How to Make a Sewing Machine Mat

Sewing Machine Mat

There is no better project to get yourself organized in your sewing space than making a Sewing Machine Mat for all your tools that you like to have handy when sewing! Make one for yourself and then make one for your sewing friends!

This tutorial was suggested by several members, so I am super happy to finally have made it – I hope you like it!

Approximate finished size: 21″ x 19″. Don’t forget you can always make your Sewing Machine Mat bigger or smaller and change up the pockets, you don’t have to make it exactly like mine.

Sewing Machine Mat

Tools Needed to Make a Sewing Machine Mat

You can find out more about which tools I recommend over here.

Supplies To Make A Sewing Machine Mat

Top Main Body Fabric: ⅔ yard width of fabric

Backing/Self Binding Fabric: ⅔ yard width of fabric

Fabric for pockets: A few small pieces of fabric if you want different fabric from main body and backing fabric

Batting: 8″ x 2½” + 21″ x 5″ + 21″ x 19″

Coordinating thread

Sewing Machine Mat

Cutting Instructions to Make A Sewing Machine Mat


3 Small Pockets: 3 x 3″ x 2½”

Backing Fabric: 8″ x 3½”

Batting: 8″ x 2½”


3 Left Hand Pockets: 3 x 3″ x 5″

Middle Pocket: 6″ x 5″

Big Right Hand Pocket: 8″ x 5″

Backing Fabric: 21″ x 6″

Batting: 21″ x 5″


Top Fabric: 21″ x 19″

Backing Fabric: 22″ x 24″

Batting: 21″ x 19″

Please watch my video for full instructions on how to make a Sewing Machine Mat:

This project is one of my Small Quilting Projects, you might also be interested in making my French Braid Table Runner.

Thanks so much for joining me! Please leave a comment and let me know how you go, or if you have any questions.

Stacey x

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6 thoughts on “How to Make a Sewing Machine Mat

  1. Robyn says:

    Congratulations on your tutorial. It was interesting and demystified self bindings for me. I am now off to make a sewing machine mat – Woo-Hoo!!

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