Sunday, 24 February 2013

Squares before my eyes

 

When I bought my new sewing machine in 2011 it came with a pretty boring white PVC cover.

A couple of years ago my Mam had embroidered me a lovely cover for my overlocker, and as they are both next to each other, my sewing machine looked a little sorry for itself.


Armed with my trusty lefthanded tape measure I took the sewing machines vital statistics, then with a rotary cutter, cut out loads of 2 inch squares from my stash of spare fabric.


The construction was pretty easy. I stitched together the squares to make strips long enough to wrap over the machine then after pressing the seams, stitched the strips together.


When I sandwiches the strips and the wadding together, instead of using fabric as the foundation layer, I used tissue paper. After I had finished stitching the diagonals lines the tissue paper was simply torn away. Finally the sides and top were stitched together.


The lining, from old cream sheets, was cut to size and the sides and top were stitched together. The bottom edges of both the main fabric and the lining were lined up, then leaving a gap of about six inches, I machine stitched them together.


Once the seams were pressed and the cover had been turned right side out, I hand stitched the gap.


Gertie xx

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13 comments:

  1. Very pretty, and really nice to make something practical.

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  2. This week on Handmade Monday, there seem to be so many people with great ideas for using up scraps - this is another one. Love it.

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  3. Great idea to use up your stash! I have so much stash I need to figure out something to do with it all and this is an idea. Thanks for sharing with us. :)

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  4. this is such a cute sewing machine cover! I'm tempted to make one for mine now :) x

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  5. Such a nice idea to have a cover for your machine and it looks lovely too. Hope you have a good week

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  6. I am glad that your machine is now decked out in an outfit to match its friends. I am sure that it feels much more loved ;)

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  7. I have lots of gorgeous little scraps in my stash that I couldn't part with but are lonely on their own - I think I know what I can make with them now! Thanks for sharing a great idea x

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  8. Very pretty and a perfect way to keep your sewing machine safe and cosy :)

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  9. That is brilliant. What a snazzy way to cover the machine up and a useful way to put all those small bits of fabric to good use.

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  10. My sewing machine is now glaring at me to replace her plastic frame with a beautiful collection of remnants. I feel so guilty I think it only fair to grant her wish:) Great idea, useful, and looks good too!
    Wendy x

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  11. It's a lovely cover. I wish I was smart enough to quilt! I just discovered your blog and I'm excited to make your Malt Loaf. Have a lovely week.

    Pat

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  12. Gorgeous, wish I could quilt.. the square just never match up!!!

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  13. That's a great cover - I feel sorry for my poor machines now as neither has a patchwork cover and I make patchwork in lots of other things!

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