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Tutorial: Charlotte’s reversible sewing machine cover

This week, Charlotte of Displacement Activity is here to show you how to give your sewing machine a little love with this pretty patchwork sewing machine cover! Read on to learn how to measure your machine to create a perfect fit and customise your cover with your favourite patchwork blocks With a cover this eye-catching, perhaps your family won’t mind when you leave it on the table all the time! Thank you, Charlotte!


My sewing machine came with a very uninspiring vinyl cover, which is practical but utterly depressing. This tutorial can be used to make a cover that either fits directly over your sewing machine or over the vinyl cover, whichever you prefer.


You will need:

To make the cover:

1. Measure your machine. You need to take three measurements: the circumference of the machine base; the height of the machine (from the table, all the way over the top and down to the table on the other side); and the depth of the machine. I measured over my vinyl cover, because I wanted to make a fabric cover to go over the top.


2. Once you have your measurements you can use them to calculate the size of your outer and lining panels. To find the width required divide the circumference by 2 and then add 1” for seam allowance (0.5” on each side). For my cover, the panel needs to be (53/2) + 1 = 27.5” wide. The length of your panel is simply the height of the machine (so 37” in my case).

3. Sew your two patchwork blocks together to make a 6 x 12” panel, then add borders of your outer fabric to the required width (27.5” in my case). Add a 4” wide strip to the bottom edge.

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4. Sew a piece of outer fabric to the top edge of the patchwork panel to make it up to the required size (27.5 x 37” for mine). Either baste to regular batting (if you want to quilt it) or use fusible fleece. I wanted mine to took puffy, so I used batting and quilted in straight lines 1” apart.

5. Fold in half right sides together, lining up the short edges. Pin and stitch the side seams with a 0.5” seam allowance.

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6. Flatten and box the corners. This is where you need your depth measurement. Measure a line as long as the depth (mine was 7”) and sew along it, then trim away the excess fabric.

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7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the lining fabric, using the same measurements as you did for the outer piece.

8. Place the lining inside the outer, wrong sides together. Make sure that the corners and seams match up and baste around the opening with a 1/8” seam allowance.


9. Cut two 2.25” by w.o.f. strips for binding, join them together, then fold in half lengthways, wrong sides together.


10. Attach the binding to the edge of the cover with a 1/4” seam allowance. Press then stitch in the ditch to catch the binding on the wrong side.

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11. Place over your machine and be inspired by the gorgeousness!

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Oh, and did I mention it’s reversible?


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