Monday, May 16, 2011

a Serger Cover

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, friends!  Wow, it's been a week since Mother's Day.  How about I show you that serger sewing machine cover I made for my mother-in-law?

a work-in-progress

I started this project with a pretty stack of Central Park in colors requested by my mother-in-law and this piece of embroidery from The New Crewel. Without much of a plan, I stitched up some blocks... 

playing in Central Park

A carefree approach was fun, but before long things were looking a bit miss-mashed.  All these springy tones can overwhelm me, so some order was in order.  I created the remaining blocks in mirrored dimensions to the first. 

a happy block.

For example, this block has the same layout (large central square, thin green sashing, wide brick-print sashing) as the main embroidered block.  I placed the echo blocks on opposite sides of the serger cover.  Maybe no one would notice but me...

construction.

The serger cover was to be shaped like a cube, so here's my approach to construction.  I created 5 equal-sized blocks.  Next, I connected 3 blocks into one long strip.  The middle block in this strip becomes the top block on the cover. The 2 remaining loose blocks are sides to the cover.  I stitched the long strip to a side block with right sides together, carefully pivoting on each corner and matching up the strip to the new straight edge of the block as I stitched around 3 sides of the block.

Now that I know how to make 3-dimensional items, it seems so obvious to me.  But, before making those bike buckets, I was very unsure.  I've never had strong skills for mentally manipulating shapes!

finished Serger cover

Here is the finished cover!  I gave the outer layer lots of straight line quilting to stiffen it up and added a solid green trim along the bottom edge.

Once I'd made my outer cube and inner lining cube, I stitched them together along the bottom edge with right sides together and left an opening for turning.  I love turning things like this right side out!  It's so fun to see it come together!  Closed up the opening and quilted along the solid green edging through all layers to finish.

2 layers of batting = thick.

Since both layers are quilted, this cover is 2-battings thick.  A nice thick cover is great at holding its shape when sitting on the machine.

from above

So here it is! I really like how the square-in-square block looks on top.  And it may sound silly, but I was very proud to give it to my mother-in-law.  She's such a generous person and she's been sewing forever, so it was a pleasure to make something just for her.  She really gets a kick out of my passion for sewing since I only picked it up two years ago.  I think she's impressed with me, but I'm totally impressed with her.  Yeah, we're lucky. 

is my lamp wearing a Serger Cover?

My lamp looks darn silly in Central Park.  Fortunately, the colors really suit her craft room.  So, should we be making patchwork lampshades?  Actually, that could be very cute!

I can hear Brandon now...

26 comments:

  1. wow rachel! that is super cool. great job.

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  2. Wow, that's such a stunning serger cover. My poor machine doesn't even have a cover yet, one of those things I always say I want to make and then don't get to. This is great inspiration.

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  3. Such a great cover (and I love those tones from Central Park!) Great job! :)

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  4. You did a great job!! My stomach clenches a bit when I have to do 3-D construction like that-no matter how many times I do I goof the corners a few times before I get it right. I love the block placement and everything!
    I covered the lampshade in my bedroom with a shirred shade I made--I was thinking a patchwork one would be cute, but the seams are so visible when the light is on :(

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  5. Great job! And, how funny!!! I just decided to give lamp shade making a go! I bought enough materials to make 6 this weekend and have been gathering inspiration since last night with patchwork and embroidery in mind.

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  6. Terrific!! Love that the embroidered panel gives it that little extra-special touch - clever old you!

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  7. That's a wonderful gift...Im sure your mother-in-law loved it!!

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  8. It's beautiful...looks almost as delicious as that carrot cake ;)

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  9. Oh, seems - good point. Hey, you saved me some time ;). Thanks, all. The embroidery is definitely my favorite part!

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  10. WooooooooW!!! That is amazing! What a lucky mom!!

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  11. How lovely! Thanks for sharing this. What a lucky Mom in law!

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  12. Nicely done, as always! Great gift for a woman who sounds special to you.

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  13. You only picked sewing up 2 years ago? wow. I am impressed. I hope I can pick it up that fast and do as well as you. :)

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  14. Oooo... me likey! I've been thinking I need to make covers for both my sewing machine and my serger... and you've inspired me again!

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  15. Lucky, lucky mother in law!! I'm looking now at my vinyl cover, ewwwww!!!

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  16. what a great gift for you mom-in-law! very nice selection of fabrics!

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  17. LOVE it!!!

    As for the lampshade idea, I have been looking for something to spice the one I have in my studio. Thanks for sparking an idea in my head!

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  18. C'est une très jolie idée, j'aime beaucoup la broderie,

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  19. Ooo that's so lovely! I want to make a cover for my sewing machine but not until I have a dedicated sewing room. For now I'm stuck with the kitchen table and have to keep my machine in a hard case so it doesn't get damaged on the floor. One day.

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  20. Love the embroidery! She will be so pleased with it!

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  21. It looks fabulous Rachel, I'm sure she'll love it. I love the blocks and the construction and the embroidery!

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  22. Really, really well done. I also LOVE the Queen Anne's lace embroidery.

    All the best - Chris

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  23. I plan to stitch three of the images from The New Crewel to frame above our piano. The thrifted frames are all slightly different sizes, and you just gave me the idea to 'mat' them by using fabric like a quilt block. Thanks, I knew I was missing something before starting that project and you just showed me what!

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  24. I was thinking the other day when I put mine away that it needed a cover. Currently it has an ugly grandma like carpet bag.

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