Treat your sewing machine to a pretty makeover and a new winter coat using this simple sewing machine cover idea.
It’s no secret that your sewing machine needs looking after, especially from dust, which means it’s important you find that protective instinct over it and remember to cover it up after each use. So, I totally recommend this fun and simple project to design and make your own sewing machine cover. You could even make them as lovely gifts for sewing enthusiast friends.
You will be using your sewing machine and favorite fabric to, not only create a functional cover, but a unique funky one that will compliment your sewing personality and look great in whichever room you store it and to whoever sees it. Just like fashion…your creation can serve a purpose whilst worn but also making your sewing machine look very trendy at the same time!!
- Begin by taking your machines basic measurements, bearing in mind machines may vary in size.
- Measure from the centre point at one of the smaller sides, taking it round the back, and to the centre point on the opposite smaller side. Add a 1.5cm seam allowance around and this provides you with your width measurement.
- Measure from the base of your machine to the highest point (decide on whether you will be leaving the machine threaded or unthreaded), add on 2cm seam allowance to base and top. (if you cut the fabric on the fold bear this in mind).
- Use these measurements to cut out the fabric pieces x 2 and lining pieces x 2 (you can cut out paper patterns before cutting the fabric if you find this a useful aid). Iron all your fabric pieces.
- Iron all your fabric pieces.
- Place the 2 main fabric pieces right sides together and sew a 1cm seam around the sides, leaving the bottom open.
- Repeat step 2 with the lining pieces (it will be reversible so choose a matching fabric).
- Slip the sleeve over your sewing machine to test the fit…you can take it in a little more if you feel it needs to be snug.
- When you are happy with the final fit, place the fabric over the machine again and put a pin where you feel the corners should be rounded off. When happy, mark this with a few soft dots.
- Remove thesleeve from the machine and lay it onto a flat surface.
- Smooth out one side at the top so that the corner seams lie on top of one another and neatly match up.* Do this process to both the main fabric and lining, however we recommend starting with your lining first (so any amendments are easy to hide).
- Use a ruler and your dots as a guideline and mark your sewing line.
- Follow the process with the opposite corner; measure the distance on the one you already marked, from the corner edge to the sewing line and ensure these equally match up before drawing the sewing line on the second corner.
- Place a pin in either corner keeping the 2 layers of fabric in place and the seams inline.
- Sew directly across your marked line on either side and check the fit by, once again, sliding it over your machine and amend accordingly if need be *If it’s too tight you will need to unpick the sewing line and move it closer to the corner, or if it’s too loose then sew in a second sewing line further away from the corner (remember to use a ruler to draw the sewing line and whatever you do to one side you must do the same to the opposite.
- Once you’re happy it fits just as you want, cut off the excess corner fabric.
- Slot your main fabric inside your lining (right sides together) and pin in place at the seams and around the rest of the fabric to secure in place.
- Stitch the main fabric and lining together with a 1cm seam around the bottom to close, leaving a small turning gap of about 6cm.*Again, fit the sleeve over your machine before sewing and make a decision as to whether it needs a greater seam at the bottom to make it fit snug. It may need more than 1cm.
- Pull all fabric to the right side through this turning gap and pull out the corners and seams neatly.
- When you are happy you have pushed through all the fabric and it is looking finished, close the turning gap with a neat straight stitch (chose your thread to match the fabric or contrast it and sew all the way around the rim.)
- Lightly press
Further ideas, tips and thoughts:
- Add creative finishing touches around the bottom edge using ribbon or you could use any trim or lace to best suit your design.
- Why not applique or embroider on a personal design or your initials.
- If you wanted to experiment with it you could add another layer of chosen fabric, half the depth, as a long pocket by placing it between the main fabric before sewing your seam around the 3 edges (or even stitch in sub dividing sections to this to give several pouches).
- Rather than using it as a cover solely for static machines, you could create it with a hole in the top to allow the handle through and so that it becomes a travel cover also.
- Add decorative piping down the side seams by placing it in between the two layers, before sewing the seam around the main fabric.