It’s been so much fun playing with my new favorite toy/ tool the Cricut Maker. It’s so amazing what it can cut! Today I’m sharing my tips on a pattern that Cricut offers in Design Space – The Cricut Make Cover Tutorial. It’s a cover that fits nice and snugly over your Cricut Maker and has great side pockets for holding tools.
For this Project you will Need:
1/4 Yd. pattern fabric (for accent and ends)
1/2 Yd. coordinating fabric (for lining)
1/2″ elastic (12″)
Home sewing machine
Extra wide double fold bias tape
Embellishment, ribbon, or piping (optional)
Fabric Marking Pen
Cricut Maker Cover Tutorial Tips:
Step 1 – Cutting out the elements
You will need to cut out rectangles of fabric for the maker to cut out the pieces. Cut out the following:
(2) 9″ x 18″ piece of your primary outside fabric (gray mat – in the example I’ve sewing it’s the fabric with the sewing notions and dresses on it) Tip: You are cutting one of the two front rectangles make sure that if your fabric is directional that the pattern in going in the right direction.
Place a 12″ x 14″ piece of your primary outside fabric (gray mat) Tip: I cut this wrong the first time! This make is cutting out the outside pockets. So you want to make sure that your fabric is going in the direction of the arrow. Meaning The side that is 12 inches should be going in the direction of the pattern.
Place a 9.5″ x 18″ piece of accent fabric (yellow mat in the example it’s the red and white flowered fabric) With both the accent pieces if the fabric is directional it needs to go the length in the fabric (like in the first primary fabric picture.)
9″ x 14″ piece of accent fabric (yellow mat)
12″ x 20″ piece of lining fabric (mint mat -it’s the lining so direction doesn’t matter here – no one will see it!)
9″ x 7″ piece of lining fabric on your mat (mint mat)
Hand cut a 17.5″ x
21.5” 22″ piece of lining fabric for the inside of the dust cover (no mat used) Tip: Cut the lining a little bigger – the math seems to be off and the lining is half an inch too small. I’ve talked to Cricut and hopefully the directions will be corrected soon.
Step 2 – Cut using the Cricut Maker
Mat 1 gray mat- Place a 9″ x 18″ piece of your primary outside fabric right side down on the mat. (top 1)
Mat 2 gray mat- Place a 9″ x 18″ piece of your primary outside fabric right side down on the mat. (Top 3)
Mat 3 yellow mat- Place a 12″ x 14″ piece of your primary outside fabric right side down on the mat. (puter pockets)
Mat 4 yellow mat – Place a 9.5″ x 18″ piece of accent fabric right side down on the mat. (Top 2 – center accent strip)
Mat 5 mint mat – Place a 9″ x 14″ piece of accent fabric right side down on the mat. (outer side)
Mat 6 mint mat – Place a 12″ x 20″ piece of lining fabric on your mat. ( pockets lining and lining side)
Mat 7 mint mat – Place a 9″ x 7″ piece of lining fabric on your mat, with the 7″ side running the length of the mat, and the 9″ side across the top of the mat. (other lining side)
Tip: If you used a different type of fabric like I did for the lining be sure to change your material settings when you are cutting out the items.
Step 3 – Begin to Sew
Tip: Since the seam allowance on these sections is .5 inches I am going to recommend that you if you sew on the piping first (my piping is .25 not .5 so it was easier to sew on first)
Tip: My fabric was lighter and I knew I wanted to use my Cricut Maker cover right away. So once you’re finished sewing sections take a paper towel and some water and dab the washable marker so it will lighten and disappear.
Step 4 – Begin to work on the pockets
Tip: I wanted to add a fun mini pom pom detail to the top of my pockets so before I sewed the pocket sides together I added the trim to the top. You can also do this with ribbon or ric rak.
then open so the elastic can be attached to the lining side. Tack the elastic to one side of the pocket, just below the seam.
Fold the pocket down, and sew across both pieces of fabric, 1/2″ from the fold, to create a casing. Attach a safety pin to the free end of the elastic.
Run the elastic through the casing, then tack in place at the far corner of the pocket
Note: Since my lining fabric didn’t have a “Right” or “wrong” side I left the fabric pen side out so you could see – but on your cover the pabric pen sides ( or wrong sides) should be touching on the interior)Pin the bottom pleat,
then baste the pocket onto the right side of the accent fabric ends—pieces 4 and 5—using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to catch the ends of the elastic in the basting stitch along the edge of the end piece. Tip: From here on out you’ll be using a .25″ seam allowance.!!!
Step 5 – Sew the lining
Sew the lining fabric end pieces into the 17.5″ length of the hand cut lining piece, with right sides together. Pivot the fabric as you go around the turn to keep the edges of the curved and straight pieces flush. Do not gather. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance for the ends
Step 6 – Sew the outer cover
Sew the pocketed end pieces onto the cover top in the same manner as the lining, with right sides together. Notch around all curves with snips, or use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance and prevent fraying.
Cutting notches around the curves allows the corners and curves to turn smoothly without puckering when the project is right side out.
Place the lining into the cover top, with right sides out for both. Your cover should resemble its final form at this point, so feel free to check fit and look on your machine! Tip: Line up the end seams to make sure that the lining fits well.
Use extra wide double fold bias tape as binding around the bottom. This seals both sides of the dust cover together—no need to turn inside out! We used piping on this example, as well, but embellishment with piping or ribbon is optional. When you get to the end of the bias tape, simply trim at an overlap of 1″, and fold the raw edge under.
12. Top stitch over the binding to secure around the entire cover
You’re finished with the Cricut Maker Cover Tutorial!
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