I have a secret to share with you today.
She is a coverup for your grungy old cooler. Yup!
Now you can pull out that fancy tablecloth, lay out your best china, and artfully arrange some beautifully prepared food for an al fresco experience on the porch, with no thought of an unsightly cooler to detract from it all.
Are you feeling me? Maybe? Maybe not. No, not everyone is as concerned about the look of the party as they are about the party itself. That’s why the hubs and I are a good team. I can make it pretty and he’ll make sure everyone has a good time.
Either way, you’ve got to admit this is a pretty clever disguise for an old cooler 🙂
Isn’t this fun?
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Here are some quick steps to create a cooler cover:
Pre-wash a dropcloth. Lay a piece of light cardboard on the floor and turn your cooler upside down on top of it. Trace around the lid to create a pattern. Lay the pattern down on a light piece of foam padding (mine was 1″ thick) and trace around it. Cut foam from pattern (an electric carving knife cuts through the foam like butter). Cut two pieces of fabric 5/8″ larger than the cardboard pattern to allow for seam allowance. Sew the foam inside the two pieces of fabric, leaving raw edges out. For the skirt: Measure the circumference of the top of the cooler. Cut a strip of material twice this measurement by the desired length of skirt you want your cooler to have. Allow for hem unless you want to have a raw edge. Baste along one long edge of the ruffle and gather. Sew the ruffle to the top, raw edges out. Finally, place pins around the bottom of the ruffle at the exact length you want your cover to be and hem.
In case you need a little more guidance my dropcloth tablecloth tutorial HERE should be of help, and please, feel free to ask any questions.
Also, if you’re thinking about hosting an al fresco party, here are some IDEAS I’ve been pinning for a time when the evenings begin to cool.
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Blessings dear friends,
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