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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sewing Machine Cover



 Today I decided to make myself a little present.
I have been needing a cover for my sewing machine . . .
so today seemed like a great time to make one:)

I quilted the fabric to give it stability.
This is the sides and top. 

 These two pieces are for the front and back.
 Then I cut pink polka dot binding 
to sew my pieces together.





Here it is finished :) 

 





 Spring is coming so the more time that I spend gardening,
the less time I'll spend sewing.
Hopefully this will keep any dust out
of my machine :)

Oh, I sent off an order for garden seed today.
I know that it is early, 
but I am so excited for spring


and I'm looking
forward to starting seeds out in my little potting shed.  

I hope that all of you are enjoying your day.
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

69 comments:

  1. Just visiting from Thrifting My Home after seeing her beautiful gifts from you... you are quite the talented gal, sure do love your art barn, wow! And the sewing machine cover is darling! I probably could use one of those for my machine, much prettier than the plastic one that came with the machine! I have just dusted off my sewing machine and sewed for the first time in years. It felt great! But yes, spring is coming, and I too would much rather be in the garden than anywhere else :) Enjoyed my visit here today! :)

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    1. I love being outside. Last week we had one warm and sunny day and I spend hours outside. Now we are back to cold, grey and rainy, but spring is right around the corner. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love meeting new blogging sisters.

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  2. That cover is adorable. Especially the little flower and the hearts! I think it will be an early spring this year, so good thing you got some seeds coming!

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    1. Yesterday I noticed my seed order setting on the desk in the computer room. It had been setting there for a couple weeks . . . so it was time to get it in the mail. I'm very excited about spring and getting by hands in the dirt. Thank you for the sweet compliment on my sewing machine cover :)

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  3. Oh, my! I love it when you do lots of crafts to show us! I have a metal cover for my machine but yours is so adorable!!! Not sure if I will start some seeds under my gro lights this year or not. I don't seem to do well hardening them off and getting them out in the garden okay. The nearer it gets I will probably get the "itch" to do it though. Exciting to be ordering your seeds! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I am getting antsy for Spring . . . just to feel the sunshine on my back, to get my hands dirty, and to get out of the house. I have had a wonderful winter working out in my art barn . . . it is a nice place to chase away those winter blues, LOL. I am delighted that you like my sewing machine cover. Watch your mail, I sent you something over a week ago.

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    2. Yes Connie!! Love it! Picture on my last blog post! Smile! Nancy

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    3. I am so glad, I was beginning to worry . . . sometimes the mail can be very slow :)

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  4. Hello Connie,
    I'm coming over from Sherry's blog, Thrift My House, where I just saw the sweet gift you sent her. Love the banner and cute apron! Blogging friends are the best, I do believe! Anyway, it's a pleasure to "meet" you. Your sewing machine cover is beautiful. And I'm curious as to what you'll be growing. Our weather has been crazy - cold one day, warm the next...I don't know if we're going to get any freezes so I'm holding off on my gardening.
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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    1. They say that the middle of May is the earliest that we should plant outside in our area, but now with the potting shed I will be able to kick start my Spring planting. This will be my first year to do this . . . it is exciting. It seems that when warm weather hits, I get so busy. This April will be our second year annivery in our new (old) home. New bought an old fixer upper on an acre of land and it has been a steady work in progress. I love meeting new blogging sisters and making new friends . . . Welcome to my little corner of the world :)

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  5. I like all the different fabrics you've used to make the pretty sewing machine cover. What a great idea!
    Also like your cute garden/potting shed. Mine is a big mess but plans are underway to redo it and make it a lot nicer.

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    1. I have always thought that starting my own plants from seed would be fun and now that we have the space for gardening I can not wait to get started. This will be my first year with the potting shed. My sweet husband built it for me as a lean-to off the shed last September. Thank you for your kind words about my sewing machine cover :)

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  6. Very, very charming and creative! I love it!

    Jane

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  7. Connie- I think that is the cutest machine cover I have ever seen. You did a wonderful job and I love your choice of fabrics. I am moving my machine onto this floor tomorrow so I can get some sewing in while hubby is resting and recovering. Trying to get a few blog visits in tonight while hubby is feeling good. xo Diana

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    1. Dear Diana, it sounds like you are home and that is a good thing. Keeping your life active with projects, and family and all the normal routine things is probably the best way for hubby to get feeling better. Keeping a positive attitude can be a major factor in healing. It is great to see you back blogging and thank you for your sweet compliment on my little sewing machine cover :)

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  8. Absolutely beautiful!!!! My cover is a bag with a zipper that held bed sheets...works perfect and keeps the dust out.

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    1. Hey, if it works, Great!!! I say don't fix it if it isn't broke. I didn't have a cover and I was noticing dust getting into my machine.

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  9. Gorgeous cover - I really should make one for my machine as well :-) SO nice that you're looking forward to spring...it seems ages until autumn comes our way - far too hot and muggy lately!

