I caught my family’s enthusiasm for making Christmas gifts this year. We were at a friend’s house (she’s the one who picks me up every month and drives me to our quilt guild meetings), and we were admiring her beautiful new RED kitchen cabinets. She mentioned that she wished her Kitchenaid mixer was red, too, instead of white. Well, that planted a little seed, which took a good week to sprout, and a few days before Christmas I went to work. I know she likes playful fabrics and batiks, so I dug through my cubbyhole of red fabrics and pulled out a couple dozen I thought might work. I got out my own blue Kitchenaid, did some measuring, and decided I might as well write up a short tutorial since I was doing it. That way I’d always be able to find the instructions next time I wanted to make one! Plus, I know I’m always looking for free patterns that use jelly rolls, so I thought others might be looking, too.
Kitchenaid Mixer Cover Tutorial
You will need:
- Jelly roll or 16 strips of fabric, each 2-1/2″ wide by 16″ long
- Two pieces of coordinating fabric for sides, each 16″ by 10″
- 3/4 yard of backing fabric
- One piece of batting, 34″ by 16″
- Two pieces of batting, 16″ by 10″
- Strip of fabric for binding, 2-1/4″ wide by 60″ long
Measure your Kitchenaid
- I have a 5 quart Artisan mixer which is about 14″ high, 14″ front to back, and 9″ wide (with the bowl in place), so this cover is sized for my mixer. If you have one of the larger mixers, you will need to adjust your pattern accordingly.
Make the main section
- Take the 34″ by 16″ piece of batting and lay it on top of your backing fabric.
- Cut your backing fabric a little larger than the batting.
- Fold your batting in half to find the center (or measure 17″ from one end); draw a line across the width of the batting.
- Draw another line 1/4″ away from the center line.
- Lay your first strip of fabric face up so raw edge is even with the line you drew to the right of the center line; strip will cover center line.
- Lay your second strip of fabric face down on top of the first strip.
- Stitch 1/4″ away from the raw edges; the stitching should be directly on the center line. Flip the top strip back and press seam.
- Lay the third strip face down on top of the second strip, lining up the raw edges on the right; stitch 1/4″ away. Flip open and press.
- Continue laying down the next strip, stitching, flipping open, and pressing until you have stitched eight strips.
- Rotate entire unit, and continue stitching down remaining strips until all sixteen strips have been sewn in place.
- Trim section down to 32-1/2″ by 14″; set aside.
Make the sides
- Take the two 16″ by 10″ pieces of batting and lay them on top of backing fabric.
- Cut backing fabric a little larger than the batting.
- Lay outer fabric on top of batting and backing.
- Quilt in parallel vertical lines about 1″ apart.
- Tape together two pieces of printer paper.
- Draw a rectangle 14-1/2″ by 8-1/2″; draw a vertical centerline; make a mark on the side edge 9-1/2″ up from bottom edge; draw an arc from 9-1/2″ mark to center top as show to right; fold in half and cut through both layers of paper along arc.
- Lay paper pattern on top of quilted panels and cut to match.
Assemble the cover
- With right sides together pieced unit to side panels, matching center top and corners. Ease pieced section around curves of side panel. Repeat with other side panel.
- With side panel on the bottom, stitch 1/4″ away from edge.
- Zigzag the raw edges to reduce fraying.
- Once both side panels are stitched in place, press seams toward pieced unit.
- Bind lower edge with double fold binding.
- Turn right side out and slip over your Kitchenaid mixer.