I'm entering this in the Sew Useful contest because it's useful not only to beautify your tv but also to promote marital harmony. I think a husband (or wife) considering getting a flat screen against the wishes of their spouse should consider investing in this TV cover. After all, what's $30 when you're spending thousands on a tv?
The tv cover pictured fits a 40 inch Sony Bravia and is for sale at my etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6393753 .
Step 1: Gather Materials
Flat screen tv (wall mounted works great)
A piece of canvas or duck cloth (something sturdy) as large as your tv
Heavyweight fusible interfacing--large enough piece to cover the front of your tv (optional)
Fabric scraps to make your design
Fusible webbing (different from interfacing, this is "sticky" on both sides when ironed--Heat'n'Bond is an excellent brand for this project)
Approximately 1 yard of cotton fabric for edges (depends on the size of your tv)
Enough 1/4 inch elastic to wrap around the perimeter of your tv
Step 2: Measure and Cut
Carefully cut your piece of duck cloth to this dimension making certain it is square.
If desired to add stiffness, iron the heavyweight fusible interfacing to the back piecing as needed to make a single thickness layer.
Step 3: Create Your Modern Art
Once you're chosen a design, sketch it onto the paper side of your fusible webbing and iron your fusible webbing to the back of the appropriate fabric.
You'll need to separate out different parts of the design so you can fuse them onto the appropriate fabric but don't cut out your designs yet. For good fusing, leave a border around your design on the fusible web.
You waste some fabric and fusible webbing doing it this way but it's the only good way to get perfect edges. Trust me on this.
Once the fusible webbing is ironed to the fabric, cut out your design following the pattern you've drawn and peel off the paper backing.
Arrange your fabric design on the canvas and iron it on using the fusible web instructions.
Step 4: Attach the Borders
Cut strips from your border fabric that are 6 inches wide (approximately. Scale this for the size of your tv) and as long as the edges of your piece of canvas plus 1/2 inch. To continue the example, if your tv is 20x30 inches, your canvas is 20.5x30.5 inches so you will need two strips that are 31x6 inches and two strips that are 21x6 inches.
Sew the strips together end to end and right sides together to make a frame that will to around your canvas. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Pin the fabric frame to your canvas art with right sides together. Fold corners carefully and pin.
Stitch around entire perimeter using a generous 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step 5: Add Elastic
Fold in 1/4 inch along the edge of your border fabric. You can iron this but I didn't bother.
Lay the 1/4 inch elastic along the inside of the border, covering the raw edge that is folded over. Start at the end of the elastic in the center bottom of your frame and take a few stitches to secure the elastic to the edge.
Now is the tricky part--don't bother pinning. Using your left hand, hold the elastic and fabric securely behind the needle. Using your right hand, stretch the elastic as much as it will go and hold it to the frame fabric. You'll need to go a few inches at a time with this. Stitch the stretched elastic into place along the folded edge of the frame.
Keep stretching and stitching around the entire border. The part you've already sewn should bunch up the fabric.