Tutorial: Sewing Machine Cover

My sewing machine doesn’t have a cover.  When I sat down to sew today I noticed just how dusty my machine is getting.  So I decided it was time to make one.

To make a cover, you will need:  Fabric, tape measure, ruler, marking tool, and thread.

I used some left over scrap fabric from my ironing board cover.  I think I used about a yard.

1. Measure your sewing machine.

Measure the Height (Green Line) Length (Blue Line) and Width (Yellow Line) of your machine.  My measurements were 17 x 13 x 8.

Machine Cover Tutorial

Machine Cover Tutorial

2. Cut your fabric.

Add 1″ to each measurement (This will give you a 1/2″ seam allowance).

Cut 5 pieces, using the following measurements:

Top – Length x Width
Front and Back – Length x Height
2 Sides – Width x Height

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The top drawing represents the size of my cover. The bottom squares represent the fabric pieces I cut.

**Note:  On my front and back pieces, I didn’t have a large enough piece of fabric to cut the size I needed.  So I simply sewed to rectangles together to get a big enough piece.

Measure and Cut.

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3. Lay our your pieces.

Lay your pieces out as shown.  The top piece is placed in the center.
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4.  Measure and mark 1/2″ at each corner of the top piece.
Machine Cover Tutorial
Machine Cover Tutorial

5.  Sew front and back pieces to the top piece.

Sew with right sides together.  Start and stop sewing at the 1/2 inch marks!

Machine Cover Tutorial


Machine Cover Tutorial


This is how it will look when you are done:
Machine Cover Tutorial

6. Sew side pieces to the top piece.

With right sides together pin side piece to the top.
Machine Cover Tutorial

Fold the seam allowance back and out of the way, so that you are only sewing the top and side piece together.

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Fold the seam allowance (from the previously sewn seam) back, as indicated by the arrow.

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Seam allowance is pinned out of the way.

Again, you will stop and start sewing at the 1/2 marks. This is how it should look after you sew the seam:

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The seams should meet in the corner, 1/2″ from the edges

7.  Sew side seams.

You will now sew down the corner seams.
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Align edges (marked with pink lines) and pin. At the top, fold the corner of the top piece back, so that it is out of the way.  See the pink arrow below.
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Here’s a close up.  The seam I am going to sew is pinched between my fingers.
Machine Cover Tutorial

That little corner piece will naturally fold in and away as you pinch the edges together.
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Sew.  This time start and stop sewing at the edges of the fabric.

8. Voila!  You have made your first corner.


Repeat three more times.

9. Hem the bottom and Enjoy a less dusty machine!


78 thoughts on “Tutorial: Sewing Machine Cover

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I bookmarked it but being honest, I will probably never get around to it… lol! Well, never say never… It would be a good excuse to buy some cute quilting cotton, lol 🙂

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  3. This looks great. I like that you have five separate pieces instead of the 3 pieces the plastic one I bought years ago has. I plan to embroider the front with a cute quilting saying/picture and then make the cover. Thanks!

      • It’s almost done. . . Just need to iron and hem.. Unfortunately I used a drapery lining fabri which is not as tightly woven as quilting toto so it is a bit soft.” But it does look cute with the embroidery. Easy to sew together with your good directions. B

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  5. I noticed the same problem with my machine. I have it on the desk in my dining room so I have quick access. I thought I could use the fabric I have on my seat covers and it will co-ordinate nicely! Thanks for the tutorial I am going to have a go. Never tried corners like that before, so will include a new technique for me.

  6. this was my very first project! its not perfect – far from it, but i am super proud! thanks for such a great tutorial 🙂

  7. Thanks for a great tutorial – really easy to understand instructions and clear photo steps. I particularly liked your explanation of drawing a half inch square in the corners as guides – I have always struggledvwith geting boxed corners to match! Thanks!

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  8. Looking forward to making this. Really impressed with your clear pictures and instructions. Hope the corners turn out like yours as have never tried this. Thanks

  9. Great tutorial, I am going to have to make one! = )
    Could you tell me what kind of fabric pen you are using? Every one I have tried doesn’t show up on the fabric very well. The one you are using looks great! If you could tell me where you got it, that would be fantastic!

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  11. This was great, it actually turned out well even though I had a little trouble with the corners, they are not as perfect as yours but they are corners! Gives it a great look. I have not sewed in years and am quite the beginner but this was pretty easy. Thanks so much for showing the process. Other than the problems with the fusible webbing not adhering ARG, this is an easy project and my new machine thanks you!

