Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

Today is my stop on Riley Blake Designs Quilted Cotton Blog Tour!

I have a quick and easy sewing project using their new

Double-Sided Quilted Cottons….which are just too fun!

Riley Blake Designs

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

I absolutely love my sewing machine mat and can’t imagine working without it! Mine was a handmade gift from my sister and really changed my sewing experience. Having all your tools right at your finger tips is great. No more knocking them off the table and trying to find where they landed:) I like my sewing table low and my knees just slide right under the pockets and I don’t even know they are there. Not to mention it adds some flare to your sewing studio!

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial


22″ x 24″ piece of RBD Double Sided Quilted Cotton- Medium Chevron/Dot in Aqua.

1 Fat Quarter of a coordination print/solid for Binding- Honeycomb Dot, Tone on Tone in Red.



Cut your Fat Quarter lengthwise into six 2.5″ strips, then join on the diagonal to create one long strip of binding. HERE is a machine binding tutorial to help if you need it!

Using the binding you just made, bind the edges of your 22″ x 24″ piece of double-sided quilted cotton just like it was an entire quilt. HERE is a tutorial for binding a quilt.

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

Fold up the bottom edge of your mat approximately 5″(this doesn’t have to be really specific). Secure ends with pins to hold in place. Decide for yourself how you want your double sided prints to show. One side will be the top and the reverse will be the pockets.

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

Using a removable marking pen, mark lines where you want your pockets and how far apart you want them. You can adjust this to hold your special tools. I used a disappearing ink pen, but a water soluble or chalk marking tool are other good choices.

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

I like a few bigger pockets for my machine quilting gloves with three smaller slots for a pen, seam ripper or a specialty tool. You can’t go wrong here!

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

Using a matching thread, stitch along the outer edge just inside the binding. Start  just below the binding at the opening of the pocket and end at the fold where the bottom of the pocket will be. This will close the sides.

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

Now finish stitching all of the lines you marked to create your pockets.

Voila! That’s it…simple right?

For the more edgy quilter….I ventured out and made a sewing machine mat with skulls! Yes, I said skulls:) I know they don’t float everyone’s boat, but I thought it would be fun. I even added a little bow to give it some extra sassy-ness! The binding and bow are a Riley Blake Designs solid FQ in Hot Pink.


Don’t like skulls or chevrons>>>> click HERE to see all the fun prints they have to offer.

***I am going to giveaway both of these sewing machine mats!***

So if you are interested and want to enter, just leave a comment telling me which one you want…chevron or skulls.

Giveaway is open through the 18th. Open internationally.

In case you missed it, I also have a coupon code good for 20% off your purchase at Gotcha Covered Quilting!



Here is the schedule so you can follow along with all the quilty goodness:)

6/5 – Jedi Craft Girl

6/10 – Nancy Zieman

6/12 – The Sassy Quilter

6/17 – Just Let Me Quilt

6/19 – Simple Simon & Co.

6/24 – Haberdashery Fun

6/26 – Sew We Quilt

7/1 – Jina Barney Designz

7/3 – Leigh Laurel Studios

7/8 – Riley Blake Designs

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  1. Nadine Stupelli says:

    What a neat idea! I would love the chevron. Thanks for your blog posts. Love them, :-)

  2. Kathleen says:

    These are awesome! I like the chevrons, but the pink on the skull fabric would go with the pink walls in my sewing room, so I guess either one would be good! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. Love the tutorial! This is being added to my to-do list. Thanks Sassy!

  4. Great tutorials and these double sided fabrics are fantastic! I love both but I’d chose chevron!

  5. Allyson Cleveland says:

    I absolutely love these mats. Both of them are downright adorable and oh, so practical! If I had to pick one, I like the chevron blue one just an ounce more! Thanks for sharing the tutorial– my mom could definitely use one for her birthday!

  6. cdahlgren2013 says:

    I love these mats, and never thought it could be so easy to make one. I’m going to need to try this. I like both, but my husband quilts too, and I don’t think he’d like the pink skulls. cdahlgren at live dot com.

