Quilted Sewing Machine Cover

Quilted Sewing Machine Cover Full FREE How to from Whitney Sews

I’ve been meaning to make covers for my vintage sewing machines for years…but just never got around to it.  I saw a few covers on Pinterest that tied on the sides instead of being completely closed up (like an upside down tote bag).  I really liked the style and decided it was time to finally make my own.  (BTW if you aren’t already following me on Pinterest…you should!  Click HERE to see my pins!)

What’s funny is when I designed this project I couldn’t even remember what the cover on Pinterest looked like except that it had side ties (I went back and found it- HERE’s the original inspiration).  So I went ahead and just designed my own.  I wanted to keep it simple so I cut strips of varying sizes and pieced them together.  I used some sewing themed fabrics I had been given along with a few small prints.

Big Stitch Hang Quilting by Whitney Sews

I made this to fit the size of my vintage machine, so you’ll need to measure your own machine before deciding on your measurements.  I wanted mine to finish about 18 x 25 inches.  The cutting measurements I chose will be listed below in case you have a similar sized machine to mine.

Sewing Machine Cover with Ties

Measurements I used for Pieced Cover:
2 x 18 inches Red Stripe
5 x 18 inches Black Pins
4 x 18 inches Yellow and White
6.5 x 18 inches Sewing Notions
2.5 x 18 inches Grey dots
8 x 18 inches Vintage Scissors

Quilted Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial from Whitney Sews

Backing and batting - approx. 23 x 30 inches
Binding - Three strips 2 1/4 inch by the width of fabric
Ties - One strip 1 3/4 inch by width of fabric (then cut into four equal pieces)

Once the pieces were all sewn together I added a batting and backing, did a little bit of big stitch hand quilting, and added the straps and binding.   You can definitely leave off the tie straps and you have a cute mini quilt.

Click HERE to watch the full video tutorial!

This sewing machine cover serves a double purpose.  You can lay it flat and set your sewing machine on top to protect your table while sewing.

Want to see more vintage sewing machines??  Check out my Sewing Machine Showcase series where I feature beautiful vintage sewing machines that my mom and I own!  Find that series HERE!

Singer Featherweight Sewing Machine Showcase by Whitney Sews

Looking for other quilting projects? Here’s one of my favorites, the Scrappy Chevron Mini Quilt!  Click HERE to find it!


Well, I hope this post has inspired you to make some new quilted projects!  You can definitely do any kind of piecing you like on the sewing machine cover instead of strips like I did.  If you make your own please share a pic with the #WhitneySews so that I can see it.

My Halloween tutorials for the year will be starting next week!  I’m super excited about the projects that will be coming up and I think you are will be too!  Happy Sewing!


Midweek Sneak Peek

Midweek Sneak Peek from Whitney Sews

I’m trying something new this week!  While both kids were napping (at the same time!) I filmed a quick little update and sneak peek of the project I’m working on for next Wednesday.

Click HERE to see the Midweek Sneak Peek!

Let me know in the comments below if this is something you would like to see more often!  Come back next Wednesday for this project’s tutorial!  Happy Sewing!


Homemade Burritos – Freezer Meal

There are always days when we can all use a quick and easy recipe.  I love to cook, but sometimes no matter how much I plan and prep I just need to throw together and get food on the table.  For those times I like to have some of my homemade burritos in my freezer.

I make a large batch of burrito filling around a meal time and make as many burritos as I can.  Then whatever isn’t eaten goes straight into the freezer for the next busy day.

I started making this type of burritos a few months ago.  I had a ton of tortillas and beans that I wanted to use up.  I had also recently organized my kitchen cabinets and came across our George Foreman grill (a wedding gift I rarely remembered to use) and was determined to put it to more use.  I came up with a quick and easy, but tasty, meal.

Click HERE to see how to make these easy burritos!

I’ve probably made 7 or 8 batches of burritos in the past few months!  Each batch has been different because I like to throw in leftovers to help stretch the meal.  There’s a list below of some ingredients that are perfect to throw in.

Ground beef
Beans (black beans are my favorite!)
Shredded pork
Leftover thick chili
Leftover goulash

Easy and delicious burritos - GREAT FREEZER MEAL!

Here’s the grill I use – George Foreman G Broil.  It is quick to heat up and only takes about 5 minutes to give the burritos their crispy grilled marks!

Ok, after all this talk about food I’m starting to get hungry!  I really do hope you will make a batch of these burritos…you won’t regret it!  I’m going to find myself a snack then do a little bit of sewing.  Coming up next week is a project made using your sewing machine, for your sewing machine.  Until then, Happy Sewing!


