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Red and Green Undercover Maker Mat

2017 December 18

I have a huge thanks to give out to my mom today. She loves to sew and that’s how I got hooked – hooray! It also gives me a good excuse to make anything that happens to relate to sewing – since I can’t possibly use them all myself, lol!

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

This sewing machine mat is so cute. It’s the free Undercover Maker Mat tutorial from lillyella. Good looking and (hopefully) useful all in one! I say hopefully because I haven’t used one myself – it was a gift for my mom a couple of years ago. I also say hopefully, because it seems a bit tricky to take the mat out from under your machine – with potentially full pockets – and tie it on as a machine cover.

That said – I had a lot of fun making it and using some fun stitches and my paper piecing skills to make it special. The batik fabric was chosen by my mom a few years before, and it matches the wonky star table runner I made her that year. I added a cardinal button for the removable thread catcher, since she and my dad love to bird-watch.

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

One thing I had not done before was use a fancy stitch as a quilting stitch. The decorative flower stitch on the natural background fabric is number 28 on my Janome Skyline S9. And the stars look so cute as an embellishment to sew down the binding that hides your raw edges. I also used a shiny machine embroidery thread that I picked up on sale for some of the decorative stitches. It makes them look special!

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

I’ve been knee deep in Christmas sewing, jury duty and regular life for the past month. But I’m excited that the sewn gifts are looking almost finished, early even! Amazing!

I hope you have a lovely holiday, and thank you so much for continuing to come back and read my thoughts. We’ll be meeting up with family and enjoying the season, slower than usual I hope! Taking time out for the “little things” has become a lot more important this year. See you again soon!

Sewing Machine Mat, Sewing Machine Cover, Thread Catcher, Batiks

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  1. December 18, 2017

    That’s a great idea and gift Sherri!

  2. December 18, 2017

    I love it – and the table runner is the one I always use. So fresh and pretty and useful, too!

  3. December 27, 2017

    Thanks a lot for this Sheri!!! Very well done! I am going to give this a try. By the way, you have a very nice site.

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