I have lots of sewing motif fabrics and wanted to do a quilted sewing machine cover for my main machine. I wanted something that looked quilty. So, I designed this one to integrate flying geese, a quilt square and lots of prints.
I did a churn dash block 8-1/2 inches finished, (using 3-1/2 inch HSTs and strip blocks, center fussy cut) then added a checkerboard of ten 2-1/2 inch squares set in two rows above it. The remaining pieces are just cut 12-1/2 inches wide and added onto each end so the churn dash block comes out near the top of the front side. I added strips to the sides of the flying geese 1-1/2 inches wide on the right and 2-1/2 on the left. Then I sewed the two strips of pieces together and checked it for fit. I added a strip to the right side as well of a different fabric with a dark green background 3-1/2 inches cut width. The panel is now 18-1/2 inches wide by 27 inches long. I found this was the perfect size to fit all three of my machines, all different manufacturers, so it will probably work for you too. A couple of quick measurements of your machine will show you if you need to make adjustments to the width or length.
Next, cut the side pieces in rectangles 8×12″. Quilt all the pieces separately. I quilted it fairly densely so it would stand on its own when finished. Quilting the pieces at this stage is easy, and simple to do free motion on your DSM or longarm. I used a backing that had a sewing motif with a light background. Then trim all three pieces.
Round off the top 2 corners of the side pieces, on the 8″ end. Leave the bottom corners intact. I choose a darker print for the ends, and rounded them using a dressmaker’s ruler.
Putting right sides together, pin the ends to the long edge of the panel. Notice you will need to ease a bit. I also did a little more trimming at this stage. This is a design choice, you could put the bound seam on the outside if you wanted, using the binding as an accent.
Sew the ends to the panel. Then make binding using the inside liner fabric. Sew to the raw edges on the ends first.
Wrap the binding around the raw edge on the bottom on all four intersection points and pin. I pinned mine down towards the outside.
Then sew the binding to the bottom on the outside, going over the edge seams. You’ll turn it to the inside to finish.
Now, turn it wrong side out and finish up the binding by turning to cover the raw edges and hand whip down the sides and bottom. I added some cute buttons to the front sashing strip in the middle.
This quilted sewing machine cover is #2 on my UFO Challenge list for 2014. Another finish, yea!!
This basic design can be modified to suit your taste. You can change the block, use more or fewer geese, or different embellishments. You could put a second block on the back instead of the fabric rectangles. Or you can copy this one. Just have fun with your fabrics!!
If you make one, I’d love to see it. Just leave a comment with a link to your blog, or your photo sharing page. Thank you!