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January 7, 2007

Reversible Sewing Machine Cover

Filed under: fabric — by marieann @ 8:58 pm

Sewing Machine Cover

I actually used a pattern for this originally but it’s so easy to make. (Thankfully I bought the pattern for $1 in a pattern clearance sale). I am not gonna lie, the bias tape is hard to sew on. Everything else is a breeze. This is great to make your machine look cute AND protect it. Please read all the directions first before you begin. It’s pretty intuitive once you understand where the project is going but some parts might be a bit difficult to get in isolation.

Fabric remnant (see below for dimensions)
One package of double-fold 1/4 bias tape
Batting remnant (see below for dimensions)

Measuring tape
Sewing machine

1. Measure your sewing machine. Don’t forget to measure the machine with a spool of thread on top if you don’t want to unthread the machine whenever you put it away. (However, this does make it look a little awkward so think about this first).

For example, my machine is 16 (width), 13 3/4 (height) and 6 3/4 (depth).

2. Cut two pieces of your main fabric that is a rectange ((width + 1) by (height +1)) inches for the front and back. (So for me that is rectange that is 17 inches by 14 3/4 inches).

3. Cut two more pieces this same size for the inside lining fabric. Also, cut two this size out of batting.

4. Cut one piece of your main fabric that is a rectangle (depth + 1) by (double the height + width + 1) inches. (So for me 7 3/4 by 44).

5. Cut one piece this same size for the inside lining fabric. Also, cut one this size out of batting.

6. Curve the corners of the front and back pieces. Be sure to pin all five layers (two lining pieces, two front pieces, and the batting) and cut them at once so they are the same. It makes a nice curve if you trace around a bowl.

6. Baste the batting pieces to the matching pieces of the lining fabric with a 1/4 inch seam. Baste just means sew so that they stick together but they don’t have to be that neat. Do this with all three pieces (the cover front, sides, and back).

7. Baste the front to the lining fabric (the batting is already sewn to the backing fabric) WRONG sides together. It is IMPERATIVE that you catch both layers and make this neat. (Do this with all three pieces).

8. Now, this is one of the hardest parts. You need to pin the front cover to the side piece WRONG SIDES together. The side piece has to curve around with the curve on the front piece. The best way to work this is to clip around the curve toward the basting stick and just work it around. You may have a bit of ruffle in the fabric but make that smooth so it looks like a gather stick.

9. Repeat with the back cover.

10. At this point you have a cover sewn together. Put it on your machine to test the size. If it’s too big this is the time to take it in. When you turn your cover inside out (to expose the lining fabric), the seams will be turned in. When it’s turned the right way, you will see the seams. That’s okay, we’re fixing that now.

11. Trim close to the seams. You don’t want very little fabric still attached outside of the basting seams.

12. Pin the bias tape around the seams and sew along the edge. This is the hardest part. Be sure to use a LOT of pins because you don’t want the bias tape to slip.

13. Turn under the ends of the bias tape to give you neat edges. Put this along the where the side fabric connects to the front and back to cover up all your seams. Also put the bias tape around the bottom too.

14. BAM! You’re done! And it’s double sided!


15. Note! If you don’t want this double-sided or don’t have the double-fold bias tape and are a cheapie, then just pin the front RIGHT sides together but otherwise follow all the same directions.



  1. This is soo cute! I need one! Once I get on the other side of my own disaster — I’ll link to here if that’s okay!


    Comment by ideagirl — January 8, 2007 @ 12:56 pm |Reply

  2. I read about your disaster!! I’m so sorry! At least someday it will just be a funny story.

    And I would love that. Please send pix if you make one.

    Comment by HB — January 12, 2007 @ 5:38 pm |Reply

  3. Hah! Yeah — my dog’s tail is almost sheared off. The poor thing! She keeps licking it wherever I am — slirk, blurp, glop. It’s disgusting! And thanks for the complimentos — I’m so flattered! (Extra flattered when you have such an awesome site — more motivation for me!)

    And…how the fark did you get that email to work? I have SO much to learn. THANK YOU Thank you thank you!


    Comment by ideagirl — January 12, 2007 @ 5:54 pm |Reply

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    Comment by marieann — January 12, 2007 @ 6:06 pm |Reply

  6. Aaannddd…consider yourselves linked! THANKS!

    Comment by ideagirl — January 12, 2007 @ 6:11 pm |Reply

  7. know you have to reveal WHO the celebrity was. And then that gives away your age! I used to *lurve* Sean Cassidy..and if pressed…can still sing one of his songs. (and yes, I’m deeply embarrassed about that! :O)

    Comment by ideagirl — January 12, 2007 @ 6:33 pm |Reply

  8. thank you for the pattern. I could buy a cover but what fun is that! I work in a stressful place and sewing helps with the tension relief and creative need.

    Comment by karen — April 13, 2007 @ 10:30 pm |Reply

  9. Sweet post.
    I am sure you’ll like my site..

    Comment by Be a Good Daughter — October 18, 2007 @ 6:16 pm |Reply

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    Comment by Buy Sewing Supplies — May 17, 2009 @ 4:05 am |Reply

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    Comment by PsyMonk — December 27, 2009 @ 3:51 pm |Reply

  14. Great guide, I appreciate it!

    Comment by Sewing Supplies — November 7, 2010 @ 1:49 am |Reply

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