This is part 2 of a 3-part tutorial for making covers for your countertop kitchen appliances. Check out how to make a rectangular cover here.
Another common shape for appliances is a cylinder – like a blender, juicer, or food processor. This may actually be even easier than the rectangular tutorial… the hardest part is sewing a curve, and if you’ve got that down it’s easy peasy!
Start off by measuring your appliance, just like we did for the rectangle:
- Maximum circumference: the longest length you can find around the outside of the appliance (keep parallel to the counter). This is the minimum size you need the circumference of the bottom of your cover to be in order to fit on.
- Height: again, go for the maximum – you don’t want it to be like pants that were hemmed too high, you want those “ankles” covered!
- (Skip width and depth, it’s a circle!)
- Any other measurements you think might be helpful: since this is just a general guideline, measure anything else you think may be useful
The math for this one is a bit scarier – you’ll have to pull out your calculator and high school geometry. Well, sort of, because I’m going to remind you how to do it! Divide your maximum circumference by 3.14 (you might remember, that’s pi) to get the diameter of the circle (see, the math is coming back, isn’t it?). Add about 1″ to that diameter (1/2″ for seam allowance and 1/2″ for wiggling the cover onto your appliance). You’ll cut a circle with a diameter of this calculated measurement.
There’s one more piece to cut. Use the diameter of the circle you just cut, multiply by 3.14, and add 1/2″. That will be the width of the piece that will go around. Add 1/4″ to the height of the appliance that you measured, and that’s now tall to cut the piece.
That’s it, just 2 pieces! As before, of each you’ll cut an outer piece, a fusible batting piece, and a lining piece. Fuse the batting onto the exterior pieces, and quilt all 3 layers together.
Start assembling your cover by pinning the rectangular piece around the circle piece, right sides together. Don’t worry if the ends don’t match up perfectly – it won’t make that big a difference in the finished product. Stitch around the circle. Then, put the right sides together of the gap in the rectangular piece and stitch from bottom to top to create a cylinder (if it gathers or puckers, you can just poke that in when the cover’s on your appliance).
Add the extra wide double-fold bias tape around the bottom like we did with the rectangular cover, and you’re done!
Next, check out my tutorial for odd-shaped appliance covers, like for a stand mixer.