Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Spinning Spool Sewing Machine Cover

The Classic Block at SewCanShe this month was the Spinning Spool block. I decided that this would be a perfect block to use as the front of a sewing machine cover.

Just a little background... My sewing machine lives on my desk. It generally never goes in its hard case. I made a very simple cover (think a pillow case-like) for it but have completely lost it since then. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I seriously needed to make it cover when I found Marcus, kitty, sleeping with his head on my extension table. Cute, yes. Good for lint/cat hair build-up, no.

To begin I made a cute 12 inch spinning spool block with an adorable chevron and matching solids. I'm so glad that my want of a cover and this month's block matched up so well!

(c) Crafty Ashley B
pretty spinning spools with border

Next I began looking for a good tutorial to make the cover. I already knew I wanted the block to be front and center; I just didn't know how to make it all work together. I found three different sites that I used for instruction and inspiration:
Notes from the Patch was perfect explaining how to sew it all together! Plus I loved the side pocket!
Great Tutorial!
Purls and Pleats has the BEST diagram for explaining the pieces you need! I knew I wanted to do five separate pieces (versus the one large piece for front, back, and top in the one above).
Please visit her site to see the awesome full tutorial.

Sosewlovely doesn't have a tutorial but I LOVED her idea of including a sleeve for the extension table. I never really know where to store it but this works perfectly!
Great information on how to apply laminate.
 None of these really work exactly how I want them to. For example I want more quilted pieces. So for now, this what I've got plus the front piece:
(c) Crafty Ashley B
Pocket pieces
Hopefully I'll be able to get back to sewing soon and get this cover done. Of course, if I don't see my machine, will I sew less?

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.


  1. Those spool blocks are perfect for a sewing machine cover! What a clever idea! Looks like you came up with some great inspiration on the web. Adding a sleeve for the extension table would be a wonderful addition. Can't wait to see this come together for you, Ashley!

    1. Thanks, Lorna! I can't wait either! Of course, I haven't had time to get back on it but maybe I'll have it finished this week!


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