Union Jack Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial and Giveaway!


Hi there! Paula here at The Sassy Quilter and I am so excited to be the first stop on the

Riley Blake Designs Union Jack Blog Tour!

Union Jack Blog Tour

So….Have you guys seen Riley Blake Designs super cute Union Jack panels!!! Well, I have come up with a sewing machine cover tutorial for you to put these snazzy prints to use. We don’t want our precious machines getting all dusty and if you have ever tried to piece one of these Union Jack designs you will totally appreciate how quick and easy these panels are to use.

Riley Blake has three different color options for a multi flag panel. The smaller flags within the panel are each 9″ x 11″. There is also a giant flag panel that measures 36″ x 42″ and comes in three color options. Click HERE to see!

Today I am using the Union Jack Squares Gray panel.


What you will need:

1 Union Jack Squares Gray panel.

5 Fat Quarters in assorted prints.

1/4 yard Border fabric.

1 and 1/4 yards Backing fabric.

1/2 yard Binding fabric.


I am using a collection of Riley Blake Swiss Dots with my panel prints!


From Panel-

Trim two flags to 9.5″ x 11.5″- (1/4″ around the flag)

From Border fabric-

Cut (2)- 4.25″ x  WOF strips, then subcut (4) 4.25″ x 9.5″ rectangles.

Cut (2)- 2.5″ x WOF strips, the subcut (4) 2.5″ x 19″ strips.

From FQ’s-

Cut (1)- 9.5″ strip from each FQ, then subcut (6) 2″ x 9.5″ strips for a total of 30.

From Backing fabric-

Cut (1)- 17″ x WOF strip, cut again on fold to yield backing for front & back panels.

Cut (2)- 12″ x WOF strips, trim selvages and join along the 12″ edge. Trim this long strip to 12″ x 50″ and use as backing for the side panel.

From Binding fabric-

Cut (1) 18″ x WOF strip, then subcut 2.5″ strips on the bias and create at least 160″ of bias binding.


unionjackpiecingPiece together your front and back panels. Add your side borders first and then the top and bottom borders. Repeat for the back panel.


Join your 2″ strips together to form one long side panel.

      unionjacksidepanel unionjackquiltedfronts

Layer your front and back panels and your side panel with batting and backing, quilt as desired.

Trim your side panel to 9.5″ x 45.5″ and the front/back panels to 13″ x 18.5″.

Using your bias binding…bind the bottom edge of the front & back panel and both short ends of the side panel.


Line up the center point of the front panel with the center point of the side panel. Pin these together with the backing sides together.


Join these two panels together stopping and starting 1/4″ from the corners. Repeat for the back panel.


Now, pin the remaining sides of the front & back panels to the side panel and stitch together, also stopping and starting 1/4″ from the corners.


Your sewing machine cover should look like this, with raw edges exposed.


Now to bind these raw edges!

Starting at one of the bottom corners…Fold the end of your binding under about 1/2″ and start attaching your bias binding to the side panel side of the raw edge.  I stop and start 1/4″ from the top corners to avoid any puckering in the corner. Do not trim anything…just skip a few stitches and then keep going.  Bias binding is stretchy so should go around smoothly.  Stop sewing about 3″ from the final corner. Mark your binding strip and trim 1/2″ longer than needed. Fold this extra under and then finish attaching the binding. Repeat for the opposite side of the cover.


Hand stitch the binding to the front & back panels.


The finished dimensions are 9.5″W x 13″H x 18.5″L. It will fit most average size machines.


Done! I think it looks bloody fabulous;)

Wanna see the inside???


Do you want to make one of these? Fort Worth Fabric Studios is offering you a special deal this week and a GIVEAWAY!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio

20% off all Union Jack Panels through April 7th with discount code:


Click HERE to get your panel, or….

Click HERE to get this awesome kit Jodie created! She even has one for me to GIVEAWAY!!!


Leave a comment to enter to win this kit to make your own sewing machine cover:)

(Giveaway ends Sunday at midnight/EST, open internationally.)


