How to Sew a Tray Cover

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Funky and “tray” chic: a Pucci-inspired cover adds a touch of style to a plain serving tray.
Start with a plain old tray with straight sides about 2 inches high.
Make a pattern of your serving tray with pattern paper or tissue paper.
Funky and “tray” chic: a Pucci-inspired cover adds a touch of style to a plain serving tray.

Funky and “tray” chic: a Pucci-inspired cover adds a touch of style to a plain serving tray.

Photo: Jack Deutsch

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)
Pattern paper
Marking tool
Fabric
Ribbon (optional)

Use the serving tray to help create your pattern.

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.

Custom-fit the pattern: Press pattern paper into the tray and trace all edges.

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.

Create your finished pattern, and use it to cut your fabric.


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.

Make the ties at the corners out of matching fabric tubes or coordinating ribbons.


Contributed by: Anna Mazur and Deana Tierney

Photos by: Sloan Howard

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