Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

Last year I made a sewing machine cover that was really cool, but then I went ahead & sold it. Paying the bills always wins. You know, I don't need anything. No need to ever do anything nice for myself, right? Well, I felt like the old machine could definitely use a cover, so I finally made myself another one. This one I'll keep. And guess what?!! I made a tutorial to share with y'all. So you can make one of your own. Okay here we go...

You need to measure your machine. First, measure how long you need the cover to be. So take a measurement from the bottom front to the bottom back of the machine. Mine measured 25 inches.

Then take a measurement of the width of your machine. It was hard for me to take this photo. I really needed both of my hands for measuring. Anyway, it ended up being 15 inches.

Next you cut various fabrics in various widths . Add half an inch to your length measurement & make sure that they are at least that long.

Then sew them together & make sure that they are at least your width length plus half an inch.

Okay, so you're going to add a half inch onto both your measurements & this is what size you want your pieced fabric to be. In my case it was 25.5 x 15.5 inches. So cut it down to be that size.

You are also going to need a piece of backing fabric in the same size. Go ahead & cut that now. You'll also need four pieces of ribbon each 10 inches long.

With your top piece laying right side up, pin your ribbon about 5 inches from the corner like this:

Do that four times, like shown below:

Next, place your backing fabric wrong side up on top of the top piece & pin around the edges. It really doesn't look like it, but I promise that fabric is wrong side up in the photo below. Take it to the sewing machine & sew around all of the edges, leaving a 4 inch opening on the back short end.

Remove the pins. Trim the corners & flip it right side out.

Iron around the edges & tuck the open end in. Pin the opening together & top stitch all the way around close to the edge of the fabric.

And there you have it, a pretty cover for your trusty machine to keep the dust & stuff out.


Let me know if you make one. I would love to see! :)

44 comments:

holly p said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I love the fabrics you chose. I keep adding projects to my do to list from your blog.

p.s. I have a Kenmore too!

Plan and Play said...

I love this cover! I wish I would have waited and try yours. I just made my own and after trial and error I was able to make a half decent one. You can check it out at:

http://planandplay1.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-sewing-machine-has-new-pajamas.html

Elena

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I need to make one for my sewing machine!

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

Lovely vintage fabrics, as always. :)

Heather at All A Flutter said...

this is so cute!! as always, i love your mix of fabrics, and the tutorial is great. i need to make one of these for myself. thanks for sharing!!

The Perkins said...

My mom totally had those pink flowered sheets--probably still does:) I saw them and laughed thinking that I would probably go to her house and find them on her bed and YOU are using them as VINTAGE. Gotta love the generation of Non-Thrower-Awayers:)

casserole said...

Awesome cover!! I love the vintage fabrics!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sewing-machine-cover/2010/04/15/

--Anne

Kat said...

Love the tutorial, I've been thinking about making one of these lately. I also love the Yellow fabric in your title bar, I have the same stuff, thrifted of course, that I used in a picnic quilt.

Rebecca said...

Soooo cute! This is definitely going on my "to make" list!

Amy said...

I need to make o e of those. Just need to buy a new machine firs... thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

I love this & I love the fabrics you picked!
I bought a vintage tablecloth at a thrift shop the other day, but I didn't see a big stain on it until I got home:( So I was looking for an idea to use the(unstained)fabric ~thank you I am going to try this!

Rolyndia said...

Love it! My sewing machine died and now I need to get a new one!

The Artists House said...

This is lovely. I might link to you on my blog. I want to do a top ten list for projects involving scrap fabrics.

We’ve been busting up our stash like crazy and are really enjoying it too.

http://theartistshouse.blogspot.com/2010/04/repurpose-your-scrap-wood-into-great.html
http://theartistshouse.blogspot.com/2010/04/turning-old-skirt-into-reversible-bag.html
http://theartistshouse.blogspot.com/2010/04/im-busting-my-stash-up-this-month-and.html

AlMcLeary said...

This is a great use of Scrap fabric - excellent idea

http://almcleary.com/blog

ghislaine said...

I need to make a cover for my sewing machine and serger. I'd like to make one with the side panels too though, but this is a pretty neat and easy way to do this. Thanks for sharing!

MAYA said...

I Love the tutorial' going to make one.
Thank you

Shelley Dawn said...

Yay! I made one of these today and I love how it turned out.

Check out my cover here.

Driftwood Girl said...

Love this! I'm going to try making one with your tutorial :) I'm a brand new sewer so I need all the help I can get. Thanks!

