Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

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. 

Sewing Machine Cover

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. 

Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

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!
Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

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.

Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

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)

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 continue to add strips to the top and bottom to make your cover as long as you need it. I had to add three strips to the top and bottom of mine:

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!


Michele T said...

Love it!! The colours are so pretty. My sister got a new sewing machine for Christmas, I'm thinking about surprising her with a cover similar to yours!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Anonymous said...

It lovely! I want one.
Tracey Pailthorpe

allthingzsewn said...

This is a good idea for a blog hop gift. It would fit a lot of machines with the ties for size adjustment. And you could change the fabric should there be a requirement. Thanks for the tutorial.

Christine S said...

This looks great Lindsey. I love your fabric choices!

Needled Mom said...

So cute. I need to make one for my machine too.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Looks perfect!!!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Adorable and functional too - my favorite!

Missy Shay said...

What a great tutorial, thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

There, I said it. :) But that doesn't stop me from buying them, I just don't keep them, and dh is okay with that! Or i just play with them at the thrift store, best sewing machine

Embroidery&Sewing said...

Good tutorial and an easy project for a beginner like me.sewing embroidery machine

John Carter said...

Great sewing patterns, loved them. kudos to the author.

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