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Let's get this show on the road! (With a super-fast travel machine cover)

May 3, 2012

OK, this one's a super easy project -- perfect for budding seamsters. All you need is a t-shirt and about 30 minutes -- and you'll have time to spare!

To start with, pull your shirt -- inside out -- over your sewing machine. A unisex size Medium is just about perfect.

To make marking easier, you might want to pin the shoulders of your shirt so the neck opening sits higher than the top of the machine.

Next, mark the curve of your machine where you'll cut and sew the top of the cover. I used a sharpie so it's easy to see in photos.

Pull your shirt off your machine, and clip along your marked line. I usually taper my curve so it ends down at the bottom of the armscye.

Here's the trimmed top of the former shirt/almost cover.


To true up the top and make it symmetrical, fold your fabric in half and clip your curve so both sides are ever.

6-Travel-Cover.jpgNext, just stitch that top clipped edge closed.I usually use my serger.

7-Travel-Cover.jpgPull your stitched cover over the machine, and mark the handle width. You'll clip an opening from one marking to the other to let the handle through. I know what you're thinking. "Why don't you just leave an opening in the seam?" You can totally do it that way if you prefer, but I find that in the course of being carried around, the seams tend to start to split open. This way, the seam stays intact.

7b-Travel-Cover.jpgYou also need to mark the point where the cover hits the table or other sewing surface once it's pulled down.

8-Travel-Cover.jpgUse that lower edge mark as a guide, and fold up the remaining piece of shirt. The mark will be inside the crease of the fold.

9-Travel-Cover.jpgI make a reverse cuff by folding the hem back down. This will reinforce the top edge of what's about to become a series of pockets.

10-Travel-Cover.jpgStitch channels into the folded lower edge to create pockets. You can customize the width of your pocket channels to match the items you most often take with you when you sew on the go. I like to make one wide enough to hold the foot and power cord, and the rest varying sizes to hold spare needles, thread, snips, trims and whatever else I need.

Here we are, loaded up and ready to go! Who wants to host a sewing get together?


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