In compliance with my resolution this year of buying fabric that I really need, and stop the hoarding of useless fabrics and patterns, I came up with this easy sewing project. I have used a pattern I bought a long long time ago, Butterick 4521. So in the spirit of preserving and recycling, I have found two appropriate pieces of fabric from my pile of sewing projects that went wrong. I had a lot of a hideous brown flannel which I used to sew my husband some p.j. pants. However, I found out his legs are looong… should have known this when I bought the fabric. Oh well. The other piece of fabric I took was from a T-shirt that I made for my husband, but I selected the wrong fabric so the shirt turned out really well meaning looked almost like RTW, however, it did not any stretch to it so this was a no-no and of course, a learning experience as wannabe sewist.
I like this pattern because you can practice your sewing skills while you sew lots of useful things for your sewing studio: Pincushions, sewing machine and serger covers, tailors hams, pressing mittens, ironing cover pads, and neat notions organizers.
There is no doubt you could make this cover without a pattern, but since I had one, I just wanted to cut and sew. I decided to skip the bias binding on this project because the fabric pieces were very thick already so that was enough for my Singer 185 Sewing Machine, which, I have to say, behaved like a trooper going through four layers of thick fabrics like butter.
The size of this cover will allow for up to an 8-thread serger without doubt. There is a lot of room! The instructions of the pattern are very clear. You need batting fabric, and bias binding tape. I have skipped the bias binding and used fusible fleece instead. I also did the gathering with my fingers as I sewed around. I made it more difficult by putting together thick pieces of fabrics. You can do quilting before putting front and back pieces for more decorative finish. This is not a decorative look but at least I don’t feel guilty for wasting fabric. Now my Brother 1034 serger will be dust free and really cozy and hopefully, I am making some contribution to reusing and recycling.