by Barb Drew
Even though I have been sewing for over 40 years not every project has been a success. No doubt due to my lack of patience, among many other possible reasons. Which is why there is so much joy over making something that is just right. I believe in celebrating the small victories as well as the big ones.
Years ago I found what I thought was a beautifully embroidered cloth at a thrift shop. Upon close inspection it looked handmade and I liked the colours chosen by that anonymous craftsperson. Being a firm believer in getting as much of that hand work out into the light of day as possible, I used the cloth to drape over my sewing machine as a sort of dust protector whenever I put it to bed, so to speak. But always in the back of my mind I was trying to devise a way to sew it into a proper sewing machine cover without having to chop it up and disturb that beautifully embroidered design.
Inspiration came inside a library book, where so many of my ideas originate. (What a great resource, is our local public library!) This particular book, The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing, pictured a sewing machine cover of a slightly different configuration than all the others I had seen. In what seemed like very little time I had rooted through my fabric stash, found complementary fabrics (also all from the thrift) and began the process of putting it all together.
I made bias binding from the red polka dot cotton– something I love to do. As well, I used that fun fabric to line the inside of the cover and as an accent. The blue and white striped fabric is a sturdy cotton of denim weight. To give the entire cover more heft and before sewing the sides onto the main piece, I sandwiched some quilt batting between the outer and inner layers and had some fun stitching them together (quilting) in a freeform pattern.
Now, whenever I put my sewing machine to rest, I love placing this new cover over it. And when I am ready to begin sewing again, I just slip the cover over the back of my chair out of the way.
My definition of a successful sewing project; it is useful, beautiful and it makes me smile.