Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Quilted Sewing Machine Cover - Tutorial

Before Christmas I made this sewing machine cover - I think it's one of my favourite projects to date.



I needed one as I don't like using the hard cover that came with my Janome (which is an older version of the Janome 2212 Sewing Machine )  I couldn't find a tutorial I liked, so I made this up as I went along. I was so engrossed that I didn't take many photos of the step by step process. It's really easy, so I'll explain how I made it.

You need:
- one charm pack or 24 x 5" squares
- one metre (yard) of coordinating fabric for side panels and lining
- 1.5 metres (59") bias binding
- one metre (yard) batting (cotton or polyester - I used a cheap polyester as I won't be washing this often)


This diagram is the exact layout (including the colours of my charm squares!) that I used. You need to cut 4 side panel pieces (2 for exterior, 2 for lining) and cut a piece of lining the same size as the charm square panel.

How to make the Quilted  Sewing Machine Cover:

1. Sew the charms together according to the diagram above, back with a piece of batting the same size, and quilt as desired. I quilted diagonally through the squares.


2. Back the side panels with batting and quilt as desired.

3. Sew the side panels at the seam across the middle of the charm panel, with right sides together. When you lay it out, it will look like the diagram above.

4. Pin the side panel to the charm square panel. You will have the shape of the cover. Stitch up the sides.

5. Sew the lining pieces the same way.

6. Place the lining inside the exterior piece, wrong sides together.

7. Pin bias binding in place around raw edge, and stitch in place.

Finished!


Fabric details: My charm squares were from a pack of Half Moon Modern by Moda, they were a gift to me in a swap from amazing quilter Heather. I only used the charms in the aqua, red and grey colours. I love the scissors print - it suits this project so well! My lining and side panels are Riley Blake Chevrons in aqua.

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44 comments:

  1. I need a cover for my machine, Ros. LOVE the combination of fabrics you've used!!!

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  2. You're just a little bit too clever. Beautiful fabric.

    Anne xx

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  3. This is fantastic! Thanks. I was just thinking yesterday about making a cover for my machine and for the overlocker that I'm hoping my hubby will be getting me for my birthday next month! Love your fabric combos.

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  4. It's beautiful; I love it! Thanks for the tute!

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  5. oh i should make one of these for my machine and another for my serger. i don't like the hard plastic case that came with my machine because i have to take the thread off in order for it to fit on. and i like just leaving the thread in. my serger came with a soft plastic cover, which is just plain. i just need to pick some fabric…

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  6. Love those fabrics together :) I'm now off to share the tute ;-)

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  7. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. So nice! I so need one of these... My sewing machine is still in the box because I have nothing to cover it...

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    1. in the meantime...until you make a cover use:
      a piece of fabric
      a bath towel
      a pillowcase.....

      but......get that machine outta the box!!!
      have fun!!

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  9. This is so pretty. I love the fabrics you used. Thanks for the tutorial. I have been using the plastic one that came with my machine. I have literally had no time to make something for myself. This looks easy enough to make in a weekend.

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  10. Thank you, this is exactly what I have been looking for!

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  11. Din symaskinstäcke är så fin. Har nyligen sytt 2 och två mattor till mina marskiner.

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  12. Like many people with a sewing machine and a passion to make things (and a handmade business), I so want to make one of these too. Yours looks fabulous. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  13. I love this! Too bad my machine lives in the garage. Unfortunately my kitchen is also my craft room. But if I could leave it out, I'd make one of these for sure, just love it!!

    XO,
    Christy

    http://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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  14. I love the look of this. Seriously cute. Great job!
    Marty@Marty's Musings

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  15. this is beautiful! I bought a new sewing machine as my 30th birthday present last year and I think it needs to have a lovely cover like this to make it look pretty!

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  16. Love this! What a fun way to use some charm squares...

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  17. It's gorgeous! I've seen a lot of covers around, but most have tie-sides and I can't help thinking that renders them useless, the dust can still get in! I love this style that you've made and my cover is the same shape

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  18. I'm here through Pam's blog, from Threading My Way, I saw the cover that was featured, and came to see the tutorial, it's something I'm going to try to do. I love your cover! thanks for the tutorial. I hope you do not mind I pinned this project to have it for future reference. I am a follower of yours for a while, would have to come more often to leave comments to you because I really like your blog. I'll leave the link to my blog if you want to visit me.
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  19. Adorable! Thanks for the instructions!

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  20. My grandson has asked me to make a cover for his electric guitar speaker . This gives me an idea of how to do it, just with different measurements. And of course nothing cutesy for fabric. I just need to figure out the measurements. Thanks for a great idea.

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    1. Great idea Susan - it is definitely adaptable to lots of different shapes!

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  21. Just thought I'd let you know I enjoyed making this! Thank you. :)

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  22. Thanks for the tutorial, I made this yesterday!

    You can see it here if you like...
    http://faithnchls.blogspot.com/2013/04/thready-thursday.html

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  23. Muito obrigada, procurava uma assim, sempre encontrava,mas nada me deixava com vontade de fazer, adorei este teu PaP, vou fazer a minha agora, bjão, Martinha.

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  24. love this tutorial! I've always wanted to make one of these!

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  25. I just whipped one of these up today. Only took a couple of hours. Now why did I put off making a cover for my machine for so long? LOL Thank you for the tutorial. You gave great instructions. :)

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  26. I've had this bookmarked since you posted, and have finally managed to get around to it, but have only finished the outside. I'm still deciding on the lining. It's just for me, but "I" want to be happy. :) The instructions are perfect!

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    1. Yay Spilly, so glad to hear that - sometimes 'sewing for me' is a luxury, I rarely do it. Look forward to seeing pics. x

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  27. Thank you for this tutorial. I have searched the Internet for a sewing machine cover pattern and this is by far the best! Just what I was looking for! Thank you so much!

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  28. I'm wondering if you can post the dimensions of your machine so I can tell if following your pattern exactly would fit my machine? :)

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  29. I've been saving this tutorial since it came out, which was about the same time as I got my new machine, but I'm finally making a pretty cover now! You mentioned a cover for your overlock machine ... I have one of those too. Is there a tutorial coming for that? I really don't know how to cover up the wire thread support on the top. What kind of a design shall we use? :-) Thanks for your wonderful inspiration!

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    1. Hi Karen, can't wait to see your cover, I hope you can share a pic! I haven't made a cover for my overlocker yet...it's been on the to-do list for a long time! Hopefully soon :)

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  30. Bravo le quilt pour la machine est magnifique Marie-Claire

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  31. this is great! I have a pack of sunnyside (moda) charms I have been wondering what to do with! I bet I can get two covers out of it if I add a border at the bottom. One for sewer and one for serger! woot!

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  32. I am a novice at sewing (I have made several rag quilts, though) and really want to make this machine cover. Yours is delightful!

    I'm not sure I'm understanding #5, the lining pieces. Could you please provide exact details as to how to attach this lining materail to the other pieces? And do we also make stitches through that piece, to give it the quilted look? (Not sure how that would be done).

    Can we "sandwich: the pieces together? (Such as in rag quilting) Though I'm thinking your way may be quicker and easier...I'm just not understanding exactly how to do it.

    Thank you for any additional helps on this; as I said, I'm a novice!

    Mary Jane mjw617@verizon.net

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  33. How clever! Love projects that are functional,pretty, and so simple!

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  34. We are teaching the girls at Church on Wednesday nights to sew. We have several sewing machines and this will be a great project for the girls to make. And they will make our sewing area much neater looking. We are lucky to have a space to ourselves that we can leave the machines on the tables instead of packing them away each time.

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