A few days ago, I commented on the amount of shiny-print cotton fabric that is in the stash. A tiny bit of it went into the pincushion.
A larger bit of it went into this:
|Sewing machine dust cover|
I started by measuring the distance from the bottom to the top on the back side. Then, using the same carpenter's L square, I measured the distance across the top from front to back and from the bottom to the top in front. I also made a rough measurement of the length of the machine left to right. This was purposely a bit long for later fitting.
I used the ruler to mark a polygon that resembled the end of the machine. This is where a mistake crept in: the front side ended up too long. (I'm not sure why, but it was fixable at the end.)
|Cutting the end pieces.|
After pinning for stability, I marked approximate quilting lines with painter's tape and moved pins as needed.
|The main piece ready for quilting.|
Then I pinned an end onto the main piece at one end, making sure that the quilting lines were horizontal on both. There was a corner to turn, which required a bit of clipping, and another corner, and then I discovered that the front edge of the end was hanging down a few inches from the front edge of the main piece. Oops.
I re-measured here and there, moved the pincushion around into the harp area, laid down the little lid over the thread, and checked: the main piece was fine. It was the front of the end that was off. So I put the other end piece on,too, leaving an opening in part of one side to make it easier to put on and off of the machine. Then I trimmed the two end pieces to meet the front edge of the main piece. And re-serged the newly cut edges.
|Pressing the seams|
|The ribbon pinned for sewing.|
I know the machine came with a hard plastic cover/case, but it's awkward to put it on and off when the machine is on the sewing table. This fabric cover--which actually stands on its own--is more convenient for daily use.
There is still quite a bit of shiny-print fabric left. More little projects are needed!