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Elegant Sewing Machine Cover

written by Sarah March 9, 2013

I’ve seen tons of beautiful sewing machine covers online. I’ve always wanted to make one, but inspiration never hit – until this week. For me, the purpose of a sewing machine cover isn’t just about protecting it from dust. It was about creating something inspiring. A design that represented why I love to sew and encourages me to continue sewing what I love. Most of us have a personal connection with our machines, after all they allow us to express our creativity. So, if you don’t already have a cover you absolutely love, I encourage you to take the time to delve into your artistic side and make a cover that represents you. I would be honored to see the covers you’ve made!


Have you ever just had a fabric combination pop in your head randomly and thought, “why didn’t I ever think of this before?” I was listening to Mumford and Sons “The Enemy” when this design just materialized in mind.  Then, of course, I had to listen to their albums over and over and over again while working out the specifics. Now I have a great machine cover and know all the words to Babel. Yesssss. Thanks, Mumfords and Sons!


1/4 yard of pearlescent fabric

1/4 yard of beaded tulle

1/8 yard of sari fabric (I don’t really know if this is ‘sari fabric’, I just call it that  because that’s what I thought of when I first bought it)

1/8 yard of batting

1 1/4 yard of muslin

^the above measurements may differ depending on your machine measurements

Measuring tape

Scissors or rotary mat and cutter


Metallic thread

Variegated thread

All purpose thread

Metallic needle

Universal needle

Serger (or overcast foot)

Walking foot

Basting Spray

Zigzag or Satin Stitch Foot

Quilting guide bar


Seam ripper

Step 1 – Measuring

Measure the height, width, and depth of your sewing machine. Make sure to include the protrusion of the hand wheel, bobbin winder, and any other part that extends outward. I have a Brother LB 6800; my machine measurements are11 1/4 X 14 3/4 X 7 1/4 . That being said, I did slightly ‘over’ measure, just in case.

Now add 1 inch to your measurements to account for a 1/2 inch seam allowance. So, mine are 12 1/4 X 14 3/4 X 7 1/4.

Step 2 – Muslin Underlining

Cut 2 rectangles to the height and width of your machine from the muslin fabric.

Cut 1 long strip to the depth of your machine and to the height x 2 + width.


Baste the Muslin pieces together to make the mock-up of your machine cover. If everything fits perfectly, congrats! You are ready to take out the basting stitches and use the muslin as your pattern.

step 2

I had to take 3 1/2 inches off the strip and increase my seam allowance to 3/4 inches for the ideal fit.

Step 2 – Making the Quilted Center Strip

Use the muslin pattern piece to cut another strip from the sari fabric. Use basting spray to secure the sari strip to a strip of slightly larger batting.

step 3

Install your walking foot, quilting bar, metallic thread, and metallic needle. Quilt diagonal lines in between the sari print. Cross back over the first diagonal lines. I increase my stitch length to a 5.0 for a bolder stitch.

step 4

step 5

Turn the end of the muslin strip and the quilted strip under 1/2 an inch and sew wrong sides together.


Step 3 – Cutting and Hemming the Green pearlescent Fabric

Cut 2 rectangles from the green pearlescent fabric. Use your muslin rectangles as a pattern.

step 6

Turn just the bottom edge of the green and muslin under 1/2 inch and sew.

step 8

Step 4 – Layer the Green and Muslin

With wrong sides together, layer the 1 green and 1 muslin rectangles together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam. Make sure both hemmed sides are sewn together. Repeat with the remaining green and muslin rectangles.

step 7

Step 5 – Layer the Beaded Tulle

Cut 2 rectangles from the beaded tulle using the muslin/pearlescent rectangle as a pattern. The beaded tulle rectangle is different measurement that the other rectangles because the scalloped edge will act as the hem.

step 10a

Overlay on to the right side of the pearlescent/muslin rectangle. Pin and sew using a 1/4 inch seam. Because the tulle is beaded, you’ll have to remove beads as they come in the way of the needle.


Step 6 – Putting it all together

Put the cover back together as you did in step 2. To go around corners, snip into the seam allowance 1/2 an inch from the turning point.





Step 7 – Finishing the Inside

Using either a serger or overcast stitch, finish the inside raw edge.


Viola! Brand new sewing machine cover. And a nice little piece of art for your sewing area.