  7. Deborah says:

    I really like the mats, but my absolute favorite one is the chevron one.

  8. rfnancy says:

    These are adorable!! Thanks for adding the Tutorial too and where to purchase the Fabric~ I would choose the Chevrons.

    Thanks so much for Sharing, Have a Wonderful Day!!

  9. I really like the Chevrons best, which I probably will make if I don’t win one.

  10. this tutorial could not have come at a better time as my brother is coming on monday to assemble my new table so a mat will be perfect. The double sided quilted fabirc is new to me, will probably have to make it with ordinary and use batting etc, will not be so quick but never mind will have a go. You keep me busy with all your projects Paula

  11. The skull one is amazing. I hope to win one ;)

  12. Great tutorial. I love the chevrons. I really like your new layout, so simple and clear.

  13. Love the sewing machine mats especially the chevrons! Thanks.

  14. I love the chevron, matches my sewing room! Nice tutorial!

  15. I love those and the tutorial is awesome. The skills are totally sassy :)

  16. Great tutorial. I love the chevron one. If I don’t win I will have to make one.

  17. Thank you and I like either one. :)

  18. Such a cute tute, Paula. Both of your mats turned out super sweet… And I am not a scull person either. Adding the bow was a nice touch!

  19. Mary Jane Link says:

    What a great idea, I love it! And the chevron mat is me, I am crazy for chevrons and the color is perfect for my sewing room. Thanks so much!

  20. I need to make me one of these! Very cute and it looks great in those Chevron fabrics!

  21. Wow this is an wonderful idea. Never saw something like this before. Hope, I don’t have to sew by myself. Would like the chevronish!

  22. What a great mat, thanks for the tutorial! Polka dot/chevron is more my style.

  23. This is such a good idea. Thanks for a great tutorial too, I love the chevron mat by the way. x

  24. Oh the skulls are so cute! I have been teaching my grand daughter to sew and I would LOVE to give this to her as a gift!!
    Thanks for the chance to win it!!

  25. Love both mats but the skulls is too cute and my sewing machine would love to sit on it. Great tutorial, thanks.

  26. Fabulous – and thanks for the tutorial!
    The chevron/polka dots is my favourite!

  27. Awesome tutorial! Love them both! This is something I sure need as I loose everything even though I just had it in my hand! Great organizational help!

  28. I love the skulls! We just had the Billy Bowlegs pirate festival down here and that fabric is perfect!

  29. This mat would be perfect to take with machine to sew-in’s as well as retreats. I love the chevron mat. Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. Thanks for the tutorial, both mats are great. I have an obsession with all things black, white, and pink. The skulls are awesome and the little bow makes me think of sugar skulls. Thanks for the chance.

  31. Yay!!!! I’ve been dying to make a sewing machine mat forever! Thanks for the tutorial. I’d love either one, they are both totally adorable!

  32. Liz Rehrauer says:

    So cute and so easy. I what’s so great is that you just bind it then turn it up for the pocket. So darn easy. I know a few other “pocket pieces” I could make with that fabric. Love the red and aqua. It’s sassy.

  33. I love them both.. I would take either one. I am going to have to make one if my name is not drawn!

  34. I love the tutorial. I like the chevron mat. Thanks for sharing:-)

  35. I love them both but the pink one with the skulls really wants to be under my machine which sits on my hot pink sewing table(it is a typing table that I painted!). Love this idea and the fabrics so much!

  36. Carolyn Montgomery says:

    love the chevron/dottie mat

  37. love them both, the chevron would go in my sewing room because of the colors, but the skull is cute too. I would gladly accept either one, but I guess I would pick the chevron first.

  38. Jennifer says:

    Very Cute! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  39. PatKelley says:

    Love the mat tutorial. I would like the chevron.

  40. Ooh I love the Chevron Mat. Those are just perfect colors.Great tutorial too in case I don’t win, I’ll be able to make my own. Thank you.

