Friday, August 16, 2013

Sewing mat finish - a finish Friday

Hooray, a finish for August!  I finished up all the hand quilting and binding on my sewing mat earlier in the week.  Here are a few pics to celebrate.

Sewing Mat

Hmmm, it appears that Aviary doesn't have an editing button for removing wrinkles.  I did iron it before taking this picture, but it probably wasn't on the linen setting.  Here's an "action" photo...

Sewing Mat finish

I can't take credit for this idea.  I started with the Free Tutorial at Katie's Quilting Corner, but put my own spin on it.  Instead of using pre-quilted fabric, I made up my own blocks and quilted them.  I also added this thread catcher bag.

Sewing mat thread bag

I attached it using a magnetic closure (I found them in the purse supply section of Joann's) - an idea I got from the Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bag Craftsy class.  The class teaches you how to install one of these thingies to close up your bag, but I thought it would be a great idea for this application.

Sewing mat thread bag magnets

It was super easy to install!  And, it will make dumping my threads into the trash can a breeze.

Just like Katie's design, I had the bottom section contain pockets.  These have already come in handy!

Sewing mat pockets

I'm sew excited to have my own handy sewing mat.  Even if June for Jen was a tad late, it has been well worth the wait.

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  1. Oh I love it! And the perfect fabric for it too :)

  2. Looks absolutly fantastic and so practical.

  3. What a great idea! It's so cute and practical. I love the thread catcher too. Even though I have a drop in sewing machine, I would love to make one. Just because!
    Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  4. Looks fabulous. I'm totally putting one of those on my to do list. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love this!!!! Practical and beautiful!!

  6. Love it Jen - I don't use a threadcatcher I just push everything to the floor and I have a cordless hand vacuum that I whizz around with when I'm finished - I'd like a mat like yours though :)

  7. It looks wonderful Jen, how nice to have a finish that is just for you too!

  8. Well done Jen! The magnetic thread holder is brilliant!

  9. Love it, and I want one too. The magnet idea is perfect! Great inspiration, thanks. Oh, and I so enjoyed the interview on Amy's blog!

  10. It's gorgeous, well done!! And your Janome looks so pretty sitting on it! Love the magnetic thread catcher bag, very clever!

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    1. and i love all the sample blocks that you've used, brilliant idea

  12. Wow looks fab!! Thanks for linking to TGIFF!!!

  13. Looks fantastic and so practical. I like all the blocks you've used and the hexies down the sides look so cute! I just have to add this to my To Do List!

  14. A beautiful finish! Congrats :)

  15. Jen, that came out so well! Congrats :)

  16. Oh boy... this turned out fantastic Jen! Added to my Must Make list too. Love everything about it.

  17. It turned out fabulous!! That will keep the dust down, too. The magnet on the threadcatcher is a brilliant idea.


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