|Pattern Description: |
Ironing board cover, sewing machine cover, and pincushions.
Ironing board cover fits standard ironing board, 54" long. Sewing machine cover: 17" x 15" x 6 1/2", self-lined. Pincushion A: 4" x 3". Pincushion B: 3" diameter.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, very much so.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Absolutely! Instructions are very straightforward, and the illustrations are very helpful. The pattern envelope boasts "Yes! It's Easy" and, well, it really is.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I'm a garment sewist, so this was my first time using batting! I felt like I was working on a mini-quilt (okay, not really; but you get the point!), and so appreciated the challenge of working with some new techniques and machines. The low-loft batting really gives the cover just the right amount of substance to make it functional.
An AWESOME cut of the "Home Sewing Is Easy" print from Alexander Henry. I purchased this fantastic and fun fabric awhile ago and knew I'd find the perfect use for it. This was it for me. I have plenty of leftover fabric, too, so can you say matching pincushions for me?!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I'll admit, the bias tape was a bit frisky to work with since the low-loft batting created just enough plumpness for the tape to slip and slide. It was pretty slippery, especially around the cover's rounded corners. I pinned and pinned, hand-basted, and still wasn't happy with the result with my machine. I wanted perfection! Instead, I ended up stitching by hand, using a longish running stitch. I'm actually pretty happy with the look and think it complements the sewing-themed fabric quite nicely. Plus, it gave me the chance to do some hand sewing. After the bias tape frustration (I KNEW there had to be a better way), I searched online for some tips and found a wonderful tutorial (u rock, Caila-Made)- I will DEFINITELY be using this method the next time around: http://www.cailamade.com/2012/02/tutorial-and-tips-sewing-with-bias-tape.html.
Also, I used solid black cotton for the cover's side piece. With the main fabric being as busy as it is, I figured a little contrast would be nice.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, absolutely! I think you can have a lot of fun with this pattern, creating some custom accessories for your sewing room or the sewists in your life. Or just for yourself.
Sometimes, I need a diversion between sewing garments. For me, this pattern and project was just that. It gave me a chance to try some new techniques, work with batting, and have something wonderful for my hard-working machine at the end of the day. Plus, it comes together pretty quickly (especially when you get the bias tape under control), so it's, all in all, wonderfully satisfying.