Project level: Beginner – but know your basics!


  • Fabric: enough to cover machine, plus liner
  • Quilt batting: low loft
  • Fabric Stabilizer/Interfacing: your preference on thickness (optional)
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter
  • Straight pins
  • Thread: all purpose or quilting thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric Pencil


  1. Pre-wash fabric  (optional – but encouraged)
  2. Measure your machine:  Height, length, width
  3. Measure and cut: TWO panels using your height and length measurements.

    Center strip using your width and length+height+height.*

If lining your cover, you will end up cutting 4 panel pieces and two center strips.  You will also use these measurements to cut batting and interfacing for two panels, plus the one center strip.

Remember to leave a ¼” seam allowance.  So, if your panels’ finished measurements will be 17” x 12”, add ½” to both of those numbers.*

Use a fabric pencil to mark on the center strip, where you would be attaching the panels.  Measured from the middle of the strip, out, on both ends.

  • Pin:  Liner fabric, interfacing, batting, top fabric.  I used a running stitch for the panel that was hand quilted.  If machine quilting, a running stitch may not be necessary. Pin along the edges.  Pin within the center if needed to avoid puckering.  Remove pins as you go.
  • At this point, you can sew, using a straight stitch or a blind stitch (the latter will close up your edges), a ¼” seem around your pieces, removing any remaining pins as you go.
  • Quilt: Whether quilting straight lines or free motion quilting, always start from the center and work your way out. 
  • Once all 3 pieces are pinned and quilted, it’s time to assemble.  Pin your first panel to the center strip, edges together, front sides facing each other.  Sew along the edge of the panel, removing pins as you go.  Repeat with the second panel in the same manner, to the other side of the center strip. 
  • With cover inside out, stitch down the ends.  Now, I didn’t quite know what to do about the corners, so you might cut a notch in your inside corners to help them lay better.
  • Now, attach your binding.  It gets folded over the edge of your piece, at the bottom.  I used a straight stitch, folding in the end, and letting it overlap a little where it began.
  • Last but not least, iron your seams.

*Note:  If you want to make a handle slot at the top of your machine, just measure where it should go on your fabric, and maybe either try a really big buttonhole or cut out where the handle will be, and blind stitch the edges. 

*If you have a basic cover that came with your machine, you can use its dimensions for your cover.  Also, you could use it as your liner, instead of cotton fabric.  Waste not, want not. 

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!


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