A firm mat under the sewing machine reduces resonance and mutes the noise the machine makes. On the front edge there are pockets for scissors and other small stuff that is frequently needed while sewing.
Measurements and materials
- bottom fabric 60 x 52 cm
- thick stabilizer 60 x 40 cm
- batting 60 x 52 cm
- top fabric 60 x 52 cm
- pockets by the pattern
- 3 meters binding
I used light gray faux leather for the bottom. It is kind on PVC so it keeps the mat in place. Top fabric is a bit thicker decoration fabric that is normally used for thick curtains and pillow cases. It is slippery so small threads can easily be wiped out.
Cut the fabrics by the measurements and lay them on the desk in the following order:
- bottom fabric right side down
- thick stabilizer, align by top and side seams
- top fabric right side facing up
Stitch the layers together using quilting technique by your likings. FMQ is great for this project. I decided to follow the stripe pattern on the top fabric. The fabricks tend to move while sewing so be careful. I trimmed the edges after the stitching.
I made three pockets by the stripes of the fabric (4 + 6 + 3 stripes) so I got suitable storage for different sized stuff.
After you have joined and stitched all the pocket pieces together bind the top edge of long pocket piece. Then pin and sew the pocket piece on the bottom edge of the main piece on the area where there is no stabilizer.
Top stitch the vertical seams that separate each pocket from the bottom all the way up to the binding (appr. 10 cm long seam). Sew some small enforcement stitches on top part of the seam. The pockets should stay a bit open.
How to sew binding?
Sherri Bain Driver shows how it’s done:
Sherri sews the seam on the wrong side by hand. You can do that too – I did not 🙂
On the right lower corner of the mat I sewed a small piece of leather (taken out of old pair of jeans) and put a piece of strong thin magnet below that. I found the magnet in an old hard drive that I broke for security reasons a while ago.