Monday, November 7, 2011

Cover It Up!

Give me a hammer, a screwdriver and a mission and you never know what might happen! I dismantled one of the metal shelving units in the studio and with a herculean push to separate two of the rails, not only did I slice the tips of three fingers, I also sent a couple of metal rails flying across the room. The fingertips are healing, there's a slice in the wall, and one of the rails hit the back of my chair and left a nasty scratch.  This is what I ended up with.  I made the unit shorter, shrunk the space between shelves and made the top into an ironing surface so I don't have to have the ironing board up at all times. It's a bit less claustrophobic without that tall shelf.  As Nate Berkus says, in a small space things need to do double duty.
Of course I created a new problem, the chair needed something to cover that scratch.
No problem! I grabbed a bit of fabric, traced a pattern and made a chair cover to hide the scratch and you know what? I think I'm going to make a couple of covers for the balcony chairs and maybe even for the metal chairs in the dining room. What a great way to decorate for the holidays!
Speaking of cover ups...I cover my sewing machines religiously.  Sewing rooms are notoriously dusty and I try to protect my machines whenever they're not sewing.
One of the projects I did on Sew It All TV was a quick, easy sewing machine cover.  Well, for TV there are loads of step outs that need to be made.  I only have two sewing machines, but now, thanks to the magic of television I have EIGHT extra sewing machine covers.
I made all the step outs into finished covers, but I can't use them, so I decided to share them with you. Do you need a cover for your machine?  Want to give one as a gift?  They're made to fit a Bernina 156 not my giant 820, so they should fit most sewing machines.
I'll draw eight random winners on Wednesday...that is if there are more than 8 of you who want them.
Finished two quilt tops this weekend.  Now to clean the floor so I can baste!
Comments are now closed....choosing the winners!

251 comments:

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Rebecca said...

that metal cart is INSANE. if it was for sale, i would buy it!! love love love!

cradke said...

Lol... more than 8. I'd love one as it would finally give me the excuse to start covering up my machine when not in use...

Nikki McDonald said...

I like these a lot. :)

Mary P said...

Would love the cover. I've been meaning to make one but baby keeps me busy.

LizA. said...

With all the dog hair floating around in my house I really should cover my machine. I guess I'm just too lazy to make a cover since I'd rather be spending that time quilting.

Deborah C. said...

Love the covers, thanks for the giveaway!

Janet said...

If there are more than 8 of us....that's pretty funny! I would love to have one of your funky covers. Thanks for putting my name in the hat.

Janessa said...

I would love one! It would brighten up my whole sewing space!

Teri said...

Wow....I would love to win one..... I was just thinking I really should make a cover for my machine. My sewing room is in the laundry room and I think it might get dusty.

JoEllen said...

i would love to win a cover! I have a Bernina 730 and 155 and have been meaning to make covers for both! If i catch your show, maybe I can follow your instructions! That is if I don't win!

cheri said...

Jacquie...
Love your new ironing station! I don't have a sewing machine cover...those are such happy colors. I hope I win one! Thanks...

Joy said...

Oh goodness I would love one of them.

Lynz said...

Oh, a machine cover has been on my to-do list for the past 2 years! Yours are way prettier than mine would be, too! I would love one!

Isn't it funny how genius sometimes comes from disaster? LOVE your chair cover - it's so YOU!

Connecticut Chronichols said...

I would love the opportunity to win one of your sewing machine covers. And I love your chair cover. I need to cover my sewi g chair because it is just plain ugly. Comfy but ugly.
Thanks,
Sue. Suebasket at aol dot com

Kelly said...

Great machine cover, love the colors!

Barbara said...

Would love one, something always comes up before I get around to making a cover, plus yours are way cute

Beth said...

Love the chair back cover! And it's been awhile since I've been on your blog not in a reader -- and the header is AWESOME! Love the font, love the treatment, love the message!

chp said...

Those are great! And I love the idea of covering the chair back. I think I now have a new project this weekend!

Shayla said...

I love the covers and I need one! I have the silly little plastic cover that came with my machine. I love your table cover and new ironing top!

KellyS said...

