Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Lane Blog Hop

I don't usually join in these things but my BFF Pauline (Quiltin' Queen) is hosting 
so I wanted to support her and join in the hopping mania. 

 Any of you who know me know that I am sometimes a bit of a rebel. 
 I did ask if we could make something other than a pillow and she told me yes. 
 I don't really like making pillows, so this will be a tutorial for something a little different!

OK so here goes!
  I decided that first of all "Holiday Lane" could be any holiday right? 
 You all know my favorite holiday is Halloween so my project is Halloween themed. 
 I want to thank Jill over at Jillily Studios for her pattern it was easy to follow and 
easy to adapt to my finished project too.

I decided instead of a pillow I would be making a sewing machine cover!! 
 I hope you would like to join me and make one along with me!!  

The first thing you need to know are the dimensions of your sewing machine. 
 You will need the:

Height, Length and Width.  I used the dimensions as follows and will show you how to make your calculations to make your cover fit your machine too.

My height was 13"   Length  18.5" and width 9"

To calculate your dimensions:

Width 18.5" + 3"= 21.5"
your length here

Length 13" x 2 = 26" + 9" = 39"
            ^                     ^
Your height here      Your width here

I hope this makes sense to you!  It is a little confusing!

You will also need
 ~48" of ribbon cut into eight  12" lengths, color and width of your choice.
Batting and fabric for center of cover and the back (based on your measurements)
small bits of fabric for embellishments.

I added up the width of each separate house section until I had a width that worked for me and
 made the panels accordingly. 
 For one side I made house sections 1, 2, 5, and 3. 
 For the other side I made house sections 4, 5, 2, 1, and 6.  

I sewed my panels together and then the fun began! 
 The embellishments! 
 I decided it needed some cool roofs. 
 So rick rack it was! 
 I used Steam a Seam in a roll to apply the rick rack to the roofs.

Then I fused it into place and began to put on the other fused things.  
A moon, some ghosts, a witch's hat etc.
You can find my patterns for them over here
 Just get creative with your embellishments!!

I was having fun with this step!

I stitched everything down too.  
Sometimes I did a blanket stitch,

Most of the time I did a straight line stitch. 
(You can see it here on the back)
Don't forget to stitch your rick rack down too. 
 I just followed the line of the rick rack and zig zagged the ends. 
 I also used Fray Check on the ends as added assurance!

After you have all your embellishments done and sewn in place measure from the base of the house to the top of the piece and add the measurements together.  
Subtract that from the final number you got for your "Length" above, mine was 39 total and
 I had to subtract the measurements of both panels.  
This is the amount you need to add in between both panels to make the cover complete.
 Pin then sew each panel to opposite sides.

Now comes making the actual cover part. 
 I cut a piece of the black the same size as the entire cover. 
 You have to cut a piece of batting the same size too.  
At this point you need to put your ribbon ties on the front of the cover. 
 Measure 6" from the bottom on each side and 6" from the top on each side. 
 Pin your ribbons there.

Time to layer your cover. First the batting, then the backing and then the top (RST with the backing).  Pin in place,
Your ties will be in between the top and the backing.

Sew all the way round leaving an opening for turning. 
 Trim corners before turning.

Turn press and pin opening closed

Press all the way around and top stitch all the way around. 
 I did it twice so I didn't have to stitch the opening closed by hand (yes I'm THAT lazy!)

I put a piece of tape down the center and suing my walking foot I stitched down one side.  
Then I stitched organic lines all the way to the sewn panels.  

I also quilted around the houses, and all of the fused elements. 
 I added stitched on windows and doors to quilt that part down too.

Here is the finished sewing machine cover, both sides!

**Note the bling on the bottom of this one!**

It fits my BFF's machine perfectly!  
I hope you like it Pauline.
 I made it so you would have something to remember hosting your first blog hop! 
 I am so proud of you and how far you have come!

Now it is time to go and visit everyone else that is posting on this day!


Denise :) said...

Pam, this is darling!! What a fabulous idea -- using it for a machine cover. And using the Halloween prints was brilliant! Pauline will love this, I'm *sure*! :)

Judy B said...

Absolutely love your machine cover! Halloween is my favorite holiday also. Great tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

evelyn said...

What a great idea. Love how you made it your own, ok, so you are giving it to Pauline, she will love it. But you really ran with the idea. Over the top great!

Laura said...

Your Halloween pillow is so cute.

Sunshine Girl said...

What a lovely idea - thanks for the great tutorial and I love that you not only made the pillow in a different holiday theme but also as a present too. Very nice.

Nati said...

Wow, that is certainly different! I like it! thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

Very nice Halloween pillow!

Theresa said...

What a fantastic take on the pattern, I love it and it was a fabulous thing to do to make it for your BFF :)

Sue said...

Great job, what a good idea!
Happy Christmas...

Britt-Inger said...

You are a very creative woman. I love how you turned it into a Halloween project. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

That's a nice twist on the pillow! What a great idea to make a machine cover. :)

charlotte said...

I love your rebellious machine cover. Looks like you enjoyed making it, sew good for you!

Thearica said...

Being a rebel is good! Love your machine cover and thanks for the tute!

gpc said...

