I call this DIY project a sham because it’s so simple, you will feel like you’re cheating! I was searching for directions to make my own sewing machine cover and I got overwhelmed. I came across this decorative pillow sham at Goodwill and had an idea.
Little or no sewing experience? No problem! The only experience I had was a brief introduction to sewing from my junior high Home Economics class. But I’m so glad that didn’t keep me from trying. The beautiful thing about sewing is that if you mess up, you can always tear out the stitches and try try again. Fortunately, the more you sew, the fewer mistakes you will make, and the fewer mistakes you make, the more you will want to sew.
All of the sudden, you will decide it’s time to take this ugly white plastic machine out of hiding and find a more permanent place for it in your home. And when that time comes, you will most definitely need a cover for your machine and a place for your supplies. There are dozens of tutorials for sewing machine covers online, but because I’m not a true sewer and I don’t really know all the right ways to do things, I decided to do it my own way – the easiest way, by re-purposing an old pillow sham I found at Goodwill. I may not use the correct sewing lingo, but that’s all the more reason any beginner should be able to follow my SHAMlessly simple 4 step guide.
- Gather your materials, including needle and thread, ribbon, and a pillow sham measuring about 25 by 31 inches, or long enough to cover the top, front and back of the sewing machine.
- Measure the width and depth of your sewing machine (about 6 inches by 16 inches) and cut a piece of cardboard to fit the dimensions of your machine. Center the cardboard inside the pillow sham so it will rest on top of the sewing machine when covered. Take a needle and thread and hand stitch a few stitches around the outside of the cardboard piece to hold it in place.
- Place the pillow sham back over the machine with the optional cardboard insert on top of the machine. There will be about 5 inches of fabric hanging down off the sides of the machine. Fold this fabric down from the top. Then, like a present, crease and fold in the right and left sides so they meet in the center.
- Cut your ribbon into 4 equal pieces, about 12 inches in length. Hand sew each ribbon near the end of the crease where the two side flaps come together. Pull the two ribbons together from each side and tie a bow to hold in place.