Jade said...

hey candace! made one and blogged it. thanks for the inspiration!! http://chikaustin.com/2010/05/07/its-practical-really-it-is/

Kristen W said...

I just made one! Thanks for the inspiration! I'll send you a picture once I take them. :)

Rita said...

Candace,
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I followed your instructions and added a twist. I wanted to try my hand at cutwork and so I added a lace-filled diamond cutout. You can find the pics here...http://www.flickr.com/photos/greener-rita/sets/72157624248379206/. Please take a look, I am so proud of my efforts, all thanks to you!

astitchinlime said...

Great tutorial! I just made one for myself today, in fact. It was a total breeze :)

http://astitchinlime.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/sewing-machine-cover/

Great blog, by the way -- just started reading through it the other day (although I had bookmarked this tutorial ages ago). It's lovely! You are so talented!

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I've featured it on my new blog: http://yearofsewing.blogspot.com/p/projects.html

Andrea Martin said...

Inspired by your post, I made a cover for my sewing machine. I changed it up a bit when I found a pleated houndstooth skirt and used that for one of my fabrics. I'd love to send you a picture! Thanks for the inspiration!
-Andrea

yarnhappiness said...

thanks for posting this tutorial! I made one, too...you can see it here... http://yarnhappiness.wordpress.com/2010/08/04/a-very-good-day/
:)

Elisabeth S. said...

Hi! I'm a new blog follower and I just tried your sewing machine cover and shared it on my blog this week! If you'd like to see come check it out on my blog . http://calleighsclips.blogspot.com

Thanks!!

Liora said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just started sewing using a sewing machine, and this project was a great way to get my feet wet.

I did alter mine a bit- I added buttons to the sides instead of ribbons, and I am so proud of myself for making it!

Your directions were very clear and I enjoyed working on this project!

Abby said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I just made my own, and you can check it out here:

http://crafteroonie.blogspot.com/2010/09/diy-sewing-machine-cover.html

Kim said...

Thank you for the great tutorial. I just finished making my own. You'll soon be able to see it here: www.thenelsonnest.com.

Thanks again!
Kim

Jen said...

This is so, so pretty! Thanks for sharing the tutorial...I've wanted to make a cover for my machine for a while but this is lovelier than any of the ideas I came up with.

LO said...

I made one! http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/simple-sewing-machine-cover?image=154214

juzbetty said...

ohh..super duper easy. Going to try this. Will let u know once done. Thanks.

juzbetty said...

btw, I made one. But it's not the best. Will try again when i have the time. Check it out here:
http://juzbetty.blogspot.com/2011/05/challenge-3-sewing-machine-cover.html

rebecca said...

i love the combination of fabrics! thanks for the how-to! :)

Handmade By His Grace said...

Awesome tutorial! I had to make one and I even posted it and linked to your blog. Thanks!!! http://handmadebyhisgracecrafts.blogspot.com/

sarcastic241 said...

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vivinfrance said...

I did mine in one go, with quilt as you go technique: Cut backing and batting to size plus an inch all round. Place backing wrong side up (if you really need backing - no-one sees the inside!) then batting. Place your first strip of fabric face up on the edge, and the next strip face down, lining up inner edges. Then simply sew (small stitch) and flip, press, and repeat as many times as you need to cover your backing. Trim to size and bind edges with bias binding. The end result will be smoother and firmer than the turned-inside-out method.

Dene Edwards said...

I did mine is well (a little bit different). Please come to have a look and please let me know what is your though.
Thanks so much for sharing it!

www.crafttoinspire.blogspot.com

Dene xox

MeganS said...

just made this as my first sewing project with my new machine! great tutorial for beginners :)

Trista said...

Thanks for this tutorial! I made my sewing machine cover today. I found a great sewing-themed fabric at Hobby Lobby so I only used one fabric instead of patchwork. I also added a topstitch around the edge after I turned the fabric to help the front and lining lay flat. Here's a picture: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.268114283292765.51621.117385951698933&type=1#!/photo.php?fbid=268114293292764&set=a.268114283292765.51621.117385951698933&type=3&theater

Cool boy said...

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Kristine P said...

Hi, I just created a machine cover for my older Singer. I love your tutorial. You are very talented and I am thankful I can follow your directions so easily. God bless.

bonbon anglais said...

great job !!! i put a link of your blog in my blog
http://bonbonanglais.blogspot.fr/

Bea Almeyda said...

You have blessed my day. This project I will do today!! and I will send you a pic. Thank you!!!!!

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