Okay so two years ago I made a sewing machine cover for my old sewing machine. I used a tutorial to make a really simple, reversible sewing machine cover and I really liked it and I wanted to make the same kind of cover for my new machine. Unfortunately, when I tried to go back to the old tutorial I found that the page did not exist anymore. Sad times. So I did it all from memory! And it was a disaster. More sad times. But I worked through it and even though I made a mistake on like every single step of the process, I finally finished it. Sad times are over! So…here are some instructions and some words of wisdom in case anybody wants to try making something like this for themselves.
—Step 1— Measure your machine
Measure the circumference of your machine at its fattest spot to get the width you’ll need, and divde the circumference by 2. If your machine is like mine and there’s a big size difference between the bottom and the top, you’ll want to measure the circumferences of the smallest and largest areas and make your pattern look more like a trapezoid than a rectangle. I went with rectangles (pictured) and my end result turned out a little baggy on top because of it.
You’ll also need to measure the height of your machine, but to get the best results, you’ll want to drape your measuring tape over the entire machine (so you’re getting the distance from the bottom of the back, over the top, to the bottom of the front) and then divide by 2.
Add 1 inch to everything. (or 1/2 an inch if you want smaller seams idk i clearly didn’t measure anything when I did this).
DEFINITELY DON’T just measure the width of the front of the machine, or from the table to the top of the machine. Your machine is fatter than you think it is, I promise. You can see where I had to include little pink insets on one side cuz I didn’t follow my own advice. :P
— Step 2 — Cut/Ready your fabric
Cut your 2 trapezoids out of both of the fabrics you’ll be using, for a total of 4 trapezoids. Iron everything. Take the matching trapezoids and pin them right sides together.
DEFINITELY DO make sure that if you’re using patterned fabric that you’ve got the pattern going the right direction.
— Step 3 — Sew your trapezoids
Okay so now you’re going to sew 3 sides of each trapezoid, leaving open the bottom. I used 1/2 inch seams.
— Step 4 — Pin and sew some box corners
Okay at this point you should have two little hats you can wear (see previous posts about this project). Put the hats on your machine now and make sure they fit okay. Take a couple pins and pin the fabric near the corners of the top of your machine, and sew your box corners.
DEFINITELY DO take a minute to look up how to do box corners cuz I’m not gonna go into it here. But basically remember to line up your seams. You’ll be sewing a little triangle, the seams should fall into the middle of that triangle. I didn’t get too picky about my seams and my corners look sloppy because of it.
After you’ve sewn your corners, turn both pieces right side out, and put them on your machine to make sure you sewed your corners right. I had to do two of my corners twice, but I’m glad I did cuz it looks much better. Once it looks the way you want, turn the pieces back inside out and cut off the excess fabric.
— Step 5 — Put it all together
Okay so now you take both of your pieces and put them right sides together, pinning around the open end. Sew around the bottom edge with a 1/2 inch seam, leaving about 4-5 inches open somewhere (I left it open where I had my pink fabric inserts).
DEFINITELY DON’T sew all 4 pieces together, thereby sewing it shut.
When you’re done, slowly and carefully (or quickly and haphazardly, like I did), pull your fabric through the opening so the right sides are turned out. It’ll look like a big, sad bag or unstuffed pillow (see pictured above).
— Step 6 — Finish it up!
Stuff one side into the other and set it on your machine one last time to make sure it looks the way you want it to. Then hand stitch your little opening shut with a blind ladder stitch.
BOOM. ya done. sewing-circle