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At Sew4Home, R&R doesn’t mean Rest & Relaxation, it means Get Up & Go: Re-imagine & Renovate! Just like a fresh coat of paint can transform a room, brand new fabric can completely change the look of a project. We’re celebrating the final week of National Sewing Month by putting a new twist on some S4H sewing classics. Today, we picked adorable sewing motif fabric from the good folks at Fat Quarter Shop to recreate our sewing machine and serger covers. Your hard-working machines make so much stuff for you, the least you can do is make some little outfits for them!  These are perfect projects to spruce up your own sewing room, but would also make wonderful gifts for all the sewers and crafters on your holiday lists.

Our covers were sized to fit the Janome mid-range sewing machine and serger in our Sew4Home studios. Both fall within standard sizes for similar makes and models, but be sure to measure your own machine to see if the patterns will be right for you. The covers are designed to be approximately 1″ larger all around than the dimensions of the machine; you don’t want a super tight fit. You should be able to simply drop the cover into place over your machine.

A big thanks to Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring today’s R&R projects and providing all the fabric. We’ve worked with these great folks since the very beginning of S4H, and we love them still. They have an outrageous selection of quilt fabric, quilting pre-cuts, quilt kits and patterns, and exclusive quilt clubs. And, Fat Quarter Shop is always on top of the newest collections. If you are a quilting fan, you’ll also want to check our their pattern sister site: It’s Sew Emma.

These cute-as-a-button sewing motif fabrics are from the Cut and Sew collection by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. For the lining, we used the beautiful Bella Solids in Snow by Moda Fabrics

The serger cover features Dress Forms & Hangers in Light Green with Remix Scatter Dots in Lime for the piping and trim

The sewing machine cover features Needle & Thread in Orange with the same Remix Scatter Dots in Lime for the ruffled skirt and handle. We used a fun coordinating plaid for the accent ribbon.

The only change we made to the original instructions was to alter the stabilizer for the sewing machine cover. Both the original covers were a soft style; we used batting for body, which is what we stayed with for the serger cover this time around. We switched to Pellon Decor Bond heavy weight fusible stabilizer for the new sewing machine cover. This provided a crisper style – the cover actual stands up on its own! However, sewing around the top corners is more challenging because of this stiffness. We would consider the materials and technique for more advanced sewers. If you’re a beginner, we recommend sticking with batting or opting for a medium weight stabilizer. 

To Re-imagine & Renovate your own set of machine covers, go to the original tutorials:

Serger Cover

Sewing Machine Cover

Hints and Tips

Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:

How to Mix & Match Designer Fabric Collections

How to Create A Fabric Palette

Tips for Mixing Prints

Making the Right Fabric Choice


Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild

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