Make a Sewing Machine Pad with Jenny

Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC.
And I want to wish you first and foremost a Merry Christmas!. I hope you’re having
a wonderful day. We’ve done a lot of projects this year and most of the things that quilters
do, we do for others. So today I thought that I would fill your buckets a little bit and
do a project just for you. When people come to retreats at our retreat center, I’ve
often admired the pads that they have under their sewing machines with the pockets in
them to hold their stuff. I think those are such a great idea. So I came up with an easy
way to make one so you can do something for you today. So let me show you how to do that.
Here it is right here. And basically it’s just a long piece of fabric. We’ve folded
a pocket up on the front, bound the whole thing and we’re good to go. So to make this project, what you’re going
to need is two half yard cuts of contrasting fabric. And I have used Vintage Made Modern
by Amy Barickman for RJR. And it’s just really fun because it’s all these, these
sewing notions and things like that. It’s just really fun. And I thought it was perfect
for a little pad underneath my sewing machine. And, and you need a half a yard of each of
those. You’re going to need a half a yard of batting as well. I also used this Steam
a Seam for my binding and I can’t wait to show you how that works because that is like
a little present. We love that one. So the first thing you’re going to do on
this is you’re going to need to measure your sewing machine. You’re going to need
to know how wide you want this. And I, I, I told you I used a half a yard because as
I measured my sewing machine, that was about what I needed. But make sure you measure your
machine to know how wide you want it and then buy that much fabric accordingly. So mine
is a half yard and then what I did was I took my two half yard cuts and I laid them together
with my batting in between. So basically I’m opening this up all the way. I’m putting
this wrong side down. Putting my batting on the, in between like this. and then I’m
putting my corresponding fabric on the top. And then I’m going to go to my sewing machine
and I’m just going to straight line quilt it. So I’m just going to quilt the whole
thing, you know, however long. And the reason I did this, honestly, is because I’m not
a pattern writer. So I kind of shoot from the hip and I see what’s going to work for
me. And so this is how it worked. So I took my half yard cuts. I went ahead and I just
sewed stitch lines down them. Now if you look carefully at my stitch lines here, you can
see they’re not even, they’re not perfectly straight. None of that is really going to
matter. Because what we’re going to do, once we get a piece like this, you’re going
to trim it up to the size you want. And mine is trimmed up, and it looks like I need to
trim this edge over here so let me go ahead and trim that. And, so I’m just going to
cut off where my batting is sticking out here. Because you want a nice clean edge. And so
I’m just going to go along like that. And I don’t yet know how long I need this to
be. And I’ll show you, I’ll show you how I do it. This is truly a lesson on how my
brain works. So, so now I’ve got this on here. We’re going to make sure it’s straight.
It looks pretty good. And then I’m going to flip this up to make a pocket. Now I’m
going to look at my back. Sometimes your back gets a little rumplely like this when you’re
machine quilting it. So I’m going to look at both ends to see which end is my, my best
bet for doing this. And I think this is going to be it because this is the end I want to
fold up and make it my pocket. So the first thing I’m going to do is I’m
going to make this edge straight and I’m going to sew some binding on here. Let me
make sure this is nice and straight. It looks like it’s just got a hair bit of a curve.
There we go. Alright so now I’m going to put a piece of binding on here. And I have,
I’m going to use this same gray because it’s going to, I’m going to fold up the
pocket. The blue is going to show and this is going to give it some contrast. So I’m
going to sew this piece just straight across here like this. Let’s go to the sewing machine
and do that. So what I’m doing here is I’m just sewing
a quarter of an inch adding my 2 ½ inch strip of binding on the end. Again, I’m using
the fabric that is the same but when it curves around to the other side it’s going to have
a contrasting look which we’re going to love. Alright so that little piece of binding
is on. And now we’re going to go over to the iron. And I am going to move this stuff
right here. All my little pile of goodies. And we’re going to use some of this Steam
A Seam. Now I don’t know if you’ve ever used this but I love this. This is like amazing.
It’s a little tiny row of double stick fusible tape. You’re going to lay it across here
like this and you’re going to iron it on. It comes two rolls in a pack. And we’re
just going to iron this on right here like this. And it, oh it just holds it so tight.
And so if you, I use it for my binding all the time. It holds my binding down so I don’t
have to hold it down with my fingers. I trimmed that off. And now you just find the paper
piece, the paper edge of it. And you’re going to pull that off. Just pull it off just
like this. And now you have this awesome little piece of fusible so that you can iron it down
on your fabric and it will stay. So now I’m going to flip my binding over here to the
front. And I’m just going to fold my binding so that it covers my stitch line and press
this down. And this will, you can actually wash this a couple of times. Although, I think
if I were going to wash my quilt a lot, I would be, I would probably tend to machine
stitch it down. But it has really awesome staying power. So if you need a quilt bound
quickly. I mean this is a great thing to use. So now I’ve just ironed this down on here.
