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Quilted Sewing Machine Pad with Storage for Your Portable Machine

Do you have a sewing machine that doesn't sit in a cabinet?  Portable sewing machines are great to take to classes or if you don't have a dedicated sewing space.  The downside to those machines though is no storage space.  They also have a tendency to move around, no matter how heavy they are.  How do you solve these two issues?  You make a sewing machine pad!!  The pad gives a bit of gripping power thanks to the quilting and the pockets at the bottom give you storage space so you don't lose your scissors, seam ripper, or whatever else you want to keep handy.  The quilted sewing machine pads are easy to make and small enough to store in the case with the machine.

quilted portable sewing machine pad with storage
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My husband wants to take his 1892 hand crank to show and tell this coming Saturday.  I get showing it off but the need for a pad underneath it I wasn't so sure about but it's not like we don't have the need for them.  Since we have several portable machines and I'm never sure which one I might drag off to class I wanted to make sure it was wide enough to accommodate any machine.  The widest machine we had was 20 inches so that's where I started.  I wanted a few extra inches so I cut my fabric 22 inches wide and 24 inches long.  Your width will vary depending on the width of your machine.


  • 2 pieces of contrasting fabric - desired width by 24 inches
  • 1 piece of batting the same size as fabric
  • Binding - I used the fabric from one of my fabrics cut into 2 1/2 inch strips.  I hate to waste fabric! Make your binding before you start.
  • School Glue
  • Standard Sewing Supplies

Like I said before this is a very easy project, the quilting isn't going to be FMQ so if you aren't comfortable with your free motion skills it's OK.  Of course if you want to do FMQ you are more than welcome to do that, my husband did.

We start by making a fabric sandwich.  One fabric face down, batting, next fabric face up.  I used pins to baste this project, I'm out of hairspray.  Then I did straight line quilting, about 1 1/2" apart.  My lines probably aren't the straightest because I didn't get my quilting guide out.  If you need your lines exact use your guide!

Choose one end to be your bottom edge.  Remember our length is 24 inches!!  The bottom edge is our width, in my case 22 inches.  Bind that edge!  I fold my strips in half so I matched up my raw edges, stitched 1/4 inch from the edge.

Then I get out the glue!  On the other side I run a thin line of glue along my stitch line.  I use a dry iron and fold my binding over pressing along the way.  The iron dries the glue and also gives you a nice fold. Then just stitch everything down.  I always move my needle to the left position so I'm right on the edge.

Now we make the pocket!  Fold the edge your just bound up, I went 4 1/2 inches, and pin or use clips.  It was the perfect height for my scissors, they are in securely but I can still get a hold of them.

I used the quilting line to the left of my scissors as my stitch line.  I started at the bottom and when I got to the top I back stitched.  The top of the pocket is where the stress will be, reinforcing that area will keep the stitches from popping.  I made another pocket for my seam ripper and one for a pen.  I left the rest as one big pocket.  You can divide up your pockets however you want.

We are almost done!  We just need to bind the rest of the pad.  Since the ends aren't going to be enclosed be sure to fold the ends in about a quarter of an inch so you don't have any raw edges.  When you get the last end, trim the fabric 1/4 inch longer than the pad, then fold that under.

That's it!  You have a quilted portable sewing machine pad and some storage.  I was really amazed at how quickly this went together.  Once I was done I wondered why I hadn't made one of these before.  It's probably because my primary machines all sit in cabinets.  The machine featured in the finished shot is a Singer 401a.

quilted portable sewing machine pad with storage

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  1. That is adorable!! What a great way to organize! :) Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty