Undercover: Sewing Machine Covers

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Is your girl an undercover agent?  What I mean is do you like to use sewing machine covers?

Whether you sew every day or only once a month, it’s important to keep your sewing machine covered when you’re not using it. Covering your sewing machine prevents dirt, dust, and pet hair from getting inside the gears, which will greatly extend the life of your machine. Not only that, it keeps your sewing space more organized and even if you sew in a public room of your house, a nice cover hides your machine away when company comes to visit.

Sewing machine covers protect your machine from dirt and dust.  Check out these easy to make covers and personalize your space.  The Sewing Loft

Some sewing machines come with a cover – either a hard plastic case or a vinyl type of soft cover. Whether your machine came with that option or not, who can resist the urge to DIY a cover for the machine that helps you create so many other fabulous sewing projects? I know I can’t! So today, I’ve got a round-up for you: tutorials for making your own sewing machine covers. (This was inspired by a fun conversation we had in The Sewing Loft Facebook community – come join us there and please share photos!)

 Inspiration for Sewing Machine Covers

 

Sew Delicious has a tutorial for a quilted sewing machine cover – what a great way to bust through your scrap stash while covering your machine at the same time! Imagine how adorable this would be with fussy cuts of craft-inspired fabric prints!

Easy Sewing Machine Covers to keep your machine clean.

This reversible sewing machine cover from The Stay-at-Home Artist is perfect for the times when you like to change your mind. Whenever you get bored with one side, just flip it around! This simple design is ideal for even a very beginning sewist, so if you just got your first machine, you can still protect it in style!

Easy Sewing Machine Covers to keep your machine clean.

Confession time: have you named your sewing machine and (mentally) given her a personality? If she’s a particularly feminine type of gal, maybe she’d prefer to wear a skirt! Check out this skirted machine cover from Sew 4 Home; perfect for a ladylike machine.

Easy Sewing Machine Covers to keep your machine clean.

If your sewing machine has an extender table and you don’t want to remove it every time you stop sewing, this tutorial from Life After Laundry is just what you need. Use charm squares or scraps from your stash to make a cover that takes your table into account!

Easy Sewing Machine Covers to keep your machine clean.

This tutorial from Even Artichokes Have Hearts is a little bit more complicated, but I think you’ll agree that the end result is stunning! Clean lines, piping, pockets, and a hole for the handle to fit through the top make this a winning combination for a more advanced seamstress.

Easy Sewing Machine Covers to keep your machine clean.

Though it may seem silly, sometimes you just aren’t in the mood to sew, even though there’s a project you want to make. Enter I Heart Naptime to the rescue – she’s got a tutorial for a sewing machine cover that’s actually no-sew!

Easy Sewing Machine Covers to keep your machine clean.

A sewing machine cover can be a great project for practicing new skills, too! Have you been wanting to brush up on the Quilt-As-You-Go method of quilting? This tutorial from KD Quilts has you covered!

Sewing machine covers protect your machine from dirt and dust.  Check out these easy to make covers and personalize your space.

This tutorial from Quilty Creations incorporates space for your sewing machine handle so you can take it on the go and keep it covered up. Plus, just look at the adorable sewing-themed fabric she used to give this project the perfect finishing touch.

Sewing machine covers protect your machine from dirt and dust.  Check out these easy to make covers and personalize your space.

This tutorial has a great graphic to help you put your pieces together, and the gingham sample cover is too sweet!

Sewing machine covers protect your machine from dirt and dust.  Check out these easy to make covers and personalize your space.

A sewing machine cover that doubles as a holder for your sewing snips? Perfect! This adorable button-filled version is just the thing for keeping your machine covered yet accessible in a moment of DIY inspiration.

Sewing machine covers protect your machine from dirt and dust.  Check out these easy to make covers and personalize your space.

This reversible cover is just the thing for those times when you can’t make up your mind. Plus, the tutorial is so quick and simple that this would be the perfect handmade gift for crafty friends!

Sewing machine covers protect your machine from dirt and dust.  Check out these easy to make covers and personalize your space.

Notes from the Patch has an easy-to-follow tutorial that comes in the form of a blog post or a PDF, so you can print it or download it to your tablet before you start sewing. Plus, the pockets give you extra storage for bobbins, thread, or notions!

Easy Sewing Machine Covers to keep your machine clean.

At the moment I do not have a cover on my girl but after looking at all this crazy inspiration I think it’s time to get stitching! What about you? Do you cover your sewing machine? Tell me about it in the comments below!

UPDATE: 

My girl has a cover and yours can too with this free motion applique design!

Sewing Machine Cover Sew Along | The Sewing Loft

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ps- You might want to check out this post after you stitch together your new protective cover.  Remember, the goal is to keep your girl clean!

Keep your machine in working order with these simple steps. The Sewing Loft

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Comments

  1. Michele Timms says

    I see a few covers that are really cute!!! I do cover mine with a linen cloth that was a tabletopper of my mom’s (which was given to her from family of a dear friend who our family adored). So my cover is special in many ways and maybe that is why I haven’t made a cover and probably won’t!

  2. Hi Heather, my older machine has a cover, I made it from PJ’s strips from a pair worn by my Dad and he had an old housecoat of my Moms tucked away, so I used them for a cover….So I have a little of both of them to remember them by…..

    • Awesome! I love that it has so much meaning. We as stitchers pour so much love into our work that is so fitting to have the memories of loved ones with you. (sorry, I’m a sentimental fool!)
      ~Heather

  3. patashoo says

    Hi, Any designs for a cover for a serger? I can’t work out how to go about it!

    • That is a good idea. I will take a look around or try to make a quick one. Right now, my Imagine lives in a rolling case when not in use. I wish I had more surface space to leave her out. I think I would use it much more.
      ~Heather

  4. theopinionatedimp says

    I always seem to get machines with hard covers but looking at these I’m surprised how many have open sides. Surely dust would get in there?

    • I have had machines that came with hard covers too. Since the overall machine is covered, I believe that any cover is better than none. I really need to get on making one.

      • theopinionatedimp says

        Can’t argue with that! Just the joy of living get in a house where dust gets EVERYWHERE makes me worry ☺

  5. Chrysanthemum says

    I have a few ideas to make a cover, but with this incentive, I believe tomorrow will be the day when I actually make one… Thanks for the ideas…

  6. Oops *blush* I have to confess I never cover my machine, even though it came with a plastic cover! Am definitely going to make one of these pretty covers, then I can leave it in the front room without embarrassment! 🙂

  7. "even artichokes have hearts" says

    Thank you for featuring my sewing machine cover, and thank you especially for the kind words! There are some really amazing covers here, I may have to set about making another one now… 🙂

  8. Barbara Harris says

    Thanks so much! Yes, I always say pretty sides and ugly sides when referring to fabric. I always find it helps my beginner students understand it a little better and makes it less confusing. Glad you found me! Happy sewing!

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