What a clever spin on the Holiday pattern! I love the way you thought outside the 'box'!

Ale jc said...
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Ale jc said...

Ohhh it is for Pauline...creatively done!

Quilt Doodle Designs said...

I love your sewing machine cover, very cute!

Charlene S said...

Perfect cover!

Martina said...

Very special and turned out great!

Rosa said...

Great idea.You are very creative and your cover machine is just wonderful.Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this. I like the idea of taking the Holiday Lane theme and being so creative with it. Instead of a pillow cover you made a sewing machine cover. Very clever and excellent detail.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

great idea!!

Kate said...

Love what you did. And how generous of you to share the tutorial on how you did it.

My Old Quilting Soul said...

your ghosts are still my favorite part :)

Patty said...

Nice twist on the pattern!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pam, Could you help me with something? I went to the Pinterest site for the blog hop so that I could re-pin your photo's and I couldn't find them. How do I access these? Thanks, Sue Morris

Calicojoan said...

What a delightful idea. Being the Halloween junkie that I am, I think I must make one myself! :-)

JudyCinNC said...

Does this mean that you will now make a Christmas one for your sewing machine? Truly wonderful gift for your friend. Judy C

Linda said...

Your Halloween pillow is just adorable! Great job!

Carrie P. said...

Nice twist to the Christmas houses.

sew.darn.quilt said...

Very festive, way to go against the grain :)

Nini said...

Great idea!! I love your pillow
Greetings from Germany

Jane's Quilting said...

WOW, how cool. I would have never thought of a sewing machine cover. That is really a good idea. Thank you for the tutorial on how you did it. The cover, looks great! Your additions made it all pop and really showed it off.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

I can see it now: a Holiday Lane for every holiday. Cute idea to make a sewing machine cover. Thanks for the tut.

Carol S. said...

You definitely thought outside the box on this one--too cute! Thanks for the tutorial and hopefully you'll join another hop so we can see more of that rebel side of you. :O)

giddy99 said...

I love that you used a Halloween theme and made a sewing machine cover! Brilliant!

Brenda said...

What a wonderful way to use this village! I', sure it will be loved! Great job!
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Agnes B. Bullock said...

Will be using this tutorial for my next pillow! Love this idea and love the Halloween fabrics too! My two machines are just crying out for their own covers!

Melinda said...

I had also thought this would make a great Halloween pattern. I was going to leave my shapes the same as the snow on the roofs but cut them out of a small spiderweb print in my little daydream. Maybe I will get to it yet!

Needled Mom said...

Very cute in the Halloween fabrics.

Just Quilt It said...

What a great project! How cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

Sallie said...

OHHH! Do not let my DD see this! She would LOVE it! I will have to make her one!!

Mary said...

How cute. Great way to use the pattern. Thank you for sharing.

BizyStitches said...

What a cute idea. Love it.


its adorable.. you scare me,, ,xLOL

silvia said...

Great pillow!!! I LOVE that you used Halloween patterns!!!

tink's mom said...

What a clever adaptation. Great job.

Judy said...

Oh that is so cute! I love the added features. I'd like to make something similar. Thank you!

carla said...

Hi!!! Looks really great done in Halloween style!!! Great tutorial!!! Thanks for the fun!!!

Ellie Q said...

What a neat idea! Great job and lucky Pauline!

Quilt n Queen said...

Well Pam...I'm speechless. You are definitely creative. Great job! I picture the sewing machine cover in your new sewing room...the fabrics and holiday are 'you'!! It can protect your sewing machine and after I move back to Canada...every time you sit down to sew you can think of me. It's a deal you can't refuse. Thanks for your support and commitment and for sharing your time and inspiration with all of us today...Happy stitching BFF, Pauline

Chris said...

Yours is an original! So cute!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Rosemary B here:
Love it! fun colors and fabrics.
I love sewing machine covers too. I have made many of them. This is a great idea!

Deb C said...

That is awesome! Thank you for taking the time to give all the specifics!

Gmama Jane said...

Rebel With a Cause!! LOL!! I'm certain Pauline will adore her new machine cover!
Gmama Jane

sophie said...

I LOVE your Halloween Lane!

Cindy said...

Awesome tutorial! I love your rendition of the Holiday Lane pillow!!! Good for you :)

Brenda said...

Totally wonderful! Happy to see you are gifting it to Pauline. Hope you are doing well. I have not been blogging much lately trying to catch up with all my bloggy buddies!

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LJ said...

I'd been wondering how long before someone chose a different holiday to highlight a different holiday. Thanks for the tut on the machine cover; yours turned out so cute.

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Michele said...

Such a rebel you are! Just love it!

krislovesfabric said...

Fun idea, love your take on the pattern :)

MoeWest said...

I think it looks fabulous! What a nice present to make for Pauline.

Beth said...

What a cute machine cover!!! You are very creative! Thanks for the inspiration.

Martha said...

Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing with us.

Kay in NJ said...

I can say that this is the coolest machine cover yet! PS Love that you won the "guest room vs sewing room" debate. Your son's help in transporting your bins is better than a material gift (no pun intended). I can attest to the fact that having your fabric visible does wonders to what you will accomplish.

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