I’m going to let it cool for a bit. Trim these little threads off. And, and my binding
is done. I don’t even, you know we’re not going to wash a sewing machine pad probably
a lot so this is actually going to stick on here really, super good. It’s pretty amazing.
I love this Steam a Seam. So then what we’re going to do, is you’re
going to decide how deep you want your pocket. So one of the fun things about making a pattern
for your sewing machine is this is going to be completely customized to you. We’re going
to fold this up. I decided that I wanted mine to be about six inches deep. And so I folded
mine up just to see. I’ll put a, I’ll put a little bit of ruler on it to see how
close I got it here. I am at 5 ¾ pretty dang good. Here’s six over here. Six over here.
There we go. So I’m going to put a pin in that right there, just like this. And then
I’m going to make some decisions about pockets. Now I am always losing my scissors. So here’s
my, you know I’m always patting around trying to find my scissors. And so I decided that
I wanted a three inch pocket over here. You have to remember that you have a seam allowance
over here and put a pocket in. So I have a pocket sewn on here. And I, you can see I
went right up to one of the seams of my, of my quilting. And it’s actually four inches
from the edge. And then my scissors fit right in there. And when that hangs down in front
of my sewing machine, because your sewing machine is going to sit on it like this. And
this is going to hang down, the pocket is going to hang down in your lap so can put
your seam ripper, everything you need right there in front of you is right there for you
to use. So you need to decide on the widths that you want your pockets. I left this other
piece open because I don’t to, you know when you get little tiny pockets in there
it’s hard to get your hands in. And you could make a skinny one for a pen and the
pen would stay up. But you know I’m always, I’m, I’m kind of a, I’m kind of a messy
creator so I, I’ve got to throw all that stuff in there. So now what you’re going to do is you’re
going to measure how long you want it. And so, how long you want it. And this depends
again on the height of your table, the width of your sewing machine, where your sewing
machine sits on the table. So this one looks like, I probably need it just a little bit
longer than this so I’m going to cut about this much off, about this much. And I will
measure that to make sure I’m getting the same on all sides. So it’s about four inches.
So I’m going to come here and trim this about four inches. Just like this. And that’s
one of the things I just love about this is it is completely customized. So now I have
four inches. And now the only thing left to do is once you’ve got your pockets in and
it cut to the size, now you’re going to bind it, the whole thing. And you’re going
to use your Steam a Seam and it’s going to go so quick. So I have, oops I’ve already
lost my scissors. Oh, they’re in this pocket. Alright so what I do to start this binding
because normally we start the binding in the middle of a row so we can finish it nicely
but we have edges here. We’re not coming across the bottom. So what I’m going to
do is I have my binding strip already cut. It’s a 2 ½ inch strip. I’ve sewn two
of them together. I’m going to fold this little edge up right here. And I’m just
going to fold that over like that, about a quarter of an inch so it gives it a finished
edge. And then I’m going to start my binding right along the edge right here. And so I’m
going to be able to turn this. This is going to, once I start this on this it’s going
to actually enclose the pocket as well so we don’t even have to seam that. So we’re
going to start along this edge, line it right up on the bottom and sew straight down. Alright again, I’m almost to the bottom
so I’m going to cut this about a half an inch longer. Cut it right off. And then I’m
going to fold up that, that little end piece. Finger press it and lay it over so that it’s
just the same length as the side of my, my mat. Make sure I get that right up in there.
And I’m just going to backstitch this one a little bit. Now we’re going to add our
Steam a Seam over here. And we’ll be able to just press that around. And just like that
our whole thing is going to be finished. So, so you have this little pad. And let me show
you how they work because they’re pretty handy. You’re just going to pick up your
sewing machine like this. You’re going to slide your mat under it like this. And then
you’ve got this pocket that hangs down in front of you that’s able to hold all of
the things that you need. You can, again, I love that you can customize this and make
it your own. I saw one that had a little pin cushion, a little square pin cushion and a
little piece of velcro to hold it on the mat. Another one where the pin cushion was in the
shape of a roll. Just so many great ideas out there. As quilters we do so many things
to help other people. And we hope this fills your bucket a little bit. And we hope you
enjoyed this tutorial on the Sewing Machine Mat from the MSQC