I don’t know about you, but the area around my sewing machine can sometimes get very messy. Reels of thread, scissors, unpicks, pens, rulers, etc., etc.
It all came to a head the other day, and I thought to myself, “For goodness sake, make yourself one of those lovely sewing machine mats you’ve seen on Pinterest.”
So off to Pinterest to search for sewing machine mats. And I found this great free tutorial by Nicole over at Lillyella here:
I liked the selvedge pockets and that sweet paper-pieced butterfly. I had been saving my selvedges for ages and had two big Moccona coffee jars full of them – finally, something to make with them!
I decided to use my Bonnie and Camille stash, so off I went. The tutorial was very well written, with lots of photos, and great instructions for those selvedge pockets. I had already done some paper piecing, but Nicole suggested the tutorial over at Cassandra Madge, which you can find here.
I had a quick read through her excellent photo-rich instructions to refresh my memory. If you’ve never done any paper piecing this is a great tutorial to use.
I was going to make the main mat part from navy fabric, but then I thought it would just show up all those white threads (and dust! I’m not a fan of dusting!) So I used a mid-blue cotton hoping it would do better hiding the threads (and the dust!)
I’m so happy with how it turned out! You can add ties and turn it into a sewing machine cover, but my machine is in use pretty much every day, so I left off the ties.
If you were ever thinking of making one of these mats, I can highly recommend lillyella’s pattern and tutorial.
Well, of course, then I decided I needed an extra bit of organizing and found this tutorial here at Diana’s Sewing Lessons.
She doesn’t have a pattern as such, just a photo of the main piece, but it was pretty easy to replicate if you’ve done a bit of sewing! I really liked the look of the binding, so I used this tutorial. But there are others out there that give the exact measurements if you’d feel safer with that, and that have internal pockets (which I felt were unnecessary for my needs).
So now I am all sorted for storage around my machine – if only I could get a lovely photo of it!
I’d love to hear if you have any great ideas for keeping your sewing area tidy – just leave me a comment!
Till next time