It’s time to break out your fabric stash and wind those bobbins, because I have a new project that is oh “sew” special to share with you today! Use my latest template to make your very own papercraft, 3D sewing machine.
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To be honest, I’m not much of a seamstress myself—not that my mother didn’t try (sorry Mom). I’ve sewn here and there; but, for as crafty as I am, the sewing machine really intimidates me. I’m always worried about pressing the pedal too fast or too slow. And no matter how many times my mom has shown me how to wind a bobbin, I can never remember how to do it.
Maybe one day I’ll break out my actual sewing machine again and give it another try. For now, I’ll stick to my much less intimidating paper version!
Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.
- Hot Glue
- Precision Craft Glue or a Glue Stick
- Thread or Twine
- Lollipop Stick
- Foam Tape (optional)
- Decorative Ribbon (optional)
- Bone Folder (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the pieces for your 3D sewing machine.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Layering Your Pieces
2. Start by layering together your decorative panels on top of your two funny-shaped front/back pieces as well as one of the large circles.
Assembling the Machine Body
3. Grab your front sewing machine piece along with the three side pieces that will wrap around the perimeter.
Hint: the side pieces look fairly similar, but the placement of the score lines should give you an idea about which one goes where. Also, the portions with small tabs will connect to curved edges, while the potions with loner tabs will connect to flat portions.
You can start wherever you’d like, but I chose to begin with the right side. Attach each of the tabs (one or two at a time) along the right perimeter and along the small portion on top.
Then, continue along the top with the next section, and along the left side.
Finally, connect the final piece to the underside.
Assembling the Machine Body (cont.)
4. With all of the side walls in place, attach the backside of the sewing machine.
Next, attach the 4 rectangular, decorative panels to the sides. The two shorter ones will go on the left and right sides of the machine. The two longer ones will attach to the top and underside. Use the score lines to figure out which one goes where.
Assembling the Needle
5. Gather the 5 pieces you need for your needle.
Glue the two pieces of your needle together.
Curl the small rectangular strip, and glue the ends together to form a ring. Fold all of the little tabs inward.
Attach the solid circle to the ring piece. Then, slip the blunt end of the needle into the center of the circle that has a slit in it and attach. Glue that circle to the other side of the ring piece.
Attach the whole thing to the left/underside of the sewing machine.
Assembling the Hand Wheel
6. Gather the 6 pieces of your hand wheel.
Start by making the inner wheel piece using the same method as in step 5. Curl the smaller rectangular strip, and glue the ends together to form a ring. Fold all of the little tabs inward. Attach the two corresponding circles to either end.
Note: I went back and added a hole in one of the circles later on. This is for the lollipop stick and will allow your wheel to rotate.
Use the previous method again, and form the larger portion of the hand wheel.
Attach the smaller wheel section to the inside of the larger one. Then, attach a small portion of the lollipop stick to your hand wheel with hot glue.
Slip the other end of the stick inside the hole on the right side of the sewing machine, and attach a small circle of paper to the end to keep it from coming out.
Assembling the Base
7. Attach the left side piece of the base to the rest of the base section.
Then, layer on all of the decorative rectangles.
Fold the sides inward, and attach the tabs.
Use the tabs on the bottom of the sewing machine and the slits on top of the base to attach the two pieces together.
Assembling the Drawer
8. Gather the two drawer pieces.
Fold the main drawer piece along the score lines. Attach the tabs to the edges to form a box.
Attach the yellow rectangle to one of the long sides of the drawer (keeping it as centered as possible—it will overhand on each side).
Next, create a drawer handle out of ribbon or paper, and attach it to the front.
9. Take the last, dark blue rectangle piece and fold along the score lines.
Attach it the underside of the base—keeping it as centered as possible. This will act as a support for your drawer, so be sure to line up the two short sides with the bottom of your base.
Slip the drawer inside the hole.
Layer the small silver and yellow rectangles together, and place them on top of the base, just below the needle.
Final Assembly (cont.)
10. Gather the 5 pieces of your thread spool.
Curl the rectangular piece and attach the ends. Fold the little tabs inward. Glue the smaller circles to either side. Then, attach the larger circles over top.
Wrap some thread/twine around your spool.
Finally, attach your spool to the top, right side of your sewing machine, and your project is complete!
If you are curious about the patterned paper I used for this project, I bought it at Joann’s as part of a paper pack called Sonoma by Park Lane. I get questions about my patterned papers fairly often, so I’ll try to start including the links (when I remember).
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other fun freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy putting my 3D sewing machine together. And don’t forget to share your spectacular finished project with me on Instagram!
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