It Doubles as a Machine Cover Too!
Sometimes something comes along that’s so obvious that you wonder why you didn’t think of it. A mat to put under your machine for storing all those tools and such that you tend to grab while sewing? What a great idea!
Nicole at Lillyella has designed such a mat, and it’s a beauty. Not only is it lovely to look at, but a lot of thought went into making it truly useful. She built in lots of pockets in varying sizes and a removable thread catcher.
Plus, you can use the mat to cover your machine while not in use. Ties on the sides hold it in place.
This is a simple project to make, even for beginning quilters. While there is a paper pieced butterfly block, if paper piecing isn’t your thing you could easily substitute an orphan block or a pretty piece of fabric of the same size.
In fact, you can customize this however you want. Change the size of the pockets if you want and even add a cutout for the handle. You can also adjust the size of the mat to fit any machine.
The finished mat, as shown here, is 20″ wide by 23″ tall.
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