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    1. I forget sometimes how many of my sweet blogging sisters are in the middle of summer. We are starting to think planting seeds as you are getting ready to start canning your vegetables. I'm delighted that you like my cover, I really needed one.

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  10. Oh wow, that machine cover is beautiful. Do you sell anything on Etsy? You are also so organised, I feel quite ashamed! Xxx

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    1. Hi Fran, I have thought about having an Etsy shop, but as fast as the idea comes, it also goes, LOL.
      I am delighted that you like my cover, thank you :)

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  11. I need a sewing machine cover for my craft sewing machine,I bought it at an auction and the cover was missing I always throw a pretty crochet scarf over it to keep the dust off. I am not a talented sewer just can repair things and I love to try to make cloth cards and tags
    I seen your pretty gift to Sherry at Thrift my House
    It's always fun to meet a new blogger

    Janice

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    1. Hi Janice, I enjoy meeting new bloggers, too. There is a world of lovely creative women out there. We are all just interested in creating a comfortable home for our families and it is great to share ideas. Thank you so much for your sweet words and for stopping by to visit.

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  12. I adore your sewing machine cover and the hearts are so cute on it.

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    1. Thank you. I made the cover yesterday, but I made the hearts years ago. I just thought they set it off and added a little cuteness :)

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  13. Love your new machine cover! I really love when you post as it is such a treat!! Thank you for sharing your creative adventures!!!

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    1. You are so sweet . . . thank you, you made my morning :)

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  14. I love the fabrics that you used and that was a great idea to quilt it first, I made one awhile back and that would have been neat to do. How exciting to start your purchasing of the seeds, as fast as January seems to be going by spring will be here before we know it

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    1. Hi Connie, I have always bought my seeds at places like Home Depot, but not knowing whether they are hybrid or not, makes it hard to know whether they are worth saving for the next year. This year I am ordering only from places that sell sustainable seeds. I would like to be able to save them each year and to become more self-sufficient in my gardening. We'll see how that goes, but it sure sounds good, LOL. I am delighted that you like my sewing machine cover, thank you :)

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  15. That turned out cute! And, it's such a great idea. One of my machines doesn't have a case. So, now, I'm thinking I should make a cover for mine! :-)

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    1. Thank you :) I have another machine to make another cover for. I have been noticing dust getting into the machine . . . I dismantled parts of mine and took a soft paint brush and dusted it out, but with all the computerized portions I was afraid to dismantle very much of it. I think that machines that are covered when not being used will have a few more years life to them in the long run. I have a hard cover for one of them, but it takes up room when it is off. I would rather put it up somewhere and have a soft one that I can fold up when I'm sewing. Thanks for stopping by to visit . . . I love company and my welcome mat is always out :)

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  16. This cover is adorable and I love the print! Too pretty!! I also love the banner you sent to Sherry...how sweet of you and what a wonderful gift!

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    1. Thank you so much, and thanks for popping over to say, "Hi". I love making new friends and meeting new blogging sisters :)

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  17. what a great looking sewing machine cover. Sure beats the plain white one I have that came with my machine.

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    1. Hi Ann, I have been seeing so many cute ones on Pinterest and have been needing one, so it was about time I put one together. Now, I need to make one for the other machine. I'm sure that keeping them covered will lengthen their lives. I should have made these years ago :)

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  18. Love this sewing machine cover, as with anything you make! I would love to have a little greenhouse like yours where I could start seedlings. I can't wait to see what you plant and how the plants progress.

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    1. Hi Melanie, I'm excited about starting my own plants . . . this will be my first time at doing this, so, fingers crossed, LOL. I've always been fairly good with outdoor plants, but with indoor plants I'm a disaster. I think that they can tell and just die at the sight of me. Having those big windows and lots of sunshine should really help. That and the fact that I'm reading every article I come across . . . some of them contradict each other, so, time will tell :)

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  19. I love it! The colors are perfect and The Keep Calm saying is one of my favorites! Hope your week is going wonderfully! It's almost the weekend and I am exited for that! Have a lovely Friday my friend!

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, I always love reading your comments, I feel a close friendship to you. I think if I lived closer, I would be the friendly little old lady down the road, LOL, and you would be the sweet young lady that dropped by to craft and sew with me. Have a fun weekend!

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  20. Love your sewing machine cover....so pretty!! My best friend made me one a few years ago for my birthday with fabric that was a sewing theme.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, I do think that having a cover will prolong the life of our machines. I should have made this years ago. I'm delighted that you think it is pretty.

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  21. The cover is so lovely and useful too of course. I went through a drawer yesterday and found some packet seeds but winter here looks like it to stay so no planting for now, maybe end of next month ..where has January gone ??? Hoping for some sunshine soon xxx

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    1. It is far from time to plant here, too . . . but I thought it would be good to get them ordered and start planing . . . that is part of my chase away the winter time blues project. It's always fun to make lists and draw out plans. That and look at gardens on Pinterest :)

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  22. What a darling cover for your sewing machine! I especially love the French themed fabric. Very cute!

