Monday, October 2, 2017

Bag It - Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial



Welcome to our first new tutorial for Bag It 2017!

The theme for the featured bags in October is Sew!  To kick everything off is a tutorial for a cover for your sewing machine.  You'll need to measure your machine in all three dimensions and then add at least 1'' to make sure you've got enough fabric for the seam allowance as well as making sure it doesn't fit too snugly.


Now let's get started!



Supplies 


Measure your specific sewing machine to determine your needs.  You’ll need the following measurements:
  • WIDTH = Width across machine plus at least an inch for seam allowance
  • HEIGHT = Height of machine plus at least an inch for seam allowance
  • DEPTH =  Depth of machine plus at least an inch for seam allowance

With the specific measurements for your machine, cut the following pieces slightly larger to allow some extra fabric for quilting.  Once quilted trim to these measurements:


# pieces
Dimensions
(height x width)
  Primary fabric  for Back (B) and Front (F)
2
HEIGHT x WIDTH
Primary fabric for Sides (S1 & S2)
2
HEIGHT x DEPTH

Primary fabric for top (T)
1
WIDTH x DEPTH
Lining fabric
5
Cut identical to primary fabric
Batting
5
Cut identical to primary fabric
Binding
1
Strip – 2 “ wide by (WIDTH+WIDTH+DEPTH+DEPTH+EXTRA


Fabric prep

For the front, back, side 1, side 2 and top unit, layer primary fabric with batting and lining fabric. Quilt fabric with straight lines or as desired.



Trim quilted pieces to dimensions measured for machine making sure to add enough for seam allowances.  (See table above.)


Assembly


Sew each side panel to the front panel, right sides together.  Mark top of seam with a pin ¼’’ from edge and sew to that point.  Back-stitch at both ends of the seam.


Tip - take the time to 'try on' your cover on your machine after each step.  If you need to adjust, now is the time to do so!




Sew the top panel to the front panel, right sides together.  Start and end the seam ¼’’ from each edge.


Repeat to sew the back panel to each of the side panels (labeled below as 1) and then to the top panel (labeled below as 2).


Sew the seam between the side panel and the top panel.  Repeat for other side. (labeled above as 3).




Finish

With zig zag stitch, put overcast stitch over each of the edges to finish.  (For a more finished edge, cover with binding or bias tape.)


Attach binding to bottom edge along right side.  Flip binding over and secure with binding clips or pins.  Sew binding down by hand or by machine.



I choose to assemble my sewing machine cover using fabric squares and a stitching pattern from Swirly Girls Design.  The pattern can be found here.

This cover is for my portable machine (which I love) and I have it sitting next to my bigger machine.  It looks so good sitting there in its new cover up!

Note - also pictured Sew Together Bag and Fat Quarter Pop-up











I'll be linking up my tutorial with  Freemotion by the River,   WIP Wednesday's,  Let's Bee SocialMidweek Makers.  Needle and Thread Thursdays, Finish it Up Friday and Finished or Not Friday.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

10 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tutorial! What a great project!

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  2. So cute! I am working on a sewing machine cover also. Hope to finish it soon :)

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  3. Nice!! Love your sewing machine cover and your sew-together bag too! Love seeing your projects in my all time fave fabrics :)

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  4. I have been planning a machine cover up, thanks for the tut!

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  5. Thank you for the great tutorial!

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  6. Thank you for the tutorial! Your finish is adorable. Happy sewing! Andrea

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  7. Really a good tutorial....really ! Thanks I might try it one of these days !

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  8. So fancy! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  9. What a beautiful cover! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  10. Stunning cover! Thank you for the tutorial. I sooooo do not need a machine cover ..... but I doubt I’ll be able to resist! It’s on my list! (Smiles and giggles)
    Thanks,
    Barbara x

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