If you are going to go to the trouble of keeping up with your machine maintenance, and especially if your machine lives in the basement like mine, a sewing machine cover is pretty darn handy for helping to keep the lint, and dust, and pollen out of the inter-workings of your machine. A lot of machines today come with a hard or vinyl cover but after all the hard work I put my sewing machine through, I thought she deserved a bright, colorful accessory.
This is a quick project, great for showing off your favorite fabrics or using up those scraps you’ve got lying around. Not only that, but it’s so refreshing to walk into the sewing room and be greeted with so much color.
– 25 4 X 4 inch squares (5 of each color if you are going for the rainbow look)
– 17 1/2″ X 20 ” rectangle of white or coordinating solid cotton
– 20″ X 30 ” rectangle of white or coordinating solid cotton
– 20″ X 30″ rectangle of cotton batting
– 1/4 yard fabric for binding and button loop
– 1 large shank button
– walking foot and safety pins
Begin by sewing each row of squares together. You’ll be left with 5 rows with 5 of each color per row. Press the seams of each row open. Then pin and sew two rows together, right sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Continue adding rows, right sides together, in rainbow order, then pressing the seams open.
Now with right sides together, pin and sew the rainbow rows to the 17 1/2″ X 20 ” rectangle, sewing along one long side and using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Now layer the three pieces, backing, batting, and quilt top, wrong sides together. The backing and batting will be slightly larger.
Pin through all three layers together with safety pins, and “stitch in the ditch” to quilt the layers together.
Once you’ve quilted the layers together, trim down the backing and batting to “square up” the machine cover. Machine sew your binding on and then hand stitch to the back. Click here, and here to see tutorials for making and swing on quilt binding.
Before you sew the two end pieces of binding together, create a button tab by topstitching a small piece of binding together to for a loop. Then place this loop, raw edge facing out, into the seam of the binding.
Once you’ve sewn on your button, you’re ready to protect your lovely machine when it’s not in use.
Like I said, my sewing room is a bit of a dungeon, so my friend took a field trip for the photo shoot.
Now that it’s out here though, I’m thinking some outdoor sewing might not be a bad idea. Outdoor sewing? The next sewing revolution? Hmmmm, maybe.