Sew a non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad

Sew a non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad - a genius idea to stop the foot pedal slipping away from you. I'm on it!Sewing gives me a lot of pleasure, but actually sometimes also quite a bit of pain.  I get a pain in my back when I sew for a while, and when I took a good hard look at that recently, I realised that a lot of it may be due to the fact that my foot-pedal leg often starts off in a comfortable position, but the more I sew, the more it extends outwards as I chase my foot-pedal across the floor.

I have a tiled floor and the foot pedal seems to slip further and further away throughout my sewing session, until I have to fish it back again.  It's this sitting with one leg extended, sitting at an angle that I'm convinced in a back-breaker for me.  So I set out to solve this dilemma and sew a non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad.

It's not pretty, but it works, and that's what matters.  My foot pedal stays put now a lot more than it did before.  I think this would work if you had a wooden floor or carpets too, not just for tile.  Here's how you can make one – it's pretty cheap!

Materials to make a non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad

 

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  • Roll of non-slip spongy material, often sold as drawer or shelf liners  (alternative UK Link)
  • Some fleece, batting, felt or similar
  • Quilting cotton, or other fabric, less than a Fat Quarter
  • Straight cut or bias strips, 2.5 inches wide

Start out by measuring your foot pedal and decide on how big you want your mat to be.  I'm guessing the bigger you make it, the more grip it will have.  But bear in mind, this stuff is non-slip so it will also grip onto all your little pieces of thread too and could end up a big thread nest, so don't make it huge.

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I drew a rough ‘pattern'  from a sheet of paper and used it to cut 2 pieces of the non-slip liner.  Make it round, oval, square – whatever you like.  I made mine rectangular so that I had some padding under my heel too.

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Now make or unwrap some binding tape.  If your mat is square, you can use a straight cut binding.  A jelly roll strip would be ideal for that.  If you've made it round or oval, you'll want to use a bias binding tape.  Check out these tutorials on how to estimate and make continuous bias binding, and how to get neat corners.

non slip sewing machine foot pedal padApply the binding all around the outside of the two layers of non-slip grippy stuff.  You might find because it's grippy, that it's going to grip to the plastic of your sewing machine.  If that's the case, slip some tissue or even some regular paper underneath to help it feed through.  Here's mine sewn to the paper.  It perforates as it sews so it just pulls off afterwards.

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I folded my 2.5 inch binding in half and sewed it to the top, then folded it over to the back and stitched again.  It's not the greatest of neat jobs, but hey, who's looking under my sewing table! Get out of there…

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Because we are constantly applying pressure to the back of the pedal, it can still slip forward so I thought having something to prevent it slipping off the front of our mat would be a good idea.  I created a roll of some scraps of felt that I had layered with some fabric.

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Cut a rectangle of fabric a couple of inches wider than the mat.  Cut your inner padding piece an inch narrower than your mat.

On the wrong side of your fabric, place your piece or pieces of felt, fleece or batting and start to roll it up.  When you get it as thick as you want it, snip off any remaining filling.  Leave your fabric an inch longer.

non slip sewing machine foot pedal pad

Turn under the raw edge on your fabric, roll it up and then hand stitch it down to complete your ‘sausage'  to go at the front of the mat.  The ends should be thin, without the filling so these will be easier to sew.  You can even get your scissors in there and snip any fabric from the center of the roll that you don't need.

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Now tuck in under the ends on your stopper roll, and tuck those ends underneath to the back side and stitch them in place.

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It's done.  Place your foot pedal where you want it to go, more confident now that it's going to stay in place better than it did before.  Your back will thank you.

Sew a non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad - a genius idea to stop the foot pedal slipping away from you. I'm on it!

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192 Responses to Sew a non-slip sewing machine foot pedal pad

  1. Jane says:

    This is fanastic. So simple but very effective. Thank you for sharing your design and construction instructions.

  2. kay stafford says:

    Is there a printable pattern for this ? Would like to use this at a quilt retreat for everyone.

  3. Laura says:

    I had made a footpedal pad similar to the one shown here. It certainly slowed things down on my hardwood floors, but the footpedal still shifted over time and I would have to re-position the it again, just not as often. Then, a little brainstorm happened! I placed an old mousepad under the whole thing and Voila! nothing moved at all! So before you make a footpedal rest, try using an old mousepad. Maybe it will work for you!!

  4. Geraldine Carter says:

    I love it. I want to make one for my sewing room but where can I buy roll on non-slip spongy material?
    Geraldine

  5. kathleen e babbitt says:

    this is just what I have been looking for! I’m a little confused how the rolled stopper is sewn onto the mat. I don’t see any stitching on the top? could I see the back of the finished mat that would help a lot. thanks

    • Judith Abernathy says:

      I turned the “roll” over and sewed it to the back binding, then flipped it around and over to the front. I hope that makes sense.

  6. Emma Carpenter says:

    . Brilliant. Thanks for the idea and tut.

  7. Karen.roy16@yahoo.co.uk says:

    Brilliant idea much better than just using non slip mat, which can still move. Padded bar will stop it moving under the back of my sewing cabinet .??

  8. Shirley Helm says:

    Thank you so much! Chuckled at your “get out of there” comment!

  9. Catherine says:

    I accomplished something similar by using the same nonslip material and double sided tape. Put the tape on the bottom of the pedal and the nonslip material (cut to the size of the bottom of the pedal) on top of it. I like your idea of the stopper strip so I will try making your method as well. Nice idea!

  10. Kendell Hardy says:

    I just made this tonight and I accomplished so much more consistent sewing without having to find my foot peddle. Thank you for this pattern!

  11. Richard says:

    I Love the idea. I have been using something similar. Just using the nonslip material under my foot peddle. I has worked great on the rug too. This would make a great gift for my sewing friends.

  12. Judy says:

    I made 3 of these for each of my machines. They work great.

  13. Dale says:

    Sorry if I missed this info somewhere else: is it washable?

  14. Carol Politte says:

    love this. My freinds and I get together to sew once a week. We each will make three one for the sewing machine, the serger and the embroidery machine.

  15. Bonnie says:

    So sorry for the previous question. I should have studied the pattern closer. I see it has the gripper on both sides.
    Can’t wait to get it made.

  16. Bonnie says:

    I have all the materials around to make this but was studying the pattern and realized, no gripper on the bottom. Maybe most have carpet, I have wood floors so worried it will slip around still. Any suggestion So?

    • gpfarms says:

      I had to read the instructions twice…there is gripper on both the top and the bottom. The binding goes around both layers. I am going to pick up what I need today!

  17. Josephine Mifsud says:

    Brilliant idea. I’m going to make one.

  18. Betty says:

    I made one yesterday. I have carpet so when I make another one for my surger I will put cardboard between the layer of shelf inner, which I have used for years. It will give it more stability. great idea. thank

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