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{DIY sewing machine cover}

{DIY sewing machine cover}


I’ve been sewing quite a bit lately and have kept my sewing machine out in the open, so I don’t have to pack and unpack every time I want to use it. My sewing machine came with a plastic dust cover — pretty nifty if you ask me. ;) But my sewing machine also has a few miles on the clock and the plastic cover shows. It is ripped, brittle and stained and just screamed for a replacement. So, what’s better than using your sewing machine to make a new dress for it?


What you’ll need:

  • fabric
  • sewing machine and thread
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • optional: crocheted lace or other accessories
  • another option: iron-on batting (to stiffen the fabric)


{DIY sewing machine cover}

How to:

Download the tutorial as a PDF here.


Download the tutorial as a PDF here.


Download the tutorial as a PDF here.


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    Wednesday September 7th, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    My mom made me one of these for Christmas last year and I LOVE it! :o)

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    Thursday September 8th, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    That looks so cute! I replaced my sewing machine cover a few months ago but totally cheated with making it–I cut up what remained of the original plastic one and used it as a pattern!

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    Maria Rose
    Thursday September 8th, 2011 at 01:47 AM

    Adorable. I have been meaning to make one for my sewing machine, Ella Stitchgerald.

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    Thursday September 8th, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Hi, just popped in from the Link Party at Sew Woodsy ( Haven’t visited your blog before — but I am sure I will again now!
    I love this project. My niece was recently given a machine for her birthday. It does have a cover, but that’s plastic and boring… this would be a nice present for her, if I can get hold of the measurements and make it before Christmas. Thank you for sharing!

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    Thursday September 8th, 2011 at 02:38 PM

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 2 post on Sep. 08, 2011. Thanks again.

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    Katherines Corner
    Thursday September 8th, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    lovely, thank you. xo Katherine
    P.S. new giveaway started today

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    Friday September 9th, 2011 at 02:42 PM

    This is on my to-make list since I re-did my craft area… which it in the dining room. :P

    My plastic cover is still in good shape, but something more personal is certainly in order. Thanks for sharing your version at Freestyle Friday, it turned out so pretty, and your how-to is really clear! What program did you use for your tutorial? I just love how professional it looks!


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    Sunday September 11th, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Thanks for the great tutorial. My machine is badly in need of a cover, so I’ve added this to my To Do list.

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    Brave Brooke
    Monday September 12th, 2011 at 04:04 AM

    I would love to make one of these when I have a little time on my hands!

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    Monday September 12th, 2011 at 04:19 AM

    Wow! Love the details of this tutorial…I feel I could do this…and I should make a cover for my machine…I’m sure the dust is not good for my machine.

    Also, I would like to personally invite you to our new Rockin’ link party every Friday at RoCa and Company. Come and show off this super cute and well detailed tutorial…seriously…stop by this coming Friday. Hope to see you there…

    Remember…YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @
    RoCa and Company

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    Yvonne Höltgen
    Monday September 12th, 2011 at 01:24 PM

    This is such a beautiful cover. Love the lace.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

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    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    Monday September 12th, 2011 at 02:10 PM

    I was just thinking I should make one of these for myself, Vanessa! I’ll be able to leave my sewing machine out once we’ve moved and I was thinking a fabric cover would be a great idea. Just wasn’t sure how I was going to make one up. I’ve got plenty of fabric, so that won’t be the issue. : ) Thanks for the instructions!

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    Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva
    Tuesday September 13th, 2011 at 02:51 PM

    That looks ‘sew’ easy. Your cover came out beautiful. Visiting from Get Your Craft On.
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

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    Tuesday September 13th, 2011 at 03:07 PM

    What a great project! And your directions are so easy to follow. I’ve started up a new linky party on Mondays over at I hope you’ll stop by next week and share this~

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    Wednesday September 14th, 2011 at 06:42 PM

    Great tutorial, reminds me of just one more project I need to do! Thanks for preparing and sharing this tute.

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    Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life
    Thursday September 15th, 2011 at 01:46 AM

    I don’t even have a sad plastic cover for mine, so it’s getting very dusty. I’ve been planning to make a cover for a while. Thanks for the tute!

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    Sunday September 18th, 2011 at 02:43 AM

    Awesome-thanks for the pattern!

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    Sunday September 18th, 2011 at 01:07 PM

    Love it! So much prettier than the hard cover~ Thanks so much for sharing the pdf and the inspiration with the Pink Hippo Party.. can’t wait to see what you share next!

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    Erin of
    Monday September 19th, 2011 at 03:30 AM

    Your tutorials are always so amazing, Vanessa! Thanks for sharing another awesome post at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I love this sewing machine cover!

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    Wednesday September 21st, 2011 at 07:59 AM

    I have been planning to make a cover for a soon. And your directions are so easy to follow. Always so amazing, Vanessa! Currently I have very loose plastic cover of sewing machine.

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    Saturday February 13th, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Tqvm. My machine deserves this cover.

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    Sunday February 26th, 2017 at 02:18 PM

    You give great sewing tutorials. The projects may be basic, but I for one–and I can sew a little, so I’m not starting from scratch–appreciate the visuals you include. They are very straightforward, which–again, at least for me!–helps eliminate the doubt that discourages me from starting new projects. Hmmm … were you a teacher in your past life? Whatever the case, keep up the good work, and THANK YOU!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday February 27th, 2017 at 10:02 AM

      Angela, thank you so much for your sweet comment. It’s great to hear such positive feedback on my tutorials. :)
      I hope you’re having a fantastic start into a wonderful week!
      XO’s from Germany,

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