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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Monday, August 12, 2019

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    HOW TO MAKE A SEWING MACHINE COVER

     

    HOW TO MAKE A SEWING MACHINE COVER

     

    Finished measurements

    Height 28.5cm

    Depth 17cm

    Width 42cm

    Materials:

    Outside - medium weight cotton fabric. Cut one main 73cm long x 45cm wide. Cut two side panels 29.5cm long x 20cm wide.

    Please note, a directional patterned fabric will not be suitable as the design would appear upside down as the main piece wraps over the back of the machine. (A directional pattern is one where the design goes in an obvious direction, e.g. a fish in a bowl).

    Pocket outer - light-medium weight cotton fabric. Cut two 15.5cm long x 20cm wide.

    Lining - light weight cotton fabric. Cut one main 79cm long x 45cm wide. Cut two side panels 32.5cm long x 20cm wide. Cut two pocket lining 18.5cm long x 20cm wide.

    Co-ordinating thread

    Equipment:

    Sewing machine

    Scissors

    Iron and ironing board

    Construction

    Seam allowances are included in cutting sizes. Use a 1.5cm seam allowance throughout unless otherwise stated.

    1 - Cut fabric pieces according to the above measurements.

    2 - With right sides together, stitch the pocket lining to the pocket outer at the top edge (20cm length).

    3 - Press the seam allowances open. Line the bottom edges of the pocket outer and lining and press the top edge, creating a 1.5cm depth band of lining fabric at the top of the pocket.

    Repeat with the second pocket.

    4 - Place a pocket piece on top of one of the outside side panels and machine tack in place down each side using a 1cm seam allowance. To machine tack, set your stitch length to the longest setting. Repeat with the second pocket.

    5 - On the wrong side of the two side panels measure and mark with a fabric pen (one with disappearing ink) or chalk the 1.5cm seam allowance intersections at the top corners as shown. Bring the two corners together of the side panels and fold in half, make a small snip in the top edge at the central point as shown. On the outside main piece use the same method to make the central points on the outside edges. 

    6 - Pin one of the long sides of the side panel on top of one of the long sides of the outside main piece right sides together so the bottom and side edges are flush.

    7 - Stitch from the bottom edge to the first marked 1.5cm intersection.

    8 - Place the needle down, raise the presser foot and clip the main piece fabric up to the seam allowance (but not through the stitches) to allow it to line up with the top edge of the side panel.

    9 - Pivot the work 90 degrees to stitch along the top of the side panel, line up the main piece underneath so the raw edges are flush with the top of the side panel and continue to sew across the top of the side panel matching up the clipped centre points. Repeat clip and pivot at the next corner and stitch to the bottom edge, lining up the edge of the main piece underneath so the raw edges are flush. Repeat with the other side panel. Press the seams.

    11 - Construct the lining the same way as the outside, but omit the pockets. Leave a 10cm opening in one of the lining side seams to turn your project through later.

    12 - Keep the lining wrong side out, turn the outer right side out and tuck the outer inside the lining. With right sides facing, pin the lining to the outer at the bottom edge, keeping raw edges flush and matching the side seams.

    13 - Stitch around the bottom edge and turn right side out through the opening in the lining. This is known as 'bagging out'.

    14 - Press the two edges of the opening in the lining closed and stitch close to the folded edge.

    15 - Press the bottom edge, creating a 1.5cm depth band of lining fabric and you are done!


     


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