05 February 2012

DIY project - dust cover for a printer

My next sewing project is a printer cover. I have received an order in which I was asked to do a cover in orange & red toned fabric. The customer has two kids and a cat and wants to keep all electronics devices out of their reach. I have sewn a laptop sleeve, a tablet sleeve and padded bag for her already and I was so happy to receive another order from her.

I would like to share this project with you as I think our printers deserve a little bit of maintenance and protection too. My printer is usually covered in dust when not in use to be honest. So now it's the right time to change it. Let's do this together!

step 1: find out your printer's dimensions or measure it by yourself. In my case the printer dimensions are 62 x 37 x 23 cm.

step 2: Choose fabric/fabrics you like. Cut out 5 rectangles from desired fabric. I cut out 3 rectangles from orange heavy cotton fabric and 2 from Tulip fabric as follows: 

2 x rectangles from Tulip fabric - 62.5 x 23.5 cm  (printer length x printer height) + add seam allowance (1.5 cm for each side)
2 x rectangles from orange fabric - 37.5 x 23.5 cm (printer width x printer height) + seaming allowance
1 x rectangle from orange fabric - 62.5 x 37.5 cm (printer length x printer width) + seaming allowance

step 4. Pin orange rectangles right sides together as per below picture ( the longest rectangle stays in the middle) and sew.
step 5: Pin & sew the Tulip rectangles to the orange sides (as per below picture) 

and then sew on the top sides. You should have now cuboid shaped cover without a bottom.

step 6: Turn the cover up side down and hem it to avoid ripping of the fabric. You should do this step at the start. You should hem all rectangles separately. That's the right way to do that. I only did it at the end as I was lazy and this way is faster!

step 7: Iron the cover, straighten up the edges and... that's it! Enjoy your new dust cover made by yourself! :)    

You can use the same pattern and make dust covers for other machines which you don't use too much like sewing machine, photocopier, scanning machine, or  an old drawer, bookshelf, shoe rack ...


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    1. Thank you Kate! I forgot to say it takes only 1 hour to do this project and It's a great project for learners and home decor fans!

  2. aww so beautiful!!


  3. what a great idea! pinning it for sure!


  4. A computer keyboard bag is a simple sack that is pulled over the keyboard when it is not in use. This type of keyboard cover's primary purpose is to keep dust from entering the keyboard.

  5. I don't have a sewing machine, could I use fabric glue for the seams?

  6. I don't think glue is ideal for the seams, I wouldn't recommend it. It is just a simple cover, but it needs to be sewn properly to be able cover whole printer and to last long time. But if you give it a try please do let me know, I would love to see the result :) Thank you

  7. thank u i am trying this for sure

  8. Realise this is an old post, but love it. Going to make one for my printer today!