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Patchwork Sewing Machine Cover

Some sewing machines come with an ugly dust-cover, some come with none at all. Either way, this has to change. There’s nothing more infuriating than wanting to star a project with a dusty machine, so here’s how to make a beautiful cover yourself, that will fit your aesthetic and sewing room decor.

To create a pattern, you can use the cover your machine came with (if it had one), or use the template from our Template Library.

Or, if you want to draft your own, the whole process is shown in the video below.

Let’s Start Sewing!

Cut out your fabric pieces. Depending on the patchwork you want to create, you can cut your pattern apart, but remember to add back seam allowance where you cut. The pattern from our Template Library has 1cm SA included.

For my sewing machine cover I used the Simplicity “All Dressed Up” Fabrics, that look sooo cute on my sewing machine.

Sew your patchwork together until you get one complete front and back piece. If you want to add pockets, now is the time to sew them on.

Then sew the two pieces together at the “shoulder seams” of the cover and at the side seams. Close the “corner seam” running horizontally across the narrow side of your machine, and hem your cover along the bottom edge. Done!

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So I’ve put together a list of the best websites for crafting webinars, with courses from sewing and knitting to painting, baking and photography.

When we think online courses, a lot of us will think Udemy or Skillshare. But there are tons of lesser known platforms with an amazing array of creative courses out there.

Craftsy

Craftsy offers affordable courses for everything from photography to crochet and embroidery, and every course is professionally produced, which means the quality is top-notch.

Psst: you can save 65% on all classes with code THANKYOU65 !

Domestika

Domestika is a bit similar to Craftsy, their courses covering almost every creative topic I can think of, even graphic design.

Again, their courses have amazing quality, however, most of them are in Spanish. Not to worry, they have subtitles, but it might not be for everyone. If you’re like me though, trying to learn Spanish from home, their courses may be just the thing!

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Here’s a little size guide (please note: 0.5cm seam allowance on each long side and 1.5 cm S.A on the short sides is already included)

  • Small: 25 x 10 cm (i.e. use for jewelry or hairpins)
  • Sunglasses case: 36 x 10 cm
  • Large: 25 x 60 cm
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