Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sewing Machine Mat with Pockets

Over the years, I have seen quilters make sewing machine mats with pockets in them to set their sewing machines on.  I have always thought them cute, and have always wanted to try making one.

Saturday I was junkin’, and while I always sort through the fabric bin (there can be anything in there), I found two cute homemade quilted placemats. The gears in my head started grinding, and today, after I finished the binding on Louie’s quilt, and sewed some secret things, I made a sewing machine mat with pockets in about 15 minutes flat from those two cute placemats.

I took the first placemat and set it on the table right side up. I then took the second placemat, and placed it on the table with the backing on the top, directly under the first one. I used the binding on each placemat as my guide for sewing the two together. I actually placed the bindings on top of each other, pinned, and sewed two seams, each toward the edge of each binding. Then I took the bottom of the second placemat, and folded it in half and matched bindings.

sunday sewing 010                                        Here is what the back looks like.sunday sewing 011                                        I sewed the side seams of the folded placemat, then sewed four seams (in the ditch of the quilt blocks) and made five pockets. (I poofed them out so you could see them.                      sunday sewing 012 sunday sewing 008                       I don’t normally use this machine much anymore, since I got my Janome, but it will be nice if I ever take my machine to a friends house, or a retreat, and it was fun to actually see that I could make something cute by repurposing two cute placemats. Someone spent some time making those placemats, and lucky for me, they ended up in the bin at Goodwill.                   

Be blessed, and have a wonderful week!

add Christmas Stocking Hat                                                                       Michelle

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

12 comments:

Amelia said...

Now aren't you the brilliant one to come up with that...I can just see those wheels turning in your head...smart idea.

Have a great week!

Hazel said...

Great idea ,you I'll have to look next time I'm in the thrift store .

Candace said...

What a good idea and so cute. I always wonder if when you use one of those mats if there is any problem with sliding. I guess if so, you could put some shelf liner under it or something to keep it in place. It would be great to keep everything in it's place when sewing. No more, "where are my scissors".

Gina said...

Great idea. Now to find some placemats

Love and hugs GIna xxx

jillquilts said...

Looks great!! I have one of these, but it gets in the way and I don't use it anymore. Drat! I should've donated that to the Guild, too!

Oh well! Enjoy yours!

Valerie said...

O.K. Now I know that you are the smartest woman I know! This is so neat. I am going to my thrift store tomorrow and see if I can find some goodies.

Kristie said...

Now that is the cutest!
KRistie

StitchinByTheLake said...

I swear Michelle your creativity just astounds me. I've seen those mats before but never would have thought of repurposing placemats to make one. I have lots of placemats I don't use any more - I need to get them out! blessings, marlene

Miss Sews-it-all said...

That is an awesome idea, and it looks great! I have seen some like it, too, but haven't bit the bullet yet to make one for my sewing machine.

pollyanns said...

Wow... what a fun little project! I hate not having my little thread snipper close by. I think I might even be able to handle a project like that. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well with you... Polly

Libby said...

You come up with the best ideas!! Very Smart and Cute!
Libby

Karly said...

I just found your blog today! I bought my daughter her first sewing machine for christmas, and love what you made with the placemats. :) I sent my daughter your link so she can visit also. Have a great day!

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