Happy National Sewing Machine Day! National Sewing Machine Day is Monday, June 13, so we put together a tutorial to make something special for the original power tool. Sewing machine covers can be functional AND cute, and in this simple tutorial, we’ll teach you how you can make one with two 12” quilt blocks! Our sewing machine cover features blocks from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage and Farm Girl Vintage 2 books, but you can use whichever block works best for your sewing space.
- Farm Girl Vintage Book and Farm Girl Vintage 2 Book by Lori Holt for It’s Sew Emma
- Fabric for the sashing and borders, binding and backing. We’re using Bee Plaids by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs
- One yard of batting
A: Side borders – 2 – 2.5″ x 30.5″ rectangles
B: Top and bottom borders: 2 – 1.5″ x 12.5″ rectangles
C: Side ties: 1 – 1.5″ x width of fabric strip
D: Sashing: 1 – 4.5″ x 12.5″ rectangle
Backing: 1 – 20″ x 34″ rectangle (this leaves about 2″ extra around the sides for quilting on a home machine)
Batting: 1 – 20″ x 34″ rectangle
Our sewing machine measures approximately 16” wide and about 30” over the top, and the cover is just a half-inch larger than that. If you need a cover larger than that you can widen the sashing and borders to give you the right fit.
2. Place one B strip along the bottom edge of each block and pin the edges together. Place fabric D along the top edge of one of the quilt blocks and pin the edges together. Sew with a quarter-inch seam.
3. Press seams then lay both blocks right sides together, lining up the edge of fabric D and top of the remaining block. Pin together then sew with a quarter-inch seam.
4. Lay the fabric A strips right sides together along either side of these assembled fabrics and pin in place. Then sew with a quarter-inch seam.
5. Press flat. Add batting and backing to make a quilt sandwich. Quilt as desired.
After quilting, trim off excess batting and backing to measure 16.5″ x 30.5″.
6. For the fabric ties, from fabric C, fold the 1.5″ x 30.5″ rectangle in half, lengthwise. Press. Open and fold each edge in to meet the fold mark in the middle. Press. Fold in half again. Press.
Run a straight stitch down the center to secure in place.
Cut the fabric tie in four equal pieces, and finish one end of each to prevent fraying.
7. Attach the fabric ties to the back of the cover, approximately 7 inches from the bottom edge. Align the raw edges, then tack them down with a zig-zag stitch.
Bind the sewing machine cover as desired.
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We hope you grace your sewing machine with a pretty handmade cover, and if you do, be sure to share it with us on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #sewingmachinecover and tagging @fatquartershop, so we can see and share your work!
Happy Sewing Machine Day!