A Version 1 pattern for my Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover is now available.
I am hoping to release the final version for sale, together with these instructions, in a few weeks but, in the meantime, you can download it for 50p The final version has been released and now costs £4.00 in my Etsy Shop. I had planned to offer it free but I discovered when I came to list it that Etsy doesn’t allow that. This pattern has not yet been tested, except by me in the making of this tutorial, so This pattern has now been made by a large number of independent sewists so I’m confident everything should go smoothly but if you come across anything that doesn’t make sense or doesn’t work as expected please contact me and we will try to resolve it.
The basic construction is very simple but to enable the finished cover to be free standing I have used three layers of Hobbs Fusible Wadding. This means there is a LOT of thickness to sew through. A walking foot is essential and I strongly recommend that before you begin you test the viability of sewing through six layers of wadding + four layers of fabric on your machine. I have Janome Sewist 525S and it was possible but not easy.
If you find the thickness too much, you can (a) use two layers of wadding, (b) use wadding + a layer of heavy duty interfacing and/or (c) reinforce your main structure with further wadding or interfacing after you have completed Stage Six.
I would very much appreciate any suggestions for improving stitchability without compromising sturdiness or, indeed, any other feedback you may have.
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VINTAGE CARAVAN SEWING MACHINE COVER TUTORIAL
(For information on adjusting the sizing, please click here)
(Measurements here are intended to give an indication only. Accurate sizes and cutting instructions are given below)
Wadding – 44″ X 90″
Wheel Hub Fabric – 5″ X 2 1/2 ” grey felt
Length of yarn – 56″
Double Sided Fusible Fabric – 36″ X 4″ + 5″ X 2 1/2 ”
Aluminium Foil – Approx 8″ X4″
Two Buttons to back Wheel Buttons
I recommend beginning with the lining because it acts as a rehearsal for sewing the final pieces without having to worry about the thickness of all the layers and because you can use it to make sure the cover will actually cover your machine comfortably.
3. Align pattern pieces A, B and C with the side and top edges of the rectangles you cut in step 2 (above) and cut curve as illustrated below.
4. Mark the centre of each main piece and the strip with pins, as illustrated below.
5. With right sides together, align the pins of one main piece with the pin on one side of the strip and, beginning at the centre point pin and sew.
6. Repeat with the other side. Do not turn right-side-out. Press and set aside.
Please note that the fabrics in this stage are cut larger than the pattern pieces indicate to allow for any shrinkage/distortion when the layers are quilted so you can go a little into your selvedges as long as you remember to cut them off later.
The main body of the caravan is very thick to enable the cover to stand by itself.
|align as shown|
17. Align the bottom edges of Pattern Pieces A, B and C with the line where your two fabrics join and mark around them, as shown.
19. Trim the bottom of your piece 6″ from the sewing line where the solid + print fabrics join. This is 13 1/4″ from the top of your piece, as shown.
20. Make a quilt sandwich by layering the strip of backing fabric (44″ X 11″ – No. 7. above) right-side-down, then three strips of wadding (44″ X 11″ – No. 8. above) and, finally, your caravan solid fabric strip (32″ X 11″ – No. 9 above) right-side-up. Align the centre of the solid fabric strip with the centre of the wadding strip. Baste and quilt.
21. Mark the centre of your strip with pins. Measure 15 3/8″ from each side of the centre line and mark using pins, as shown. This gives your SEWING LINE.
20. Mark a line across your piece 1/4″ away from and on the exposed wadding side of your sewing line (indicated by pins), as shown. Then remove these pins.
21. Take one caravan print fabric rectangle (5 1/2″ X 11″ – No.11. above) and lay it along your marked line (No. 20. above) wrong side up, as shown.
23. Flip the print fabric rectangle over. Press, Baste stitch in the ditch and quilt with lines 2″ apart.
Cut the Window pieces using the templates on page 7 of your pattern and assemble as follows:
26. Take one Window Part 1 piece and two `window Part 2 pieces.
27. Join with 1/4″ seam and press seams away from centre, as shown.
|front and back|
28. Take two Window Part 3 pieces and two Window Part 4 pieces. Fold lengthways and press.
29. Sew the Window Part 3 pieces to the Window Part 2 pieces with raw edges adjoining, as shown.
30. Press seams towards centre, as shown.
|back and front|
31. Take two Window Part 2 pieces and sew to the top and bottom of window, as shown, ensuring you have a 1/4″ overlap at every side.
STAGE FOUR – THE ROUND WINDOW
Cut the Round Window pieces using the templates on page 4 of your pattern and cut two rectangles of fabric 3 1/4″ X 2″. The larger circle will be the window frame and the smaller circle the ‘glass’. The rectangular pieces are curtains. Assemble as follows:
34. Sew with 1/4″ seam, as shown.
35. Flip over your rectangle and press, as shown.
36. Turn over and trim your rectangle to match the edge of the circle, as shown.
37. Take your second 3 1/4″ X 2″ rectangle and position it wrong side up. Position the rectangle so that one corner overlaps the piece sewn in step 34. above and one corner touches the edge of your circle, as shown.
38. Sew with 1/4″ seam, as shown.
39. Repeat steps 35 and 36, as shown.
40. Trim away excess fabric from back, as shown, and set aside.
41. Go back to your Round Window paper pattern pieces. Cut off the seam allowance by cutting on the sewing line. Using these as templates, cut circles from card, as shown.
42. Take a piece of aluminium foil larger than your circles. Lay your Outer Window fabric circle on the foil wrong side up. Lay your Outer Window card circle on the centre of your fabric, as shown.
43. Carefully fold your foil tightly over the edges of the card circle – this is folding the fabric edges at the same time – and press.
44. Separate your foil, card and fabric carefully and set aside your fabric circle.
45. Repeat steps 42, 43 and 44 using your Inner Window piece from step 40.
46. Sew your Inner Window onto your Outer Window.
48. Press and attach Door Part 3 to Door in the same way as steps 30. and 31. above.
52. Take the remaining strip of your Caravan and position one window at each end. Position each window in the centre of the strip 5 3/4″ from the end, as shown.
|USE PLENTY OF PINS|
|BETWEEN YOUR STITCH IN THE DITCH LINES YOU CAN SEW ON YOUR FIRST QUILTING LINE|
|SIDE ONE PINNED|
56. Attach the second side of your Caravan, repeating steps 54 and 55.
|FIRST PIN BOTH ENDS|
|SECURE THE CENTRE WITH PINS (THESE MAY NEED ADJUSTING LATER)|
|MANHANDLE YOUR PIECE TO GET THE CORNERS TO LAY FLAT AGAINST THE CURVE|
|SIDE TWO PINNED|
STAGE SEVEN – ATTACHING THE LINING AND THE
58. Position lining inside your cover and pin as shown and secure to the top corners of your cover with some small hand stitches.
59. Prepare a strip of background fabric 60″ X 5″ and press lengthwise. Fold over one end approx 1/4″ and press.
|PLEASE PRETEND THIS STRIP IS ALL GREEN!|
60. Align your background strip with the bottom of your lining, raw edges together, and pin in place. Work clockwise beginning with your folded end.
61. Starting about 4″ from your folded end, sew with a 1/4″ seam until you get to about 4″ from your folded end, as shown.
61. Unpin your folded end. Lay your raw edged end inside the folded end, as shown.
62. Continuing sewing until your strip is secured right around.
63. Fold your strip to the right side of your cover. Pin and slip stitch to right side just above your second quilting line, as shown.
STAGE EIGHT – THE WHEELS