Friday, April 20, 2012
Tutorial: Stand Mixer Cozy!
I finally got the KitchenAid stand mixer that I've wanted for Christmas this year. I've used it to make a few loaves of bread and a cake or two; so while this super fancy appliance is amazing and all, it has A LOT of down time. In that down time, it seems to attract every single speck of dust our tiny condo has to offer. UGH.
The last time I went thrifting, I found an amazing vintage pillowcase and snatched it up because I hoard vintage craft supplies like it's no ones business.
Dave suggested that I make a cozy for the mixer that day when I got home. I washed the pillow case and threw it on top of the mixer; genius, right?
It looked so sad and shabby. I pinned a little here and there over then next few weeks.
Last week, I decided to sit down and figure out how the pillowcase could be turned into a cozy.
This is what happened:
-1 vintage pillowcase
-2 yards of vintage velvet ribbon
-2 yard vintage pompom trim
-interfacing (I didn't use it, but I should have)
Stick your two pointer fingers into the inside corners of the pillow case and press them together; the seams should be in the center of the fabric and you will have two triangles at the closed end of the case.
You can iron now, if you're super fancy (I just hand pressed it).
Measure 4' from the tip of the triangle and mark it somehow. You could use pins or chalk, whatever. I had painter's tape on my work table, so that's what I used.
Separate the newly formed triangles, and stitch across each of them at the 4" mark. This will give the top a little structure.
On the inside of each of the triangles (where they face each other), Make another mark at 2" from the tip and pin in a 18" piece of ribbon.
Stitch around the edges of each triangle to secure the ribbon.
(Do a better job then I did; I can be a sloppy sewer.)
Fold and press a 7" cuff at the bottom (opening) of the pillowcase.
If you are using interfacing this is where you would iron it on.
Pin trim to the top of the cuff.
Secure the cuff and trim using a zigzag stitch.
Fold, yet another, 1" hem at the bottom (opening) of the case. This will give the cozy a little extra weight and structure.
And that's it!!! Now, your super expensive appliance won't get coated in that wierd sticky kitchen dust! YAY!!!!!
If you have any questions, when attempting this you can contact me and I'll walk you through what I did!!!
If you make a cozy, leave a link in the comments! I'd love to see it!!!