Protect Your Grill With a Cheap & Easy DIY Grill Cover

The Decor Guru Easy DIY grill cover tutorial sewing drawstring protection quadrefoil aqua vinyl tablecloths Spring is finally upon us and that means I get to usher in my second season of grilling. This year I bought a new grill, going from a tiny portable one to a 3-burner. #movingonup Grilling is still fairly new to me, so I'm learning as I go. One of the things I'm making sure to do right is protecting my new toy. After seeing the prices for grill covers, I vowed to make my own. In doing so, I saved at least $10! But the best part? Not having the standard, black cover that everyone else has. Continue reading to learn how you can make a personalized cover for your grill. I promise it's easy! Continue reading for my tutorial.

If you can sew a straight line, you can easily make this cover. I saved money by buying the tablecloths from Big Lots. They were on sale for just under $3 apiece, with a decent selection of colorful patterns.


  • 2 vinyl tablecloths wider than your grill (mine were 52″ x 90″)
  • Heavy-duty sewing needle (i.e., needle used for sewing denim)
  • Matching thread
  • Rope or paracord

1. Place the tablecloths on top of each other, right sides facing each other. Pin together on 3 sides, leaving the bottom (one of the longer sides) open.

2. Test the cover by placing it over your grill, matching the long ends to the grill’s width. Determine if you need to take off some width, but make sure you have room for a few extra inches on each side. (This is especially helpful if you have non-moveable trays like mine).

3. Next, determine if you need to remove some height. If so, remove extra from the (unpinned) bottom. Remember: you will need extra on the bottom for your drawstring casing. I took several inches off the bottom and still used an inch to create the casing.

4. Remove the cover & flatten, removing any width/height if desired. Sew your pinned edges. I used a 1/2″ seam allowance. Since this isn’t something that will be washed, I didn’t do proper seams to prevent fraying.

5. Create the drawstring casing. Again, I didn’t do a seam finish because it won’t matter. (I told ya this was easy!)

6. Thread your casing with the rope, which should be the total width of your cover. It helps to use a safety pin attached to the end of the rope to push it through the casing.

7. Once threaded, I added a couple wood beads to the ends of the rope to prevent it from getting lost in the casing. And to make it a little fancy.

You’re done! Flip your cover right-side in and test it out on the grill!

The Decor Guru Easy DIY grill cover tutorial sewing drawstring protection quadrefoil aqua vinyl tablecloths

The Decor Guru Easy DIY grill cover tutorial sewing drawstring protection quadrefoil aqua vinyl tablecloths

The cover is not meant to have a proper, tailored fit so it will be baggier in some spots than others. That’s part of the beauty of this project, though— a perfect fit isn’t necessary.

Instead, you can spend your time & energy on better things like creating outdoor pillow covers to match your new grill cover. I love how this cover adds color and pattern to my outdoor space, all while being super-cheap.

Are you glad it’s finally Spring? Have you started grilling yet? What do you use to protect your grill?

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15 Comments on Protect Your Grill With a Cheap & Easy DIY Grill Cover

  1. Wow! That is a great idea…now I just need to get better at sewing! 😉 I agree, grill covers are entirely too expensive for what they are. Good for you for coming up with a better solution!

  2. That’s a good idea. Our original grill cover ripped but we keep using it. Never thought to use a couple of table clothes, and they come in such cute prints, too.

  3. What a smart idea. I look the pattern and this way better looking than my drab gray cover. I am definitely going to consider making on of these! Thanks for sharing on Wow Me Wednesdays.

  4. love it so need this for new grilling season something that will help us protect the most important item the grill
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  5. Great DIY! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I so need to make me a grill cover. Thank you for sharing over at the Snickerdoodle Sunday. I featured you in this weeks Snickerdoodle Sunday. Make sure you swing by and check it out at

  7. Great idea, thank you for sharing, saved me a bunch of money.

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