Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Away For the Summer Coat Covers {a tutorial}

Spring is officially here in Missouri! The grass is a gorgeous green and needing to be cut. 
The short sleeve t-shirts are out and the coats are getting put away in the back of the closets. 
Not a bad thing! But sometimes our coats need more covering 
than what the plastic shoulder covers can provide.

So I wrote a very quick tutorial that involves very little fabric. 
But best of all: very little time! 

What you'll need:
-1 yard home decor fabric (as long as it's durable and 54" wide, you're good!)
-sewing machine
 1. If you have a plastic coat cover, place it on your fabric and use it as your pattern for your fabric coat cover. If you don't have a plastic cover, carefully use the coat that 
you're going to cover and trace around it with a washable marker - very, very carefully!!!!
 2. Use the fabric fold to your advantage! (See above picture and yellow marker tracing...)
Draw a straight line from the top of your shoulder cover to the end of your 1 yard.
Make sure and cut your notch at the top middle.
 Coat covers cut out.
 3. Right sides together, pin around the edges of your cover.

 4. Start sewing on the fold edge. Sew around your cover using a 1/4" seam allowance.
 When you start sewing on the fold, start near the edge and work your way up to the 1/4" seam allowance, so you have a smooth finished seam.
 5. Back stitch at the beginning and ending of your notch, leaving your notch open.
 6. Fold the raw edges of your notch over and pin in place!

 8. Being careful not to catch any excess coat cover, sew both notches in place.
 9. Finish with a simple hem.

 That was fun! I'm excited to finally have my coats - from shoulder to hem - covered for all
the months I won't need them! 

Happy sewing! xo Abi