REVERSIBLE SEWING MACHINE COVER PATTERN





Sewing machine cover

Sewing machine cover

The reverse of the sewing machine cover

The reverse of the sewing machine cover

I’ve been meaning to make a sewing machine cover for ages, but when I came to look for ideas I found that most patterns are just for dust covers so they are made from a single layer of fabric.  I wanted a sewing machine cover a little more substantial.  One that would protect my sewing machine as well as keeping the dust off it.  I decided to make one rusing rag quilting techniques for the two seams so that the cover would be reversible.

Cutting requirements for the sewing machine cover

two panels 9″ by 13″ and one panel 17″ by 33″ in two different fabrics

two panels 8″ by 12″ and one panel 16″ by 32″ in wadding

Making the sewing machine cover

Cut panels of two fabrics plus wadding

Cut panels of two fabrics plus wadding

All sewing machines vary in size so you will need to measure your sewing machine in case it’s substantially different from mine.  The three measurements that you need are the width (across from side to side), the height (from the table to highest point of the machine) and the depth (from front to back).

My machine is 16″ wide, 12″ high and 8″ deep so to allow plenty of room for the sewing machine cover to slide on and off the machine easily and to allow for 1/2″ seams I have used two side panels of 9″ by 13″.  The panel to go up the front, across the top and down the back is 17″ by 33″.

 

Quilt the panels

Quilt the panels

 

Make three quilt sandwiches of first fabric right side down, wadding and then the second fabric with right side up. The wadding should be 1/2″ smaller all round so that it won’t be in the way of the rag quilting.  Pin and quilt all three panels.

Lay one of the small panels in a corner of the large panel with a 13″ edge along the 33″ edge of the large panel.  Pin that 13″ edge.

 

Pin the small panel to one side of the large panel

Pin the small panel to one side of the large panel

One side of the sewing machine cover pinned

One side of the sewing machine cover pinned

Continue pinning the 9″ edge of the small panel along the 33″ edge – you will have to manipulate the large panel to create a corner.  Pin the 9″ edge in place and then manipulate another corner and pin the remaining 13″ edge in place.  This is the first side panel in place and you should now be able to see the overall shape beginning to form.

 

Repeat with the second side of the sewing machine cover

Repeat with the second side of the sewing machine cover

 

Repeat with the second side panel at the other side of the large panel and sew both seams using a 1/2″ seam.

 

 

 

Make the rag seam on the sewing machine cover

Snip the seam allowance to make a fring

Snip the seam allowance to make a fringe

Both fabrics show in the rag seam of the sewing machine cover

Both fabrics show in the rag seam of the sewing machine cover

Using a pair of sharp scissors snip towards the seam at 1/8″ intervals to create a fringe.  Do take care not to snip the seam itself.  This fringe will become more silky with washing and with use.  It’s a good idea to use fabrics with a good contrast as the other colour shows through in the seam.  The sewing machine cover can not be used with either the blue side or the black side showing.

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Comments

  1. Thank you Rose that’s brilliant I have to make my friend one too,have a nice week end in the garden ,take care Liz

    • Thanks, Liz. Glad you like the pattern. A sewing machine cover can brighten up the sewing room nicely – not that mine ever has much time to be covered!

  2. Hi Rose,
    Just to be clear (because this is when I mess up):
    I need two 9 X 13 panels, so that means I have to cut four pieces of that size, right?
    Thanks,
    Jeanne

    • Hi Jeanne. You did the right thing to check first. Yes, you need two pieces that size in top fabric and two in the reverse fabric. Likewise you need one panel of the other size in both fabrics (so two in total). Good luck.

      • Thank you, Rose.
        I have now quilted the three sandwiches. (wavy lines with a walking foot). Now, the hard part. If it doesn’t end up in the trash, I’ll send you a picture when it is done. Hope springs eternal!

  3. Thank you Rose it is just what I needed since I have recently bought my machine. I hope I am able to make it.

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