Make a very easy to sew Sewing Machine Cover

How to sew an easy Sewing Machine Cover to keep dust from settling and damaging the machine.

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Sewing Machine Cover is not an option, but a necessity for a lot of us who own sewing machines.

It is a must have if you want your sewing machine to work smoothly for a long time without any hitches – especially if you live in a place with so much dust that you can visibly see the dust settling on all the appliances within a day of dusting and cleaning. Even a good sewing machine maintenance regimen is not going to save your sewing machine from dying a slow death because of all the dust build up inside – they will somehow get inside and clog everything.

When I bought my new sewing machine, I got a thin cheap looking plastic sewing machine cover. I have some nice fabric in my cupboard. In fact, lots and lots. So I thought I will make a better cover.

Here is a tutorial to make an easy sewing machine cover with a single piece of such a pretty fabric, maybe to match your room decor or just to show off your fabric. 

How to make the Sewing machine cover

Prewash the fabric you mean to make the sewing machine cover with. Because you will be washing the sewing machine cover somewhere in the future (a very near future if your place is like mine and is a dust magnet), prewash the fabric – otherwise the cover will shrink after drying and maybe it will not fit your machine anymore.

Cut a fabric piece that measures 24″ wide X 31″ long. You can use a thick upholstery fabric for making this or use quilted fabric. Just remember that whatever fabric you use, you need some structure. 

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If you are using a printed fabric and you are particular about the direction of the print you will have to join two fabric pieces to make sure that the print looks the way you want. 

If you have plain fabric and want to jazz up your sewing machine cover you can do so with some embroidery designs like a single peacock feather embroidery design or flower embroidery designs or ribbon embroidery flowers or some applique work. Add a yo-yo or some fabric flowers.

Hem both the edges – the 24-inch edges. Turn under and stitch the edges on either side.

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You can now add any trims you want to add to the front edge now. I have added a simple half inch satin ribbon. I top stitched the ribbon in place.

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Now fold this fabric piece by half right sides to the inside, so that it is now 24 inches wide and 15.5″ long.

Cut off the corners at the top corners as in the picture below- a 3-inch square is cut off from either sides.

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Sew the side edges with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Finish the edges with a zig zag stitch so that it would not fray. 

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Pinch the top corner so that the seam comes in the middle as in the picture below.

Sew it across. Do this for both the sides.

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Now turn it right side out.

Tada, your sewing machine cover is ready. 

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This sewing machine cover will fit most standard sewing machines, provided it has no extra big attachments. You can customize the dimensions by making minor changes, in case there are any size differences. 

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

22 thoughts on “Make a very easy to sew Sewing Machine Cover”

  1. This is a really easy looking pattern. Thank you for sharing it, because I love easy and I really need a cover for my machine!
    I am wondering what size machine these measurements will fit?

  2. Hi Sarina, thank you for this terrific easy-to-follow pattern. I have just had my 1970’s orange Husqvarna serviced and the technician commented it will last another 40 years, so I decided to reward it with a dust cover. In my fabric stash I found a remnant of funky 1970’s fabric in orange, lime green, yellow and brown … just perfect! I’m thrilled with the way it came together, and I really appreciate your generosity in sharing the great pattern.

  3. I have a classroom filled with sewing machines and old, sad covers. Thanks to you and this fantastically simple yet lovely looking cover, our machines’ “apparel” will be brought into the 21st century! I’ve completed a few already, and the students love them! (Might have to have the students make the rest. ). Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I love this idea. Would you happen to have the measurements for cover stich and serger machines? Exactly how do you measure for these covers?

  5. Thank you for this tutorial. While my machines live in cases, when I take one out it will be sitting there for days as I turn mt attention to the everyday cleaning and cooking. It also occurs to me that this would make a good cover for my Kitchenaide mixer (quite vintage, KA from before Hobart sold the brand.) As they want the dollars for brandname covers.

    Now that I’m thinking in this mode, there are a lot of things that will benefit from a cover…(cackling maniacally as rushing off to go through the fabric stash.)

    Thank you!

  6. This is a great pattern & guide! I’ve seen others & not this nice & easy. I’ve needed a cover that’s easy on/off. To match my decor.

  7. Thank you so much for sending this to me. I was thinking just yesterday that since I keep my 1947 Singer out of the cabinet most of the time, I need a cover that actually looks nice instead of the piece of fabric I just throw over it.

    Staying home is a hobby of mine since I retired. I am either sewing, knitting or crocheting. Lately, I have3 been sewing face masks for all of my family. I am using hair ties but the new ones are so tight they pop off of the ears. Any ideas how to get them stretched out fast?

    Thanks again. Stay safe.

    • Hi Joyce
      Have you thought about making the face mask a little longer or washing the ties in the washing machine enough to stretch it out. Just ideas.
      Nice to know the post is useful to you.
      Take care and stay safe.

    • I have been using scrap fabric to make bias binding and using these as ties. Ideal for family I am posting them too as I can’t measure them!

    • Thank,this is what I really need,I’m a beginner I have been having issue with my machine stitches as a result of dirt.i spend most of my time cleaning in order to have good stitches.thank you

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