We live in a small apartment and really have no place to put away our vacuum cleaner. I know that they used to sell vacuum cleaner covers that looked like dolls or bunnies in long skirts, but I'm looking for a pattern to make one more modern looking.
I would buy some fabric that matches the paint on the wall in the room where you want to store the vacuum. Then, make a sack to put over it, kind of a loose slipcover or appliance cover. Put it in the corner of the room, maybe next to a dresser or large piece of furniture. It should blend in to the point where someone would really have to be sitting in the room for some time to even notice it. Hope that helps.
I like Ginnywest's suggestion. Make a cover that blends in to the surroundings. If you have draperies, a cover the same color as the drapes would be good. Just place the vacuum next to or behind the drapes. Dolls or bunny designs just call attention to the vacuum.
I was thinking you could make a basic frame. It could be from wood if you are so inclined or pipe or pvc pipe. Just a box shape like the deer guard in the top row here:
Make it the height ( & width) of your vac.
Then make a fabric cover. I have seen them in mags but this is the closest pic example I could find right now. It can be one piece or two piece that overlap each direction like a " + ". They usually have either fabric ties or ribbons on the side so the flaps stay closed. (this pic has the ties elsewhere for rolling up.)
You could even put a solid piece of wood or something on the top to create a shelf to put a vase or frame or something.
The other alternative would be to put it in a corner and cover it up with a folding screen/room divider of some sort.
I use a king size pillowcase on my vac. Open the stitching a few inches on the end and slip it down over the handle. This keeps the vac dust free and looks pretty. You can get the pillowcases at thrift stores or buy one new.
These are great ideas. I wasn't really up for the doll or bunny idea, but that was all I had seen. Now all I need to do is find a couple of pillow cases in a creamy off-white color. :)
I crocheted a vacuum cleaner cover, a lady of bright colors, many years ago. I wasn't very good at crocheting and embroidering faces, and it came out incredibly ugly. The face had big bulgy eyes. But it fit the vacuum so well. It took me months to do, and I did not know how to rip things out and fix, so I left it. It stood boldly in my living room. When someone came in they saw it first thing. If they commented on just how ugly it was, the next holiday, they got a gift. I wrapped her up and gave it to the commenter.
The next holiday, I got a gift back from them, in a new box...and inside was always the same lady vacuum cleaner cover! No one would keep her! This went on for three years, I gave it away at the first nasty remark, and I got it back again, over three times, to different people!! It was truly funny!! I bet none of my recipients ever made a nasty comment about something in a person's house again. Needless to say, there is no pattern, and I doubt anyone would copy it. Oh, yeah, 40 years later, I still have the darn thing!
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