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Project

TV Cozy How-To

Materials

  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure the length (top to bottom) of the television screen; add 1 inch to this measurement for seam allowance. Then, measure the depth of the screen. Add this to the total length. Lastly, multiply this measurement by 2 to cover both the front and back of the television. For the cozy pictured, Page left the base of the television exposed; if you want to cover the entire television, measure from the top of the screen to the table it will be sitting on, adding 1 inch for seam allowance and multiplying this measurement by 2 to cover both the front and back of the television.

  2. Step 2

    Measure the depth of the screen. Then measure the width of the screen. (You will need to add 1/2 inch on each side for seam allowance.)

  3. Step 3

    Select desired fabric and cut to your specific measurements.

  4. Step 4

    Fold fabric square in half, with the desired side of fabric facing in.

  5. Step 5

    Sew 1/2 inch in on both short ends to create a hem.

  6. Step 6

    Sew up the left and right sides with a straight stitch allowing for 1/2-inch hem.

  7. Step 7

    Next, you will need to create a gusset, which is a simple triangular insert that creates a box edge that tailor-fits the cozy to the television screen. To create the gusset, pinch the corner of the top-right seam of the cozy. The pinch should be parallel to the seam hanging down the side of the cozy; it will form a triangular shape. Stitch a seam across right above where the fabric begins to taper.

  8. Step 8

    Cut off any excess fabric from triangle. Repeat with top left corner.

  9. Step 9

    Turn right side out and slip over television.

Source
Blueprint, March/April 2007

Reviews (23)

  • glen29th 26 Aug, 2014

    I like it but I don't know how to sew so I just purchased my TV dust cover at Amazon, it's translucent creamy coconut color with blue trim. It's inexpensive and it serves its purpose - protects my TV from dust and moisture.

    Glenn
    www.computerdust.com

  • Monique57 31 Jul, 2013

    Don't quite understand how to make the gusset. Are we making 2 side seams on each side: one and then a second one?

  • Jewel Weeks 26 Nov, 2012

    The first instruction SHOULD read: Measure the length (top to bottom) of the screen; add 1 inch to this measurement for seam allowance. Multiply this t by 2 to cover both the front and back of the tv. Lastly, measure the depth of the screen. Add this to the total length.

    Also, I would recommend sewing up the left and right sides BEFORE creating the hem, and also, when creating the hem, I would use a turned and stitched hem to prevent fraying (so you may want to add 1.5" for seam allowance).

  • ElicBxn 23 Oct, 2011

    After the cats ruined my roommate's flat panel monitor, I made something like this with faux leather, I made it long enough to also cover the keyboard (they got a few of them too.)

  • n2organization 25 Feb, 2009

    I'm worried about the static electricity from the fabric for my iMac. I have been wanting to make one, but this has come to mind.

  • Anna_Marie 25 Feb, 2009

    I am glad to see this...reminds me that I need to make a "cozy" for my sewing machine. I don't have it attached to a table, and have no case for it, so it gets really dusty in between uses. I'm sure these instructions will convert nicely into a cover for the machine.

  • Anna_Marie 25 Feb, 2009

    I am glad to see this...reminds me that I need to make a "cozy" for my sewing machine. I don't have it attached to a table, and have no case for it, so it gets really dusty in between uses. I'm sure these instructions will convert nicely into a cover for the machine.

  • tugtoy 25 Feb, 2009

    Oh my this is so coincidental...the TV cozy that is. We just purchased an I MAC. I made a cozy for the I MAC! It looks great! Thought I had an original idea when I did this but perhaps not since here I see it on the Martha website! I love the cover I made and I think I had a brilliant idea for the I MAC. I cover my I MAC when not in use to keep dust off of it and so far it has worked brilliantly! Just wanted to share, Cheers, Noreen for Calgary, Alberta, Canada!

  • barbieq 25 Feb, 2009

    You wouldnt put the cover over it when the TV is in use.

  • pcforum 25 Feb, 2009

    I think this is not a good idea as some units have an instant on feature which builds up heat underneath the cover. Maybe a well ventilated fabric? Had an electronics business with my husband and the vents are definitely there for a reason. Maybe we will be back in the same business again?

  • AviMari 25 Feb, 2009

    You may consider just using elastic cording around the front half only, that fits nice around the TV or monitor. If you pick a material with a scene, or you iron on pictures and then fuse on a "frame" it will be another piece of art.
    Having a TV out in the open is not very feng shui, but I, also, could not afford another armoire.
    Oh, and I'm retired (worked with electronics); this is not a fire hazard.

  • fredalee 25 Feb, 2009

    I agree with all the comments about the vents. It could be altered, however, with cutouts where the vents are. It's easy to further alter it to suit your needs for whatever object you're covering.

  • Nancy_Ann 25 Feb, 2009

    I did this for my sewing machine,computer and printer to keep dust free.

  • madbrave 25 Feb, 2009

    petronella you have a point. i would wait til the monitor have been cooled off prior to put it on.

  • KLandrum 25 Feb, 2009

    My husband and I want an armoire to hide our ugly TV, but can't afford one right now, and although it is an old, thick TV, I will create a design to just cover the front glass (no vents) and that will really help the "look" in our new log home!!

  • beverson 25 Feb, 2009

    I remember in my office some time ago how all the ladies would fussily cover their computer monitors and keyboards with vinyl covers at the end of the day. They would have loved this! It does seem a little fussy to me -- though maybe if I had an old ugly TV I'd like to cover it!

  • Petronella2008 25 Feb, 2009

    The television vents are there for a reason...they should not be covered. Although, it looks cute, it would be quite risky to used this idea.

  • suzeo 25 Feb, 2009

    I too like many of Martha's projects, but she must have been desperate for an idea today.

  • mizabit4 25 Feb, 2009

    I am not sure this is such a wise idea. Televisions have vents and because they draw electricity even when they are off, this seems to be a fire hazard. I would check the owners manual.

  • elizabethnyc 25 Feb, 2009

    I think it's really cute and I am going to make one for my Mac. I also like the notion that your TV (or computer) doesn't have to be out and available at all times. And it does add a little bit of color (or pattern) to the room.

  • diannam 25 Feb, 2009

    As a huge fan of Martha's, I find many of her ideas to be interesting and useful, etc. but this....a cover for a television.....is just over the top wacky!!
    Adding color to a room.....what?! I'm guessing even Martha would think this is just a ridiculous idea, and waste of time.

  • tinkonthebrink 25 Feb, 2009

    I think this is a nice idea but..."it added a little more color to the room"???? Okay, yes, grey is a color but it's grey.

  • Racheletto 7 Dec, 2008

    This is also great for protecting electronics from dust accumulation. Which is especially important if you have open windows near the machine. If you buy a cover like this from Mac, you can pay up to $75 but this way you can save tons of money and choose your own fabric too!