Clutter keeps you from having room in your kitchen, so why not get the microwave off of the counter and put it on a cart and dress it up with a cover (or skirt as I like to call it). Microwave cart skirts hide the clutter.
This was definitely easy beginner project to do, simple easy cuts and straight stitching.
What you will need:
material (measure the outside edge of the cart to determine how much material you will need and a 12 inches).
Velcro (I used the oval pieces shown below as you don’t need to have this thing so you can never open it. you just want to keep it up and shut.
You will want to take the microwave cart and measure where you plan on hanging the skirt from. For us, this was below the top.
You will want to add at LEAST 12 inches to width of your measurement for material you ned. This to give you the amount of material you need (width wise). Why? Well you sew edges over to keep them from fraying. You also want it to have an overlap, so there is no sneak peak of the ‘stuff’ you are hiding.
You wll want to measure the height
Take the edges and turn them over and sew a straight stitch. I then did a zig zag stitch.
Do this on the shorter width edges and one of the height edges.
You will want to measure the height to the top of the wheels of the cart and add 1 inch. You will then sew the edge over 1/2 inch one time with a straight stitch.
Turn the material over again 1/2 inch and sew another straight stitch.
This is going to hide the edge and ensure there is no fraying edges.
You are now ready to put up the velcro stickies! I needed to packages. You will want to put them on the edges and on the middle around the top so there is no sagging.
Put them up at the top, so you can have them at the same height.
Do this all the way around the cart.
You will want to start at the front in the middle and match up the velcro you put on the material with the velcro already on the cart. Keep the material taunt and match up the velcro around the cart until it’s covered.
Where the material overlaps, add velcro to either side of the material (so it matches up again) to close the gap. Place 2-3 velcro tabs from top to bottom of the cart, depending on the height of the material.
You can then put the microwave on the cart and open the material and hide your junk.
Close it up and boom, no one knows what you are hiding.
Janeane Davis says
There is almostn nothing that a skirt cannot make better. I never thought about it for the microwave cart.
Yes, it keeps the clutter hidden!
Ron Leyba says
Great idea! Might put this on full use since we are about to re-organize our stuff!
Jessica Beal Harlow says
This is such a great way to keep clutter under cover! I struggle with keeping my counters cleared off so I can actually cook! There are so many gadgets taking up space!
I am a gadget junkie Jessica, I so feel your pain and am right there with you.
Awesome! I love keeping it neat and this would be a great way to keep it covered!
Thanks Kerri. I like to appearance that things are neat for sure. No one knows whats behind the curtain! Kinda like the Wizzard of Oz. ‘pay no attention to what’s behind the curtain!’ lol.
Debbie Denny says
That is a good idea. I did something like this with a shelf in my bedroom
Great to hear you found this useful to do Debbie.
Debbie L. says
Very cute project. This would work great for the kids rooms they have rolling shelves that always look a mess! Thanks – great idea!
Cleaver idea too Debbie. And I was just thinking it would work for a cart! 🙂
What a cute idea. I like that you can hide your clutter behind a pretty curtain.
Thanks becca. Also about sprucing it up for a few bucks!
Tina @ My Highest Self says
Love this idea! I actually need to do this for a table that I use for storage so I can cover my mess underneath!
Great idea Tina! This could apply to anything you wanna hide your ‘stuff’ on. Like a sink or cabinet too!
Anna Mae says
Sounds like a great idea! I love the flexibility afforded by the velcro – it would be easy to make a couple for different holidays to decorate with! Of course, I can’t sew.
What a great idea Anna! I hadn’t thought of making them for the holidays!
How creative. I could have used this idea a while ago, before we changed to the above the stove microwave. of course I can’t so much as thread a needle, so I’d have to ask my mom to make it.
I love above the stove microwaves!
Liz @ Yes/No Films says
Interesting idea. I remember when my parents and I lived in an apt., we had a microwave on a cart thing – this would have been useful.
It is great for hiding the clutter!
Very cute idea. I wish I could so better!
It’s a couple quick straight stiches. I’m taking classes and can do it!