Serger Mat with Scrap Bag

Since I set up my new sewing studio, my machines and waste baskets have all been rearranged and I find myself with serger scraps and threads everywhere.  Actually I have wanted a serger scrap bag for years, but there has always been something more pressing.

Rachel said that she would like one too, but she tends to move her machines around depending on what is going on and where she needs to be at any given time.  So that was my objective as I began my search.  There are multiple options out there and most of them I found were attached to the sewing table in one way or another.  I found a great tutorial at The Crafty Mummy.

For our purposes I changed it up a little.  She quilted her bag and mat.  I think my serger is overactive because it tends to walk all over the table.  Knowing this I decided to add a non slip bottom.  Follow along and we will work through it.

First I measured the space I wanted to fill.  I cut 4 inch squares for the top of the mat and sewed them together quilt style.  serger mat topIn order to add a little body, I followed her advice and used fusible interfacing before attaching the back.serger mat backingSew the front to the back RST leaving a small opening to turn.  Turn and fold under the open edge.  Press. Quilt as desired.  I quilted down each seam outlining each square.serger top quiltedIn order to prevent slipping I added non slip shelf lining to the back.  I simply cut a piece that was just slightly larger than the mat and sewed 1/4 inch from edge all the way around.  When finished simply trim away any excess.serger mat finishedThis is very versatile and because I measured my exact space it fits my machine.  I could easily make more mats to put under my sewing machines, although they don’t tend to walk quite as much as my serger does.

Next lets make up the bag.  This was a scrap buster project for me, so I used what fabrics I had.  The bag is just scraps sewn together to get the size I needed.

attaching serger bag bottom
I constructed the bag using the same dimensions and method in the Crafty Mummy tutorial.

Instead of plastic tubing I used a leftover piece of boning on the top of the bag.  Turn under about 1/2 inch to make a casing leaving a small opening to insert the boning.  My bag required 16 inches to thread from side to side.

I centered the bag on my mat and pinned to the underside,  then top stitch the bag to the mat along the previous stitching line.serger mat/bagAdd your serger!serger project complete (1)So now you can all have neat and tidy sewing areas, right?

Happy sewing, Donna

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  • Amy mayen June 5, 2014, 9:08 am

    Ah, one of those projects that can make your life so much easier…if you’d just do it! I like adding the shelf lining and boning.
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  • Kristina & Millie June 6, 2014, 4:35 pm

    totally cool! Love this idea and that it’s all scraps too 🙂 I need one of these for my serger now! My poor serger is under used so is on a wooden tray table. I can fit a trashcan in front of it but not my legs so it’s uncomfortable. This mat and bag would fix that problem. Thanks 🙂
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