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Skyler’s Birth Story

Skyler Aurora's Birth Story

I know, I know…you’re probably thinking, “but wasn’t she born like 4 months ago?!?”  Yes, yes she was.  But better late than never!

I wrote out about 2/3 of the birth story within the first month, but kept putting off filming because I wanted it to go really well, with no interruptions.  I finally realized that wasn’t going to happen!  I ended up filming while baby-wearing Skyler and she woke up part way through.  But later when we look back at the video it will be fun to see her taking a part 🙂

Click HERE to watch Skyler’s Birth Story!

In the video I refered to a few moments that were really sweet, but didn’t get a chance to actually insert any photos in the video.  So here are some of those precious memories!

This first one is a favorite of mine!  It was taken by an OR nurse when Skyler was only about 10 minutes old.  She was doing skin-to-skin time with Daddy while I was still being stitched up from the c-section.

Skyler and Daddy

When Peyton was born we took photos of her with a stuffed fox when she was only a day or two old.  That fox is now known as Mr. Fox and is Peyton’s best friend.  We wanted to do the same thing with Skyler, so here she is with her giraffe.  I hope her giraffe is as loved and treasured as Mr. Fox is!

Skyler's Giraffe Friend

One of my favorite family photos was taken when Peyton came to the hospital to meet Skyler.  She was fairly standoffish at first, but after a little while was willing to sit on the bed with me and take some pics.

First Photo as a Family of Four

The next day I had Jeremiah take a few photos of me snuggling Skyler and this is one of my favorites.

Skyler and Mommy

And lastly, our going home photo!  Skyler was so little that we couldn’t get the carseat straps tight enough.  I ended up taking the straps out and putting them back on in a way that is usually only needed for preemies.

Going Home with Skyler

Skyler will be 5 months old on September 25th and is doing great!  She has a great big smile that she shares when she isn’t busy being cranky.  She is in the 30th percentile for weight and 50th for height.  She can roll over and is trying to learn to crawl already…I’m not ready for that!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed hearing about Skyler’s birth and seeing some of our favorite photos!  I’ll be back next week with a quick freezer meal idea.  Have a wonderful weekend and happy sewing!


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Denim Jacket Refashion


This weeks video is a quick little DIY Inspiration sharing a denim jacket refashion!  My mom had a jacket with a large embroidered design on the back that didn’t really match anything else in her closet.  Mom decided it was time to give the jacket a new life.  She used a fun printed burlap to completely cover the embroidery and it turned out super cute!


Mom plans to wear the jacket with a thrifted red skirt (that she’s going to shorten) and some tall boots this Fall.  I think it will look adorable!

So anyway, HERE is the DIY Inspiration video where we explain exactly how the refashion was done.

I hope this video inspires you to rethink some items that you haven’t worn in a long time!  Happy sewing!


Oilcloth Boxy Bottom Zipper Pouch with Strap

Full free video tutorial showing how to create a cute and practical zipper pouch from oilcloth.

A couple of months ago I came across some adorable oilcloth (opps…it;s actually laminated cotton, but the project will work the same for both materials) fabric marked down to only $4 per yard at Hobby Lobby.  I picked up a couple of yards with no real plans other than at least one little bag.  So, here is the bag!  It is based off my 5 Minute Zipper Bag, but takes it up several notches!

The bag body is made from one piece of fabric and features a zipper near the top (just like the 5 minute bag – watch that tutorial HERE).  The bottom corners are boxed, allowing the bag to stand up on its own.  There is a small D-ring at the side where a strap, key ring, or charm can be added.

Full free video tutorial showing how to create a cute and practical zipper pouch from oilcloth.


This little bag finishes about 6.25 x 7 x 2 inches, making it the perfect size for a travel cosmetics bag, to hold some school supplies in a backpack, or to help organize a purse or diaper bag.

Click HERE to learn how to create your own oilcloth zipper bag!

