My sewing machine lives on my desk next to my laptop and it is quite happy there. However I am fed up that every time I start sewing I have to dust it off, it just seems to attract dust.
|Dusty sewing machine :(|
This could be a hint that I need to clean more, however I decided I would make a cover for it instead. I found this lovely linen on fabricrehab.co.uk and decided to give it a go.
Firstly I made a practise cover from calico which I drew on and could unpick and move the seams without worrying about waste. This worked out well as I only had my sewing machine as a guide for the size. Essentually I started with two large rectangles and two thinner ones and adjusted the seams until it was a good fit.
|calico with pins.|
Then I cut the pattern fabric based on the calico cover with a seam allowance.
I had some issues with the cutting as I didn't quite have enough fabric, I had not ordered enough. Therefore one of the panels (typical that it is the front one!) is 3 sections stiched together. The square pattern on the fabric was useful for this and made the joins hander to see.
|Front panel with sections|
Next I sewed up the four side seams, ironed and sewed the hem at the bottom.
|Top section before sewing|
Now for the top. Originally I was going to sew on a fifth panel as the top piece, however once I had cut the fabric I had cut it tall enough so that I could fold over the two sides and sew in the middle to complete it. This does mean that my sewing is rather visible, but I kept it as even as possible so it should look ok.
|Cut away area for plug|
|My happy and tidy looking desk hurrah|
I'm pleased with this and my desk looks alont neater now. Hopefully my sewing machine is pleased it will no longer get covered with dust!
New skills and materials used
- Cutting fabric for a pattern. Need to take my time doing this and not rush it. The first attempt was the wrong way round.
- It is important to think hard before ordering fabric and double check measurements.
- Linen www.fabricrehab.co.uk
- Thread Gutermann green and orange