Our R&R series (Re-imagine & Renovate) is a favorite here at Sew4Home. You get to see how new fabric and trim transforms a classic project. Go from floral and frilly to sleek and modern, from traditional to whimsical. Or, simply experiment with a new color palette. Today, we start a mini-series under the R&R banner. Our friends at Renaissance Ribbons are getting into the act as "guest renovators," making their own versions of the projects we've done for them over the past few years. The original Pinafore Style Sewing Machine Cover was designed as the free-spirited cousin of our previous fitted covers. This cover drapes over your machine and sports handy pockets to keep a few tools, patterns and notions at the ready.
We used Tula Pink ribbons and burgundy twill for our sample, which was a pretty and playful look. The Renaissance Ribbons Guest Renovators choose Amy Butler ribbons against a soft faux suede for an elegant spin on the design.
They also changed up the design slightly, opting to leave off the back pocket. In addition, they increased the amount of ribbon coverage across the remaining front pocket, and reduced the pocket divisions from three to two. And, our original "frame effect" on the pockets, achieved with a combination of horizontal and vertical ribbons, was changed to a bold horizontal-only design with all the ribbons stitched edge-to-edge. We always encourage visitors to experiment with little changes to make a project your own.
To get the new look, we've listed their selected ribbon and fabric options below. The original instructions give specifics on how to measure your sewing machine as well as the formulas for how to figure your ribbon cuts. Our suggested ribbon yardage includes enough to precisely fussy cut your design. If you choose ribbons of different widths, your final look may vary. You should measure each of your ribbons to insure the height and width.
¾ yard of 58" Vintage Suede in Silver from Fabric.com (CT-746)
To Re-imagine & Renovate your own sewing cover, go to the original tutorial:
Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials: