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When you fall in love with sewing, your sewing machine quickly becomes a prized possession.
Add to this the financial investment you have made in it, and its potential to help create some beautiful projects, and you will really want to look at it.
Making your own cover for your sewing machine allows you to keep it out and ready for use, while protecting it from dust, and it’s the perfect opportunity to show off your creativity.
I hope this post will inspire you, and give you some ideas for designing and making your own sewing machine cover.
I will look at two different designs for covers, ones that have ties on the sides as seen in the picture above, and others that cover the machine completely.
1. Reversible sewing machine cover
This is perfect if you want the option of two different models, designs or colors from a single cover. Choose your fabrics carefully and you will have a completely different look on each side. You can use padding or textured fabrics if you want, to make the cover thicker.
The only thing the two sides will share is bias binding. It will be visible around the edges on each side.
You can check my first places for quilting for more information on supplies, but here are some basics you will need for this project:
- Ribbon (optional)
- Binding bias (optional)
- Tape measure
- The threads
- Rotary cutter
- Sewing machine
- Cutting mat
Measure your sewing machine
If you are using a design like the one in the picture above, taking the measurements for the cover is a simple step.
To determine the length of your fabric should be, measure from the bottom of the front of your machine, up to the top, to the bottom of the back, as shown in the picture below.
To measure the width, simply use your tape measure to measure from one side to the other (as shown in the picture below).
Cut the fabric
Next, it’s time to cut your fabrics, ideally using a rotary cutter, a cutting mat and a ruler.
You need to add 1″ to the measurements you made:
- For example, if your machine measures 17″ x 29″, you will need to cut two pieces of fabric that measure 18″ x 30″. One piece for each side of the cover.
You can use any remaining fabric to make the ties for the sides of the cover. Or you can do it with ribbons.
Stitching the cover sewing machine
- Put the “wrong” sides of your fabrics together, fold the edges inside, and iron the edges so that they stay in place, making them easier to sew.
- Insert your links (prepared) or ribbons, and secure them with pins, so that they are in the two layers of fabric that make the cover.
- Sew around the two pieces, with the ties in place.
And there you have it – a decorative, reversible cover for your machine.
2. Sewing machine cover with pocket
Here is a design for a lined cover, which includes a storage bag. It’s a little more advanced, and this will completely cover your sewing machine.
Measure your sewing machine
- Start as before to measure the width of your machine
- Then measure the height, from top to bottom
- And finally, measure the depth of your machine at its widest point
- Write down each of these measurements
Remember to add the extra inch to the measurements you take. For example, if your machine measurements with the 1″ added are:
- Width: 18″
- Depth: 9″
- Height: 12″
Cut your fabric (and foam stabilizer if you are using it) for the outside of the cover to these measurements.
You will need the following:
- Two pieces – one for the front and one for the back
- Two pieces for the sides
- A piece for the top
(It’s a bit like building a box around your machine.)
For an extra effect, you can make the four vertical sides with the same fabric, and use a contrasting fabric for the top.
To cut the bags, follow these steps:
- Cut another four pieces with contrasting fabrics for the pockets
- Use the same width measurement as you used for the front and back
- And half the measure of height
- So, in our example, the bags will be 18″ wide by 6″ tall
- And cut two pieces of bias tape to trim.
Line up the fabrics for the pockets – use two of the four pieces for this, or alternatively you can use woven cotton – and add a lace bias tape on top.
- Pin the pocket in place on the front of the cover.
- Stitch the pocket in place.
- Repeat this process with the back of the cover.
(If you want to make smaller pockets inside, you can divide your pocket pieces into smaller compartments).
Putting it all together
And now to put it all together, starting with the sides:
- Use specialist fabric adhesive spray to hold the fabric and foam in place.
(Remember at this point to have the pieces facing the “wrong” side towards the outside. We will turn them the right way once they are sewn).
- Pin the right side of the front piece to the edge of the side piece, and sew together.
- Now do the same with the other sides until you have an open rectangle.
- Turn the right way and sew the edges to help keep the rectangle shape (keep these points closer to the seam).
- Do this on all four sides.
Now for the top:
- Secure the fabric to the foam with adhesive spray.
- Turn your cover again.
- Take your corner pieces and cut them out, and then clip them onto one of the sides (Wonder Clips are super handy for this if you have them).
- Stitch along the side, being careful to remove the clips as you go.
- When you reach the end of the side, and while the needle is down, turn to the other side (the short side), align the edges and sew.
- When you reach the other corner, keeping the needle, turn the cover, align the edges of the other long side, clip again and sew.
- When you reach the other corner, repeat the process until all the corners are finished.
- Turn it back the right way again.
The separate lining (which will then be sewn to the cover) is made in a similar way – creating a second “box” shape. Since the cover is smaller than the original measurements (because of the seams), you will need to make the lining seam allowance slightly larger, by about 1/8″. This creates a slightly “boxed” or lining smaller to fit well in the cover.
You’ll also need to leave a gap at the top so you can turn the cover the right way around once you’ve finished sewing the lining to the cover.
With the lining on the wrong side:
- Pop it over the top of the cover (the cover will be on the right side). Line up the bottom edges of the cover and lining, and pin.
- Sew around the edges, stitching the lining and the cover together.
- Continue until you have all four sides completed.
- When you get to the beginning, leave a space and turn everything right side out.
- To close the space left in the lining, fold the edges inward, and sew in place by hand.
- Then using your machine, sew on the seams in the bottom, and finish with the hand making small stitches in each corner, to fix the lining at the top.
And congratulations! You will have made a wonderful cover for your sewing machine, fully lined, with a practical pocket, and made to last.
A custom made sewing machine cover would also make a great gift for someone who also loves to sew.
I would love to hear from you, have you ever made a cover for a sewing machine? Let me know how you did in the comments below.