Oilcloth Zipper Pouch with Strap how to from Whitney Sews


Oilcloth or Laminated Cotton

Zipper - 10 inches or longer

1/2 inch D ring

Spring clip


Cutting Measurements:

Body Piece - 10 x 15 inches

(Non-directional prints are best)

D-ring Loop - 2 x 4 inches

Strap - 14 x 2 inches

Oilcloth Zipper Pouch with Strap how to from Whitney Sews

Tips for Sewing Oilcloth and Laminated Cotton

  • Using a teflon foot will help the laminated material feed evenly while sewing.
  • If you don’t have a teflon foot (I don’t!) stick a piece of clear tape on the bottom of your regular presser foot.
  • Set your sewing machine to a larger stitch length to minimize the number of holes poked into the material.
  • Use clips instead of pins.  Once a hole is poked in oilcloth it is there forever.
  • When sewing use a 14/90 or 16/100 needle in your machine.
  • Start sewing with your presser foot all the way on the fabric, sew a stitch or two, backstitch to the fabric edge, then switch back to forward stitching and sew to the other end.  Backstitch to finish off the seam.
  • The most difficult sewing will be when the oilcloth’s shiny side is against the presser foot (when sewing the loop and strap in the first step of the tutorial) because it will want to stick, but just take your time and you’ll make it through!  Sewing the actual bag together will be easier!
  • Oilcloth doesn’t fray so you don’t have to worry about finishing your seams on the inside.

If you have any other tips for sewing with oilcloth make sure to leave them in the comments for others to read.  Check out my most recent fabric haul that included this oilcloth material by clicking HERE.

Wet Bag full free how to from Whitney Sews

Another similar tutorial I have on my channel is for this DIY wet bag using PUL fabric.  This bag is very quick and easy to sew.  Wet bags are perfect for holding dirty/wet cloth diapers, swimsuits, play clothes, gym clothes, and more.  After using the bag you simply throw it in the wash and it’s ready to use again.  I keep one in my diaper bag in case there is a mess or accident while we are out and about.  You can find the wet bag full video tutorial HERE.

Lined tote bag video tutorials from Whitney Sews

Interested in learning how to make other types of bags??  My tote bag series on youTube is a great place to start!  There are currently seven videos in the playlist that range from a very easy unlined tote to a lined, pieced and quilted tote bag and everything in between.  Check out the entire playlist HERE.

Ok, I think that is it for today!  I hope you were inspired in some way by this post to create a bag or pouch of your own!  There will of course be a new post up soon and until then, Happy Sewing!


$15 Labyrinth Cosplay

Labyrinth Cosplay by Whitney Sews - Only cost $15!

It’s finally here…part 2 of my Labyrinth cosplay series!  If you missed part 1, where I showed all the items I picked up at the thrift store to make this cosplay, you can find it HERE.

This cosplay wasn’t like any I had taken on before, but was a fun experience!  I used a tablecloth, wedding petticoat, and a bridesmaids dress to create a full length skirt, underbustle, bodice, and sleeves.

Labyrinth Cosplay Supplies

Cost Breakdown of Materials

Tablecloth - $2.00

Petticoat - $3.50

Bridesmaid Dress - $3.50

Necklaces - $2.00

Flowers - $1.00

Beads - $3.00

Total - $15.00!

I used a couple of patterns along the way to help the process go quicker.  The first is a vintage wedding dress pattern that I used for the skirt.  The second is a pattern based on the final dress worn by Snow White in Mirror, Mirror (another movie I love and would like to cosplay!).  I used the front bodice pieces and Frankensteined it together with the beaded bodice of the bridesmaids dress.

Patterns used for Labyrinth Cosplay by Whitney Sews

There are tons of progress photos along with more finished costume pics in my corresponding video.  Click HERE to watch!

*In the video I spoke incorrectly and said the cosplay was made in about 10 hours.  It was actually closer to 18 hours.*

I hope you enjoyed hearing about the creative process as much as I loved actually creating this costume! I have a fun little zipper pouch project coming next week that you don’t want to miss.  Until then, Happy Sewing!


Feature Friday: Crafty Gemini


Crafty Gemini Feature Friday


I have been following Vanessa from Crafty Gemini on youTube for several years.  It has been inspiring watching her channel and brand grow to the point that it is supporting her family.  It has been especially encouraging and inspiring to me since that is something I would love to see happen with Whitney Sews.

Vanessa, AKA the Crafty Gemini, lives with her husband and two kids on a small farm in Florida.  She is a cloth diapering, baby wearing, home schooling mama as well as being a talented quilter, crafter, and entrepreneur.  On top of all that she also runs an online quilt club, recently launched an online bag of the month club, and has a fabric collection called #Dominicana coming out in November!

Dominicana Fabric Line

When Vanessa contacted me about creating a project for my channel using her 10 inch slicer template I was thrilled to work with someone who inspires me so much. Because I draw so much inspiration from Vanessa I wanted her to be the first creator featured here on Feature Friday.  Hopefully you all will be inspired by her as well.

The 10 inch slicer I used for my quilt top, and her newer 5 inch slicer, were both designed by Vanessa and are made here in the USA.  They are intended for using with precuts, but can really serve a multitude of uses.

