How to make a serger mat to reduce vibration, sound, and movement of your serger. These easy muffling mats are a nice addition to your sewing table.
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The baby is 11 months old now and he’s so busy! He requires a pretty intense amount of supervision. For my first son, we did some insane baby proofing, but that’s just impossible with two big boys around. They foil all of my baby proofing attempts and don’t think anything of it.
Here’s an example. Earlier I put the baby in the big bathroom with me so I could get ready. He was happy crawling around. Big boys came in several times in and out. I kept saying ‘close the door to the bathroom, close the door to my room, close the stairs gate.’ I thought they’d done it, but then I turned around and the baby was at the top of the steps.
The kids got a serious lecture on leaving mommy alone so the baby is safe while mommy brushes her teeth and uses the bathroom in the morning. We all know this will happen again tomorrow. The good news is that the stairs are carpeted. Sigh.
Needless to say, my current baby proofing mostly involves shutting doors, prayer, and maintaining eye contact at all times. I’M SO TIRED that my eye bags have eye bags. Nap time and bedtime is sacred. During that time, I steal moments to sew, read, or sleep (which is what I should be doing now instead of blogging, but alas). I was in such a bad mood this morning, but the baby took a nap and I had a chance to make this. Sewing makes me happy. I’m a new person and life is good.
The problem with sewing during nap and at bedtime, however, is noise. My sewing room is upstairs with all of the bedrooms. And sergers are LOUD.
Sergers and coverstitch machines tend to make noise, vibrate, and even move sometimes due to the speed that they sew. A serger sews many, many times faster than a sewing machine. I find the sound pretty soothing, but the baby does not.
Also, my high end serger has suction cups (that I dislike) that keep it in place. The problem with the suction cups is that I need the machine to be easy to move around because I have to switch between three machines when I sew.
This is my area before…
I’m hoping that the mat will make it easier to swap out machines while also quieting things down a bit when I work. I don’t think it will be a perfect solution, but if it helps then that’s great.
If you don’t have time to sew one, you can always buy the Janome Muffling Mat on Amazon.
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Supplies for a DIY Muffling Mat
Note: You’ll likely want to adjust your sizes for your own sewing surface. This fits my two machines, but not my sewing machine too. I’m hoping I’ll be able to slide them around as needed to swap out with my sewing machine.
- Blue burlap strips- (2) 3″ x 38″ with serged long edges
- Decorative burlap- (1) 24″ x 38″
- Yoga mat cut to 24″ x 38″
- Pins, optional if you like to live dangerously
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I bought my yoga mat at 5 and Below a lonnnnng time ago. I didn’t use it as I have a nicer mat, but I’ve been slowly upcycling the pieces into various projects like these mouse pads: DIY Mousepad with Wrist Rest | Reversible Mouse Pad | How to Sew a Mouse Pad … the mat has been cut down a few times so the 24×38″ size was based off that size.
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How to Make a Serger Mat
Cut your fabric and yoga mat to the size you want them. The length of the burlap fabric was 2″ long that the mat length to allow for the burlap to wrap under the mat.
Serge the edges of your blue burlap or just cut the burlap so it won’t fray. Mine was already serged. I needed to iron my burlap because it’d been thrown into a drawer.
Place your big cut of burlap on top of your yoga mat, then pin the blue burlap to the long top and long bottom edge of the serger mat. Or don’t pin if you like to live dangerously.
Sew a straight stitch on the bottom and top of each blue burlap strip. I used the same color thread as I used with the serging.
Once I sewed those 4 lengths of straight stitches, I turned the excess fabric (both burlaps) over on the short ends and sewed a straight stitch up each side so the raw edge of the yoga mat on the short ends wouldn’t show.
All done! Very simple. My sewing area looks super organized now! Woot!
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Here’s the video tutorial if that’s more your jam! There’s a cute clip of my naughty baby at the end… he’s waving now, awww.
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