Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

Sewing Machine Cover Instructions:

Supplies needed: 1.5 yards of main fabric (iron board cover used in this tutorial), 3 yards bias binding (bias tape), 3 yards of thin piping, interfacing

Measure your sewing machine with measuring tape

  1. Measure height, width and depth
  2. Add one inch for seam allowance
  3. Or use my measurements:
    • Front and Back: 13.5” x 17”
    • Sides and Top (together): 42” x 7”
    • Pockets: 9” x 7”
    • FYI: I made mine very long as a precaution so be prepared to cut around the bottom before you sew the hem for a neater hemline if you use my measurements.

Create a paper pattern using your measurements or draw directly on the wrong side of the fabric

  1. Cut 2 – 13.5” x 17” for Front and Back
  2. Cut 1 – 42” x 7” for the Sides and Top
  3. Cut 2 – 9” x 7” Pockets 

Measure Piping and Bias Binding

  1. Cut 2 – 43” long binding pieces – for sides and top
  2. Cut 2 – 44” long piping pieces – for sides and top
  3. Cut 2 – 8” long binding pieces – for pockets
  4. Cut 2 – 9” long piping – for pockets
  5. Make sure these correspond with your fabric cutouts

Zigzag stitch all raw edges of each fabric piece (not the bias binding)

Measure the length of your sewing machine handle

Measure the Sides and Top piece over your sewing machine (wrong side facing you)

  1. Make sure you have an even amount hanging over each side
  2. Locate your sewing machine handle underneath the fabric
  3. Place a pin on each side for the length of the handle opening
  4. Remove the fabric
  5. On the wrong side of the fabric, mark the center of the fabric widthwise and measure 1 ¼” above the mark and 1 ¼” below the mark 
  6. Mark the pin locations in line with the center mark and measure 1 ¼” above the mark and 1 ¼” below the mark on each side
  7. Connect all the lines to create a rectangle. (Your handle should fit through this opening) 
  8. Draw a line lengthwise in the very center of the rectangle. (You should have two long rectangles now) 
  9. Draw a 1” line from each corner of the large rectangle to the middle line. This should create a triangle on each end of the rectangle 


  1. Cut a piece of interfacing that is 2” larger around the perimeter of the rectangle you drew out on the wrong side of the fabric 
  2. Attach the interfacing to the fabric following the directions for your specific brand/type of interfacing 
  3. Once attached, fold the Sides and Top fabric in half with the right sides facing each other so that the lines of the rectangle you drew are back to back 
  4. Cut through the line to create an opening then cut until you get to the triangle (for both sides) then cut on the diagonal lines to the corners of the rectangle 

Fold open the handle and sew around the perimeter at 3/8” 

Attach piping to bias binding

  1. Press the bias binding open (if store bought)
  2. Fold the piping into the binding and pin closed 
  3. Sew the binding closed making sure that the piping is tightly incased 

Attach piping to pockets

  1. Place piping on the right side of the pocket with raw edges matching and sew
  2. Zigzag stitch raw edges together 

Attach pockets to Sides and Top fabric

  1. Then place piping on top of right side of Pockets and Sides and Top fabric with raw edges matching
  2. Sew piping to fabric (this will connect the pockets to the sides and top fabric)
  3. Zigzag stitch raw edges together 

Attach Front and Back pieces

Make sure your Sides and Top fabric measure around the perimeter of three sides (one long side and two short sides) of your Front and Back pieces

  1. Once lined up, sew the Front and Back pieces to the Sides and Top piece with right sides together pivoting at each corner. I used a zigzag stitch to attach mine.

Hem the bottom

  1. Mine turned out to be a bit long so I had to trim the bottom first before I was able to hem it. I wanted it to have a one-inch hem for appearance.
  2. I used iron board cover on for my cover which is thicker than most fabric. This posed a problem when it came to hem the sides with the pockets because there was too much fabric to fit under the presser foot, even lifted.  Instead, I had to attach the inside by hand with a blind stitch. 



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