How to make an iMac Dust Cover!
This post has been a LONG time coming. I have had so many people emailing me asking for a tutorial on my iMac Ruffled Dust Cover.
I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to get to this, but FINALLY it’s here, YAY!!!!
The wait is over and now all you iMac,
(and, any other computer owner)
can now, make one of your very own!
How exciting is that?
So how about we get this LONG awaited tutorial started.
For reference sake, I am working with a 21.5 inch screen.
You want to start with choosing the fabrics you would like to work with. Virtually any fabric will work for this project.
I used Red Cotton for the outside fabric and Red Flannel for the lining.
(you don’t have to use flannel, that’s just what I like to use. You could certainly line it with the same Red Cotton. Just be sure it’s not a Harsh/Scratchy Fabric, that will be up against your screen.)
I used the Red Cotton for my Ruffles and White Flannel for my Center Piece. Black Buttons and Black Pipping.
CAREFULLY!!! Lay your computer screen face down and trace around it. If you would rather not do this, you can measure your iMac Screen, Across the Top and Bottom and the Sides. And, then cut your fabric accordingly.
I prefer to do it this way, so that I have a nice guide line.
Cut 2 pieces for your OUTSIDE MAIN fabric, 2 pieces for your LINING, 2 strips at 5 inches wide at the full width of your fabric, Cut 1 piece for your center panel ( you will cut according to your computer size and the desired width of your panel)
*NOTE* be sure to leave some extra fabric at the bottom for hemming. It will depend on where you want your iMac Dust Ruffle bottom to fall. If you want it to touch the desk or counter then leave enough to have it do that. I like mine to fall just about 2-2.5 inches below the bottom of my iMac Screen.
On the back of the iMac there is a Stand that is attached to hold the Monitor in place. I find the CENTER of my Back pieces ( the Red Cotton and Flannel lining ) and make a “T” like shape, as pictured above, it doesn’t have to be perfectly shaped. Just enough for your, iMac Dust Cover to be able to slide over.
*NOTE* After you have cut your “T” shape, you can finish, it with a zig zag or serged edge. ( Both the Main and Lining Fabric together)
*NOTE* if your not sure or comfortable with this step, you can use a Scrap piece of fabric to help you get the right size and fit. Before you cut into your GOOD fabric.
In the meantime you will need to RUFFLE your strips.
Fold your 5″ strips in Half, length wise and then use a gather stitch to ruffle your fabric. You can do that my using the LONGEST stitch length on your machine and running a Straight stitch along the edge and Pull the BOBBIN (Bottom thread ) a gather as you go.
Taking your FRONT Piece, find the Center and place your Panel piece of your iMac Dust Cover in the Center.
NOTE** For a finished edge, you can turn the sides of your panels in and press with a hot iron.
Once you have determined your placement, put your panel piece down and then place your RUFFLES underneath.
If you are going to be adding any Contrast Piping or Ric Rac, now is the time to get it in place. Pin your RUFFLE, PIPING and Center Panel in place on both sides.
When you are happy with it’s placement, Stitch in place.
When you have finished attaching your Center Panel and Ruffles. Place the Right sides of your Front and Back pieces together and pin in place.
Sew along the sides leaving the bottom un-sewn for hemming. Finish your edges with a zig zag or serged stitch. Turn right sides out and try it on. While you have it on you can fold the bottom under and pin, take it off and sew your hemmed bottom.
For a decorative touch, you can add buttons as I have done here or you can get Creative and add your special touch.
Either way your iMac Dust Cover, is sure to look Stunning.
Thank you so much for your patience on this tutorial.
If you have any questions please be sure to ask and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.
So in the meantime, Enjoy and have fun making your very own iMac Dust Cover.
And, be sure to share your projects with me, I would LOVE to see them.