How to Make a Sewing Machine Cover

A sewing machine cover has been on my to-do list for quite some time now and since I’ve been working on re-doing my sewing space I thought it was prime time to finally make one. It was surprising easily. Here’s how I did it:
#1. Trace your sewing machine. I just laid mine down right on the floor and traced around it using a marker and some wrapping paper. (*Note: You can see that when I traced I left a generous 1 inch allowance on all sides just to make sure it would be big enough even after the seams were sewn.)

#2. Measure the depth of your machine and add half an inch.. Then measure your machine from the base/bottom of the left side, up over and across the top, and down to the base/bottom of the right side and add a good 2 to 3 inches (just to be sure your piece will be long enough). My measurements ended up being 7″ deep and 34 and 1/2″ from the base to base (going up over the top).

#3. Using a heavy canvass I cut 2 flat pieces from the pattern I traced and 1 piece matching the width and depth measurement I had taken. Next I cut the same number of pieces out of felt. (I chose a soft fluffy felt to line the cover with.)

#4. ***OPTIONAL****I added a strip of my favorite sewing fabric along with some ribbon onto the front panel of my cover. I just wanted it to have a little decoration but it’s totally unnecessary.
#5. Pin each canvass piece to it’s matching flannel/lining piece.

#6. Begin sewing. ( I sewed my pieces wrong sides together because I wanted a work in progress kind of look with the raw edges but you can easily sew it with right sides together for a more finished, clean looking machine cover.) I started by sewing the bottom right hand corner of the cover to the long strip….sewing a long seam up and over the top and finishing at the left hand corner. When I was finished I repeated the same process this time with the back panel of the cover.

#7. Now your cover is completely assembled. To finish it off I ran a stitch around the entire bottom of my cover about 1/2 in from the raw edge bottom. (Note: Before you stitch around the bottom edge try your cover on your machine just to make sure you don’t have to trim anything off of the bottom. Since you hand drew the pattern this may be the case AND you may have had a little extra of the long strip hanging over on one side—if so trim that up nicely as well.)
#8. ***OPTIONAL***Since I’m fussy and can’t leave anything well enough alone I hot glued a ribbon on the front of the cover when I was done. I liked the idea of mixing different fibers with the canvass, felt, cotton and ribbon along with the raw and polished edges.

Done and done. Really, what a simple project. I should have made one of these forever ago.( I like it much better than the cheesy plasticy cover my machine came with.) So go and cover those naked machines of yours. Winter is coming. Don’t leave them out in the cold! It will only take a few minutes and you’ll be glad you did it when your done.
Simple Simon & Cosewing machine cover
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  1. Sherri Noyes says

    This is so cute! I made a cover for my machine a few years back and let me just say, as a person who is NOT very good at working said machine, it WAS really easy! My cover is no where near as pretty as this one! I may have to make another!!!!

  2. Lisa Mittleman says

    what a cute sewing machine cover! this is on my list to do as well!

    i have to ask….where did you find that ADORABLE fabric? it is just PERFECT for this project!


    p.s. I just found your blog…and can’t wait to see what else you’re up to!

  3. says

    Hi! Just found this via pinterest – do you have any tips for adding a hole at the top for the handle? I think it might be helpful if you are ever toting your machine around for classes or sewing parties :) Thanks!