Yes, I made the spare tire cover and it is "sew" easy! I used a waterproof tablecloth for the fabric. (Buy two so you have a matching picnic tablecloth.) Because mine is lightweight it was easy to sew. If you use heavy vinyl it will be much more difficult to sew, but more sturdy. Because I store my trailer outdoors I put on a utilitarian spare tire cover and only use the decorative one when I am on the road.
Instructions: (read all the way through before beginning)
Simply cut a circle with a 25" diameter. (this allows for a 1/2 " seam all around). Cut a strip 8 1/2" deep and 80" long. Purchase about 6' of 1/4" elastic cord used to make thin bungee cords (available by the foot from a hardware store). Note: If you can't cut a strip 80" long simply piece one together ( I used about 3 strips). Optional: Homemade piping 80" long.
1. Pin the right sides together of the circle and strip.
2. Sew the strip to the circle.(Alternatively, you could sew homemade piping in the seam, but this is a lot of work if you don't sew much.)
3. Optional if you did not sew in the piping: Turn the seam allowance toward the strip and topstitch 1/8" away from seam on the strip. This keeps the seam smooth.
4. Fold edge of strip in about 1" and sew 1/4" from edge, forming a channel for the elastic and put the elastic in the casing as you sew. This is the trickiest part as you have to cinch up the casing as you sew.
5. Try on the cover on the tire, tie and cut the excess cord.
6. There you have it a brand new spare tire cover!
The Gleeful Glamper
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