'll Need
Assemble these materials for making a toaster cover:
- Most toasters will need approximately 2/3 of a yard of 45-inch wide fabric.
- Piping. One package of piping should be enough, or you can make your own piping.
- Double fold bias tape. One package of extra wide double fold bias tape should be enough.
- Matching thread
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
Make Your Pattern
You will need three measurements to make your pattern:
- End of toaster: Measure the size of the end of the toaster as shown by the red lines in the diagram. Be sure to include the height to the countertop. Add 1/4-inch seam allowances to the two sides and the top to allow for seam allowances.
- Width: Determine the width of the toaster. Be sure to include any knobs that may protrude. This will be the width of the continuous strip that is attached to the ends measured in the above step. Add a 1/2-inch for seam allowances.
- Length: To determine the length of the continuous strip, measure the height and width of the end section described above. Two of the height and one of the width gives you the length, but it is advisable to add a few inches. Any extra can be trimmed off after it has been attached to the end sections, but you can not add fabric once it has been cut.
Cut two end pieces and one continuous strip of fabric to the measurements you took in the above step.
- Apply the piping to the end sections.
- Find the center top of the end sections.
- Match the center of the long section of fabric with the center of the long side of the continuous strip. Sew the sections together from the top to the bottom edges.
- Repeat for both ends of the cover. Trim off any uneven edges if necessary.
- Apply bias tape to the bottom edge of the cover.