By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Love sewing? Me too! Making a fabric cover for your sewing machine protects it from dust and other grime. A sewing machine cover is a great beginner project. Basically, this pattern has you sewing together rectangles of varying sizes. This is also a good opportunity to use stash fabric. My sewing machine cover was made from leftover fabric from my Upcycled Apron.
Measure your sewing machine, making note of the height, width and depth. Machines vary somewhat in size so it’s better to take your own measurements. My machine measures 13.5” high x 16” wide x 7” deep..
This particular fabric frayed a lot so I ran the edges through my Serger to keep them in check. If your fabric doesn’t fray after being cut you can skip this step. If your fabric does fray but you don’t own a Serger you can sew a zigzag stitch around the edges.
For a basic sewing machine cover you will be cutting out five pieces-one front, one back, one top and two sides.
Front and back pieces 17” x 15”
Side pieces 15” x 8”
Top piece 17” x 8”
I’m constantly losing pens and measuring tapes so added pockets to mine. Both the front and back pieces have a pen pocket and a medium sized pocket.
Cut two pieces of fabric 9” x 7”. Cut another two pieces 7” x 3.5”. Fold over the edges of the pocket and pin into place. For the top edge, fold fabric over twice. I usually fold my edges ½”. Sew a straight stitch along the top fold of each pocket. These will be the tops of your pockets.
Pin the pockets onto the front and back pieces. I placed mine roughly centered and arranged them so the pen pocket would be on the right hand side on both the front and back piece.
Sew the side pieces to the front and back pieces. Sew the vertical seams first.
Then sew horizontal top seams.
For the bottom hem, fold over the edges and pin into place. Slide the cover onto the machine to make sure the hem is correct.
Sew a straight stitch along the bottom of all sides. Alternatively, if you’d like to practice a new stitch, try making a blind hem. Practice on a piece of scrap fabric first. Set your sewing machine to the blind stitch.
For a blind hem, most of the stitches are on the fabric that is folded over.
The little zigzag part of the stitch is what goes into the main part of your fabric.
Use a thread that either matches your fabric or matches the predominant color. Most of my tablecloth fabric is white so that’s what I went with.
Slide your new cover over your machine and admire your work.
Now your machine is protected from dust with an attractive cover.
If you made pockets, put your most used sewing accessories in them.