Riley Blake Union Jack Blog Tour Schedule:


Tuesday 4/1 – Paula at The Sassy Quilter- You are here:)

Thursday 4/3 – Jina at Jina Barney Designz

Tuesday 4/8 – Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios

Thursday 4/10 – Marni at Haberdashery Fun

Tuesday 4/15 – Julia at My Fabric Obession

Thursday 4/17 – Molly at Rose and Odin

Tuesday 4/22 – Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl

Thursday 4/24 – Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt

Tuesday 4/29 – Julia at Riley Blake Designs

Thursday 5/1 – Ginny at Darling Adventures

 Hope you enjoy your visit here today! Here are a few things you might want to check out:

Helpful Charts– a collection of charts useful to Quilters, Quilting Tips– tips and tricks for Quilters, Free Tutorials and Patterns for beginners and Quilty Fun– quilting games perfect for retreats and guild meetings!

I am also currently hosting a Triangle Quilt Along and it is never too late to join in!


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  1. It is bloody adorable!!

  2. Riley Blake Swiss Dots are awesome! The tutorial for the machine cover was quite helpful.

  3. Are you really busy enough??? I’m in your triangle QAL also, and I must say that I am amazed at your collection of pin dots. The sewing machine cover is great; I really should make one to protect my machine, but am kind of careless about that. Great giveaway, and I will check out the Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

  4. That is awesome!! Love it – I may just have to make one.

  5. my sewing machine desperately needs a cover. Love your design :-)

  6. Your cover is gorgeous!!! I love the combination of dots fabrics.

  7. yvonne renee gardner says:

    That is beautiful…if i don’t win one i will have to make one!

  8. What a great cover – it looks so bright and cheerful!

  9. As for my husband being British, he would Love to See me making that. Love your Design.

  10. mdm samm says:

    waving to you Paula….totally colourful, outstanding and sooooo darn YOU…like in BRIGHT!

  11. Theresa says:

    So cute…a great tutorial! Thanks for the idea.

  12. This would be perfect for me. I haven’t seen these fabrics before as they always arrive later in England but they are a must have on my shopping list. Thanks for a great giveaway. xx

  13. Great looking cover! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  14. Love it – and thanks for the tutorial! blessings, marlene

  15. Thanks for the tutorial! My machine needs a cover! And thanks for the giveaway of this delightful fabric!

  16. Jessica says:

    Great tut and cover. Thanks!

  17. Melissa Greenfield says:

    I’m gobsmacked by this bespoke cover. I fancy your post its the bees knees. You’re bloody brilliant. That was fun thanks Paula!

  18. A sewing machine cover is on my to sew list. Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Elita @ Busy Needle Quilting says:

    Loving this! Might actually get a cover or two made if I have this on hand! :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Nicely done! Lots of fun fabric.

  21. Wow, this is super awesome!

  22. Wow, what an awesom tutorial for an awesome sewing machine cover. Thanks!

  23. Rose Marie Andreozzi says:

    Your tutorial makes sewing this machine cover look easy, but I don’t believe it! What beautiful fabrics. Thanks for participating and especially for being the first! sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

  24. Thank you for the tutorial, I need to stitch up a cover asap! Thanks for the chance to win some fantastic fabric as well!

  25. Kelly Williams says:

    I need a new cover!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  26. OMG!! My best friend……more like a sister to me…..is from England. Her birthday is coming up this month. I know she would LOVE to have this. Then I would have to make one for myself too!

  27. So cute…count me in!

  28. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I have always meant to make a cover for my sewing machine, and you’ve made it easier by giving away a kit! Love it! Thanks for the give away!

  29. I’ve been planning on making a sewing machine cover soon and this is just perfect. The is absolutely beautiful!

  30. Jennifer says:

    That cover looks great! I love those dots. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway

  31. Love this..The colors are gorgeous!

  32. HELLO, this is so neat! Thanks for sharing+the giveaway too!

  33. Carolyn Montgomery says:

    my friend from england would love to get this cover as a birthday present and i wwould love making it.

  34. Valerie Boudier says:

    Love those dots

  35. Karen B says:

    Thanks for this chance to win. I definitely need a sewing machine cover!

  36. A sewing machine cover is on my to-do list! Great idea for the panel!

  37. Stacie Sanders says:

    I have the panel, now I know what to do with it!

  38. Precious machine cover…love it!!!!

  39. What a fun sewing machine cover…thanks for the great tutorial!!

  40. You know a real cover would look so much better than the plastic one that is on my machine right now. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway.

  41. Stephanie says:

    I love that cover! Great Job!

  42. So bloody adorable. I would love this since my relatives are from England and Scotland. Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. I would love to make this for my DD. She was just saying she needs a sewing machine cover!

