Finished panel : 24½″ × 42″ (customizable)
We don’t always get to sew as much as we’d like. It’s sad when dust spends more time on your sewing machine than you do. Not only does it prove how long it’s been since you last sewed a stitch, but it’s not good for your machine. This pretty little sewing machine cover is filled with helpful pockets. Keep the sewing machine manual in the large one and your tools in the small ones.
Materials and Supplies
- Yardage will vary slightly depending on the size of your sewing machine.
- Approximately ½ yard quilting fabric for exterior
- Approximately ½ yard quilting fabric for lining
- 2 coordinating fat quarters for pockets
- Approximately 1½ yards of lightweight woven fusible interfacing, such as Shape-Flex by C&T Publishing
- 1 or 2 packages ½″-wide double-fold bias tape
- 2 yards of grosgrain ribbon
1. Measure the widest part of your sewing machine from side to side and add 1″.
My machine is 15″ wide so my pattern measurement will be 16″ across.
2. Now measure from front to back over the machine, including its deepest part, for the length of the cover.
My home sewing machine is 29″.
3). Draw a rectangle with these measurements onto the wrong side of the lining fabric using a wide, clear ruler. Place the longer measurement of your cover parallel with the selvage edge of the fabric so that the fabric is on grain, and make sure all 4 corners are square.
4). Use the width measurement from Step 1 to draft the large pocket. On the back of a fat quarter, draw a rectangle 9″ × Step 1 width.
My large pocket pattern is 9″ × 16″.
5). For the small pocket, on the back of another fat quarter, draw a rectangle 2″ shorter than the last, by the same width.
My small pocket is 7″ × 16″.
6). To determine how much double-fold bias tape you will need to buy or make, add the length and width of the cover rectangle and multiply by 2 to determine the perimeter of your cover. Add a few extra inches to join the ends, and divide by 36 to determine yardage.
Example : 16″ + 29″ = 45″ × 2 = 90″ + extra; so I need 2⅝ yards.
cutting it out
- Layer the exterior fabric, 2 layers of interfacing, and the lining fabric, marked side up. Pin all 4 layers together and cut out the cover rectangle from all 4 layers.
- Pin the fat quarters for the pockets, marked side up, to the interfacing; cut out the pockets from both layers.
- Cut 4 pieces of ribbon, each 18″ long.
sewing it up
Making the Pockets
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to fuse the interfacing pieces to the exterior and lining cover pieces and both pockets.
- To hem both pockets, fold 1″ to the wrong side along the longer top edge, press, fold down 1″ again, and press again to enclose the raw edges. Edgestitch along the bottom fold.
- Place the small pocket on the large pocket, both right sides up, aligning them at the bottom. Pin and machine baste them along the sides and bottom to make a pocket unit.
- On the right side of the pocket unit, use a ruler and a disappearing-ink marker to draw a vertical line 2″ in from the left edge of the small pocket only. Draw 3 additional vertical lines, each 1½″ further in.
- Stitch through both pocket layers on the lines drawn in Step 4, backstitching at the top of the small pocket, to create slim channels on the smaller pocket. These will keep scissors and pens corralled neatly, while the wider pocket is perfect for a commercial pattern envelope.
Making the Cover
1). Layer the fused interior and exterior cover pieces, both right sides out, and place the pocket unit, right side up, at the bottom front of the exterior cover. Match up all the corners and pin together around the edges.
2). On the exterior side of the cover, pin the 18″ pieces of ribbon to the top of the small pocket on either side and 5″ from each end as shown, aligning the raw edges.
3). Refer to Bias Tape to sandwich the double-fold bias tape around the outer edge of the cover, starting at what will be the back of the cover, where a ribbon is pinned. Edgestitch the bias tape in place, referring to faux mitered corners (in Bias Tape) to miter the corners. Join the ends as desired.
4). Press the cover so that it’s neat and tidy, folding the ribbons outward over the bias trim. Pin and stitch the ribbons down on top of the edge stitching on the bias trim.
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