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Make a Sewing Machine Pad with Jenny

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

machine

s with the pockets in them to hold
make a sewing machine pad with jenny
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

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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

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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

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sure it’s straight. It looks pretty good. And then I’m going to flip this up to

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a pocket. Now I’m going to look at my back. Sometimes your back gets a little
make a sewing machine pad with jenny
rumplely like this when you’re

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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

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it my pocket. So the first thing I’m going to do is I’m going to

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this edge straight and I’m going to sew some binding on here. Let me

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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

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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

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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
make a sewing machine pad with jenny
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

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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

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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.

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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

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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