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I am very excited to be sharing with you how I made my sewing machine cover. I started sewing a little less than a year ago. When I first started sewing, I had to have everything the pattern called for and do it exactly that way. If I happened to mess up on some fabric, my sweet mother-in-law would explain to me I could do it another way and it would be fine. But, each time I would start to freak out at the idea of doing it differently. So, she would ever so lovingly go to the store to get me more materials, and I would try again. (She is patient too, this might have happened on more than one occasion)
Well, to show that I have grown and she is a really good teacher, I have taken the idea of a certain pattern and done it my own way. I got my inspiration from a Moda Bake Shop tutorial called Jelly Roll Cover Up. As you’ll see I didn’t have a jelly roll so that’s where the improvisation began. I’m very proud to say that in making this machine cover I only had to buy buttons, everything else was stuff out of my stash.
Oh, by the way, Thank you wonderful hubby for buying me my extension table and giving me the need to make this sewing machine cover.
What you need:
*Every sewing machine will vary in size. These are the fabric measurements I used. They might not work for yours, but there are several ways to change the size. For example if you don’t have an extension table it would be very easy to just do charm squares for the whole thing, or if you do have a table you could adjust the width of the solid strip of fabric.*
17 charm squares
1/2 yard solid black
20″ x 34″ batting
3/4 yard backing
1 package of double fold bias tape
Lay out your pieces as desired. Start by sewing your rows of charm squares together.
Then you will connect your strips of charms to the solid black. (At this point I cut my black to match my charms in length. They measured 3″ x 27″ and 3″ x 20″. Like I said this will probably be different for everyone.)
I continued to sew the strips together trying to match the charms up as best as possible.
This is what my top looked like finished.
This is the back. I ironed each time after sewing. I think it helps the end result to be diligent in ironing.
Time to sandwich your layers together and pin.
Trim away excess batting and bind. It had been a while for me, so I used this tutorial on how to bind with bias tape.
After I put the binding on, I sewed my 6 buttons on. I sewed 1 set on the left and 2 sets on the right. (If you aren’t making this to go with an extension table you might want to use 8 buttons and do it even on each side)
To make the ties I cut 12- 3″ x 9″ pieces. I sewed 2 pieces right sides together at a time, leaving a small gap for turning. This will give you 6 ties.
Turn them right side out and press. The area you didn’t sew should be turned under and pressed also. Topstitch your 6 pieces about an 1/8″ from the edge this will also close up your gap.
I sewed a button hole onto one end of each strap. I then attached the ties to my machine cover using the buttons and tied a pretty knot to connect to ties.