  12. Just made one and it turned out beautifully. Took me under an hour so if anyone is hesitant because of their busy schedule, fear not! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Just finished my sewing machine cover. Very easy to follow your directions and the pics were very helpful. I am considering making it reversible by lining it with a contrasting fabric but not sure how to hold the two pieces together yet will have to think about it before I put the hem in. Maybe top stitching. It is lovely as is right now. Thank you for the great tutorial.

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  15. Very easy tutorial. Thanks for the idea. I made this today for my machine then adapted it for my overlocker. I must have been really inspired by it as i made both reversable then went on to make a thread catcher and a couple of new pincushions. I also put pockets on the one for my machine as i had nowhere to keep the wire and foot.. One very happy bunny 🐰

  16. I am a beginner in sewing and finished making a cover today for my sewing machine. It came out really good and made me happy. Thanks a lot for this detailed tutorial with pictures.

  17. Excellent tutorial. Thank you so much for the step by step instructions. I really enjoyed making it and am proud of my accomplishment. I couldn’t have done it without you!

  18. Great tutorial, mine’s a beauty! I’m especially proud of the end result being a beginner and all…the skills learned doing this are definitely transferrable. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Just got my 9 year old Granddaughter her first sewing machine for Christmas. (Which she has been asking for about 3 years.) I don’t have a cover for my machine, so this is going to be our first project. I have found many other covers on pinterest, but this is my favorite. Thank you for sharing.

  20. What a great tutorial for a quick project! Never did corners like that before and it was super easy to understand and it turned out great. Thanks!

  21. This looks great and set out beautifully your instructions are superb and easy to follow even for a novice. Many thanks for your generosity with pattern & instructions Jean

  22. Very well thought out tutorial! You thought of everything as I would have made mistakes of you had not highlighted trouble areas. I’m a retired teacher and I appreciate Detailed, incremental, and visual directions. Do you have more? Thank you!
    Gmama Jane

  23. Hello I’m a very brand new sewer. I found this very helpful and easy to understand. Thank you for posting and sharing this on pinterest!😀

  24. Newbie here….what fabric? Which needle should I use? Stitches you used. Sorry for the questions but I want to see it the correct way. Never sewed at all, but I love the cover.

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  26. This was a great tutorial! Wasn’t sure on the corners after reading but the pictures helped so much…took no time at all! I’m actually thinking of trying to make a cover for my Kitchenaid with this too.

  27. Just bought a new machine which had no cover, so I followed your tutorial (great instructions and pictures) and added a large pocket on the front for the pedal and cables. Corners not perfect, but they will do fine for now and I have learnt a lot by trying them out,

  28. EXCELLENT directions – came together without a hitch and now my machine is cute and dust free!
    Thanks for taking the time to share this!!

  29. Excellent tutorial with very clear pictures! I made a cover using vintage upholstery fabric in a dusky rose chintz print and I love it. I’d recommend the heavier weight fabric as it gives it a bit of extra support and looks crisp. Thank you for your tutorial.

  30. Awesome instructions! Made a new cover out of “Sixties flower power” fabric to match the new valance in my sewing room. Made with quilting cotton but used a very firm stabilizer behind it and it came out fantastic!

  31. You are an excellent teacher!!! Thank you! You made something that seemed like a mountain that I could not climb into something I could do!!!

  32. Thanks for a great tutorial – really easy to understand instructions and clear photo steps. I particularly liked your explanation of drawing a half inch square in the corners as guides – I have always struggled with getting boxed corners to match! Thanks. CBU:)

  33. Thanks for the great tutorial, very easy to follow instructions.
    I lined it and also used batting in between to give it more stability. Thanks again

  34. Best tutorial style ever! Clear and simple directions, great photos and graphics. Totally helpful and awesome. Hope you do more.

  35. That is fabulous directions without too much info and being confusing. Thanks so much and great job!!! I can’t wait to get started.

  36. I made this and it turned out great for my sewing machine !! Definitely might make this again in another print … !! The instructions were great and i understood what to do easily as well !! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂

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  38. Thanks for the great tutorial! I just finished my cover! I’m a newbie to sewing and have been doing little projects here and there to build up my skills. This was not only perfect to practice with but also serves a great function now that it’s done! My sewing machine is nice and protected now! Thanks again!

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