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Stay Organized with this DIY Roll Up Sewing Machine Mat

Learn how to make a custom quilted sewing machine mat! This handy mat sits under your sewing machine and contains pockets to hold all of your notions. Our free sewing pattern even includes instructions to convert this sewing machine mat into a roll-up sewing tool organizer!

Sewing Machine Mat

I am the worst at staying organized when I sew. I joke that sewing is more an exercise in “where did I put my scissors?” than in actually creating something. All joking aside, I designed this sewing machine mat to go under my machine to keep all my most used tools close by.  It even rolls up so you can take it when you travel! 

I’ve seen sewing machine pad organizers floating around online for a while now. I kept meaning to make one and never did.  Finally, this month, I decided that I’d had enough of losing my scissors, unpickers, and marking pens and designed myself a mat.

About the Sewing Machine Mat

This mat is pretty big, so it fits my large sewing machine. You can easily size it down to the width of your machine if you’d like. It’s just a big rectangle, so you can customize it easily.

Sewing Machine Mat

I added a fun little thread catcher to the side using snaps. You can snap it on and off if you roll up the mat to use as a tool caddy when you travel. You could also add a pin cushion if you’d like. I elected not to since I love using my magnetic pin bowls.

Sewing Machine Mat

The thread catcher is attached to the right side of the mat; if you’re left-handed, you can very easily attach it to the left side instead.  It’s totally up to you; look at this pattern as a jumping-off point for customization!

Sewing Machine Mat

I also added a bit of ribbon to the binding of the mat so that it could be rolled up and used for travel. You can place your notions in the pockets, fold them over the top, roll them up, and take them with you when you leave.

The fabric for the sewing machine mat is from the Paper Doll collection by J Wecker Frisch. She’s one of Riley Blake’s newest designers, although she’s been designing for a while now.  I have to say, I adore her style. She has a Halloween line coming out next year that I’m already salivating over!

Sewing Machine Mat

Are you ready to make a sewing machine mat?

Sewing Machine Mat
Sewing Machine Mat

Roll-Up Sewing Machine Mat Pattern

Size 18″ x 28″

Supplies:

The fabric is PaperDoll by Riley Blake Designs

Fabric:

1/2 Yard for Mat Top

1/2 Yard for Mat Bottom (or back)

1/4 Yard for Pocket

1/4 Yard for Pocket Lining

1/2 Yard for Binding

1 Fat Quarter for Thread Catcher Outside (or 1/4 yard of fabric)

1 Fat Quarter for Thread Catcher Lining (or 1/4 yard of fabric)

Other Supplies:

100% cotton batting (or your preferred quilt batting). You’ll need two pieces, one 18″ x 28″ and one 5″ x 28″.

1 yard of Ribbon

4 KAM Snaps

1/4 Yard Shape Flex Interfacing

1″ Wide Bias Tape Tool – I have a “multi-sized” pack that I used; I’ve linked it here.

Binding Clips

Walking Foot for Sewing Machine

Instructions

Sewing Machine Mat

Roll Up Sewing Machine Mat

Melissa Mortenson
Create a sewing machine mat that roll up and doubles as an organizer when you need to take your sewing tools with you!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

supplies

Fabric:

  • ½ Yard Fabric for Mat Top
  • ½ Yard Fabric for Mat Bottom
  • ¼ Yard Fabric for Pocket
  • ¼ Yard Fabric for Pocket Lining
  • ½ Yard Fabric for Binding
  • 1 Fat Quarter Fabric for Thread Catcher Outside or ¼ yard of fabric

Other Supplies:

  • 1 piece 100% cotton batting or your preferred quilt batting. You’ll need 2 pieces one 18″ x 28″ and one 5″ x 28″.
  • 1 yard of Ribbon
  • 4 snaps KAM Snaps
  • ¼ Yard Shape Flex Interfacing

Instructions
 

Cutting:

  • For Sewing Mat: From Mat Top Fabric Cut: 1 piece 18″ x 28″
    From Mat Bottom Fabric Cut: 1 piece 19″ x 29″ (Okay, I know I told you to buy ½ yard of fabric, which is 18″ wide. However, if you have a larger piece of fabric or your fabric is cut a bit bigger, make the bottom piece of fabric slightly larger since it’s easier to line up when you’re quilting the layers. If you have an 18″ wide piece of fabric, you will be fine!)
    From Batting Cut: 1 Piece 18″ x 28″ 1 Piece 5″ x 28″
    From Pocket Fabric Cut: 1 Piece 5″ x 28″
    From Pocket Lining Fabric Cut: 1 Piece 5″ x 28″
    From Binding Fabric Cut: 1 Piece 2″ x WOF (width of fabric) 3 Pieces 2 ½″ x WOF
  • For Thread Catcher:
  • From Thread Catcher Fabric Cut: 2 pieces each 7″ x 7″
    From Thread Catcher Lining Fabric Cut: 2 pieces each 7″ x 7″
    From Shape Flex Interfacing Cut: 2 pieces each 7″ x 7″

Step One: Quilting

  • Layer your sewing machine mat bottom, top, and batting pieces together so that you have a “sandwich” with the sewing machine mat fabrics on the outside (with the right sides facing out) and the batting in the center.
  • Quilt straight lines every ½″ – 1″ along the mat. You’ll want to use a walking foot on your sewing machine for this part. You’ll also want to use a few safety pin or basting spray to keep the layers in place as you sew. If you do not want to quilt your mat, you don’t have to. Just use fusible fleece instead and skip the quilting.
  • Repeat for the pocket pieces.

