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)

sew a tray cover   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.

sew a tray cover   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.

sew a tray cover   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.

sew a tray cover   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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ChristabelBenoitUK writes: Tray cover, I've never though of that. I will definitely try it.
Posted: 12:37 am on August 5th
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