Introduction: How to Make a DIY Grill Cover
Grilling has become one of the most popular ways of preparing food. Because of the size of the equipment, it’s common to leave your grill outside. But this could be exposing your grill to the elements, which might result in damage like rusting. The best way to protect yourself if by getting an excellent grill cover. Let’s look at how you’ll be able to make this at home.
The first thing that you’ll need to do is make sure that you get the right supplies.
First, you’ll need to make sure that you have:
- a large piece of butcher paper
- and a pencil
You’ll also need to make sure that you have the fabric and sewing machine required to make the cover.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can use duct tape.
(optional) You might also want to get a bungee cord.
Step 1: Measure the Grill
The first thing that you’ll need to do is measure the size of the grill. When you’re doing this, there are a few measurements that you’ll need to take. First, you will need to measure the width of the grill. Then, you’ll need to measure the height. Alternatively, if your paper is big enough, you might want to carefully drape it over the grill and make an outline.
Don't forget to write down all the measurements.
Step 2: Transfer the Outline to the Fabric
The next thing that you’ll need to do is transfer the outline of the grill to the fabric. In most cases, you’ll be using a tarp, though you might want to choose a different type of fabric. The most important thing is that it will protect the grill. As a result, you want to choose something that will be waterproof and shield the equipment from dust.
Here's the list of the most common types. Be careful though - some of them require to use a professional sewing machine.
To transfer the outline to the tarp, you’ll need to rely on the measurements you previously made. As you’re doing this, make sure to leave an extra inch of fabric, so you’ll be able to create a hem. You might want to use the butcher paper to help you match the shape of the grill.
Step 3: Cut Out and Sew the Cover
Once you’ve finished making your outline, you’ll need to cut it out. It’s often easier for you to do this on a flat surface. Depending on the size and shape of your grill, you might need to do this step in two halves, to make it easier for you to manage.
Once you’ve cut out the cover, you’ll need to make sure that you finish it by sewing the hems. If you’ve made it in several parts, you’ll also need to sew the two sides together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you will be able to use duct tape to finish the cover.
Depending on the type of fabric you’re using, you might need to spray a waterproof coating on.
Step 4: Attach the Cover to the Grill
Finally, you’ll need to make sure that you’re attaching the cover to the grill. The best way to do this is by making sure that you’re using ties or bungee cord (works for mine since it's tricky to just attach the cover without ropes).
Keep in mind, that If you’re planning on leaving it for a long time, you might want to try to put the grill in a more sheltered area. It would be safer and you won't get any rust this way.
It’s common to leave your grill outside when you aren’t using it. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t protect it from the wind and rain. So, use this procedure to make a cover to take care of your grill.