A simple way to spiff up your bathroom's decor is to add a cloth toilet seat cover that coordinates with your window treatments and bathroom rugs. Bed and bath stores sell an ever-changing variety of styles and patterns of toilet lid covers from which to choose, or you can make your very own toilet lid covers to interchange throughout the seasons.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 3/4 yard fabric
- 1 yard of elastic (1/8 to 1 inch wide)
- Bias tape maker
Place the lid cover on top of the lid with the opening facing downward. Purchased lid covers are already fitted with elastic bands that hold them in place securely over the toilet seat lid.
Line up the side of the cloth toilet lid that doesn't have elastic with the back of the lid where the hinges are. Stretch the elastic opening over the lid using both hands on either side of the lid cover, then fit it over the lid's edge.
Work your hands around the lid cover until the entire elastic band is fitted over the toilet lid.
Attaching a Store-Bought Lid Cover
Make a pattern from the shape of your toilet lid, adding an extra three inches from the toilet cover's edge. This extra fabric accounts for the fabric allowance that will fold over the edge of the lid. Pin the pattern to your fabric so that the sides of the pattern are parallel with the woven edges of the fabric. Cut the fabric and set it aside.
Measure the circumference of the toilet cover's edge minus the backside where the hinges will be. Subtract about two inches from this length, and then cut a piece of elastic---1/8-inch to 1-inch wide---using this measurement.
Mark the side where the hinges will be with straight pins at both ends of the opening. This will also mark the beginning and end of where to sew the elastic. Place one edge of the cover---on the fabric's wrong side---onto the sewing machine, and line up the elastic at the position of one straight pin.
Stay stitch the elastic's end into place, and then sew it around the edge of the cover. Stretch the elastic as you sew to make the edge gather after the stitches are made.
Continue sewing until you meet the other straight pin. Stay stitch the elastic's endpoint, and then cut the elastic and thread.
Make Your Own Cover
Use ribbon, rope, or a thin strip of your decorative fabric to secure your cover with a drawstring. Use the same measurement from your toilet lid and add another 12 inches to allow for tying the string.
Use a bias tape tool to fold over both long edges of the fabric strip and iron them flat. Fold the finished bias tape in half, press, and sew to make your string.
Hem the edge of the toilet cover seat with a 1-inch finished hem through which to thread the drawstring. Start the 1-inch hem from one side of the opening at the back and end on the other side. By doing so, the drawstring's ends will hang on either side of the hinges.
Pin a safety pin to one end of the string and thread through the 1-inch hem. Pull the string's ends slightly and place the cover over the lid. Lift the lid, and then pull the strings until the cover fits snugly cover the lid. Tie the strings at the base of the lid.
Cut the strings down to size after you tie the bow if there is too much excess hanging onto the seat.
Using a Drawstring
Tips and warnings
- Make a few covers to interchange your decor between washings.
- Wash your covers frequently, especially with every toilet bowl cleaning.
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