Step Two: Pocket

  • Run your 2″ wide piece of binding through your bias tape maker (note we are not using fabric cut on the bias).
  • Place the created tape on top of the top of your pocket piece, right sides facing, and raw edges even. You’ll need to unfold the tape to do this.
    Sewing Machine Mat
  • Stitch the tape to the top of the pocket, just inside of the first fold.
  • Flip the tape over to the wrong side of the pocket and press in place. Secure with binding clips. On the right side of the pocket, stitch tape in place close to the edge, making sure you’re catching the tape on the back as you sew. (If you miss a spot, just use a touch of glue to hold it down).
    Sewing Machine Mat
  • Place the sewn pocket piece on top of the sewing mat piece, right sides both facing up. Pin in place.
    pink white and green sewing illustration

Step Three: Dividing the Pocket

  • Using a ruler, place markings where you’d like the dividers in the pocket to be. I make 2 7″ wide pockets and 4 3 ½″ wide pockets.
    pink white and green sewing illustration
  • Stitch the pocket divisions in place. Make sure you backstitch at the top of each division.
    Sewing Machine Mat

Step Four: Binding

  • Before you bind your sewing machine mat, you’ll need to attach a bit of ribbon to it (if you want it to roll up).
    Sewing Machine Mat
  • Fold your ribbon piece in half and pin it to the wrong side of the mat at the exact location at the top of the pocket. Stitch in place.
  • As you bind, be careful not to catch the ribbon in the binding.

Step Five: Thread Catcher

  • Apply the Shape Flex interfacing to the wrong side of the thread catcher outside pieces.
  • On the thread catcher outside and thread catcher lining pieces, cut a 1 ½″ x 1 ½″ square from the bottom two corners. (note: the photos are from a previous project; the assembly is exactly the same, the fabric pieces are just a different size)
    "Never Full" Fabric Basket Sewing Tutorial by Melissa of polkadotchair.com
  • Place the two thread catcher outside pieces, right sides facing, and stitch down the 2 side seams and the bottom seam with a ½″ seam allowance.
  • Pinch the bottom “squares” so that they are flush on the edges, and stitch along the edge.
    "Never Full" Fabric Basket Sewing Tutorial by Melissa of polkadotchair.com
  • Repeat with the thread catcher lining pieces.
  • Turn the catcher outside piece right side out.
  • Slip the catcher lining piece over the outside piece so that the right sides are facing and the raw edges are even.
  • Secure with pins or clips
  • Stitch ½″ down from the top edge, leaving a 4″ opening on one side.
  • Turn right side out through the opening in the top.

Step Six: Finishing

  • Press well. Topstitch along the top of the catcher; catch the opening as you sew.
    Sewing Machine Mat
  • Add two KAM snaps to the back of the thread catcher 2″ apart from each other.
    Sewing Machine Mat
  • Add the other halves of the two KAM snaps to the sewing mat in your desired location also 2″ apart.
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21 Comments

  1. This is so great! I’ve been thinking about making something on this line for a while now, so your pattern is really inspiring me! I don’t think I will adaptive very much at all – it looks like exactly what I need!

  2. I like this a whole lot, but wish you made it easier to print off. I dislike sewing directions from the internet, I would much rather print it off and read it from paper.

    1. I used to offer printable versions of the tutorials. Then I found out that lots and lots of stores were printing them off and selling them so I had to stop. It was a lot of people, not just a few.

  3. Hi Melissa

    Thank you for such a great pattern (linked from Sew Hot!). I’m looking forward to making this.

    You said you were going to put some links to binding techniques, I can’t find them. Also, would you mind explaining how to attach the ribbon a bit more please – sorry, I’m a relatively new sewer!!

    Thank you !

  4. This looks like a wonderfully easy pattern that I think I’ll jump right into. For those that are struggling due to not being able to print the pattern I’d like to say that I usually print things like this on the Print Friendly site. It works like a dream. :o)

    1. Thank you for the suggestion. I was not aware of their site. They have a button I can embed that keeps my copyright info on the printout. I’ve added it to the bottom of the post.

      1. I might just be dense, but I am not seeing this printer friendly option anywhere. I have checked many times on my computer and from my phone. Am I missing something?

  5. I’ve been thinking about making something like this but I have a question. Doesn’t it get in the way of feeding your fabric smoothly through the machine? I would think your project would hang up on the tools/pockets. I’m thinking I want one that fits on the right-hand end of my sewing space.

  6. I love your tutorial for the sewing mat. My machine base is recessed in my sewing table. I am wondering how to modify your tutorial to go around the opening and still be stable when I have tools and other supplies in the pockets. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

  7. Love your sewing machine mat can’t wait to make one I’ve been looking for a while now for one and the way you’ve explained everts sounds great thanks for the tutorial

  8. I love this idea. It seems I can never find my tools when I need them. Thanks for sharing this clever idea.

  9. I love this pattern, but am sort of confused as to what direction I am supposed to quilt the mat and pocket piece.

    Thank you,

  10. I used the pattern to make a smaller one that fits my machine and it came out great! Thanks so much!

  11. I really need one of these! This pattern is just what I like-easy to follow and adaptable to size. I like the removable scrap catcher-I plan to use iron on vinyl on the lining to make it easy to clean out. Thanks for this great pattern.

  12. This is a wonderfully helpful pattern! I not only made one for my sewing machine but also one for my cardmaking as I was forever losing my paper snips, paper pick ect –only thing I did a little different was to cut it down a little and making the pockets a little smaller—I used strips of velcro to adhere to under side of crafting table.
    Thank you again for this great project.
    Yvonne

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