220 comments later... I love your covered chair!! I wish I had such a stylish sewing chair... I might have to look for a cool chair to cover around the house. I love your shelf system you made. Love love love the covered top. I wish I could do that in my room... maybe someday I will remodel.

Jess said...

So generous! I had one of those days, myself, yesterday, so I admire your not letting it get you down! Thanks for the giveaway!

Brenda said...

Love your idea with the ironing surface on top of the shelf. I would love one of your sewing machine covers - thanks!

Janice said...

They are so cute! Wish me luck cause I have none.

K8 said...

I'd love to get a cover - my machine could definitely use it!

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE one of your covers! I've been meaning to sew up one but it's one of those projects I don't seem to get to!

arajane said...

as i started reading this post i was guiltily thinking about my lack of a sewing machine cover... but this might be my lucky day!!!

Anonymous said...

I too would love a chance at one of those be cool covers.
thanks,
teawiththemuse(dot)wordpress(dot)com

Melanie Johnston-Butts said...

Ooh! I'd love one! My machine's coverless right now...

nicole dewey said...

I really, really need a sewing machine cover!! I would love one...hope I'm one of the lucky winners!

LynnTN said...

I would love to win one of your sewing machine covers! :)

Chris said...

Good job on making things do double the work! I did the same thing in my small sewing room. I would love one of your extra machine covers. I need to develop the covering habit!

keri said...

hilarious little example of projects begetting projects! happens all the time, doesn't it?? thanks for sharing your lovely sewing covers with those that have...BARE sewing machines! gasp!

Angela said...

"...that is if there are more than 8 of you who want them." *snicker*

As of my posting, comments are already numbering well over 200 ;) Just a couple of us that are interested in receiving one of your fabulous projects!

tj said...

i would love to win one of these covers! since my bedroom doubles as my sewing room, it's nice to have sewing machines look not so "machiney" These colors are perfect! Thanks for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

I would just love a cover. i nerver thought about covering my machine carol
crlwilkie@aol.com

Eryn said...

Well... I think 235 might be a few more than 8 - but what do I know about numbers? I'm only an accountant!! Thanks for the chance to win one of these beauties. Love your blog!!

Bridgit said...

What great fabric. It would be perfect in my sewing room. Even if I don't win, you've inspired me to cover my machine up. Thanks for the chance!

Lindsey said...

You sound like me when I do home improvement projects around the house. My husband tries to help, that usually makes things even more dangerous. I love the covers you made, my machine could definitely use one!!

KatyK said...

These are great, sure could use one in my room.
Thanks for the chance

Mego said...

Oh my I want one...see MANY more than 8 of us...otherwise I'll have to MAKE one! Love the chair cover. THAT is something I'm gonna have to do!

Georgi Sears said...

Great idea for putting an ironing surface on top of a fabric shelf! and who wouldn't want one of your gorgeous sewing machine covers?! Thanks for the chance to win one (fingers crossed!)

Anonymous said...

I would love a cover for my sewing machine- they're gorgeous!!

Samantha

Julie said...

that would be an awesome thing! thanks for the giveaway Jacquie!

Sarah said...

A cover has been on my todo list for waaaay too long (blush). If I don't win I will get one made already, promise!

Lynn Dykstra said...

beautiful--I'd love one

Lynn Dykstra said...

beautiful--I'd love one!

Sara said...

Thank you for this post! I was going to convert a tv tray table into a moveable ironing board but I think this is better! Love the covers too... :)

Anonymous said...

After seeing your cute ironing table/shelf I think I will do the same. Thanks for the great idea and also a chance to win a beautiful cover for my Bernina.
Christine M. luv2sew50@yahoo.com

Melanie said...

Hilarious!! 248 people at least and counting want your sewing machine covers!!!
I think, maybe you should start a side business!
Well done and thanks for the chance to win, even though I don't hold much hope :)
melpaddy@hotmail.com

Karen said...

Well, damn, there a lot more than 8 people who want a machine cover, but I'll throw my name into the hat anyway. I'd love to add one of your pretties to my sewing room. Thanks!

Nancy said...

Ohhhh, I'd love one for my beloved 15-year-old Bernina that's never been covered for one minute of her life. And I don't sew as often as I should. Thee covers are so pretty. Thanks for offering this generous giveaway!

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