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June 16, 2013

Easy Appliqued Sewing Machine Mat

With A Blast: Easy Appliqued Sewing Machine Mat      #sewing  #crafts  #sewingproject

I was busy with this little craft for more than a week - and all due to me changing the pattern and the applique every time .... oh, and of course, I am not good with sewing !  #beginnerwannabeseamstress

But a couple of weeks ago, my bloggy friend, Mel, from MELLYWOOD'S MANSION, made a sewing machine mat, which you can check out HERE, and I realised I actually need one. Whenever I have sewing to do, the machine is jumping all over my table {and of course I never have something close by to stick under it, so I just jump with the machine and so we build our little love/hate relationship!}

Ok, so, basically, Mel provided me with the idea, and only a day or two before, I found a template in a sewing book {which is very similar to hers - but not in method}

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I found an old piece of bright yellow stretch denim material - used the sewing machine template to cut one out of the denim

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Which I then machine stitched to my chosen top fabric - I used a ripping tool {?} and loosened the fabric to make it look a little frayed and shabby

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Not sure whether the fraying part made a difference, but this was after I stitched the template to the main fabric
1.) I hand stitched a few places, on the "machine" where I wanted to show some detail in green
2.) Some more hand stitching {this took a looonngg time!} detailing the "thread" from the "spool"
3.) Did some loose shabby stitching to apply two pieces of red fabric

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Then, finally, I could start putting all the pieces together - the appliqued part {not shown} is on the top piece of fabric - thin batting in the middle - the back piece is a piece I just folded over from the top piece {i.e. the batting is half the size of the fabric I had cut}

I then tacked the pieces together - made some bias binding from leftover yellow fabric and machine stitched it all around the mat.

With A Blast - Easy Appliqued Sewing Machine Mat   #sewing  #crafts  #sewingprojects

That's it  !

I think it would have looked better with a larger applique and also {as Roy, who were watching me all the time, pointed out to me ...once I was finished!}that a white applique would have stood out more.  After sitting with this for days,,, there was no way I was going to change the color and therefore the whole mat!

Let me know what you think - as Mel would say, delight or disaster?

I would also like to know how many of you do sewing - whether a beginner / intermediate or advanced - if you have any interesting sewing crafts on your blog, please leave a comment and I'll gladly check it out as I need all the inspiration, tips and tricks I can get if I want to pursue this current crush of mine !

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  1. This is darling! So so cute. Great tutorial!

  2. I think it's delightful! I like the yellow and it goes with everything you've been doing lately, great job. Thanks for the shout out :)

  3. I love how you put the sewing machine on there it's too cute.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  4. So wonderful! Is there anything you can't do girl???!!!

  5. great job!I like it so much!

  6. Gorgeous mat! I love the sunflower fabric!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party #36

  7. Lovely work! Love it, thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a good week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  8. Thanks for the inspiration to make one of these for my serger which is so old the suction cups are dried out which means my serger vibrates and travels across the table. I think one of these adorable mats backed with a rubber backing would work great! And while I'm at it, I'll add the pocket to catch my trimmings! Glad you gave me the enJOYable brainstorm.

  9. I love this so so much!!! I would love if you checked out my blog :)

  10. Wow, you're an amazing with a sewing machine! Thank you so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @
    Better With Age


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