I've been slowly working on organizing my sewing space and made this sewing machine pad to keep some tools handy. This is Amy from Friends Stitched Together and today I'll show you how to make your own! The pocket sizes are customizable and the thread catcher is detachable which means it's easy to pull off and empty when it's full.
You will need:
- 1/2 yard cotton fabric
- 1 13″x25″ piece of non-skid “grip stop” fabric
- 1 13″x25″ piece of fleece or batting
- 2.5″ piece of velcro
- All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless stated otherwise – backstitch at the beginning and end of all seams
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Cutting out your pieces
First, cut your cotton fabric pieces. I made a little cutting chart so you can fit it all on 1/2 yard:
- 1 – 13″x19″ (main panel)
- 1 – 13″x2″ (scissor panel)
- 1 – 13″x6″ (pocket panel)
- 1 – 7″x8″ (thread catcher strap)
- 1 – 2.5″x3″ (scissor strap)
- 2 – 11″x5″ (thread catcher)
- 1 – 22″x5″ (pocket)
How to sew your sewing machine pad
Take your scissor strap and fold it in half so it is 2.5″ wide and 1.5″ high. Sew the long side to form a tube. Trim the seam allowance.
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Sew the left side to the scissor panel and then that piece to the main panel. Topstitch the seams away from the scissor panel, making sure to flip the pocket piece around so you don't catch it in the stitching.
Now we'll start making pockets for your tools. I wanted spaces for my seam ripper, my small screwdriver, a couple pens, my bodkin, and my tweezers since those are all things I use often. You can customize the pockets to fit whatever you want. Lay the tool down and lay the pocket over the top, pinning at the other side. Don't make it so tight that you won't be able to pull the tool out again. Repeat for the other tools. Remove them and sew along the pinned lines you just made.
For your two thread catcher pieces, use the same method to make a tube and finish the short side (this time, make sure it's the bottom if you're using directional fabric). On one thread catcher, leave a 2.5″ section in the middle unsewn so you can turn it right side out later – this will be your lining piece.
Slide the outer bag inside so it's right sides together with the lining. Line up the seams in the backs with the center seam of the strap. Stitch along the top of the bag, being sure to catch all the layers.
Lay the grip stop fabric so the non-skid side is facing up. Attach the softer velcro piece to the bottom left corner, about one inch in from the sides. When you are finished, this will be on the bottom right corner. Add the rougher velcro piece to the top of the thread catcher strap.
Make a sandwich of your pieces in this order: fleece/batting, grip stop (right side up), cotton fabric (right side down). You can see that instead of basting the bottom of the tool pockets, I left the pins in – this made it pretty difficult to sew all at once, which is why I recommend basting. Match all the corners and sides and sew around the edges, leaving a 4″-6″ gap at the top or the side without the pockets to turn the mat.
To topstitch the mat and close the gap, I found it easiest to lay the mat, grip stop side down on a piece of tissue paper and then sew. This helps the non-skid actually slide through your machine. Don't topstitch over the pockets on the right.
Set your machine on it and enjoy!