Custom Sewing Machine Cover: Free Tutorial

Ever make a project that you are so pleased with that when it is done you just cant help but stare at it and smile? Because I just did! The project I am talking about of course is my new, beloved sewing machine cover for my always beloved sewing machine. It has slanted sides to fit snugly over the wide base of my Singer Curvy machine and the BEAUTIFUL (if I do say so myself..) quilting on the front just makes my heart happy every time I look at it.

The design of the cover is actually really simple, I mean it is just a lined, open, oddly shaped rectangle, but a sewing machine cover can do so much when it comes to streamlining the look of the space the machine occupies and protecting the machine. For me, my machine sits out on the desk directly across from the foot of my bed always. Living in a small apartment, there really is no other place for it and while I love the functionality of having it out and always ready to go, it doesn’t really fit with the polished, uncluttered feel I like to have in my living spaces. 

The process of making this particular cover was a little longer than probably really necessary since I spent the time to make six of my favorite little quilt blocks to grace the front of the cover, as well as a matching accent band for the back. Without those, to make just a simple cover, would probably only take about an hour I would think but this one took me two whole nights to piece, trim, cut and sew. More information about the quilt blocks on the front of my cover, and even the instructions to make them can be found here, if you want to include that detail in your cover too, so I wont include them here as well but I will share, later on, how to make and insert the back accent band. Enough talking though, lets get to the tutorial!

 

Materials 

Quilting Weight Cotton – total of about 1-2 yards (depending on pattern/design chosen for the front of the cover)

Pellon Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing – 2 yards

Measuring Tape

Tutorial 

  1. Begin by pressing all fabrics well
  2. Measure the length, depth, and height of your sewing machine. Write those measurements down and then add 1.5 inches to each, this will be your seam allowance and will also give a little wriggle room to allow the cover to slide off and on easily *HINT when measuring the height, be sure to include the height of and thread that normally lives on top of the machine
  3. Begin cutting your pieces! Cut four pieces to your length X height measurements, four pieces to your height X depth measurements, and two pieces to to your  length X depth measurements.  *HINT if you make a quilted front piece like I did, that will be one of your length X height pieces and should match those measurements. In that case only cut three length X depth pieces from your main fabric 
  4. (Optional) Insert the back accent band by measuring up eight inches from the bottom of one length X height piece and drawing a length wise line along that measurement. Cut across that line, splitting the piece in two. Laying the accent strip down on top of the larger piece you just cut across the length side , right sides together, use a 1/4 inch seam allowance to sew the pieces together. Press the seam away from the accent strip and top stitch in place if desired. Repeat with the smaller piece and the opposite side of the accent strip. Trim the entire piece down to the original length X depth size, cutting the same amount from each “length” side. 
  5. Apply the fusible interfacing to the WRONG wide of each piece of fabric, being sure to press well
  6. Separate out two length X height pieces, two height X depth pieces, and one length X depth piece and set them aside. *HINT These will be your lining pieces so be sure to not include the pieces you may have quilted for the front or the piece with the accent band here
  7. Take one of the other length X height piece and a height X depth and place them right sides together matching the height sides. Sew together using a 1/5 inch seam allowance AND stopping 1/2 inch from the top of the piece.Repeat with the other side of the height X depth piece and the other length X height piece. Insert the remaining height X depth piece in the same way . Press all seams open *HINT It is vital you stop 1/2 inch from the top when stitching these four seams to insert the top piece currently, be mindful when you are sewing of which side is the “top” side and keep it consistent.
  8. Pin the length X width piece into the completed side piece across all four sides along the top, the side with the 1/2 opening. stitch in place using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press seams open and trim down to 1/4 inch if possible.
  9. Repeat the process of step seven and eight with the pieces you separated out in step six, creating what will be the lining of the work-in-progress. Turn this piece right side out.
  10. Insert the lining of the bag into the outside of the bag, making sure right sides are together. Stitch together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance on all four sides but leaving a three to four inch opening for turning. *HINT if you made a quilted piece you may have to adjust your seam allowance to match the 1/4 inch allowance used in the blocks on just that one side
  11. Turn the piece right side out by pulling the main piece through the opening left in step ten.
  12. Press the bottom seam sewn in step ten and top stitch around that bottom if desired (I didn’t but I’m lazy so..)
  13. Press the entire piece well and you’re done! WHALA!

 

Are you making a custom cover for your sewing machine? If so I would love to see it, feel free to post a picture or link below or even email me a picture at sewuprising@outlook.com !

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