How to Make a Barbecue Grill Cover

A barbecue grill.
  • 2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 75-100
What You'll Need
Weatherproof spray
Sewing machine
Heavy material needle
Measuring tape
Large sheets of construction paper or tissue paper

A barbecue grill can be a great tool for outdoor cooking. Because they're usually kept outside, however, grills are susceptible to wear and tear from the elements. If a grill is kept outside long enough, regardless if it's stainless steel or not, it can still rust. The rust can be scoured off the stainless steel. The best solution to keeping the barbecue grill protected is to utilize a grill cover. You can purchase a grill cover but not all grill covers will be the right size. You can fix this issue by making your own barbecue grill cover.

Step 1 - Take Measurements

To create the right grill cover you will need to gather some measurements. Use the measuring tape to measure the width of the barbecue grill at its widest area. Measure the back of the barbecue grill at the tallest portion. Measure the side from the front to the back along the angle of the top of the barbecue grill. If you wish to have a more fitted barbecue cover; then measure the width at the bottom to its widest area. Also measure the height from the ground to where the width difference occurs.

Step 2 - Make the Pattern

Use the measurements you took in Step 1 and transfer them to the paper you will use as a pattern. As you put the design on the paper you should increase the size by a total of one inch. This difference will be the seam. If taking measurements is not something you are comfortable with, then you can use the barbecue as a template. Hold the pieces of paper up against the side of the barbecue grill, back and front and trace the curvature of the barbecue grill. The end result will approximately be the same.

Step 3 - Cut out the Design

You now have the correct pattern for your barbecue grill cover. Lay the canvas out on a work surface and place each piece of paper on top of the canvas. You can use a marker to carefully trace the patterns onto the canvas or you can pin them directly to it. You could also tape them if you like. Cut the patterns out of the canvas but remember that you need two end pieces. Make the back, top, and front out of one piece of canvas instead of three parts.

Step 4 - Sew the Barbecue Cover

Lay your piece out and press a side to the center of the top. Make the edges flush and pin them. Sew along the line and repeat the other side. Pin and sew the remaining edges.

Step 5 - Add Finishing Touches

Pray the canvas all over with the weatherproofing spray. When it is dry, turn the barbecue cover inside out and spray it again. This will be the side that is seen.