This is my last post about the handmade items I made for Kelsey from Everyday Fray as part of our skills swap. The thing that Kelsey was really keen to get was a sewing machine cover, and since I had so much fun making this one as part of the Sew Sew Modern swap, I was more than happy to oblige.
For the shape of the cover, I used this pattern, which I already had. Kelsey's sewing machine is a Janome which is set into her sewing table, so I had to tweak the shape a bit to fit. Drafting the new shape and calculating the size of each panel was actually quite fun (yes, I'm a nerd!). You can see how long and low it is in the picture below (cat for scale). The little paper pieced foxes (made using this pattern) are really cute and were fun to stitch up.
I know Kelsey is as much a fan of linen as I am, so I decided to use some Essex yarn dyed linen in steel as the background for both the sewing machine cover and the matching pouch. I quilted the exterior of both pieces quite heavily, the sewing machine cover with swirls, and the pouch with echo quilting around the fox. I love the texture of this kind of heavy quilting, but I have to admit that it did make assembling the cover and the pouch a little bit challenging.
For the pouch, I used my old standby, the open wide pouch from noodlehead. For the back of the pouch, I traced around a "K" with a water soluble pen, and then echo stitched around it. Once the marking was removed, it left a raised initial which I think is quite cool (and maybe a little bit more subtle than appliqué, for example).
So that's what I made - it was a lot of fun and I'm really pleased with how these items turned out. I'm even more pleased that Kelsey likes them (check out her lovely post here, not least because I took these photos at about 7am when the light was less than ideal and her pictures are much better!).
Have you ever done a skills swap? This was my first one and I'm thrilled with how it went.