Hello! I'm so excited to be back to share another tutorial. For those who don't know me, my name is Jennifer and I blog over at That Girl... That Quilt.
This is a big birthday for her because it's finally time for her learn how to sew "for real" as she says. We bought her a sewing machine of her own and of course that calls for a proper sewing machine cover. She and I will be sharing my studio space so I thought it would be helpful to give her a fun way to keep her little notions in one spot. If you know me, you know that I love pockets so of course it's fitting that her cover have some pockets!
Want to make one for a special quilter, seamstress, etc in your life? Well let's get to it because we only have 12 days left!
Here's what you need:
3/4 yard of linen or fabric of your choice
scraps for your houses & pincushion
poly stuffing for your tiny pincushion
1" square of sew on velcro
thread and other notions
Measure your machine or find the dimensions for the machine you are making this cover for. The measurements here will fit a machine that measures 14" x 10" x 5" and a little larger. The ties will allow for you some wiggle room... :)
Use a 1/4" seam allowance for piecing your houses and the outside of the cover. Use a 1/2" seam allowance for stitching the cover and lining together.
Make your 2 flying geese units to measure finished 6" x 3". I used my Accuquilt Go! to make mine but if you need one, here's a good tutorial with two methods.
Cut your pieces for the body of the house. One will measure 4" x 5" and the other will measure 4" x 7".
Stitch your flying geese units to the tops of your houses.
Cut a piece that measures 3.5" x 6.5" to sew to the top of your short house unit. This will make both house units the same size. Go ahead and stitch this piece to the top of your short house. You will probably need to square up a bit but I allowed for a little extra because sewing with linen can get a little odd sometimes.
Stitch the two units together.
Now it's time for the fun little details!
Fold in half, right sides together and stitch around the perimeter. Make sure to leave a small opening at the bottom so you can turn the doors right side out!
Trim the corners to reduce bulk and turn.
Let's make the cute pincushion! Cut two 2 1/2" squares. Stitch the fuzzy velcro piece to the right side of one of the squares. Place the squares right sides together and stitch leaving a small opening to turn right side out.
Stuff with a little bit of poly stuffing or stuffing of your choice and blind stitch the opening closed.
Pin your ties to the right side of your cover. Measure 4" up from each side and pin. Make sure you have the strips pinned to the right side and that they are pointing to the middle of your cover.
Cut your lining piece to measure 32.5" x 16.5".
I used a zig zag stitch to topstitch around the perimeter. Use the stitch you prefer and stitch 1/8" all the way around. Trim any stray threads and we're done!