HOW TO MAKE… A PATCHWORK SEWING MACHINE COVER
Kona cotton fabric in Lemon (yellow), Navy (navy), Sage (teal), Bright Pink (magenta), Ash (grey), Peach (peach), 0.25m (¼yrd) each for the chevron front, plus 2m (2yrd) fabric of your choosing for the rest of the shell and the lining. Gold pleather or vinyl, 0.25m (¼yrd) 23cm (¼yrd) heavy sew-in"interfacing Scissors Thread Sewing machine Iron You know how much we love any excuse to pretty up an otherwise-practical object? When we saw Mandy Pellegrin had created a pretty awesome chevron tote (find the tutorial on her blog), we asked her to create us this exclusive sewing machine cover featuring the same striking chevron stripes. You're welcome.
Matching the fabric strips can be a little bit fiddly, so keep your seam allowances consistent throughout. Keeping the seams ending at a consistent length from the edges (we’ve suggested 1.5cm ( ")) is key to keeping corners sharp, too. Finally, don’t skip pressing the seams. It may feel tedious, but it'll be worth it for a super-neat finish.
01 First measure your sewing
machine in order to determine your fabric cuts. Measure the height, width and depth to
work out the dimensions for the front/back, sides and top. Also note the position of the handle, including its width and thickness, and its distance from each of the machine’s edges.
02 Based on your sewing machine’s measurements, cut
your fabric, adding 2.5cm (1")
2A/2B: gold, 2A/2B: navy, 1A/1B: teal, 2A /2B: magenta, 2A/2B: grey, 1A/1B: peach, 2A/2B: yellow, 2A/2B: grey, 1A/1B: teal, 1A/1B: gold, 2A/2B: magenta, 2A/2B: peach, 2A /2B: navy, 1A/1B: teal.
04 Sew the strip of As and Bs together, ensuring that the seams from the previous step align along your new seam. Press. 05 Trim the chevron panel to the
same dimensions as the front/
06 Create the top panel by sewing the two middle pieces to one of the side pieces, RS together. End the seam 1.5cm (½") from the edge
(15"), add width accordingly to the templates. If your machine is taller than 30.5cm (12"), add additional strips accordingly. The top panel comprises of
four pieces – two side pieces, and!two middle pieces to surround the handle opening. Use the
measurements from step 1 to determine the size of each of these pieces, adding 2.5cm (1") for seam
allowances. Cut one of each piece from the shell and lining fabric.
03 Right sides (RS) together, sew all the A chevron template pieces and all the B pieces together in the
following order: 2A/2B: yellow, to each dimension to account for seam allowances. You’ll need the following cuts and counts:
Front/back panels: 1 shell, 2 lining, 1 heavy sew-in interfacing.
Side panels: 2 shell, 2 lining. For the chevron front shell panel, cut the following pieces:
Template 1A: 3 teal, 1 peach,
Template 1B: 2 yellow, 1 gold, 2 navy, 2 magenta, 2 grey.
Template 2A: 3 teal, 1 peach,
Template 2B: 2 yellow, 1 gold, 2 navy, 2 magenta, 2 grey. If your machine is wider than 38cm