Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mini Tutorial: How to Make a KitchenAid Mixer Cover

Last week, my sister in-law invited me to their home so I could teach her how to successfully bake a chiffon cake.  As she has a KitchenAid mixer, I wanted to show her how easy it was to beat the eggwhites stiff.  She bought her mixer early this year but has not done much with it really.  

I had always seen her mixer uncovered and her birthday is in a couple of days...so guess what I decided to make for her?

There's no mixer underneath.  The cover is so thick and sturdy, it holds its shape perfectly and stands up on its own.

My fabric has directional prints, so as you can see,  the design on the main body is upside down on this side.  I should have taken the photo from the other side!

This is one of those things I wish I could keep for myself, not only because the cover turned out very pretty, but mainly because of the amount of work I put into it.  First of all, I am not a quilter so I was quite impatient with the quilting part of the process.  And why on earth I did so many lines when I could have done less, I really don't know.  Another thing is that I have a fear of bias binding and I also don't quite enjoy hand sewing. I have in fact avoided having to deal with bias binding for the longest time.  Having said that though, it turned out there was nothing to fear after all.  (But I did prick my fingers a few times.)

What made the whole project easier was that I already had an existing pattern.  If you remember, I made a cover for my own KitchenAid mixer sometime ago.  The way I made that one is actually different (this new one is way better), but the fabric pieces are basically the same.

So, ok.  The title of this post suggests that I have a tutorial for this mixer cover.  I call it a mini tutorial because I did not take photos as I sewed.  This will not be as detailed as my other tutorials so some experience in sewing is quite vital.  I am afraid beginners might get lost somewhere. Basically, I will just be providing you with the pattern, the material requirements, and the general steps on how to make your own cover.  Please take note that my cover was made for a 5 quart KitchenAid ARTISAN mixer. 

MINI TUTORIAL: How to Make a KitchenAid Mixer Cover

Requirements:

1 meter quilting weight cotton fabric for outer cover (non-directional prints preferred)
1 meter quilting weight cotton fabric for lining **
1 meter sew-in cotton or polyester batting
quilt basting spray
about 5 meters double fold bias tape in coordinating colour
matching thread
other sewing essentials such as scissors, needles, ruler, marker, pins, sewing machine, etc.

** This cover is reversible.  If you want a change in look every now and then, choose a pretty lining fabric.

Procedure:

1. Download pattern for the front/back panel here.  With Page Scaling set to NONE, print out the pattern pages.  Cut out the pattern pieces just outside the thick black lines and glue together as instructed.

Please take note that since the patterns were drawn with thick marker, you may find slight discrepancies in the measurements.  Please countercheck with indicated measurements and adjust accordingly, if necessary.

After assembling the pattern pieces, you should have something like this:

This is the complete pattern for the front/back panels of the mixer cover.

2.  From main fabric, lining, and batting, cut the following:

    2 pieces each -  16"(L) by 11"(W) for the front and back panels
    1 piece each - 36"(L) by 16"(W) for the main body

3.  For the front, back and main body panels, sandwich batting between the lining (wrong side up) and the main fabric (right side up).  Following the manufacturer's instructions, use quilt basting spray to temporarily adhere layers together. 

4. Quilt panels as desired. (In my cover, the horizontal and vertical lines are about 1 1/4" apart.)

5.  Using the pattern piece as a guide, cut the front and back panels to size.  Trim the main body to 34 3/4" (L) by 15" (W).

6.  To assemble the cover:

Start with the front panel.  Find and mark the center of the curved top.  With lining sides together, match the center of one long edge of the main body panel with the center of the front panel.  Pin together starting from the top, then go down the sides.  Machine sew using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Do the same with the back panel.

7.  Apply bias tape to the front and back seams.  (I machine sewed the bias tape on one side and hand sewed the other side for a neat finish.)

8.  Finish off by applying bias tape along the bottom edges.

Was that understandable?  Frankly,  I am not used to writing a tutorial without loads of pictures to go with it, so I hope that was clear enough.  The structure of the mixer cover is really very simple.  Quilting and bias binding did complicate the whole thing just a bit.  You may opt not to quilt or maybe you can use stiff interfacing instead of batting.  It's up to you. 

Anyway you choose, hope these instructions will be of some help.  Happy sewing!  And happy baking too!

42 comments:

  1. Excellent Corinne. Tx. This has just made my Xmas sewing list!!

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  2. Awesome!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-kitchenaid-mixer-cover/2010/11/30/

    --Anne

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  3. I am looking forward to making one for my kitchen, after christmas. I have a cheap Walmart cover.

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  4. I love it. I just got a Kitchenaid mixer and as soon as I can decide how I'm going to decorate my kitchen, I can now make a cover for my mixer. Thanks!
    ~Jenny~

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  5. How perfectly giftable and I LOVE the fabric! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  6. And useful when you're too lazy to claen the mixer itself before company comes! ;D

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  7. Very nice cover and a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing...I may take my Kitchen Aid out of the cabinet now since it can look so nice and be kept clean on the counter top. I would use it more often too. That thing is heavy.

