I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of crafts over the years but one thing I never mastered was knitting and crocheting. That’s too bad because there are so many gorgeous things a person can make from yarn. If you’re like me, and that type of needlework just escapes you, you probably think you can’t ever make certain things that are generally knitted or crocheted. In some cases, that might be true, but there are sometimes substitutions you can do to create something similar. That’s what’s up when it comes to covering spare rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom. Many people have the covers that are crocheted or knitted and hide the roll while being decorative at the same time. You can make something similar without having to do any type of needlework at all – you don’t even have to sew! Can you believe it? You will once you’ve followed the steps to make the toilet paper roll cover that can be most any theme and/or color you want.
Although most any fabric can be used to make the toilet paper cover some fabrics might work better than others. Really thick material, like denim or corduroy is not ideal. Stretchy and wispy fabrics are okay but can be tricky when it comes to assembling the cover. However, stretchy material works great for covering several different sizes of tissue rolls. Other fabric choices include stiff lace, soft and lightweight cloth or even felt. No matter what type of material you’re using you’ll need fabric glue to assemble the cover. The glue can be found at any craft store and some fabric stores. After you’ve made the initial cover you can then decorate it or embellish it to coordinate with your bathroom.
Start by laying the fabric out on a table. Position a roll of toilet paper so that it is on its side, at the edge of the fabric. Roll the fabric around the toilet paper once but leave enough extra fabric so that the two ends can overlap. At one end, the edge of the toilet paper will be right at the edge of the cloth. At the opposite end, allow the fabric to be three inches longer then the toilet paper roll. Trim off the excess fabric.
Use the fabric glue to glue the seam of the material. Just overlap one end over the other and glue in place. Allow to dry or set completely before moving on with the project. As that is drying cut a circle from a piece of thin cardboard. The circle should be about two inches in diameter. Brush glue onto the cardboard disk making sure it covers one entire side of the cardboard. Set the glue-covered disk aside for the moment. Stand the toilet paper up so that the extra cloth is pointing upwards. Fold the cloth towards the center in one place. Now go around the roll, folding the cloth towards the center, and doing this several times until all the fabric meets in the middle of the roll.
Position the glued disk in the middle of the fabric where all the ends are gathered at the center. Glue the disk to the fabric covering these ends. If the fabric is thick, like felt, it won’t be necessary to remove the toilet paper roll as you attach the glue-covered disk. If the material is lightweight and thin, though, remove the toilet paper roll. Create a second glue-covered disk and position it inside the roll, where all the fabric meets at the center. This will be the top of the tissue cover, but it will be the inside area of the top. So, after the two disks are in place, one will be on the top and the other on the underside, right where all the fabric ends meet in the middle. Allow the glue to dry completely before decorating the finished tissue cover.
Create some sort of embellishment design that will cover the cardboard disk at the top of the tissue roll cover. The embellishment can be a large, silk flower, a gathering of dried flowers, a large pom-pom, an applique or something else. You can further enhance the look of the cover by gluing narrow lace around the bottom edge. Instead of lace you can glue on a strand of fake pearls or even narrow ribbon. If you’re using felt to make the cover it’s not absolutely necessary to cover the bottom edge of the fabric but it does give it a nice, finished look.
It’s really easy to make toilet paper roll covers that match or coordinate with your bathroom. Simply cover the spare roll with the new cover and set it on the back of the commode or on a nearby counter top or shelf. It looks great, and since it was so easy to make, why not make one for each holiday, one for the kids’ bathroom, one for a friend…