Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sewing Machine Cover

Making a sewing machine cover

A few months ago, I joined in with a charm swap group, that was called Shades of Grey.  (No, it wasn't a book club!!)

I  sent in a yard of gray fabric, cut up into 56 charms ( 5" x 5" squares.) You can see some photos of many of the different fabrics that were sent in, at this Shades of Grey Flickr group.

 Ellie Q, the group moderator,  got all of our charms,  sorted them all out, and mailed back the assortment of 56 different charms squares , all  in Shades of Grey !

I had been waiting to make something with these pretty charms, but didn't find the right fabrics to use with them... until last week.   I found some ultra -cute DS Quilts  Collections  Farm Stand Dots Yellow.  It has the bigger cream dots, and all of those little polka dots in gray. 
DS Quilts Collections Farm Stand Dots Yellow
A yellow square is paired with  a gray square

I decided to make a block of HST (half square triangles).  I diagonally cut the 5" squares through the center, stacked a yellow triangle on top of a gray triangle (right sides together), and sewed them together with a scant 1/4 " seam on the long side.  They trimmed up to be 4 1/2" squares.

Next, I played around with the arrangement of the squares, and liked it this way.  I sewed 8 squares together, and added a  2 " sash on the top and bottom, and 2 1/2 "  sash on the left and the right sides.

This block is now 21 1/2 " wide by  11 1/2 " tall.

 I realized that it would make a pretty and graphic  front side of a sewing machine cover.  So I sewed up 8 more squares the same way, to be used for  the back main panel.
I ironed on  Pellon Fusible Fleece FF 987 to each section on the back , and quilted  some diagonal lines by machine.
 My Topaz  sewing machine is 21" wide x 11" high x 9" deep.

I decided to make a gusset, in order to connect the front piece to the back piece, that would cover the whole top of the machine.
I took my tape measure and found that it was 41 " from end to end from the table.  This is the gusset length.
Measuring the length needed for the gusset.  41 "
I made it 9
1/2 "  wide.
  The gusset width is the depth of the sewing machine plus 1/2 ".  That becomes  9 1/2 " for my machine.
  I ironed FF to the back of the gusset piece,and  quilted  it with some diagonal stitches.

I made a  simple fabric handle, from a charm HST block (Didn't want to waste any!)

 I ironed 1/4" raw edges folded over on left and right sides WS to WS , made an ironed center crease , folded  top raw edge  in toward the  center crease and ironed it ,  folded the other raw edge up to the center crease and ironed it, and  then folded the top onto the bottom sections, and topstitched  on all 4 sides.
After I fold the lower edge up to the center crease, I fold down the top half onto the bottom half.  Then topstitched on all 4 sides.
The handle is  now 1 " wide x 5 " long.  I just sewed it onto the center, middle of the gusset, with an X in a box, on each end. 
The handle is attached to the gusset center

The gusset piece (attached to the front panel here )  is 9 1/2 " tall  x  42 " long
I made sure that the gusset edges were all caught
in  the seams.
 Next,  I attached the back main  piece to the other raw edge of the gusset.
The gusset is attached to the front and the back sections now
I decided to make my lining  simple.... 2 pieces (front and back)  and a gusset.  I made the lining piece    a bit longer than the outer fabric.  This extra fabric will then become the 'binding' edge  that will show on the front, after pulling out  the bag through a gap in the lining.

Lining:   Gusset piece-  1 -  42 " wide x 9 1/2 "  tall
             front and back  2-  20 1/2 "  wide x  11 3/4 " tall
I sewed the gusset to the front side piece, and then the back side.  (No Fusible Fleece)
I left a 5 inch  gap for turning in one of the side seams.

After measuring the outer cover and my lining, I decided to trim off 1 inch all the way around the bottom edge of the cover.  
I then turned the outer cover WRONG SIDE OUT,  and put the lining inside the cover, with RIGHT SIDES  and raw edges TOGETHER.  I pinned the  raw edges together and sewed with 1/4" seam allowance.
I pressed all along the bottom edge,  so that the front now had a "binding" showing, of about 3/4 ".   

The light gray is my  "simple" binding, without the bulk.  Press this and stitch in the ditch

I stitched in the ditch , where the top sashing met the gusset, on each side,  just to anchor the lining to the cover.  You can do as little or as much as you like.  You could also quilt some areas  on the gusset, by hand, to keep the lining from drooping.

Stitching in the ditch all the way around the bottom edge

Last thing to do now!  I  closed up my turning gap , in the side of the lining,  pressed and pinned it, and sewed it by machine.

My Snuggly Sewing Machine Cover

The side view of the gusset

Everything is snuggy and warm inside!

My Gray  Butterfly Fabric,   with butterflies in yellow  fabric
I used yellow thread for quilting accents!

Somebody else sent gray butterfly fabric, too!

My Viking is ready to go... no dust getting inside to her, and she's stylin' !

                  Click on the Printer Friendly  PDF  file link below: 

                  Snuggly Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial


I provided these details in a tutorial style.... in case you would want to try to make your own Snuggly Sewing Machine Cover!      
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. ( Be gentle and patient  ....I am new at creating tutorials.)
           Send me your  pictures if you make one.

I'm off to my sewing room!

Update:    Check out Craft Gossip....   they are talking about this sewing machine cover on March 4 !

Coming in March.....

  •          a new Blog Hop Party  hosted by Michelle at Quilting Gallery  , starting March 8, with a giveaway from me!
                                           Beat the Winter Blues

  •      another sewing machine cover style designed by me
  •       a new (adorable) bag pattern tested, for Samantha of At Home With Mrs H


  1. Great looking sewing machine cover! Nice way to brighten up the sewing room too! I love that you've included a tutorial on how to do it. My sewing machine cover doesn't have sides as I couldn't figure the best way to do it. Will file this away for next time!

    1. Thanks!
      Our machines can have more than one "outfit" to wear... just like us, right?!

  2. What a great cover! My machine definitely needs one, so thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Thank you! I had wanted to have one for awhile,too.

  3. Nice! I need to make a cover for my Juki; this might be just the ticket!

    1. Let me know if you make one! This makes up pretty fast.

  4. Ta dah!!! Awesome project and tutorial, Susie! I just love the sunny yellow in the sunroom! I think the bottom detail is just beautiful...love the way you used the lining to reduce bulk!

  5. Great cheery project. The grey and yellow play well together.

  6. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by!

  7. Very pretty cover! Thank you for making it into a tutorial.

  8. Yellows and greys go so well together. A fabulous machine cover and such a great idea to add a handle.

    1. Hi Susie, I've featured your machine cover in a roundup of scrap busting projects...

  9. This is great! I'm in a swap and my partner wants a sewing machine cover. I just may use this tutorial! Thanks, Susie! Yours is beautiful!!

  10. I surely do need a cover for my machine. Thanks! bettyann@carrollfamily.org


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