How to Sew a Tray Covercomments (1) March 30th, 2008
Breakfast in bed never looked so chic. Take a serving tray up a notch by creating a removable cover to match your decor. We used silk charmeuse and piped our edges, but you can simply cut the shape and fray the raw edges.
What You'll Need:
Serving tray (WestElm.com)
Step 1: Trace your tray
Make a pattern of your serving tray with pattern paper or tissue paper. Press the paper into the tray, folding it into the corners and up and over the side walls. With a marking tool, mark the edges of the tray bottom. Then, outline the top of the tray wall and down to the bottom of the wall on the outside.
Step 2: Create a pattern and cut the fabric
Remove paper, add a 1/4 inch seam allowance around the edges, and cut out the pattern. Cut two pieces of fabric from the pattern.
Step 3: Make corner ties and finish your tray cover
For the corner ties, make eight tubes out of matching fabric. For each, cut a 5/8-inch-wide bias strip to your desired length. Fold it in half with right sides together. Sew across one short end, and then sew 3/8 inch away from the fold down the tube length; turn right side out. Point the finished ends toward the cover’s center, and baste one tie to each corner edge of the tray-cover pieces. Next, sew the two tray pieces together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sandwiching the ties between them and leaving an opening to turn. Turn the cover right-side out and press. Slipstitch the opening closed.
Contributed by: Anna Mazur and Deana Tierney
Photos by: Sloan Howard
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