PATCHWORK TOASTER COVER





Patchwork toaster cover

Patchwork toaster cover

It’s great when you can use up fabric scraps and make something pretty either for yourself or for a gift.  I made this toaster cover entirely from 2.1/2″ squares of fabric plus some rectangles for the lining.  My toaster is 16″ long, 8″ tall and 6″ wide.  I think it’s a fairly standard toaster, but you’ll need to adjust the measurements if your toaster is significantly different in size.

 

Cutting requirements

one hundred and twelve 2.1/2″ squares from any scraps of fabric.

Making the toaster cover

Sew the squares together in strips

Sew the squares together in strips

Make panels from the strips of squares

Make panels from the strips of squares

Sew the squares together in six strips of four squares and eleven strips of eight squares.  Sew together three of the strips containing four squares to make a rectangle 8″ by 6″.  Make two of these.  they will be the sides of the cover and are shown sticking out at the sides of the photo.  Sew the eleven remaining strips of eight squares together to make one long panel eight squares wide and eleven squares long.  This will go up the front of the toaster, across the top and down the back.

Layer the backing, wadding and patchwork

Layer the backing, wadding and patchwork

 

You should now have two panels 8″ by 6″ and one panel 16″ by 22″ (finished size).  Cut wadding and backing fabric to the same sizes and layer each panel:  wadding then backing with right side up and then the patchwork panels with right side down.  Pin to secure the layers.

 

 

Trim the excess fabric and clip the corners

Trim the excess fabric and clip the corners

 

Sew around three and a half edges of each panel using a 1/4″ seam, leaving a gap to turn the panels right side out.  Before you do turn the panels out, trim any excess wadding and backing fabric and trim across the corners.

 

 

Slipstitch across the gap

Slipstitch across the gap

 

Turn the panels right side out through the gap in the stitching.  Turn under a small hem across the gap and slipstitch in place.  Press the panels and then sew a line of stitching about 1/4″ from the edge to hold everything in place.  It’s also worth stitching along some of the seam lines between the patches (stitch in the ditch).

 

Begin sewing the panels together

Begin sewing the panels together

Double stitch at the corners

Double stitch at the corners

Lay one of the small panels beside the large panel with the four square edge running up the side of the large panel.  flip over so that right sides are together and slipstitch the two edges together.  When you reach the top of the fourth square, continue slipstitching the top of the small panel to the same side of the large panel.  You are turning a corner here and it is worth double stitching to give a little extra strength.

Sew the complete side panel to the main panel

Sew the complete side panel to the main panel

Repeat with the second side panel

Repeat with the second side panel

Continue slipstitching three sides of the small panel to the same side of the large panel.  when you have finished, your toaster cover should look like the photo on the right.  Repeat with the other small panel on the other side of the large panel.  That completes the quilted toaster cover.  It was made entirely from scraps (even the wadding was pieced from smaller bits) so it cost me nothing but is a cheerful addition to my kitchen.


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