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Busy Bee Sewing Room Set

Project by What Kimberley Sews

If you’re just starting to sew or are an experienced sewer, this is a lovely and easy way to coordinate your sewing machine accessories and keep your machine clean when it isn’t in use. This is a tutorial on how to make the machine dust cover, matching sewing machine mat and biscornu pin cushion. I’ve used a 5 piece fat quarter pack of the busy bee print fabric from Craft Cotton Company for a fresh, springtime feel, hope you enjoy this tutorial!

Sewing machine dust cover - 

What you'll need:

-2 pieces of outer fabric measuring 16x14.5 inches (measure this against your machine, if yours in smaller or bigger then adjust the amount you’ll need. Add about half an inch to both the height and width to allow for seams

-2 pieces of lining fabric measuring the same

-2 x Wadding measuring the same – I used fusible fleece

-2 x fabric for the lining of the pocket measuring 17x6.5 inches (I’ve measured the strip slightly wider than the width of the outer fabric pieces so adjust according to your fabric size) I’ve used some scrap blue fabric for mine as you won’t really see these

-13 strips of fabric for the pocket front measuring 2x7 inches (approx.) as long as the strips are longer than the pocket lining pieces, that’s fine!

-4 strips of ribbon approx. 10 inches long

1. Lay the first strip of fabric onto one of the pocket lining pieces - right side facing up.

2. Place the second strip on top of the first at a slight angle, right sides together. Placing it at an angle will give the uneven, slanted effect. Sew down the right edge of the second strip as close to the raw edge as possible.

TIP - Make sure your second piece stays on top of the first and doesn't go onto the lining fabric as this will leave a gap!

3. Fold the second strip over so the right side is facing up and press the seam flat.

4. Place the third strip, right sides together, on top of the second at a slightly different angle. Again, don't let the strip go onto the lining. Sew down the right side of the strip.

5. Fold the third strip back and press. 

6. Carry on doing this until the lining fabric is completely covered in the strips.

7. Take the second pocket lining fabric and place, right sides together, on top of the strips. Sew along the top and bottom raw edges with about 1/4 inch seam allowance to create a tube.

8. Turn this tube right sides out and press. Top stitch across the top. This is now your pocket!

9. Iron your wadding to the back of the 2 outer pieces of fabric you've cut.

10. Place the pocket piece onto the front outer piece of fabric, about half an inch up from the bottom. Sew across the bottom edge of the pocket to attach it. Use 1/4 inch seam allowance or as small as possible. Sew down the middle of the pocket to create a divide.

11. Sew the ribbons to either side facing inwards, about 7 inches from the bottom, just above the pocket. Do the same on the back piece. 

12. Sew the lining pieces right sides together across the top.

13. Sew the outer pieces together in the same way. Trim back the excess pocket if you have any!

14. Place the lining pieces on top of the outer pieces, right sides together, and sew around the edge making sure the seams are matching. Leave a gap for turning. 

15. Turn right side out and press. Top stitch round the edge, making sure the gap you left is tucked in.

And that's your dust cover! 

Sewing machine mat - 

What you’ll need:

-1 x top fabric measuring 18x12 inches (or whatever size you would like yours to be) mine is the ‘sweet as honey’ print

-1 x bottom fabric measuring the same – mine is the grey flowers

-1 x wadding measuring the same size

-2 x lining fabric for the panel measuring 4x13 inches (slightly longer than your mat fabric) I used some scrap blue fabric again; you won’t see this!

-9 strips of fabric for the panel measuring 4.5x2 inches (again make sure the strips are wider than the lining fabric you use)

1. Sew the panel together in the same way as shown for the dust cover pocket. (see steps 1-8)

2. Iron the wadding onto the back of the top piece of fabric for the mat. 

3. Place the panel on top of the mat wherever you'd like it positioned. Mine is about 2.5 inches from the right. Sew down both long edges to attach.

4. Place the bottom fabric, right sides together, on top of the mat. Sew around the edge and leave a gap for turning. 

5. Turn right side out and press. Top stitch around the mat, making sure the gap is tucked in. 

and there's your mat!

Biscornu pin cushion - 

What you'll need: -2 squares of fabric measuring 5x5 inches

-Toy filler

-2 buttons

-Doll needle or a long needle (if you have one) 1. Mark  the centre points of all sides on both pieces of fabric.

2. Line up the corner of one square with the centre mark of the second square, right sides together, move over by 1/4 inch and sew. Stop 1/4 inch from the next mark. (This is the seam allowance)

3. With the needle own on your machine, turn the fabric so the raw edges are together and sew to the second mark. 

4. Repeat with all edges, laving a small gap for turning. 

5. Turn right side out and stuff. Hand sew the gap closed. 

6. Using the doll needle, attach the buttons to each side of the pin cushion. Pull the thread tight so it squashes the cushion on the middle slightly.

And that's your pin cushion!

To see more from Kimberley, visit her blog What Kimberley Makes and on Instagram @whatkimberleymakes

Made by Kimberley for The Craft Cotton Company 2020


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