Currently I am knee deep in organize-the-house projects with one of those projects being my sewing area. (What a disaster!) As I sat there looking at it’s sorry condition the other night I thought to myself, “Well, at least I’m using my sewing machine cover.”
I like my sewing machine cover—it saves my machine from tiny hands and the piles of fabric and notions that surround the poor thing. I shared the tutorial for how I made the cover a few months ago over at Somewhat Simple but never posted it here on our blog. So today as I’m plowing through fabric and partially finished projects I’ll share the only organized part of my sewing corner with you. The sewing machine cover.
Here’s how I made it:
#1. Trace your sewing machine. I just laid mine down right on the floor and traced around it using a marker and some wrapping paper. (*Note: You can see that when I traced I left a generous 1 inch allowance on all sides just to make sure it would be big enough even after the seams were sewn.)
#4. ***OPTIONAL****I added a strip of my favorite sewing fabric along with some ribbon onto the front panel of my cover. I just wanted it to have a little decoration but it’s totally unnecessary.
#5. Pin each canvas piece to it’s matching flannel/lining piece.
#6. Begin sewing. ( I sewed my pieces wrong sides together because I wanted a work in progress kind of look with the raw edges but you can easily sew it with right sides together for a more finished, clean looking machine cover.) I started by sewing the bottom right hand corner of the cover to the long strip….sewing a long seam up and over the top and finishing at the left hand corner. When I was finished I repeated the same process this time with the back panel of the cover.
#8. ***OPTIONAL***Since I’m fussy and can’t leave anything well enough alone I hot glued a ribbon on the front of the cover when I was done. I liked the idea of mixing different fibers with the canvas, felt, cotton and ribbon along with the raw and polished edges.
Ok…so I’m going in….it’s me versus the pile…wish me luck!
I know the feeling. I shoveled out my sewing closet… or what used to be known as the black hole, this past weekend. It went from piled to my shoulders and neck in cardboard boxes, shopping bags, and loose fabric to this. It’s still a mess, but it’s an organized mess! And while it’s not done, yet (I have two huge boxes of donated fabric to go through and a garbage bag of donated patterns, plus the supplies that hadn’t made it to the closet and my entire pattern collection) I’m working on it. It’s a goal for this year–to get organized!
And I have a feeling that the next bit of sewing downtime I get will end up being two sewing machine covers and one serger cover!
Laura Lowe says
Thanks to you, I have a new sewing machine and am learning what to do with it! Literally, yesterday I said, “I need to figure out how to make a cover for this thing.” Are you reading my mind?
Ruby Jean says
I am so VERY bad… I make machine covers and then NEVER use them… It could have something to do with it being in CONSTANT use.. and then covering seems like to much work… LOL!!!! Your cover is adorable.. 🙂
Lindsey M. says
I love your cover 🙂 This is just the project to motivate me to clean up my own sewing desk! Adding a little pretty always puts some pep in my step. Thank you for the tutorial.
This is so cute! I really should make one, but I should make it in scraps that coordinate with the kitchen. Our sewing/homework center in the kitchen already looks like an explosion, so I probably shouldn’t add anything too distracting (like random colors). I still like dark green, so that shouldn’t be a problem. Thanks for this tutorial!
Thanks for the tutorial. I can totally relate to the disaster zone. I’ve pinned this and it’s a pin I will get around to do. The inside out seams will match my table and floor with threads everywhere… LOL!!! Love your cover.
oh thanku for this..i have wanted to make one to change the nasty one my machine came with that has ‘changed’ colour! you make it so easy. also want to say thanks as used your Audrey Hepburn cape to make one for my little girl. it came out wow! then i saw a similar one in Marks & Spencer for Euro50 on sale!!! mine was free as a neighbour gave me the fabric and my aunt gave me the lining! i also made her a pleated skirt to match! thanks
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Lovely colour choices! Your machine will be very happy in it’s new home. Mine however, really DOES need a cover…hmmm
Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife says
This is a great tutorial!! TFS!! Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello linky party and a follower.
I have to start my organization projects too LOL
Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-first-amp-cover.html
ginger @ literally inspired says
This is so cute! Thank you so much for sharing. I added it to my spring sewing list and I think I am going to start today!
Like this very much. It’s a “happy” little cover!