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Veronica September 30, 2016 at 7:39 am

Hi Sarah, thank you for sharing the process of making a sewing machine cover. Can I make a cover for my body pillow in that way?

Sarah October 3, 2016 at 7:44 am

Hi Veronica! I don’t see why not – go for it!

Anna June 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

Really helpful, thank you! This has really helped me, as a beginner, to improve my early projects.

Ellen June 6, 2016 at 8:34 am

You’re welcome, Anna!

best sewing machines for beginners March 29, 2016 at 11:28 am

Love the SEWING MACHINE COVER, thanks for sharing

vic March 19, 2016 at 1:12 am

I love it! thank you for sharing..

Lisa W. Degregorio October 15, 2015 at 10:17 pm

Great idea. Do you have a tutorial how to use it? Thank you!

Bill Smith March 13, 2015 at 5:29 am

I have a plastic one for now and I am not a fan. I really appreciate this tutorial. Will start working on mine asap!

Ame July 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Now that’s how to cover your machine or anything lying around the house. Exquisite.

Sarah July 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Thank you so much, Ame!

kathleen May 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

Hi Sara loved your sewing machine cover pattern. I was just thinking the other day that
I needed to replace my old plastic cover and here pops up your pattern. Thank you for taking the time to make such clear and concise instructions.

Sarah May 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

My pleasure! I’m so glad you like it!

zella May 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

Wow its easy to follow. Is it okay to use other materials and fabric? Thanks!!

Sarah May 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Glad you enjoyed! I love mixing and matching different fabric types – always fun to experiment!

Lisa May 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

I love it! What is the quilting bar? Do you have a tutorial how to use it? 😀 Thanks!

Sarah May 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Hi Lisa! Yup, we sure do have a tutorial using the quilting bar. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ct3G0Nh-pw

debby swihart October 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Thank you for this tip, but I don’t know how to put in my darning foot on my singer and there is nothing in the book that comes with it. Can you help me?

Thank you,
Debby Swihart

Sarah October 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Hi Ms. Debby! If you watch this video, we show how to install a Darning- which is the same foot used for embroidery. If you fast forward to 1:20, it shows how to install the foot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFgbsZZIbhE

Juanita Stone May 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Love this. Not my choice of fabric but a great pattern. I don’t have a cover for my machine and I am constantly having to clean it. Great idea and pattern. Thanks!!!

Dianne Bjork May 23, 2013 at 11:13 am

I am so excited to find your pattern. I have a very old peddle pusher sewing machine at least 100 years old. I can finally cover it. Thank you so much. It is a wonderful thing!!!

Juanita in Ohio April 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Fabulous instructions and I LOVE your fabric choices! Thanks soooooooooooo much for sharing your talent with us.

Melanie April 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Thank you very much for your great ideas. As for this particular one, the idea is good, but I think I would use one fabric or the other; these two don’t look right together; they cancel out each other. Just make something else with the other fabric.

lori April 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Thanks a bunch, I needed to get inspired to make something for ME, for a change…..have a couple websites and sell items to others. Never seem to get around to making myself things or altering stuff…..thanks again!!! You made it look sooo easy ).

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Elizabeth March 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Thank you for this pattern, really hate that plastic thing I have now. I’ll make one ASAP. Perhaps one for my mixer as well.

Kathy March 24, 2013 at 1:21 am

I LOVE this sewing machine cover. I’ve been going to make one but just one out of regular leftover material but I LOVE this one so I will be making something similar. Thank you for your tutorial!

Sandra March 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Thanks so much for the tutorial. Love the way it looks – the fabric is quite lovely!

mary redmon March 23, 2013 at 3:45 am

thanks , great idea i will make my sewing macine covers this weekend. your fight it really a nesssity to keeping the dust fron my sewing machines . then i can take off the bobbin plate clean and cover untill next use . i have a serger , a embroidery machine a coulpe of antique machines and a couple more

Elizabeth March 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I love hearing from you with these help and ideas please keep passing them to me. Well done with the Sewing machine cover.

Sarah March 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Hi Elizabeth-
Thank you! We’ll definitely keep them coming!

Jill Keiser September 4, 2014 at 7:15 am

I just inherited a cool sewing machine that needs a cover. I will use your wonderful pattern and visuals! Thanks


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