Making Toilet Tank/Lid Covers

I have been taking out the black and red from the bathroom and replacing it with accessories in soft green and cream. The first step was making a toilet lid cover.

Total Time: 5 hours


  • 2 oz soft green yarn, doubled
  • 1 oz cream yarn, single
  • size K hook
  • size J hook
  • scissors
  • 1 small paint brush
  • shellac
  • 1 oz green ceramic paint
  • 1 oz cream ceramic paint


  1. I have the before and after shots for the little things I repainted. Most were red and black before. But I did them after the crocheting.
  2. I crocheted 20 and measured it to make sure it was the right size. My stitch was linen, which is chain 1, skip 1, make a single crochet in the next chain.
  3. Continue this step till your have the length you want. If you want a border like I had, just use the single strand and crochet a single in each stitch on the end and up the edges.
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  5. Work in your tails and you are done. I sat my old medicine cabinet mirrors on the back and hung a cream colored faux pearl necklace on it. Then I found some pretty soaps and a cream snail. I think it really looks nice.
  6. I gathered some little frames, snails, shoes, and tins I had that were in need of new paint. They were all going to be painted a soft green that I had to create on my own, mixing deep olive green with cream.
  7. Once the paint was mixed, I put the first coat on and let it set overnight. You don't have to let it sit that long, but I was ready for bed.
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  9. Then the second coat goes on. If you need to, put on a third coat. Your work will have a dull finish. Then spray it with shellac and let it dry. I let mine dry about 1 hour. I embellished the big shoe with a pretty button and set them up where they were before. Adding some pretty faux flowers helps, too. N-JOY!
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November 2, 2009

I need advice on how to sew a toilet tank cover. Not the top, but the large piece that holds the water. I have made a pattern for the seat cover and tank cover, but not quite sure about the actual tank. Thanks in advance.


By Beverly Ulveling from Phoenix, AZ


November 3, 20091 found this helpful

Measure the sides and front of the toilet tank, then cut a rectangle a couple of inches larger. Attach elastic from the top corner of the rectangle end to the opposite corner, at the opposite end. Now do the same thing for the bottom corners, and you have a nice tank cover. To cover the lid, measure the width and length of the lid, and add three inches each to the width and length. Sew elastic around the edges and you're done. Make a lid cover by simply tracing the size of the lid onto newspaper, then cutting the fleece two inches larger, all the way around. Sew elastic all the way around the edge and your tank set is complete. Good luck.

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November 4, 20090 found this helpful

Be careful that your tank does not sweat, which most of them do. You might want to go to a fabric store and find the panels that are already elasticized so that you can make an "instant skirt" with the seam up the back?


Then, just measure the top to bottom dimensions, cut and hem, then attach a piece of elastic from one side to the other, stretch that along the back of the tank just below where you put the lid on. Measure the elastic, cut and sew to the other side. Your tank if pretty and covered, but not so close to the porcelain that your fabric gets damaged. Hope that helps!

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November 4, 20093 found this helpful

I was trying to 'quickly' do the same thing. I came up with this idea, which saved time, and let me change tank covers as often as I wanted.(which is at least once a week, to keep my hubby crazy!) Measure around tank from one side to the other, where you want cover.
Make sure your tank is clean and dry. Using 'superglue', glue velcro down each side(or at least in 2 spots). Use fabric glue(or sew) the opposite velcro pieces on your fabric. You can then put in on/off in seconds, and it washes well!

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October 10, 2010

I need to know how to make a cover for the top of a toilet tank. I am making a cover of fabric for the lid to match a cover for the toilet seat, which I have already made. Thanks.


By Jodie from Kerrville, TX

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May 15, 2017

Recycle a lace curtain into a pretty toilet tank topper. This is a page about how to make a lace toilet tank topper.

Lace Toilet Tank Topper - Cut piece of lace.

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May 12, 2017

Using lightweight denim scraps, lace, and a doily you too can make this toilet seat and tank cover set. This is a page about how to make denim toilet seat and tank covers.

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

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