    Yes, Spring is not far off, and I look forward to seeing your springtime endeavors! I enjoy everything you do no matter what season it is though!

    Today, here in North Texas, it's 75 as I type this. We have two more days like this ahead of us, and then we go back to colder weather. We have not seen any snow this year, and I'm hoping for some in February! Do you have any that you could send to me? LOL

    Have a beautiful and blessed day my friend,
    D~~~~

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    1. We had more snow this year than most, but right now it is melted, the only place you see any is in shaded areas that the sun hasn't kissed yet. We needed it after our dry hot season last year. It is sunny today, but cold . . . then again it's only January. Mostly we have been having rain and grey skies, so this sunshine is a welcoming sight. I am so happy that you like my sewing machine cover . . . it was fun to make :)
      Have a happy weekend and thanks so much for stopping by.

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  23. I think your sewing machine cover is lovely. Mine just sits out in the open, in the basement, getting all damp and dusty. I hope I don't have to get a new one (wink wink!) Your potting shed looks great! I can't wait to see your little plants sprouting up. Please show pictures.
    And Now I must reply to a comment you left on my blog awhile back. I might have replied on the blog, I'm not sure, but when you said you used to live in Logansport!!!! DId we talk about this before? Because I was BORN in Logansport and lived there until I was five. However, I spent every weekend there growing up because my parents, who each have six siblings, were from Logansport! And we spent a lot of time playing with our cousins while our parents visited all the time. It's why I'm so close to my cousins. AND I WANT TO RE-VAMP THAT TOWN IN THE WORST WAY!!! I am going to have to stop, but I don't want to.......

    Cindy Bee

    I could go on.........

    But I won't.....

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    1. I lived there when my first son was born in 1963. We rented a small studio apartment above and old house on the edge of town. The owners of the house (who lived downstairs in the house) had a little cafe next door called The Copper Kettle. Does that right any bells?
      Wishing you a happy weekend.

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  24. I admire your sewing machine cover. I have a cute little Singer Featherweight that I'd like to make a cover for. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. I've needed one from quite sometime . . . this was a project well over due :)

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  25. Hi Connie! I love the cover you made for your sewing machine and those stuffed hearts are just darling. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friend... :)

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    1. Hello Dee, it is lovely to see you and thank you for your sweet words :)

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  26. Hi Connie! Actually we say "hey" here in the south:-) Good for you, making yourself something! I love your sweet sewing cover and the hearts are so pretty and perfect for this time of year. Hard to believe it's time to think about spring planting already. Where did January go? I hope you are having a great weekend Connie! Hugs, Sherry

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    1. Hey Sherry! You are just the sweetest thing :) It is impossible to have low self-esteem the way you are always building me up. I don't deserve it, but it is so very nice. You have kicked my morning off with a humongous smile :)

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  27. Hi Connie, I am your newest member. I just came across your blog for the first time and love it. The sewing machine cover is beautiful. I can't wait to spend more time in your blog and see your beautiful creations.

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    1. Welcome Kelly! I always enjoy making a new friend. I am delighted that you like my blog :)

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  28. I love the fabric you chose for the sewing machine cover.

    And, you just gave me an idea. My little garden house has side walls made of windows and glass in the door. I think I need to do begin some seeds in the little house.

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    1. Great idea . . . you have plenty of sunlight :)

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  29. Well, this pretty creation beats my plain old plastic cover hands down. Love the fabrics, and quilting to give stability also added a lot to the design look as well. Loved the 'prints' with the polka dots. You have a lovely area to sit & sew. Also a sunny & bright potting area. I don't garden, but this looks like a wonderful place to spend some time. I'd be afraid to get it dirty though!! TFS & Hugs.

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    1. I know what you mean . . . this spring will be my first time to use it (we built it last fall) so we'll see just how dirty it gets when I start my planting :)

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  30. Connie, I just looove your sewing machine cover. How pretty! The fabric is just beautiful. Lots of hugs, Maria

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    1. Thank you . . . I have had that fabric for a while, but can not remember what I bought it for . . . but it worked for this project :)

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  31. Oh, it's so darn cute! I made one last year out of an old linen. I am so antsy for spring and was wishing I had a seed catalog to look at. Snowing and blowing today. But I'm counting the days. :)
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann, it is windy and cold here too, but they are predicting pretty days for the weekend. It's still way early to start planting, but not for planing and dreaming :)

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  32. I think sewing machine covers are such a great idea. I've seen some cute ones, but I think yours is the cutest yet. Maybe one day I'll get around to making one. Hugs, Nancy P.S. Spring can't come soon enough for me. It's not that I haven't enjoyed these winter months. I have, as they've been very productive. I'm just ready to dig in the garden!

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    1. Oh, me too! There is nothing like the warm smell of spring earth and the feel of sunshine on your shoulders :) Writing this makes we want to dig out one of my John Denver CDs. . . . I love that man's music.

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  33. Your sewing machine cover looks great, a very good idea.

    All the best Jan

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