About Me

South Louisiana
I have been married for 20 years to a great husband and we have 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years. I am a homeschooling mom, which can be very challenging. I love sewing, knitting, reading, gardening and have recently started oil painting. I love to create. I really want to have a blog to show off some of the stuff I create, but I also want to share about my life and family. email me at ctrich8@bellsouth.net

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sewing machine makeover

I know I am supposed to be working on this. However, I got a little sidetracked. I saw a great tutorial from Not Nigella on Sew Mama Sew yesterday, for a sewing machine cover. I love my machine, but her plastic cover isn't exactly pleasing to the eye. I was also itching for a quick and easy project.

Here is my cover before. (No, I did not bring my whole sewing machine outside, just the cover)
Plain, ugly, boring......

Here she is after! Isn't she lovely : )


I thought she needed two outfits, so I made it reversible


and to make her look a little fancier, I added an embroidered detail around the bottom, instead of just plain top stitching.


I used Nigella and Midwest Modern fabric, both from Amy Butler. The Nigella fabric was really nice for this because it is upholstery weight and holds it's shape well. I would probably use interfacing if using only regular quilting weight fabric. I am thinking some of the new Anna Maria Horner Drawing Room fabric would be perfect for this.

I wasn't a complete slacker, I did start cutting out the pattern for my top. I need to get on the ball if I want to wear it Friday.

10 comments:

hautemommy said...

Ah, that is soooo darn cute Tonya!!!! I love the fabric you used!! :) xoxox!

Fern said...

The decorative stitching looks awesome! And those are some great fabric choices :D

Marie said...

I love that cover! I am looking at my boring sewing machine cover right now and it could use a makeover too...I may have to give this a try. It seems simple enough for me. :) I saw a tutorial (for sale) for a Kitchenaid Mixer that I just loved...this reminds me of it a little.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Love this idea! Such a great inspiration when heading to the sewing machine!

Happy Independence Day blessings,
kari & kijsa

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the machine cover - especially its reversibility! Can't wait to see your finished top - the fabric looks very summery.

Cassie said...

Your new cover is fabulous. Don't tell anyone, but I hardly ever cover my machine. My cover is so ugly that I'm never inspired to put it on. Perhaps, if I made her a new one...Hmmm? Yes, I think I just might do that.

Can't wait to see how your top turns out. It will be perfect for the 4th of July.

Have a great holiday,
Cassie

PS Thanks for the blog award. I was flattered! :-)

Paper Dolls for Boys said...

Love the fabric combination! My dowdy sewing machine feels jealous!

Rae said...

Tonya,
I'm so glad you stopped by my blog! I've had fun reading through your posts too (Greece! 16 yo!). I can't wait to see your dresses when they're finished; have fun!

Jill said...

Such a cute cover!
I should make one for mine. It's amazing how dusty they get even when I'm sewing every day. (It might be just the thing to keep my darling three year old from playing with the tension controls when I'm not looking)
Did you get your top finished?

Kristin said...

The cover is lovely! The fabrics you picked for her "outfits" are really sweet as well. Love the detail! :)

Kristin
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