Thursday, August 13, 2009
This is a fun little quilting project with quick results! It's your sewing machine's very own quilt! Put your sewing machine on top of it and have all your sewing tools right there for you in the handy little pockets! I like to keep my snippy scissors (is there a real name for those?), my seam ripper, and my little screwdriver in there...you never know when you might need one of those! So, here's how you make it:
fabric for main quilt piece (cotton or flannel) - 1/2 yard
fabric for pocket - 18"x8"
fabric for binding
batting or fleece - 18"x20" and 18"x4"
spray baste or pins
sewing tools: machine, thread, iron, etc.
*note: the finished sewing machine quilt is approximately 18"x20", which works perfect for my sewing machine. Check your sewing machine before making this to make sure those dimensions work for you!
1.) Cut out pieces:
*main piece - cut (2) 18"x20"
*pocket - cut (1) 18"x8"
*batting/fleece - cut (1) 18"x20" and (1) 18"x4"
2.) Using basting spray (you can use pins if you want), baste together the main quilt piece. Also use the spray for the pocket.
Fold the pocket piece in half lengthwise and iron. Put 18"x4" batting/fleece piece in between and baste in place.
Baste wrong side of main pieces to both sides of batting/fleece piece.
3.) Quilt the main piece. Then quilt the pocket. I quilted a basic grid, but you can do whatever you want here! Stippling or some cute free motion quilting would be fun!
Here are both pieces all quilted.
4.) Make the binding. With the fabric you have for the binding, cut it into 2 1/2" strips (2 strips). Make a binding...I use this method, but you can do it differently if you want. If you don't want to do any hand sewing, you can make a double fold binding and machine sew it on.
Sew binding on the top of pocket.
5.) Once the binding is sewn on the top of the pocket, place the pocket in place on the little quilt. Then sew close to the edge around the bottom and sides of the pocket to keep it in place on the quilt (this stitching will be hidden once we bind the whole thing).
Now sew vertical lines on the pocket to make smaller pocket sections. You can make these however big/small you want. You may want to make one big enough for your scissors! Mine are 5", 5", 8". Make sure to back-stitch a few times right before the binding at the top of the pocket.
6.) You're almost done! Use the rest of the binding to sew it around the entire quilt. Again, I like to sew it on with a machine and miter the corners and then flip the binding over to the back to sew on by hand.
You're done!!! Look how cute and comfy your sewing machine looks! Happy Sewing!!!