Today we’re making a gingham sewing machine cover! This cover not only will help protect your sewing machine from dust, but will turn your sewing machine from boring to the cutest thing in the room
To make this cover you’ll need:
- 1/8 yard for binding
- 1/2 yard of medium to dark tone solid fabric
- 1/2 yard of medium to light tone solid fabric
- 3/8 yard of white fabric
- 1 yard of muslin for lining
- 1 yard of 60″ wide batting
- Basting Spray
First you’ll need to measure the dimensions of your sewing machine. Measure the length, width, and height. You’ll then you’ll need to figure out your measurement A and B. Below is how we determined those two numbers…
Measurement A will be how tall your cover is and Measurement B will be how wide. So based off of our measurements, we need ours to measure 28″ tall x 24″ wide.
We took our white, light aqua, and medium aqua fabrics and cut them into 3.5″ x width of fabric strips. And then cut those down into 3.5″ squares.
To make the gingham pattern, you’ll have one row that is white & light aqua repeated. And the second row will be dark aqua & light aqua repeated.
*We made our top slightly bigger than the 24″x 28″ size, and then once the top was finished we trimmed it down* More directions on that later…
For our sewing machine cover, we needed 9 squares across and 10 squares tall.
We took our piles of 3.5″ squares and pieced them together with a 1/4″ seam allowance and pressing all our seams towards one side.
Once we had 4 sets of squares pieced together and pressed, we then pieced those sets together again with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
You’ll now have 2 sets of 4 blocks each. Piece those together and then at the end, piece your final block to the end of the row. We had 9 blocks total for each row (Yours may vary depending on your measurements)
We repeated that till we had 11 rows total (Again, you might have less or more rows depending on the size of your sewing machine)
We joined the rows together in pairs. And then joined those pairs together and then again till all 11 rows were joined.
After we finished piecing all our rows together, we trimmed it down to the 24″x28″ size. We wanted our top to stay symmetrical, so we took the difference between the finished size and actual size and divided it by two and used that measurement to trim 2 of the four sides. For example the finished height measured 31″ so the difference between that and the finished height (28″) we wanted is 3″, divide that by 2, and that equals 1.5″. So we trimmed that amount from each side of our height measurement. And repeated that with our width, which ended up being 3/4″ on each side.
We then took our basting spray and batting and adhered the two together. We adhered the muslin to the other side of the batting with the basting spray too. So you’ll have three layers: top, batting, and muslin sandwiched together. Make your batting and muslin at least a few inches larger than your top. Do not trim the layers till AFTER you’re done quilting them together.
We chose not to pin our layers together before we quilted them together, but if you’re worried about your layers moving around and bunching while you’re sewing, we recommend taking the time to safety pin them together.
We quilted all our layers together, following the lines from the seams on our top. Once we were finished quilting the top, we trimmed off the excess batting and muslin from the top.
Next, we took our yellow binding fabric and cut it into 2 1/4″ x width of fabric strips. We pressed them in half lengthwise and sewed each on to the shorter backside of our sewing machine cover with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Exactly how you would add binding to a quilt.
Flip the cover over and sew the binding to the top of the cover. Trim off the excess binding to meet the edge. Repeat on the other short end of the cover.
Now with right sides together and bound edges at the bottom, we sewed 1/2″ along both sides of the cover, from the fold to the binding (backstitching at the binding)
We’re almost done!
Now to figure out how much to cut from each corner of the top, you’ll need to subtract 2″ from the machine’s width and divide that number in half. This is the size square you’ll cut from the two corners. Our measurement ended up being 2.5″. Mark the square with a Frixon pen from the seam line and cut out with scissors. Very important to measure your square from the seam and not the raw edge of the fabric.
Now we opened the cut out parts of the cover, pressed our seams open, and lined up the edges together, with the center seam lining up with the fold on the top. Sew edges together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. (Ignore the binding in the picture. We added ours originally to the wrong sides of the cover. The finished cover should have raw edges on the inside of the cover NOT binding – fyi)
Turn your cover inside out make sure corners are turned out nice and square too. And you’re finished!
*This isn’t a reversible cover so the inside will have raw edges. But since that part isn’t visible to anyone, we weren’t worried about it
Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial! Happy Tuesday everyone!