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
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 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. :) )