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Organize Along Tutorial Week 2

Grandmother’s Groovy Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

Guest Blogger: Julia Frazier

Every week, through the Bee Sew Inspired - Organize-Along, we are hosting guest bloggers! These amazing creatives are sharing with you, a fun and simple tutorial that you can make, to help organize something in your creative space!

Join me and welcoming today's guest blogger Julia Frazier from Bayhill Studio

in celebration of the Bee Sew Inspired - Organize-Along!

You can learn more about Julia at the following links:

Instagram: @bayhillstudio

Hello friends! I am Julia with Bayhill Studio. I am an avid quilter, artist, and hiker. I am excited to be participating in this Organize Along, and I’m really looking forward to the tips others have to shared because anyone who has seen my sewing space knows I could use a little help staying organized!

The topic for this week is “Fabrics: Sorting by type, storage, accessibility. I have tried many methods to keeping my fabrics organized, and I have found using clear storage bins works best for me. Here you can see all of my solid colors organized by color family.

This helps me easily find what I need at a glance. I use this same method for organizing prints, as you can see just a little glimpse of in the bottom right corner.

I have a busy schedule, with upcoming projects planned out almost a year in advance. I have found using these clear bins to separate each project is an absolute must so the fabrics don’t accidentally get used for another project or disappear in a pile of scraps somewhere.

Today’s tutorial features Riley Blake Confetti Cottons. I had specific colors in mind, and again, I was able to quickly go to my clear fabric bins to find just what I was looking for. I’m not perfectly organized, but at least this part of my sewing room is in ship shape!

Every sewing machine needs a sewing machine cover, am I right? In practical terms, sewing machine covers keep the dust out of your machine while it isn’t in use, and they can also include pockets for storing notions and tools. But who says they can’t also look amazing?

And maybe something that I could take with me, have sitting by the couch or take on


I decided the first step to organizing any sewing space is having a functional & fabulous sewing machine cover! I pulled out my Groovy Flower Templates (available in my shop) to create this totally Groovy Sewing Machine Cover, and I’m in love!

Fabrics used are Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cottons in Pumpkin, Curry, Brownie, Pina Colada, and Cloud. This color combination is so retro and sew fun!

The front pocket is perfect for storing scissors, rulers and more.

What You Need:

Every sewing machine is different, so my fabric requirements are very general — you will need to calculate your fabric requirements based on the size of your specific machine. To make this sewing machine cover, you will need:

  • 1/3 yard of each color (Pumpkin, Curry, Brownie, Pina Colada, and Cloud) for the flowers

  • Extra fabric in background color of choice for the pocket

  • Approximately 1-3/4 yd. Brownie Confetti Cotton for sewing machine cover background main piece, sides, pocket flowers, and for binding

  • Approximately 1 yard fabric for lining

  • Approximately 1 yard fabric Pellon Flex Foam, Fusible Fleece, or Quilt Batting

  • 1/4 yd. medium weight fusible interfacing for pocket, if desired

  • Spray adhesive (for layering top, middle and lining pieces). This is optional

  • Another option I used is a simple fusible hem tape found HERE

  • Groovy Flower Template