This is the boring flimsy cover that came as standard with my Brother Innov-is 20 sewing machine. I'm sure that you'd agree that it couldn't be less desirable!. (The cover that is - not the sewing machine which is BRILLIANT).
So my first step was to make so detailed (ahem!!) measurements and to create a patchwork template from coloured paper so that I could suss-out if I liked the layout of different fabrics for the patchwork side panels....
|these are the fabrics that I chose to use for the patches as they would inject a little bit of sunshine into my sewing room.... just a little more fun than the original cover me thinks!|
..... at this point Millie, my faithful apprentice became a bit of a distraction! Why is it that a cat is guaranteed to sit on the piece of fabric/pattern piece/equipment that is needed at that precise moment?!?
Sewing the patches together and pressing the seams as I went kept all the patches crisp....
and then it was time to sew the wadding and lining onto the bask. Here are the two side panes for my machine cover. I decided to stick to the same patchwork layout and fabrics on both sides ...
|I stitched 'in the ditch' of the patches|
I am new to the whole patchwork malarky - this is about the 5th thing that I have made using this traditional craft and I am LOVING it. Once you get the basics it's not that tricky to do (at this level anyhow!)
Quilting on the other hand I am a total novice at! I recommend a quilting foot attachment for your machine if this is a craft you really get into. I definatly have one on my wish list (as it would help to feed the layers through at exactly the same speed.)
|front of my side panels - a tad bright!!|
|Side panels - the angled edges made this a little tricky|
|top panels - larger on one side to accomodate the machine handle placement|
|And then Millie returned to halt proceedings once again!!|