Hi there! Remember Betty, my new Bernina? Well, it's been a few months and I decided I needed to make her a cover!
My machine actually came with a really nice cover, but It doesn't fit well when I have my sewing machine in my table. So I thought it would be nice to make one that would fit nicely when my sewing machine was nested in my table.
Since my machine is relatively small, it didn't take long to make my cover. I did a simple design using strips, and used ribbon for the ties.
There are two ties that hold the cover on, one on each side. I used a wider grosgrain black ribbon for these, but you could easily make some fabric ties too. I just love the convenience of using ribbon!
The great thing about this pattern, is that you can easily make this as big as you need for your sewing machine, without doing any math! You, will just add more strips! I will explain how later in the post.
Now let's get started!
Supplies: (this is based on the size of my cover, you may need to adjust how much fabric you need if you need a larger cover)
- Various strips cut 1.5" x WOF (Some of the prints I used came from Dear Stella's Sunday Morning Collection--you can find it here)
- 1 - 3" x 3" square (for center)
- 2 - 2.5" x WOF strips for binding
- 1 fat quarter for backing
- 4 pieces of ribbon cut 15" long--Or you could use some Zakka Tape! This would be so cute (You can find that here)
- Coordinating thread
First, start with the 3" square and then sew the top and bottom strips on. Press.
Next, sew the left and right strips on and press.
Next, you will continue to sew 1.5" strips onto the top and bottom and sides in the same manor as above, until you have a piece that is as wide as your sewing machine. I had to to go around my square 6 times, until it was wide enough for my machine.
Next, you will quilt your cover. You will layer your backing, batting and top together and quilt with your preferred method. I decided on a meandering pattern for mine.
Once you have it quilted, you will attach your ribbons. What you will want to do before attaching your strips, is put your cover on your machine and kind of see where you want them to go. This will be different for everyone, because our machines are all different sizes, so this is the best way to figure out where to put your ribbons!
You will place them 1/4" from the edge and sew them on, making sure you backstitch.
Once, you have done that you are ready to bind! You can find my binding tutorial here! One thing you need to remember when binding, be sure to pin your ribbons towards the center of your cover so they stay out of the way. :)
And that's all there is to it! Put it on your machine and tie it closed!
The awesome thing about this pattern is that you can make this however scrappy you want it and you can adjust the size easily depending on how big your machine is!
I am really happy with how my cover turned out, and I think I next time I want to add a nifty pocket on the front to store things!
Talk to you soon!