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  8. I've been wanting to make a cover for mine a very long time now, maybe this will give me the incentive to get it made!

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  9. Thank you! I have been looking for a pattern for a mixer cover that would be big enough and this looks like it will do the trick. My mother in-law will be getting one for Christmas. I am new to the blogging world and just started my own but not sure what i will do with it yet. http://purelysimpledesigns.blogspot.com

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  10. Wow, that is great. Thanks for sharing this. I have my mums old one from her Kenwood that she made out of gingham in the 60s. It is sad and does not fit well on my kitchen aid. I think I will reference it in this, and use vintage gingham from her cupboard!
    lorraine, thanks 25reasons too!

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  11. I sooo need to make this for my mixer...thanks for this post

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  12. Loved this tutorial! I saw it some time ago but finally got around to making my mixer cover this morning and it's perfect. I skipped quilting (too lazy LOL) so it's not as stiff as yours but I like how it turned out. It's just perfect. Thanks bunches!

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  13. Love the material you picked out! Thanks for sharing your talents and what a genius thought to make it reversible!! So clever :). Thanks!

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  14. My husband just bought a Kitchen Aid Mixer. I am a quilter and I will use the pattern and instructions. Thank you very much. I am looking forward to doing this project. This is what I was looking for. Love the reversible idea.

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  15. I used this pattern just a few minutes ago and it came out fantastic. I am not a sewer and was able to make it. I did not enjoy the quilting so next time I will buy already quilted material. Thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial.
    Bobbie from Tennessee

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  16. Made this tonight-- your instructions ROCK!!!! It came out GREAT! Thank you so much!!!!!!!!! Jen from Gettysburg

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  17. Thanks for posting the pattern online.

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  18. I made this last night. Thanks so much for the pattern! It turned out super nice. I added pockets on one side to store the attachments.

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  19. Just made one! Very easy to follow instructions! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Trying to make this and have it two sided. One side Christmas fabric and one side Alabama fabric. I am to the point of attaching the front and back panel to the center piece. Haven't been successful, yet getting the pieces eased together to sew. I'm going to try it again this morning. Easy to follow pattern.

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  21. Thank you so much for this. I got a new mixer a few months ago but didn't get a cover because I wanted to make one. This will help so much!

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  22. I'm definitely bookmarking this page to make as a Christmas present for my mom! I'm only 15, but I'm pretty competent with her sewing machine, so I hope this will be a nice surprise, especially if I can make a matching toaster cover too! Thanks for this!

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  23. very nice thank you so much
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  24. Is there any chance you can recall the fabric you used? It is just so cute!

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    1. I have only a small piece left of this fabric and there are no markings on it. Sorry!

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  25. If the print on the fabric is a one-way design, then cut the center piece in half and turn one piece. Add enough for the seam that will be across the top in the middle.

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  26. You are an amazing talent and thank you so much for sharing that with the rest of us.

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  27. I'm going to embroider the Apple Pie Recipe on both sides of one layer on the center piece, then put Cupcake appliques on the reverse side. I have an apple pie recipe with apples fabric for the front and back, then a solid neutral color for the center for both sides. Thank you for the instructions.

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  28. lovely fabric! i was looking for a pattern for my thermomix. this i can transfer :-) thanks!
    pami

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  29. Perfectly understood instructions, thank you Corinne. My gift to me for Christmas.

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  30. please where i found NONE? can you see where i found? and please can you write centimentri i don't know inch... i'm live in italy! :* thanks!

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    1. Print the pattern in ACTUAL SIZE.

      Kindly convert the measurements as I have no time to do this right now. Just multiply everything by 2.54. That will be your dimensions in centimeters.

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  31. Thanks so much for this great tutorial.

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  32. My artisan mixer came with the pouring shield. Will this cover of yours accommodate this ? Great pattern, want to also add a pocket. Thanks.

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    1. Yes, it will accommodate the pouring shield.

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  33. i'm not sure how to page scale, could someone explain please?

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    1. You don't need to scale it. Just print in Actual Size.

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  34. I would like to thank you for sharing your pattern. I am a PhD student, and rarely acquire nice things; so, when I do, I try to take care of them to the best of my ability. I saw the KitchenAid brand cover for $49.99 (which was out of the question), and while searching for a solution, found your site. I'm not the best sewer in the world, so (hopefully) this pattern will help.

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  35. will this be plenty big enough to fit a 6 quart kitchenaid mixer? ive never had a stand mixer and never made a cover lol but a church friend asked if i could make her one for her new mixer so im researching :p

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    1. This cover was made for a 5 quart mixer. I don't know how much bigger in size a 6-qt mixer is, sorry.

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