  41. jennifer says:

    So cute! I’d love the chevron, I was just thinking yesterday how my juki is sticking to the table a bit… i put papertowel under it! This would be much cuter!!

  42. Karen Martin says:

    Sew easy! Love the chevrons. I wonder if a piece of Velcro could be added to attach a thread catcher?

  43. How fun and easy! I love the chevron. Thank you for the opportunity!

  44. This awesome and easy. I need to make one for myself and also my child sewer. I like both chevron and skulls. :)

  45. Juliet H says:

    I love the chevron but both are so cute! Thanks for the chance!

  46. Either one. There are some days when things flow across the page like the chevrons and other days when I want to murder my project!

  47. Love the chevrons! What a fun idea! Thanks!

  48. Chevrons!

  49. What a quick and useful project. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway. The chevrons would be my choice if I won.

  50. This is such a cute idea! And so easy! Love it! I adore the skulls! It’s got my rebelness written ALL over it!! Thanks for the tute and the chance to win!!

  51. Melissa Greenfield says:

    What a great idea! Love them both so if I’m a lucky winner surprise me! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

  52. I love the chevrons. Thank you for the chance to win.

  53. I love them both, also. But the sculls are so cool! I can’t believe you are giving them away. Thanks for the chance to win. I love that this fabric is already quilted and what a bonus to have them double sided.

  54. Karen Nelson says:

    Definitely, skulls and polka dots! What more could you want?

  55. Judi cushing says:

    Love both! The blue chevron would be a wonderful “take it all to go” for travels with my machine in our little Aqua camper & the pink & black would be perfect in my craft room: no men allowed iin here

  56. Christine says:

    Thank you fo

  57. Melinda says:

    Chevrons & polka dots! So cute and handy too. Thanks for the tutorial, too!

  58. Melissa H says:

    i LOVE the chevron!

  59. The skull and cross bones are adorable, my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial.

  60. Paula, I forgot to tell you I like your new header.

  61. Love this, and definitely will be making one for myself :) and I wouldn’t mind the chevron or the skulls both are cute – but the chevrons would match the office a bit better!

  62. Donna Lee says:

    These look so convenient! I would choose the chevron.

  63. mdmsamm says:

    you always create something that brings smiles….xx

  64. Great idea. Chevron for me

  65. That’s a great idea! A fun gift for other sewists too.

  66. Great tutorial. Glad to have found you. Love the skulls….

  67. Not to be redundant but that’s such a great idea. I need one. Not a pink fan, so chevrons for me. Thanks for the tutorial and offer.

  68. Mary Jo says:

    Love the chevron! If I don’t win, your tutorial is great, so I will make one! Thanks for your kind offer!

  69. I’ve just started teaching workshops at home and think I need to make a stack of these for the work table! thanks for the tutorial, I’d love the chevrons.

  70. Una Sweeney says:

    Chevrons pleasr

  71. Carolyn says:

    Such a helpful idea! I’d love the blue chevron! Thanks!

  72. Vicki H says:

    I would choose the chevron. Thanks

  73. Sandy K says:

    I love aqua and red, I would choose the chevron. Thanks for the chance.

  74. I am more of a chevron girl. Really great project! Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Karla Hall says:

    The chevron, but the skulls are so cute too with their girly girl pink! I don’t care which one.

  76. Peggy Moller says:

    I prefer the chevron. Cute!

  77. Kathleen Dalecio says:

    Clever, practical and cute! I like the skull & polka dot mat the best.

  78. Lyn Smith says:

    I would love to win one of these. I’m sure I need one. I love the chevron one.

  79. Clever idea! I love the chevron.

  80. maggielou says:

    I would love to have one of these. I love the chevron but the pink and black go well with my sewing room so I could love either one.

  81. Lisa Garner says:

    Love this idea. If I don’t win I will be making one soon!!

  82. I love the chevrons one.

  83. Becky Payne says:

    I LOVE the sewing mats tutorial!! I would love the chevron one, please???

  84. Jen mazza says:

    I would go for the chevron, but I might just have to try making it.

