These black and white fabrics were just what I needed for this "sewing-themed" project, and the main fabric was bought a few months ago from Sew and So's at Bungay. I hadn't used any of it as I didn't want to cut it into small pieces, and todays project was was perfect to show case this fun newspaper-styled print, called "The Sewing Standard" . The pattern I used is called "Beyond Measure Part 2" by Roslyn Mirrington, and as it's a download PDF pattern you don't have to wait for the postman to deliver it! However I did have to wait for the postman to deliver this beautiful "Tape Measure" woven tape (ordered online from The Eternal Maker) to embellish my project with...
...I'd already made one of the sewing-machine mats last year, and thought it would be a good idea to make another one for when I have friends round for a crafty-day or for when me and my daughter have a sewing-fest. I quilted the mat very simply with straight rows of quilting half an inch apart, using a variegated YLI black and white thread and added some non-slip matting to the back to stop it from sliding off my table. I made some piping too (this piping cord is polyester and was dreadful to sew with, but will be fine for this small project. Note to self - only buy COTTON piping cord in future!)...
...and here is the finished pocket. I decided I really didn't like the checker-board strip with the newspaper fabric that I'd made a few days ago, it was far too "busy" for this project, so I started all over again, and this is the finished strip - piped and embellished with some woven "Tape Measure" tape. I used a large black#white polka dot fabric for the backing, and a tiny black/white spot for the binding..
...this is a great project for using left-over bits of fabric. Once the sewing mat was completed, I made a matching thread-catcher, so that the bits of thread and fabric etc that usually end up on my new carpet can be popped inside and disposed of later! This was also trimmed with piping, and it that fixes into place on the sewing mat with a pair of button magnets. These were sewn into place by hand...
...as these are not very strong magnets they won't interfere with the electronic part of my sewing machine. The thread catcher is easily removable so the contents can be emptied...
...ta-dah!! Here is another smart sewing machine mat. As I've already got one that I've been using for the past year, I can keep this one ready for when my crafty friends come to visit me for a sewing day!
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These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.