Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's a month of kitchen tutorials...ohhhh look here is Sharon with her kitchen covers

Hello and thank you for sharing the day with me, Sharon of VroomansQuilts; thank you Madame Samm for inviting me back to share in this month's tutorials for the kitchen. I had to think as I don't cook or bake too often, my kitchen is rather minimal, and I don't like a lot of 'gadgets' out taking counter space. BUT one stands out, and rather ugly, the good old toaster!

You would think by now they could make these things pretty. So I am going to show how to make a cover that uses the technique of reverse applique - for a little pretty.

First you need to measure your appliance - and all toasters are different so I can't give specifics. Most are on the rectangle/boxy side and rather than fuss with making a few minor curves, I am just making a 'boxed' cover. I took the height, widest part of base, and length included the temp. button and lever.

You need your outer focus fabric - using your measurements cut two sides, a front and back, and one top. There will be no batt or stablizer used, so I recommend a heavier fabric. I had this lovely brushed sturdy flannel.

Cut the same pieces out of your lining. I used a scrap piece of backing fabric that had been trimmed - just enough and a bit of fabric used up.

Take one side of your focus fabric and one side of your lining, place right sides together and pin smooth. Use your favorite circle template - hey, it's the kitchen. Lots of circles available and my cookie jar lid was just what I needed. Trace around your template and add a few more pins to hold.

Now carefully stitch around on that tracing line - I set my stitch just a little smaller than my usual seam usage as this will give you a smoother turn and strength of edge. Go slow - even lift you presser foot (needle down) if you need to so you can work on the line rather than 'tugging' the fabric around.

Take a snip in the center and trim that inner circle away - I left a 1/2" to give me lots of room for the next step. Clip around that circle close to the stitch line - be careful not to clip your stitching!!

Once that is done - turn your piece around by pulling the lining thru the opening. This part was hard to photo, it is simply turning the piece inside out, you just have all open ends so it looks a little odd. Press. If you have a few crooked spots, turn back and clip a little more.

Cut your accent or fussy cut fabric as a square - much easier to work with - and place under your circle. Now carefully, and a little area at a time so you don't disturb your setting - pin along the clipped seam area to hold your accent fabric in place for sewing. Don't be afraid to take your time and use lots of pins, because we don't want our accent fabric to slip and we will be stitching slowly the next step.

Now we are going to stitch just a thread to the left of our previous stitched circle line - so yes, we are going slow. By stitching to the left side, you are sure to hide that previous thread line and reduce bulk in a seam. Remember - GO SLOW!

This is the back - now you can trim away any extra accent fabric - You do NOT have to clip this like your circle as it is just a flat piece! Give another press from the back and front for a nice smooth finish.

Match up your lining pieces with the focus fabric pieces. I found by pressing my lining to the piece, they stuck to each other. You can lightly spray baste or just pin together. Here are all the pieces laid out and if you have used a directional fabric (my flowers are growing up) check that you have everything going the right way.

Starting with the end pieces - mark a 1/4" from the top and a 1/4" from the bottom. Stitch from one 1/4" marker to the next. Press seams down, it will help with the 'boxed' fit in the end.

Mark you side pieces with your 1/4" start and stop points. Then sew the two sides to the top piece. Make sure you start and stop with your 1/4" markers. Again press seams down (away from the top).

Almost there. Now to sew the side seams. Match the TOP at the 1/4" markers - pin. It sounds hard, but when you put those seams together you can easily see your starting point. Just remember - start at the top and stitch down.

And we have our 'boxed' shape toaster cover. As you can see it stands pretty well by itself. Press side seams open - I attached the binding to the lining side and flipped to the front. Using one of my machine's fancy stitches and some light blue thread, I machine stitched the binding down.

And since first asked for a tutorial, I've added a crockpot to the kitchen. So I just had to make a cover for that. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, helped yourself to a cookie while the lid was off the jar, and come back through the month of April for more kitchen helpers and pretties.

Sewingly Yours, Sharon


  1. Good Morning Sharon....so sorry for not getting your post up at midnight...it was scheduled .....I don't know why it did not go live...thank goodness for sharp eyes of many of you.... you are up now...and I adore your toaster cover...by the way...have I told you I have a thing for toasters lol. this would be ideal for me....

  2. Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!

    Jennifer :)

  3. Terrific how to, thank you Sharon and the women who organize this blog.

  4. great tutorial!! thanks for sharing

  5. Sharon you make some of the nicest things! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I swear! You must have cloned yourself.....giggle. Great tute!

  7. I love this idea and wouldn't it be great to have several of these to match seasons or Holidays??
    Gmama Jane

  8. Love the cookie jar lid template...perfect!

  9. I took a peek in my kitchen for something that could use a cute cover. Rice cooker, hot pot, microwave? They all get used too much. trash can? Hmm. The boss can't seem to find that even without a cover.

  10. Great tutorial, Sharon, and a really cool (no, toasty warm) project. LOL Love reverse applique, and you explained it so well! Thank you!

  11. You are good. I like this tut, easy enough for this new newbie

  12. Sharon, thanks for the tutorial! The cover is lovely and 'one day' I'll have to try reverse applique. I have always thought that is difficult, but after reading your tutorial, I should manage! :)

  13. Excellent tutorial Sharon! I love the reverse applique technique and, of course, your toaster and crockpot are winners in the Best Dressed category...

  14. Okay. So my toaster has been in time out for quite a while because It Just Isn't Pretty. Now, it can come back out and be proudly dressed in something wonderful!

  15. Great tutorial Sharon! Much nicer to look at that pretty fabric than a toaster!

  16. Thanks for the tutorial. Wasn't sure how to do reverse applique before. I think I can do it now. Cute covers!

  17. thanks for sharing the tutorial!


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