  85. Pauline says:

    I Love them both….but the Chevron one is for me.

  86. love the skulls

  87. Dorie DePuy says:

    I love the Chevron!

  88. The Chevron would be great to have. What a wonderful idea for the sewing room.

  89. Awesome mats! Love the tutorial and all the pockets to have goodies kept handy. I really like the polka dots and chevrons.

  90. paula preti says:

    Id like the chevrons. Tutorial makes it seem pretty easy to make

  91. jenifer n says:

    I love the chevron one but the skulls are fun!

  92. I like the Chevron sewing machine mat the best, but I would love and use either one of them! Thanks for such a sweet giveaway!

  93. I love both! It doesn’t matter which one I get if i win :)

  94. Debra Gibbs says:

    Chevron for sure…thanks for the fun tutorial!

  95. Sheri Wonderling says:

    What a great Tute… I would be happy with either one I think that they are both great. Thank you in advance for the chance to win.

  96. Either would be great. My preference would be chevrons, but they’re both really nice. Thanks so much. The tutorial was fun.

  97. Grace O'Donnell says:

    Great tutorial! I love both mats, but the skulls would be really cool in my seeing room.

  98. Love how easy you have made this. Love the chevron. Thanks for sharing. Janita

  99. Sara harrell says:

    That is such a good idea. I thinking will still lose my stuff even with such a a great organizer

  100. Ohh, the chevron are so cute!

  101. terri414cb says:

    I would love the chevrons. AND if I don’t win, I’m going to make one myself!

  102. Jodi Christensen says:

    LOVE this idea, so clever and simple, a PERFECT combination!! Can’t choose between the patterns, would be over the moon for either one. Pick me, pick me!!

  103. These are so fun and clever! I love them both and would love to win one to help jazz up my drab sewing room.

  104. OMG – this is so clever, functional, and fun! I definitely need to make one of these… unless I’m lucky enough to win that is. I’d pick the chevron one since it matches my sewing room.

  105. Both are great! I would be lucky to win one!

  106. Oh, that’s so cute…and functional….I love the chevrons! If I don’t win, I just may have to make one…thanks for the chance.

  107. So clever – I’ve been needing a sewing mat myself, and this is the perfect idea with the pre-quilted fabric! Love the blue/red combo! Thanks for the giveaway!

  108. Cute project! I would love the chevron mat. Thanks for the giveaway and tutorial.

  109. Christine says:

    I love both but if I had to choose it would be the Chevron!!

  110. This is TOO cute! I love both, but the chevron is my favorite!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  111. Great idea. I’m always scrambling around looking for my seam ripper or scissors. Chevron please….but skull is cute too!

  112. Chevron. Great job and thank you for the tutorials on binding the edges.

  113. Well, am not a pastel person so that leaves the skulls. And (booming voice), a pirate’s life is the perfect life for me!!!

  114. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the Skull fabric :-)…

  115. What a great idea – love the skulls with the pink bow!

  116. Thank you for the tutorial – I love the fabric you used! I would choose the skulls for my daughters machine ( and I will make one for myself too!) thanks again!

  117. I like them both but my favorite is the chevron. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

  118. Amy Klodzen says:

    I love the chevron mat. The binding is the perfect complement.

  119. Love this!! Stopping to say “Hi” from over at HaberdasheryFun..

  120. Karen B says:


  121. Dana T. says:

    Chevron please!

  122. kimikyra says:

    I want the chevron pls…

  123. I don’t usually like the skulls but this time with the polka dots, I love it! Great idea and so needed.

  124. Either would be just lovely!

  125. Carol St Luis says:

    Chevrons. A perfect match for my sewing room.

  126. Chevron! Love it!!

  127. I love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial! Where is the best place to buy the quilted cotton material?

  128. Crystal says:

    Me oh me love them both but the skulls are extra sassy

  129. Heidi K says:

    I’d love the chevron.

  130. Sharon Smith says:

    oooo- these are TOO cute! I’d love the chevron!

  131. Chevron!!!!


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