Tuesday, November 29, 2011

tutorial: how to make a sewing machine cover using an Accuquilt GO! Baby



Remember my review of the Accuquilt GO! Baby cutting system that I did a few weeks ago? This is what I made with all of those tumblers that I cut out with scraps of Jennifer Paganelli's beautiful fabrics. It's a sewing machine cover and I really love how it turned out. This is an easy project that is great for scrap busting, and it would be a fun little project for yourself or someone on your gift-giving list this year. Here's how you can make your own.




Using the 3 1/2" tumbler die and the GO! Baby fabric cutter, cut out a total of 56 tumblers. If you're making a scrappy version, you may want to cut a few more out to play with the arrangement and design of the tumblers, so you don't end up with two fabrics side by side. Once you've got all of the tumblers cut out, arrange them into four rows of six tumblers for the front and four rows of six tumblers for the back of the cover.



When you're ready to start sewing the rows together, place two tumblers, right side together. The notched corners made by the GO! Baby make it really easy to line them up correctly.



Sew the tumblers together. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.



Press seams open, and repeat to finish the row of six tumblers.



Repeat to construct the other three rows of tumblers for the front of the cover, and



then repeat to construct the four rows for the back of the cover.



Since the tumblers are not squared on the sides, you'll need to cut at least 8 tumblers in half to finish off each row.




Just line up a straight edge along the center of the tumbler,



and cut in half with a rotary cutter.



Sew the half tumblers to the ends of each of the eight rows.




Then, sew the first four rows of tumblers together to create the front panel, and the other four rows together to create the back panel of the cover. Be sure to line up the seams when you lay one row of tumblers, right side together, to another row.



And be sure to pin well so your seams all match up! Sew and press seams open.




Here's what the panels will look like when the four rows are sewn together. Each panel of four rows will measure approximately 16" wide x 12 1/2" long.



And here is the back. I love all those nice, flat seams!



Cut two pieces of solid fabric that are each 17" x 13 1/2". If you're using yardage to do this, you can cut a strip that is 13 1/2" x the width of the fabric. Then, subcut that piece to 17" (to create two 17" x 13 1/2" rectangles).



Cut a total of two pieces of batting that each measure 13 1/2" x 17". Make a quilt sandwich by layering the solid fabric first on the surface of your work area, then one piece of batting next, and finally the pieced tumbler panel on top, right side up. Reserve the other piece of batting for the other tumbler panel.



Pin baste the layers together,



and quilt as desired. For this project I stitched along the seam of each tumbler, starting from the top and working towards the bottom. I then stitched along the seam that was created between each pieced row. Repeat with the other tumbler panel.



Here's how the quilted panel looks from the front.






And the back gives a better idea of the quilting. I love the grid that the lines create!




Cut two pieces of solid fabric that each measure 6" x 17 1/2". Cut a piece of batting the same size, and then make a quilt sandwich by placing the batting in between the two rectangles and quilt as desired. I stitched in straight lines approximately 1/4" apart. This piece will become the top section of the sewing machine cover.



Pin the quilted rectangle to the top of one of the panels, right sides together. Sew and then press the seam towards the tumbler panel. Then place the other panel along the edge of the quilted rectangle, right sides together and sew. Press the seam toward the tumbler panel.

*note* I coverstitched these two seams with my serger to finish them nicely. If you don't have a serger, you could run a row of zig zag stitches over them to keep the loose threads in check.




To construct the ties and the binding, cut (five) 2 1/2" strips x the width of the fabric. Sew three of the strips together to create your binding. Cut each of the remaining two strips into (two) 20" strips, for a total of (four) 20" strips. These will become the ties for the sewing machine cover.




Fold each of the four tie strips in half along the length, lining up the raw edges, and press.



Sew along the short edge of the strip, using a 1/4" seam.



When you get about 1/4" away from the edge of the strip, stop your machine with your needle down, and pivot your fabric so that the long length of the strip is running towards you. Continue to sew along the entire length of the strip, stopping at the short end. Be sure to leave that end open! Repeat with the other three strips.



Here's what the strips will look like when they're sewn.



Trim off the seam allowance near the corner, being careful not to snip any of your stitches.



Use a chopstick (or your tool of choice) to turn the sewn strip right side out.



Repeat with the other three strips.



They are really wrinkled after doing this, so press the strips once they are all turned out.



And tie a knot in the sewn end of the strip.



Repeat with the other three ties.




Determine where you'd like to attach your four ties. I used the front of my panel as a guide and placed each strip along the middle of the second tier of tumblers.



Pin the tie to the corresponding place on the back side of the panel, lining up the raw edges of the open end of the tie with the raw edges of the panel.



And stitch in place. Repeat with the other three ties.



With the binding you made from the other three strips, bind the edges of the cover as you would a quilt. Check out my tutorial on machine binding for tips and to see how I do it.



Be sure to pin each tie to the body of the cover so that they don't get tangled or caught while you attach the binding along the edge.



Stitch along the entire perimeter of the cover.



Finish the binding either by hand or machine. Make sure to keep the ties tucked out of the way,



by pulling each of the them up and away from the edge as you pin the binding around the raw edge of the sewing machine cover.



And finish binding as desired. You'll see that I did it by machine; again, just be careful not to catch the ends of the ties as you sew.



And that's it! You're done!



I love the scrappy look of this project. It's so much better than the plastic sewing machine cover that I had been using.









One of the great things about this cover is that it fits a variety of machines. It's also completely adjustable with the four ties. Here it is on my serger, and it fits perfectly there or on my sewing machine.



I've been using it on my server and it covers the entire machine completely, even those four bulky spools of thread! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I'd love to see your versions of my sewing machine cover pattern.


And be sure to keep your eyes open on my blog because I'll be giving away a GO! Baby cutter very, very soon! Wouldn't that make a perfect holiday gift?

7 comments:

Gordia Prine said...

Thanks for this lovely tutorial. I think I will try this for my machines.

pasqueflower said...

Great tutorial. I need to make one for my serger. My sewing machine is too busy to get dusty.

pasqueflower said...

Great tutorial. I need to make one for my serger. My sewing machine is too busy to get dusty.

Jo said...

Cute Idea...but my poor sewing machine is never not is use long enough to need a cover :). If you can, make videos of your projects and post them on AccuQuilt's facebook page. Contact them to let them know and they will send you a free die :)

Katie said...

lovely tumblers.

@pril said...

Very nice machine cover, love the fabrics you chose.

@pril
KoolBeenz-blog.blogspot.com

Teresa said...

I just cut one out to make for a friend. I hope it turns out to be as pretty as yours.

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