Denim Toilet Seat and Tank Covers

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This is a denim toilet seat and tank cover set I made from some lightweight denim scraps I had, combined with an old doily and some scraps of lace.


Approximate Time: One afternoon


  • scraps of denim
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • sewing thread
  • misc. lace and trims
  • one old doily
  • steam iron
  • paper patterns of toilet seat and tank lid
  • 5 inch piece of thin elastic


  1. First, trace your toilet seat lid and tank lid on a piece of newspaper. Add about 1 1/2 inches all around on each pattern for the seam allowance before cutting your pattern out of the newspaper. (The seams won't be 1 1/2 inch, but smaller as you choose.)
  2. Take the patterns and lay over the toilet seat and tank to see if they look accurate to you. If you are satisfied with that patterns, lay onto the denim remnants and cut your pieces.
  3. Cut one piece for the front of the lid cover and one for the back. Cut one piece for the tank lid cover and set aside. Pin the doily to the front piece and sew into place. Make sure the doily has been blocked, so it won't pucker when washed.
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  5. Next, pin your lace between the front and back pieces. If you want to include a ruffle, cut an 8 inch piece for that now and make it three times as long as the diameter of the lid. Sew a basting stitch along one end of the ruffle and pull the thread to get the desired ruffle and pin to the "sandwich" of the front and back pieces and sew in place. If lace is desired on the hemmed edge of the ruffle, it can be added as it is hemmed.
  6. Note: Remember to press pieces as you sew with a steam iron. Turn rightside out, and press again if necessary.

  7. I realized at this point, I had forgotten to allow for extra fabric so the thing would fit over the widest part of the lid! It wouldn't go on, so I cut a slit up the back and hemmed the sides where the cut was and attached a piece of elastic so it would have a snug fit at the bottom most part of the cut. It "fixed" my mistake. This was more of a challenge to myself to see what I could make with the scraps I had. Sometimes, even a mistake can be corrected so as not to spoil the finished project!
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  9. Next, sew the tank lid cover. Cut a ruffle the same width as the other ruffle and sew a basting stitch all around it. When you are satisfied with the ruffle, attach the lace between the ruffle and the top, sewing into place. Press with a steam iron and you're done!

By Monica from Cortez, CO Denim Toilet Seat and Tank Covers - Tank cover.


Denim Toilet Seat and Tank Covers - Toilet seat cover made from denim.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

How beautiful!

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Great recycled craft. I love anything denim. Thanks for sharing.

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May 15, 20110 found this helpful

Thank You for the pattern. I will be using the pattern, but with different fabric. I'm a beginner at sewing, so still learning new ways on doing things. Thanks again.

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October 18, 20190 found this helpful

I need a pattern for a soft warm toilet seat cover for the winter , not for the lid or tank but, the seat . Thank You !

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March 30, 20220 found this helpful

I have been dying to start crafting with a seeing machine

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March 30, 20220 found this helpful

As. I was saying ,this has just made my desire to start crafting with a sewing machine into overdrive,!...I already paint,make bracelets,do my gardens,but this is such a good idea...thank you it's beautiful....time to look for a machine now



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