Since I don’t typically buy precuts I wanted to figure out a way to use the 10 inch slicer with fabric yardage.  I came up with a design that incorporates 1/3 yard each of 5 different low volume prints to make a quilt top measuring about 38 X 42 inches.

I am so happy with how the quilt top turned out (and since it is the perfect size for a baby quilt!) I decided the finished quilt would be perfect for my daughter Skyler.  I was having trouble coming up with a name for the design so I asked for suggestions and Brandi Marin suggested the perfect name, Pastel Falls.

FREE video tutorial

I had a few reservations when making the quilt top because I am usually more comfortable with paper piecing instead of tradition patchwork and I was in my third trimester of pregnancy with Skyler.  I was worried about how long it would take to sew the entire quilt top.  I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly it went together; it only took a single afternoon!

Click HERE to watch the full FREE tutorial for my Pastel Falls quilt top!

Vanessa continues to come up with more and more uses for her slicer templates.  My favorites so far are the Starburst Zipper Pouch she made using the 5 inch slicer and the 10 inch Slicer Zipper Pouch.  The 10 inch slicer zipper pouch is the perfect size for holding fabric shears and I plan on making one or two for mine.  The starburst zipper pouch is one of those projects I was instantly in love with!  When Vanessa posted a sneak peek of the project I was immediately interested and trying to figure out just how she created the unique design (hint – it was all thanks to her 5 inch slicer).

Starburst Zipper Pouch by Crafty Gemini

I’m just finished making my own starburst zipper pouch using the 5 inch slicer and scraps left over from my quilt top.

Starburst Zipper Pouch

This is only a small taste of all the creative ideas and tutorials Craft Gemini has to shared.  Make sure to check out her youTube channel and website for much, much more and don’t forget to let her know that Whitney sent you!

I hope this Feature Friday has inspired you in some way and if you have ideas of projects or creators you want to see featured in an upcoming post make sure to leave them in the comments below!  Until next time, Happy Sewing!



Labyrinth Cosplay Thrifting Haul

Labyrinth Cosplay Series Haul by Whitney Sews

There is a local convention that my husband volunteers at (as a photographer) and I have attended for the past two years.  Last year I planned ahead and made a Totoro kigurumi for me, a Mei dress for Peyton, and a Totoro themed baby carrier so I could wear Peyton around and still be in costume.  (All of those tutorials can be found in my Totoro playlist).  This year I did not plan on going in cosplay…until two weeks before the con!

I had decided life was too busy with a newborn and toddler to even attempt to make any sort of costume, but I LOVE costumes!  I used to be a costumer for my university’s theatre department and I can not pass up an opportunity to dress up!  So I came up with a costume idea that would be semi manageable in the form of a thrifted refashion.

We were watching Labyrinth recently and whenever Peyton looked up and saw Sarah on the screen she said ‘Mama’ because she thought it looked like me, so it seemed like a great cosplay idea.  I considered both of Sarah’s outfits and decided if I was going to find anything similar at the thrift store the white dress she wears at the ball scene was my best bet.

Sarah Labyrinth Ball

Photo source

My plan was to go to the thrift store on half price day and look for an 80s style wedding dress that I could alter a bit, add some beading, and throw on over a petticoat and call it good.  However I had no such luck.  I didn’t find anything even close to what I wanted.  So I took a few moments at the store to rethink my plan and made it work!  I’m really happy with the things I ended up finding and putting together to create my cosplay.

Click HERE to see all the items I thrifted to create my Labyrinth cosplay!

In my next video I will show more finished cosplay photos.  There will also be descriptions of how I made the cosplay along with tons of in progress photos.  Plus I dressed Peyton up as Toby from Labyrinth!  She was super crabby and refused to let go of her sippy cup because it was nap time when we got to the con, but she’s still so adorable!

LabyrinthThrifted Reconstructed Cosplay by Whitney Sews

So make sure to check back soon for Part 2 of the series and until then, Happy Sewing!


Plans, Your Opinions, and Rainbows

Hi everyone!  I wanted to do a quick little post to get some input from you all and share a sneak peek at a project I’m working on.

I have been very into quilting lately.  I started designing quilts when I was 18 (11 years ago!), but at the time didn’t have enough sewing knowledge to really understand how to turn my designs into reality.  I have been looking back at those designs and now can easily figure out the measurements, sewing order, etc that had so easily stumped me before.

So needless to say I now want to make all the quilts!


Scrappy Chevron Tutorial.

