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Written by Husqvarna Viking on November 3, 2022

How to make a Sewing Machine Cover and Mat

Introduction:

Want to give your sewing machine a cute new outfit? These step-by-step instructions will teach you how to make a sewing machine cover and mat. Not only will the cover protect your sewing machine from dust, but it can also be used as a mat. The mat can prevent scratches on your sewing table and also features a handy pocket to store your sewing tools. Say goodbye to constantly losing your scissors and seam ripper under a pile of fabric!

Keep reading to learn how to make a sewing machine cover and mat.

Requirements:

Here is what you need to get started! 

  1. Outer fabric
  2. Contrast colour fabric
  3. Lining fabric
  4. Coordinating thread
  5. Hook and loop tape (20cm)
  6. Iron
  7. Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine (we used an Opal 650)
  8. Fabric marker
  9. Fusible interfacing (for packets)
  10. Pins
  11. Scissors and/or rotary cutter and mat.

Preparation:

  1. Outer layer fabric:
    1. (1) 50cm x 65cm rectangle
    2. (1) 17cm x 22cm rectangle
    3. (1) 15cm x 16.5cm rectangle
    4. (1) 17cm x 14.5cm rectangle
  2. Contrast colour fabric:
    1. (2) 12cm x 16.5cm rectangles
    2. (1) 17cm x 16.5cm rectangles
  3. Lining fabric
    1. (1) 54cm x 69cm rectangle
    2. (1) 50cm x 18.5cm rectangle
    3. (2) 17cm x 14.5cm rectangles  
  4. Fusible fleece:
    1. (1) 50cm x 65cm
  5. Mid-weight woven fusible interfacing
    1. (1) 50cm x 16.5cm
    2. (1) 15cm x 10cm

NOTE: depending on the size of your machine, you may need to make your rectangles larger. Our finished size is 65cm x 50cm.

Construction:

Want to know how to make a sewing machine cover and mat? Follow the instructions below.

Seam allowance is 1cm, unless otherwise specified.

  • Using manufacturer's instructions fuse your fusible fleece to your outer fabric (a).
  • Mark horizontal lines across this rectangle, using a gap of 3cm.
  • Top-stitch along these lines using a stitch length of 3.0.
  • Fold outer fabric (b) in half lengthways, with wrong sides facing. Press the crease and open the piece back up. Place the mid-weight woven fusible interfacing (a) to the bottom half. Using the manufacturer's instructions fuse in place. Fold fabric back down covering the mid-weight woven fusible interfacing (a).
  • Top-stitch along top (side that has the fold) of outer fabric (b).
  • Place contrast fabric  (b), right way facing up underneath outer fabric (b). Top-stitch around with a stitch length of 3.0 around the 3 outer edges of the outer fabric (b). You should now have a small pocket.
  • Pin and sew contrast fabric rectangles to either side of the pocket unit made in step 6. Press seam open.
  • Pin and sew remaining outer fabric rectangle to the right side of this unit. Press open seams. This creates your pouch component of your sewing machine cover and mat.
  • Place the pocket unit right-way up on top mid-weight woven fusible interfacing (b), using the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Place right-sides together of pocket unit and the matching lining rectangle. Pin and sew along the top. Fold over, with the lining showing on the right-side by 1cm. Press. Stitch in the ditch along the seam where the outer fabric and lining are attached.
  • Place pocket unit right way out onto outer fabric piece (a). Stitch in the ditch along each of the pocket seams.
  • Place the lining piece and the unit made above wrong sides together. Ensure there is a 2cm gap around all edges.
  •  Double fold the lining fabric in towards the outer fabric and pin. Miter your corners.

  • Stitch down around this fold, and this will create your binding.
  • Sew the remaining 4 (2 x lining and 2 x outer) small rectangles wrong sides together, leaving a small 3cm gap for turning. Top-stitch the top and bottom of these rectangles.
  • Measure in 14.5cm from the short end (where the pocket is) of the mat. Then measure in 2cm in from the sides.
  • Pin velcro with the bottom lining up to the marks you just measured. Pin the other side of the velcro to your small rectangles. Sew the velcro in place.
  • On the other side measure in 12.5cm from the bottom  and 1cm on each side. Pin and sew your rectangles right sides out.

You made it to the end! That is how to make a sewing machine cover and mat. The beauty of this project is that you can really make it your own. Choose a fabric that you love and feel free to add any finishing touches that you think will make it feel more like you.

We hope you’ve loved learning how to make a sewing machine cover and mat. If you make your own, don’t forget to post it on social media and tag @husqvarna_viking_australia on Instagram and @HusqvarnaVikingAustralia on Facebook. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Article written by Husqvarna Viking

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