  44. Lisa Marie says:

    The cover and the polka dot fabrics are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Thank you sew very much for sharing your tutorial to make this stunning machine cover. Your work is perfection. This is sew well done. Creative Stitching Bliss…

  46. Linda Fuchs says:

    Love your idea! Great tutorial!

  47. Kathy Davis says:

    So if I make a sewing machine cover, my machine won’t get so dusty? Good idea. I might need to try this.

  48. Really cute, Paula! Great tute!

  49. That is such a fun cover! Thanks for the chance to win.

  50. Absolutely love the colours!

  51. Brilliant sewing machine cover! Love those Union Jacks!

  52. Charlotte M. says:

    Very nice job! Love it!

  53. Your sewing machine cover is beautiful! I actually have a Union Jack panel, my plans are for the back of a pillow for a friend.

  54. So super cute! And bonus for me I need a sewing machine cover! thanks!

  55. Very nice job, and such a fun cover for your machine. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  56. Great colors, bright and happy for spring.

  57. Michele T says:

    The one thing that I do not have is a quilted sewing machine cover… love the design of this one especially all the colours!!!

  58. Sandra W says:

    Awesome cover and fantastic fabric colours – thank you so much for the opportunity to win a kit! I’d love to win ;-)

  59. Fay Martindale says:

    I am just learning to quilt, and this kit would be fun to build my skills.

  60. Lori Morton says:

    Love it!! How did you know my Machine just asked for a new Cover last week?????? giggle….

  61. jbawsew says:

    What a clever use for the panel! I love your tutorial, sew easy to follow with having pictures. Thank you for sharing. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net Judy B

  62. Vicki H says:

    Very good tutorial, it will be on my list to make for myself. Thanks

  63. Sandy K says:

    Love your cover. Now my machine feels kinda jealous and wants one too.

  64. Joan H. says:

    I love this colorful sewing machine cover. My old faithful machine really deserves to have this great cover.

  65. natalie f says:

    Adorable. I’m excited for the chance to win!

  66. This would be great to replace the original canvas one that came with my machine, and I’m British, so it’s perfect!

  67. That cover is so awesome- can I just have yours? Thanks!

  68. That is so adorable! I never would have thought to make a sewing machine cover to showcase a small panel. Brilliant idea!

  69. Awesome tutorial. Love having instructions for projects, they are so helpful.

  70. What a cute sewing machine cover! I’ve never covered my machine before, but this looks so fun and achievable, I think I’ll try it out! Thanks for sharing!

  71. Paula, what a clever Sewing Machine Cover, love the way you did the striped piano keys on the side. The tutorial was great…Loved the way you did the step by step binding…..good job…Now if I could only win 3 kits for all my machines? Do you think I keep my fingers crossed?

  72. I sewing machine cover is on my (very long) sewing to do list. It’s beautiful, thank you for the giveaway!

  73. I need to make this cover for my machine. I’ll put it right on the list after I finish cutting my 200+ triangles for the QAL. Thanks for the tutorial!

  74. Love the Jack panel.

  75. Great sewing machine cover!

  76. Thanks for a great tutorial. It made a cute machine cover.

  77. Sew cute!

  78. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I love it!

  79. What a useful project. And, of course, you know I have a crush on polka dots lately :-)

  80. Allison C says:

    I could use a machine cover and this looks awesome. Definitely going on the to do list

  81. Deb Hogg says:

    Last week I got my first ever “new” machine. It could certainly use this cover. So far, I’ve only made flat projects….maybe this could be my first fitted item. Unless of course, I could win yours!!! Seriously, would love to win the kit. Finished my triangles tonight as well.

  82. Love your sewing machine cover. Fantastic tutorial.

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  84. Your cover and tutorial are fabulous! Thanks so much for the chance!

  85. Very nice tutorial, i’m just looking for a new cover for my sewing machine ;)

  86. Rhonda Best says:

    This is such a cute idea, I love it!

  87. LOVE IT! may have to make one for myself!!!

  88. My machine would love that cover! Thanks for the chance to win:)

  89. This is really well done, Paula! Congratulations on some seriously nice work. I know just how long it takes to put something like this together – worth it! :)

  90. That is a really cute cover. I really like union jack things. Maybe because it’s usually red, white, and blue and that’s my fav!

