Did I mention that I’ve never really understood sewing machine covers until I made one? I have a hard case cover that I never use unless I am taking my machine somewhere, so I’ve always kinda poo-poo-ed the sewn and quilted sewing machine covers. That is unless I made one for the swap I just did. My partner wanted one, so I tried my hand at it and decided that they are cool and I want one too! They can really brighten up a sewing room!
The most common ones I have seen are basically a mini quilt or tea towel looking piece with a bow on the side. Martha Stewart has one that I’ve seen a lot. And to me, if I’m covering it, I’m covering it. So I made a full-fledged cover with sides and everything!
So here’s how I made mine!
Materials: Not an extensive material list for this one! Just fabric, thread and a cutting device! And since I quilted my cover I also used some batting. This material is optional, but it does help the cover keep it’s shape a bit more than if it didn’t have it.
Step 1: Cut the pieces. For this step, I can’t give you the dimensions! First you have to measure your machine. The machine I was making it for was 16 inches wide, 7 inches deep and 11 inches tall. I added 2 inches to the width, 1 inch to the depth and a 1/2 inch to the height. So you need:
4 side panels- 2 from the inside fabric and 2 for the outside fabric. And 2 pieces of batting if you are using it. My side panels were 8 x 11.5 inches.
2 cover panels- My cover panels were 18 x 30 inches. The height + height + depth. And, again, if you are using batting, cut a piece of batting the same size.
Step 2: Round off the corners at the top piece of the sides. I just used a little juice cup for the shape, so it wasn’t anything too specific!
Step 3: Clip the cover to the sides with right sides together. Or pin, whichever.
Step 4: Sew the cover and sides together, but don’t forget the hole! Leave a 3 inch or so hole in one of the sides seams to pull the finished pieces through later.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the outside pieces.
Step 7: Put the outside of the cover inside the inside piece of the cover with right sides together. Does that make sense??
Step 8: Clip the two pieces together, aligning the seams.
Step 9: Sew the two pieces together.
Step 10: Pull through.
Step 11: Sew that hole in the inside side seam closed.
Step 12: Iron the bottom seam and topstitch around the edge. I used yellow thread on yellow fabric, so it’s hard to see in the pictures, but it’s there, I promise!
And Wahla! It’s done! And hopefully it fits! I was stressed about it since I was making it for a machine I didn’t have access to. But as you can see it fits her machine quite nicely!
And it’s reversible! When you’re needin’ a change, flip it around!
And if you’re wondering about the pinwheel quilt blocks, be sure to check out the tutorial for that here!
Do you have use a machine cover?? Do you want to now?? I do!
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