Then inspiration struck and I thought why not use the paper cover as a template to make some super quick and easy dust covers. The finished product is a lot prettier than the paper version.
Each dust cover requires a minimal amount of fabric and can be whipped up in 10-20 minutes.
- A paper dust cover to use as your template
- Plastic ruler and rotary cutter are really helpful, but scissors are fine, too
- The usual sewing supplies: pins, thread, sewing machine
Now get your ruler or just your scissors and cut around your paper cover. Be sure to cut at least a half inch extra all around for a seam allowance. In the picture above, you can see how much extra I cut for the seam allowance: an extra half inch on the shoulders and an extra inch on the bottom and top opening.
Your cut fabric should look something like this:
Step 2: Topstitch the hanger opening
In the picture above you can see that I pinned my fabric in place and then simply sewed a straight line from the top edge.
Step 3 (optional): Hem/Overstitch/Serge the bottoms of the pieces
I ended up using the overcast stitch on my sewing machine on the bottom of the fabric pieces to keep the bottoms from fraying. For a cleaner look, you can hem them. Or if you don't really care, just leave them alone.
Step 4: Sew the two pieces together
Don't sew across the top because you need to leave an opening for the hanger. And don't sew across the bottom because you need it open to hang over your clothes.
After you've finished sewing both sides, turn your dust cover inside out and enjoy how pretty your closet looks.