The Grill Cover
July 3, 2008
I have been approached several times by Nancy or Fabulous Phoebe as she wants to be called to make her a "decorator" grill cover. In fact, I have been driving around for a year with the fabric in my car. I kept finding ways to delay the final moment when I would be faced with sewing the grill cover. After all there is no Simplicity pattern to make grill covers that I know.
Here are the instructions and tips for my one time only grill cover.
- Measure the width of the grill and add 3 inches,
- Measure the depth of the grill and add 3 inches.
- Measure the height of the grill and add 3 inches or enough to make a casing for draw string.
I have added 3 inches to cover seam allowances and any measuring mistakes. When
Sewing machine, heavy duty thread, heavy duty needle, rotary cutter or scissors, cutting mat, ruler and outdoor fabric
If you decide to use a fabric with a repeat and the pattern runs the length of the fabric, you will need extra fabric. I, heartily, recommend using a solid color fabric, extra wide fabric, or a pattern that runs crosswise to the selvedge.
I would suggest creating a paper drawing to visualize how you will need to put it together.
You will need 5-5 1/2 yards of fabric
If you are using a solid color of fabric, the amount of yardage and number of pieces will be reduced. Based on 54" width fabric, you will need to cut two pieces (front and back) that measure 68" wide and 38 inches long. You will need to cut a 3rd piece that measures 26 inches wide and 144 inches long. To save on yardage, I suggest cutting the front and back first. You will need approximately 4 yards of fabric. First cut a strip that measures 144 inches wide by 38 inches long. If the fabric is 54" wide, you will have a left over piece that measures 16 inches wide x 144 inches. You will need another piece that measures 10 inches by 144 inches to make a strip that measures app. 26 x 144". Since this piece is facing the back, you can piece this from 1 yard of fabric.
Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew front strip to the center strip. Mark centers of each fabric piece and match. I suggest pinning as you will need to pivot the center piece at the end of width of the front piece and sew along the length of the fabric.
Attach back piece in the same manner.
Clip threads and finish seams as desired.
Turn bottom raw edges up 1/2 inch and press.
Turn bottom edges up 1 1/2 inches and sew close to edge. This will create a casing. Leave opening on the side to insert cord.
Place over grill and make any adjustments if necessary. Draw cord up and you are finished.
If you are using a directional fabric you will need to 7- 7/1/2 yards of fabric.
Follow the general directions. I had to piece the front and back to create a piece that would measure 68" long and 38" high. I cut 2 separate side panels to measure 26" x 38". I sewed the sides to the front and then to the back. Then I cut a top panel which needs to meaure 26" x 68". Matching centers I carefully sewed the front to the top and then the back to the top. I then sewed each end pieces to the top. This is why I recommend a non directional fabric. The best would be if you can find an extra wide piece of fabric.
Phoebe is now happy.
Chef Bubba will be back later with his barbecue recipes.
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