Monday, January 3, 2011

reversible sewing machine cover tutorial...

here's my first project of 2011!
i'm brightening up my sewing room and keeping my janome dust free with this reversible sewing machine cover...

i used a gray/white dot from henry glass "summertime" with a cute felt bunting embellishment and a bright print from moda "it's a hoot."

if you'd like to make one of your own, you'll need:

2 fabrics - large enough to cover your machine
7 felt squares - 2" x 2"
grosgrain ribbon of your choice
rotary cutter
sewing machine - threaded with color of your choice

1. measure the dimensions of your machine with a flexible measuring tape.

2. cut your fabrics to the appropriate size, making sure to add enough for 1/4" seam allowances.  (i cut mine 27" x 16 1/4"...mostly because that's as big as i could get with the fabrics i had.  if i did this again i'd probably go 28" x 17"-ish.  but it all depends on your machine.)

3. set aside your "backing" fabric.  cut a length of ribbon 2-3" longer than the width of your fabric and pin across your "top" fabric wherever you'd like your bunting to hang.  (i pinned mine approx. 9" from the bottom.)  leave slack in the middle to create the drape of the bunting.

4. cut your felt squares into triangles by making a cut from each of the top corners to the center point of the bottom edge.

5. arrange your triangles underneath your draped ribbon and pin in place.

6. top stitch the ribbon into place, taking care to secure the felt triangles as well.  (you may wish to do 2 rows of stitching to secure the top and bottom edges of the ribbon...that's what i did.)

7. cut 4 - 12" lengths of ribbon.  heat seal or fray check the edges, then pin approx. 5" from the top & bottom of your fabric with the loose ends facing inward.
don't forget to do both ends, or else you won't be able to tie it closed! 

8. line up your "top" and your "backing" right sides together and pin in place.  leave a 5" gap in one of the short sides for turning.

9. sew all around the outside using a 1/4" seam allowance--don't forget to leave the gap open!  clip corners, turn right-side out, and press flat.  (if you used acrylic felt, be careful not to melt it with your iron.  you don't want to ruin all of your hard work...)

10. close the gap and finish off your piece by top stitching all around the outside of your cover as close to the edge as you feel comfortable.

you're done!
you could easily skip the bunting and just show off some favorite fabrics...
or sew on some patchwork or flowers or whatever embellishments you like.
you could even put some batting in there and quilt it.

have fun and be creative!
(and if you have any questions, i'm happy to help. :) )

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  1. I love the bunting & the back fabric. So cute! I just got a sewing machine & a plastic case/cover for it. I still want to make a fabric cover though. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Thanks for linking up your idea! I LOVE this! I'll be featuring it on my blog on Saturday!

    Sumo :)

  3. Too cute!! This is going on my to-do list, I saw it on your crafting with the stars entry, I'm entering too! Good Luck!

  4. Very nice! I really like the bunting detail.

  5. This is just about the most AH-dorable thing ever. I love the fabric, I love the bunting...pretty much this is the best cover I have seen. I am totally bookmarking it and making it a to do.

    Saw this on Sew Dang Cute, good luck I totally hope you get picked for the comp. Sigh, now I just have to decided whether or not I have something to submit.

    TOO cute!

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  6. Oh, oh, oh!! That bunting is so darling! I need this, my sad sewing machine is covered in dust! Love this. I'd love to have you submit this to the M&T Spotlight:

  7. The bunting is so So SO cute!! I love it! And the other side is beautiful! What a great combination.

    My sewing machine has the ugly plastic cover that came with it. To say that I need to upgrade to something cuter would be an understatement!

  8. Thanks for sharing! I'm bookmarking this on my Tumblr Blog.

  9. This seriously adorable! I love the bunting and your fabric choices. I so need one of these to keep my little guy's hands away from the sewing machine!

  10. So cute!!! I want to make one!!

    I shared it on my Tatertots and Jello facebook page and linked to you :)


  11. Oh this is so darn cute. Saw you on Tatertots and Jello facebook post. I too have a hard plastic cover for mine and I really wanted to make something pretty for it; this will fit the bill!

  12. Thanks Kacey! I will make this for my sewing machine. I'm working on a new craft room right now and this will be perfect!

    PS. I have a daughter named "Kasey" :)

  13. This is adorable! please come on over and link up to MMM :)

  14. Love! I am redoing my craft space and would like to make something like this.

  15. I love this! I just got a sewing machine, I'll have to make one for myself. The tiny bunting is to die for. I featured you today on my favorite things :)

  16. LOVE this! My machine needs a new cover ASAP! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! The party will be open all week if you'd like to link up multiple projects. Have a great day!

  17. I'm in LOVE! Such cute fabric:) And a fabulous idea- thanks for auditioning for American Crafter!

  18. LOVE this! I've been looking for a cute sewing machine cover to make and this is perfect. I can't wait to make it! Thanks for showing me how. :)

  19. Super cute! Stopping by to say hi from the American Crafter Auditions! AND I am a new follower =)!

  20. Kasey,
    Love this idea! They turned out super cute!!
    happy crafting!

  21. Really like this idea! I just got a sewing machine and am a beginner sewer but this seems simple enough! Thanks for sharing!

  22. i looooooooooooove it!!!! gonna make one too.....

  23. Hi, I'm your newest follower. Wow. I have seen several tutorials for sewing machine covers but none as simple as this. And its reversible too!!!
    I'm throwing my first link party Monday. It would be great if you could stop by and add your project.

  24. Super cute! I really need to make one of these soon!

    Just found you via Craftsy! :)

  25. I saw your project on pinterest and loved it. I made one right away for my sewing machine. It surely beats the ugly case my machine came with!!! Thanks for posting such an easy to follow tutorial.



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