Tutorial: Wool and Leather Serger Cozy

Posted in: Tutorials — By on September 10, 2014 9:00 AM

I’ve been meaning to make a serger cozy forever!
The other day I finally took the plunge using some leftover felt from a school project (geeze that was ages ago!)

I also have cats, one in particular who loves to eat thread. If you have cats you know that this is very dangerous! I have to be diligent about putting away thread snippings and not leaving spools lying around… And sometimes  I am lazy. I like to keep it threaded so I can pull it out for quick projects when I don’t care what colour the thread is. So I usually cover the whole thing with a plastic bag – probably the least elegant solution I could think of.

Janome MyLock 204D

I think most sergers will fit this style of cover. I have a Janome MyLock 204D. 

For the Wool and Leather Serger Cozy, you will need:

  • Wool felt (amount depends on your machine, but probably a yard or less
  • A couple of small bits of leather for accents (optional)
  • Some kind of marking tool
  • Measuring tape and/or a ruler
  • A sewing machine (duh) and thread, pins, etc.

 

For this project I used a thick wool felt and some leather as accents. Since I made up the pattern for my particular machine, there’s no template, but I will tell you how I measured the machine and came up with a pattern.

To start, measure your machine at the largest points. It’s helpful to make yourself a little diagram of finished dimensions.

You’ll want to add a seam allowance to these dimensions before you make your pattern pieces. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance because I was using felt and didn’t want to trim the seam (and I like livin’ on the edge!) If you’re not comfortable with such a small allowance, go larger.

The next step is to make your pattern pieces. Or you can do what I did and trace the pattern right on to your felt with your favourite marking tool. Ignore that extra line there – I forgot to add my seam allowance at first. 

You’ll need 3 pieces of fabric for the body, and 2 for the handles, plus a bit of leather if you want.
2 of the pieces of fabric are the sides and you’ll have one long piece for the back/front/top. I made the long piece a couple of inches longer than needed just in case and trimmed it at the end.

Felt is great for this because it doesn’t fray when you cut it. No hemming or lining necessary!

Once your fabric pieces are cut, make your handle.
I did this by stacking two fair sized scraps of felt on top of each other and stitching 5 rows. I cut the excess off and had a nice straight strap. The reason I cut after sewing was so that if my fabric shifted a bit it wouldn’t matter… and did I mention I’m feeling lazy?

Determine where to put your strap.
(Note: The strap just makes it easy to pull off the machine – you will never be lifting the machine with this strap!)
To do this, pin the long piece of fabric to one of the side pieces and figure out where the top will be. Center the strap straightly in that position and stitch it down on both ends. I used a reinforcing X with a box around it. You can leave this visible (it looks quite nice actually!) or you can do what I did and stitch your leather squares on to the ends. I just love the way felt and leather look together.

 

Once your strap is stitched on, you’ll want to pin one side to the back/front piece. I find it easier to pin and stitch on the front piece instead of the side. Stitch one side (remember I used a 1/4″ seam allowance?) and then pin the other side and test out the fit on your serger.

Once you’re happy with the fit (make adjustments if you need to) sew the other side to the front/back piece.

I pressed my seams flat on the outside and then did a top stitch around the whole thing. I also have an industrial sewing machine. Depending on how thick your felt is and what type of sewing machine you have, you may or may not want to skip the top stitching. 

Remember that extra length I added to the longest piece? Trim that now.

And Voila! It looks a lot better than a plastic bag, huh?

 

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