  91. Sew sweet! Great tutorial. Thanks for showing how you made this and the chance to win … :) Pat

  92. Teresa Knittingdancer says:

    This is a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing and hosting the giveaway.

  93. This looks awesome, Paula :D Great job!

  94. I love the prints! <3 they're so cute

  95. Oh my gracious, I love the dots fabric! And your utilization of the flag is very classy. Thank you for sharing the tutorial, it seems like it would make a great basket as well if a person didn’t need a cover!

  96. Love the binding on the outside edges!

  97. fantastic job!! love the tutorial and can’t wait till i can use it to make my own cover!!

  98. This is a right spiffy looking cover. Inside and out! Love The Jack with those dots! Thanks for sharing, Paula!

  99. Great machine cover tutorial. Thank you very much. I just love the fabrics.

  100. Fabulous!
    I love it!

  101. Allison D says:

    Cute! I definitely need to make one of these.

  102. That is a gorgeous machine cover! Thanks for the chance!

  103. Ohhh, who wouldn’t want one of these- super cute!

  104. Masayu Norashikin says:

    I would LOVE to win the kit! Have been meaning to make a cover but still have not gotten round to it. My poor sewing machine is still nekkid ;)

  105. Jowyn Jenson says:

    Awesome giveaway. I’d love to win, especially as I’m from the UK :)

  106. lyn lewis says:

    What a fantastic design and such smashing fabrics which really make it SHOUT out loud!
    Love it : )

  107. Loving those dots,and the sewing machine cover too! You did a wonderful job,bet your machine is loving it.

  108. If I don’t win, which I never do, I will have to make this with a Texas flag. Love the cover, so I guess I had better start cutting.

  109. This is way too cool!! Thank you for sharing and hosting.

  110. Love the dots. Thanks for the tutorial.

  111. What a beautiful machine cover!

  112. cdahlgren2013 says:

    Loving this, great tutorial!

  113. I don’t have a sewing machine cover so this would be an awesome prize for me.

  114. Ramona M. says:

    I just bought a new machine to teach my daughter to sew and it will be her machine. It needs a cover and as she is smitten with all things British related, this would be perfect.

  115. It is too cute and I need to make one myself, I’m tired of dusting my machine!

  116. ivy__gabbard says:

    I need a cover

  117. Cute and great tuto!! Love to win.

  118. oohh my that is just too cute!!!!!

  119. I love your sewing machine cover. And so would my MIL!

  120. Carol Walkling says:

    I love the sewing machine cover and the Union Jack fabrics are beautiful. My Dad was British and would really have gotten a kick out of these. It would be great to win the kit! :)

  121. This is so cute! I think this would be a fun pattern to modify for my kitchen aid.

  122. Margie Kozee says:

    I have been wanting to make a sewing machine cover but never found a tutorial that I really liked. This tutorial is by far the best one I have seen. Easy to understand with great instructions, fabric choice, and cutting instructions. Will definitely use this tutorial to make my cover.

  123. I could use a new cover! That one is awesome!

  124. I NEED one of these! My plastic vinyl thing it came with just ripped apart. Thanks for the chance!

  125. Chris Matsche says:

    What a cute cover. Thank you for the chance to win. Matsche.christine@yahoo.cm.

  126. what a fun cover up and great tutorial.

  127. I could certainly use a sewing machine cover and I love the dotted fabric with the Union Jack.

  128. Mary Jane Link says:

    I have been looking for cover pattern and I love this one! Thank you!

  129. A machine cover is exactly what I need, so thanks for tutorial. I would love to win the giveaway, and feel a little homesick every time I looked at the Union Jack cover!

  130. I need a cover for my machine! thanks!

  131. Such a cute pattern! It would be great to trade out the plain black one that came with my machine.

  132. Very cute, Ms. Sassy! A machine cover (or about 11 of them) is next on my list!

  133. Fabulous! Thanks for a chance!

  134. Katherine Ryan says:

    That is gorgeous :) Fingers crossed I’ll get a chance to make my own!

  135. Super cute cover! Thanks for the tutorial, now to find the time to create 4… lol

  136. Love this cover! Love the Union Jack – it is on my list to make but this would be a great start!

  137. RobinatNewstead says:

    As an anglophile I adore this cover! Amazed you can manage thus and the triangle quilt along.. I had to finish a baby quilt and got behind but now have 208 triangles cut. On to sewing!

  138. The flags and dots are spot on! Love it, and would love to win it.


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