It's my new sewing machine cover, custom made by my mum and me to fit my new Bernina 550QE (with the table still attached).
|Caravan Sewing Machine cover|
It's always good to have a project to work on on when mum comes to stay. She helps me with all the tricky bits I might get stuck on. Mum never lets me abandon projects - she always sorts them out for me.
I got my new machine back in June, and knew it needed a dust cover. The machine came with a bag for transporting it, but I didn't want to lift it in and out of the bag each day. I wanted a cover I
could just pop over it at the end of each day.
|the back view|
I spend a fair bit of time on Instagram, and I'd spotted a great version of this machine cover a few months ago. I went to Rainbow Hare on Etsy and purchased the pattern for only a few dollars.
It came as a downloadable pdf with many pages, so I just stored it on my iPad and only printed out the pages I really needed. Mum and I changed the length and width of the pattern to suit my machine. The height was fine.
We used Soft and Stable instead of interfacing. It's a great product for this type of thing - it's soft, and yet stable, just like the name says. It means the caravan is almost free standing, but can also be folded up if necessary.
If you're tempted to make one yourself, just allow plenty of time. The doors and windows took me a whole afternoon. Cutting, assembling, quilting and fitting the caravan part was spread over 2 or 3 days. Hand sewing on the windows and door, and turning up the grass on the bottom took time. As did hand sewing on the little daisies and making the bunting. Of course you don't have to add all the little finishing touches like I did, but I think that's what makes it so cute.
Great idea and pattern thank you Rainbow Hare. You can see more information on her blog here.