How to stitch a sewing machine cover

Hi, this is Chelsea again, and I am the blogger and designer over at GYCT Designs!

For years, I have been wanting to make myself a sewing machine cover. I’ve pinned and planned. But something more pressing, more exciting, more demanding always came up. In fact, I bought this fabric back in March just for my cover.

But alas, I didn’t make one even then. So naturally, when the opportunity finally presented itself, I had to jump up and down and say “YES”.


How to stitch a sewing machine cover with piping. By Chelsea of GYCT Designs for


Perhaps you are in the same boat. Today is your day!! I’ll teach you how to stitch a sewing machine cover. Grab your supplies and let’s get sewing.

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 yds Main Fabric
1 yd Lining Fabric
2 yds matching bias piping (here’s a tutorial on creating custom piping and bias tape! )

Measuring and Cutting Instructions



To begin, grab your measuring tape and measure your machine. Use the above picture to help you get the following measurements from your sewing machine. You’ll need to measure the width, length, depth, and around the outside of the machine, and add seam allowances. I recommend a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Piece name# in main fabric# in liningMeasurements
Cover - front/back22Length x Width
Cover - sides/top11Around machine x depth
Front pocket20Length -4" x width
Side pocket20Depth (by) 6 inches

Stitch a sewing machine cover

Step 1

Start by making sure your piping is prepared. You’ll use your bias tape to cover your piping. Check out this great tutorial for tips on how to make your piping.

Take one of your front pocket pieces and place it on a flat surface. Pin your piping to one of the long edges. Stitch it in place right next to the piping. With Right Sides Together (RST), take the other front pocket pieces and place it over the first piece. Stitch is next to the piping as well. Turn your pocket right side out and topstitch along the bottom of the piping.

Repeat this step with your side pocket pieces.

Step 2

Place your front pocket piece over your front cover piece, matching the side and bottom edges. Stitch the pocket to the front cover along the bottom edge at about 1/4″. Use your ruler and marking pen or chalk to draw lines for separate pockets. Stitch along the lines making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. Do this same step with the side pocket stitching to the cover/sides piece.

Next, pin piping around the outer edge of the front cover piece. Curve around the corners of the cover. Stitch piping in place. Repeat with back cover piece.



Step 3
With RST, place the side/top piece over the front cover piece. Pin edges and stitch pieces together. Turn right side out to make sure the piping looks correct and press. Take back cover piece and pin to the edges of the side/top piece. Stitch back cover to side/top piece. Turn right side out and press.

Repeat this step with the lining pieces. The lining will not have piping.



Step 4

You should now have a main cover piece and a lining piece. With RST, place the lining over the main cover. Match the bottom edges together and all the side seams. Pin in place. Stitch around the bottom edge; however, leave a 2-3 inch opening at the bottom. Turn the cover right side out through the opening. Push the lining into the main cover. Press.


Step 5

Topstitch around the bottom edge of the machine cover. Press.



Now cover your machine and fill it with all your favorite sewing items!!



I hope you enjoyed learning how to stitch a sewing machine cover! If you’d like to see more, don’t forget to check out some of my other tutorials and projects at GYCT Designs.


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