I saw this sewing machine cover at Bloom and Blossom and fell. in. love. I was drooling over the beautiful details!
A light blue chambray-type fabric for the main pieces...
All pieces cut. I started sewing with the patchwork section. I arranged the strips in the order I wanted and then started by sewing the first two, right sides together, at 1/4". I had several sets of strips, so I ran them through assembly style, not clipping the threads yet. Like sausage links...
Then, one at a time, I opened them up and sewed on the next in line. Keep on going this way, adding one strip at a time. It will get wider and wider.
Now trim them apart.
So this is the section for the front and top, and I just trimmed it to size like any other solid piece of fabric and sewed it into the front/top sections like so...
**A note here - by the time this thing was finished, I had taken this from four rows of squares down to three. However, I then had to slit the side pieces and insert a triangle to make the base wide enough. First it was too big, and then it was too small. An enigma. And a hassle. So I don't know...maybe just keep these proportions, or if you prefer the row of three, then add enough to that solid left side front piece to make up for it.
I pieced the front and top sections together, then sewed on the back and sides. The corners were tricky. I think maybe making the side pieces have a curve at the top would have been easier.
Then to the details! I added a red grosgrain ribbon down the left side of the patchworked section. And cut some fabric circles out of my scraps and leftover patchworked pieces to make a fabric flower.
As a template for the stitched word, I chose a script font on my word processor and made it large. Then I "selected" it so that it was in a black box.
Then I slipped my sewing machine cover over the top of my laptop screen and traced the word lightly onto the fabric. This probably isn't how the pros do it, but it worked for me. I used a ball point pen so I could press as lightly as possible and still have it show up....in hindsight, a pen is maybe not a good choice, because some of the lines were hard to get covered up with stitching. But, you don't want to have to push hard while tracing, because, well, you shouldn't be using your laptop screen as a writing surface, right? Ha!
To make the fabric flower, I folded all the circle layers in half together and sewed a few stitches through the backside. Then folded it in half the other direction and did the same. Then sewed it onto the cover with a button in the center (you can see my finished machine stitched word in this pic, too, with a big loopy tail coming off the end).
To sew the lining on, I slipped the lining inside the cover, right sides together, and pinned around the edge.
The sides have a triangle strip of patchwork, too (not in the plan). And it wraps from the front up over the top of the machine.
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