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Sewing Machine Cover - Pictures and Blog By Kayleigh

I always have trouble with my sewing machine collecting dust, so I decided to make a sewing machine cover out of old jeans. It has been extremely effective and now I don’t have to wipe the machine down every time I want to use it.

The idea came from a book called ‘Get the most from your Sewing Machine’ by Marion Elliot. She called the project ‘Mean Jean Machine’, after reading it I decided to alter the design for my needs. I also managed to reduce the required equipment.  

I used:



3 Pairs of Old Jeans (the bigger the better)

2 Pockets (I took them from the back of a pair of jeans)

Ribbon (optional)

2 Beads (optional)

2 Buttons (optional)

6 Sequins (optional)

2 Long pieces of scrap material (optional)

Measuring Tape

Dressmaking Pins

A Marker Pen

Tailors Chalk (optional)

A heavy duty (denim) needle

(And of course) a Sewing Machine

First: Decorate the pockets (I did this at the end but it is easier to start here). I also repeated these steps on the second pocket to make them identical. (Note:- I hand stitched the decorations but you can use a sewing machine)  

I started by cutting a length of ribbon and turning it into a bow, and then stitched it to the centre of the top of the pocket.

Next I stitched a button on top of the knot in the ribbon.

Then I decided to stitch 2 beads at the bottom corners of the pocket (I took the beads from an old children’s jewellery making set. (I knew it would come in handy one day!)

After that I thought it needed a little sparkle, (I love sparkly things!) so I added three sequins around the bottom of the button.

Second: I measured the sewing machine. Don’t forget to leave a seam allowance (I usually use 1 or 2 centimetres).   

I measured the highest and widest points of the front (for the front panel).

Then measure the highest and widest points of the back (only if the front and back are different sizes, but you should be able to use the front measurements).

Next I measured the top across the longest and widest points.

Finally, I measured the remaining sides highest and widest points. (You should be able to use the measurements from the left side for the right panel too, unless they are different shapes.)      

Measuring like this will give you a basic rectangle cover but you can alter the sizes to be a different shape (as long as the sizes will come out bigger than the machine, if they don’t the cover will be too small).

Third: Now you can create a paper pattern with your measurements or use something like tailors chalk to draw straight onto the material. (I would suggest either using a seam ripper or scissors to pull apart the inner leg of the jeans to give you more space to work with.)

Once you have drawn the measurements or cut out the pattern you can cut out the jeans (take it one piece at a time, it’s much easier than trying to draw them all at once).

Fourth: I Machine stitched the pockets (but you can hand sew if you find it easier) to the front panel (although you can put them wherever you want to).

Fifth: Lay the front piece down and place the left side piece on top, right sides together, and pin in place. Stitch down the right hand side of the material.

Sixth: Lay the right side piece down on top of the front piece with right sides together, and pin in place. Stitch down the left side of the material.

Seventh: Fold the top panel in half lengthways. Open it out and draw a 2cm wide rectangle on the wrong side, long enough and in the right place for your sewing machine handle. (If you do not have a handle then you do not need to do this.)

Eighth: Draw two triangles one at either end of the inside of the rectangle (the triangles do not need to be huge; they are only to help fold the edges inward). Then draw a line connecting the points of the triangles.

Ninth: Cut along the triangle lines and the line across the centre (DO NOT CUT THE RECTANGLE SURROUNDING THEM).

Tenth: Press all the edges (the 2 triangles and 2 rectangles) underneath the fabric (to the wrong side) and stitch them to the inside.

Eleventh: Pin the top panel to the front and sides (with right sides facing). Next stitch them all together.

Twelfth: Pin the back panel to the top and sides (with right sides facing). Stitch them all together.

Thirteenth: Box the corners (or leave them pointed) then press seam open.

Fourteenth: Cut two 12cm wide pieces of scrap material the same lengths as the front and back pieces. Then cut two more for the sides.

Fifteenth: Fold over 1cm of the top of a strip, and then pin to the front panel with the fold pressed to the cover. Repeat with the other strips on the other sides. (You can stitch here and just add a hem to the bottom or follow the next step.)

Sixteenth: Fold the bottom of the strips inward fold 1cm and pin to the inside of the cover in the same place. Now stitch along that fold (if it has been folded right it should stitch both sides in place).

Seventeenth: Now the strips need to be stitched together. Slot one inside the other, fold the edges of the outer strips inward then stitch down the fold to hold it in place. Repeat for the other strips.

! Finished !

I hope you enjoyed making this project as much as I did. I would love to see your creations.

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