Over the years I have gotten TONS of requests for PDFs that go along with my video tutorials, especially for larger projects like quilts.  That way the PDF can be printed or saved on a computer/tablet and referred to much easier than clicking back on a video over and over.  Now that I have relaunched my website I have been adding some of the extra details and things here.  I still do understand the need/want for PDFs for certain projects that involve lots of steps or pieces, however, creating PDFs would take a lot of extra time and work.

I want to create the very best content and how-tos possible because I love teaching people how to create.  But I spend a lot of time and money on my videos, this site, etc and make very little in return.  It is definitely not all about the money, but I do want to help support my family and to be honest a lot of the time I’m earning less than it costs to keep Whitney Sews up and running.

I have been on youTube sharing free video tutorials for over seven years and have been a youTube partner for six years.  Lots of people think once you’re a partner you’re on the money train, but that just ins’t the case.  I’ll be 100% open with you all.  In seven years on youTube I have earned less than I made in six months at my last full time job (and that’s before I take out all my costs for equipment, supplies, and web hosting).  The reason I have continued to create new how-tos and videos is because of you all!  Every time you subscribe, comment, like, share, etc it lets me know that someone is out there watching and appreciating what I do!  You all are my motivation!


So back to the PDFs…

If I create PDFs for some of my future projects (mostly quilts or bags) containing cutting directions, patterns, extra details and tips, etc to accompany the video tutorial would you all be interested in them?  Would you still be interested if there was a small charge ($2-5 depending on project difficulty) for the PDF?  This would be a way to help support my channel and insure that I can continue to create new, one-of-a-kind content for you all for many years to come.  I really want your input so I know what you all are thinking!

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I hope I’m conveying my thoughts well here.  I am in no way asking/begging for money! I’m just trying to figure out how to offer you all valuable content in a way that works for everyone.  I also hope to be able to someday provide financially for my family while still doing what I love!

I hate having to think about finances at all, but that is how the world is run.  But I want you all to know that I appreciate every single one of you!  Every time I read a comment about someone learning something new or trying a new project or seeing a photo of something you made it makes me so happy and I know this is what I’m supposed to be doing!  I went through a few times in college where I dealt with some minor depression, but I honestly have not had any more since creating Whitney Sews and you all are to thank for that!  I have had the pleasure of teaching people all over the world how to sew (via youTube) and have challenged myself countless times to learn new skills and create new projects so I could then teach them to you!

There are a couple of ways you can give back and support my channel at no cost to you!  The first is by liking, sharing, pinning, etc any of my videos and tutorials that you like and sharing pics of what you make on your favorite social media site with #WhitneySews.  This helps other people find my how-tos which helps my channel and website to grow.  The second way to support is through Amazon.


If you are going to be purchasing ANY items from Amazon please use my affiliate link to do so.  It does not cost you any extra, but it allows me to earn a small percentage from Amazon .  So if you’re already planning on ordering something (Christmas gifts, tablet, knitting needles, phone case, clothes, ANYTHING) from Amazon and you use my link you will be helping support future Whitney Sews tutorials!

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Ok, enough of the series financial talk.  Some of you may know that I LOVE things in color order!  I have an entire board on Pinterest called Sewing the Rainbow!  In the past I have made a few rainbow projects, but now it seems that a lot of projects I’m designing work best in color order.  So I have finally given into it and am tackling my first large scale rainbow project!  It is a quilt that incorporate 24 colored fabrics in rainbow order as well as white!  So 25 different fabrics total!

Charming Rainbows Fabric

Here is a sneak peek of the 24 fabrics I chose for the blocks!  There are four of each color and I can’t get enough of how lovely they look together!  I am also proud that I have such a well rounded stash that I only had to go out and buy a few new fabrics for this project.  This best part about this project is it is perfect for scraps, yardage, fat quarters, or precuts (and doesn’t actually have to be made in rainbow colors).

I have currently cut all my fabrics and sewed the blocks, all that’s left is to put the blocks into rows and sew the rows together and the quilt top will be complete.  The entire quilt top can be cut and sewn in 3-4 hours (even faster if starting with precuts!) and will finish to be around a baby quilt size.  I hope to actually back, quilt, and bind the quilt before posting the tutorial (my first time machine quilting), but if that is going to take too long I will post the quilt top tutorial, then the finishing parts in a separate video.

Charming Rainbows Fabric

The design inspiration came from this table runner I saw on Pinterest and pinned to my Quilt Projects board!

Phew…I think that is all for today.  Please remember to leave me a comment about the questions I asked  any other feedback you want to offer.  Also don’t forget to save the Amazon affiliate link if you’re planning on doing any shopping.  On Wednesday I’ll have a new post about the cosplay I created earlier this summer.  Until then, Happy Sewing!