Sewing Machine Caddy Tutorial


  • 21×21 Double sided pre-quilted fabric
  • Scraps for appliques
  • 10×21 piece of fabric for pocket
  • 10×21 piece of Decor Bond
  • 1/2 yd of coordinating fabric for trim & binding

Square up your pre-quilted fabric to exactly 21 x 21

If you want to do some embroidery to jazz your project up a bit, find the center of the top of fabric and mark it with a pin.

 Then place your template about 2 inches from the pin and mark your cross hairs for embroidery.

After your embroidery is completed (this adorable frame and monogram lettering is from Itch to Stitch) you are ready to work on the pocket.

Cut your pocket  fabric 10 x 21

Iron a piece of Décor bond stabilizer on the back of the material.  Then press it in half.

Place your folded material on the end of the prequilted fabric and pin in place.  If you would like to add embroidery to this piece you should do it now but make sure you unfold the fabric first so that the embroidery doesn’t show in the lining.

I have used Initial It Tags for the circle from Five Star Fonts and added my own lettering.

From your coordinating fabric, cut a strip of fabric 2¼ x 21 and fold it in half and press.

Stitch raw edges together, with a 1/4″ seam, on the top of the folded pocket piece.  This will add stability, detail and cover the top edge of the pocket fabric.

Fold it to the back to give it a clean edge and top stitch in place.

At this point you need to mark the placement lines on your fabric for your pockets.  I started in the middle since I had embroidery on mine and marked just on the outside of the circle making the center pocket about 3”wide.  Then I marked the next line about 3½” to make a slightly bigger pocket on both sides.  Then I marked the last line about 2 ½”.  You could change any of these lines to suit your needs just make sure to make it uniform on both sides.  Unfortunately my blue marking lines didn’t show up so well in the photos but hopefully you can get the idea from the stitched lines.

Pin the stabilized, marked fabric to your prequilted fabric and begin stitching on the lines you marked.

Stitch through all layers, back stitching at the top of the pocket.  I love invisible thread (I know some of you will cringe at the thought of using it but it works for me) but you could use matching thread if you prefer.

Once this step is completed (you are almost done) it is time to apply the binding.  I think using matching binding really adds to a project but you could use purchased binding if you prefer.

Once the binding is attached your sewing machine caddy is complete – put it under your machine and ENJOY!!


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judith Jennings
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 08:41:55

    Whoops, sorry forgot to say a big thank you.
    Thank you for making this tutorial available.


  2. Judith Jennings
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 08:40:08

    Love this caddy, material is fantastic, looks stunning.


  3. Carol Davenport
    May 03, 2012 @ 11:26:21

    Michelle, I am so impressed. I printed a couple of patterns and I cannot thank you enough for your time and perserverance.


  4. Pam Pittman
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 13:32:37

    Thank you, I look forward to making this!


  5. Judy
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 17:22:26

    This caddy is great! It looks good as well as
    being so useful.
    Thanks so much for sharing


  6. Billie
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 04:21:07

    great job love the fabric you are so talented


  7. Tara Rose
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 10:37:43

    Michelle!! I love it! You did a fantastic job. I can not wait to make one for me!!



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