How to sew a non-slip foot pedal pad for a sewing machine or serger
In this tutorial I will show you how to make a non-slip foot pedal pad.
Did you have problems with your foot pedal dancing around under your sewing machine table while you are sewing? I bet you did.
I love to sew but I don’t enjoy hunting for my foot pedal every time I am ready to start a seam.
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But I thought I could make a non-slip pad myself (to make sewing even more enjoyable).
I made it from a non-slip shelf liner a while ago, and it worked great for my carpeted floor. But unfortunately every thread and every cut piece of crap (sorry, scrap) that falls from my table attaches to it.
So I decided to make a new one and to show you how you can make one too. The good thing about it is that you can make it from the fabric of your choice and use any color you want and make it not only functional but also attractive to give your sewing area a great look.
For this we’ll need
Non-slip shelf liner (I decided to go with brown color)
Small piece of fabric for binding (I used outdoor fabric which is stain resistant because after all it stays on the floor and I don’t want it to get dirty right away)
Glue gun (or just glue)
Cutting all the pieces (just 4 of them)
First I cut the shelf liner – a piece 9 x 12 inches. One of my sergers has a wide foot pedal so this size works well for me. This non-slip shelf liner I have is pretty thick so I used only 1 layer for my pad. If you have a very thin shelf liner you can use double layers.
Cut a piece of fabric (for some kind of a stopper) 9.5 x 9.5 inches. I used darker color outdoor fabric which is stain resistant.
Cut a small piece from the shelf liner again – 7 x 4.5 inches.
Cut fabric for binding – mine was 2.5 wide and 46 inches long. I didn’t cut it on bias, it’s not necessary for the square shape of the pad.
Prepare your sewing machine
Use good quality strong thread in matching color
Change the needle – a dull needle is not good for stitching over a few layers of fabric and thick rubber. Use universal needle size 90/14.
Make the stitch length bigger (3 – 3.3 mm)
Making a stopper and attaching it to the piece of the shelf liner.
This part is not really essential but the pad works better with it.
Take the piece of fabric we cut in step 1, place a small piece of the shelf liner on it and roll them together to make a cylinder. Glue the long edge to make it nice.
Place the cylinder on the shelf liner and stitch it to the pad – don’t use glue on the sides because we will sew over these edges when attaching the binding.
Attach the binding folded in half lengthwise
Here we are going to use the same technique we use for binding a quilt or a placemat.
I use Wonder clips to secure the binding in place – pins are not useful here.
Start placing the binding somewhere in the middle of the bigger side. Place the folded binding strip on the pad matching raw edges. The raw edges of the binding are placed against the edges of the shelf liner.
At the corner fold the binding strip up diagonally to form 45 degree angle at the crease as shown in the image below (45 degree angle).
The binding strip should be exactly perpendicular to the pad side you just clipped and the raw edge of the binding strip is exactly parallel to the other side of the pad.
Fold the strip down, so that fold is even with the top edge and the raw edges are lined up with the edges of the pad again.
Keep the binding strip taut a little so when you sew you are not going to have excess fabric under your needle.
Seam allowances are ¼ inch.
Join ends of binding
Overlap the edges of the binding strip and stitch them together.
Stitch the binding
If you want to have nice mitered corners follow this procedure:
Stop sewing before you reach the corner. So, when to stop? The distance to the edge is equal to the width of the seam allowances. In my case the seam allowances are ¼ inch, so I should stop ¼ in from the edge. If you are not sure where to stop make a mark on the quilt. It’s better to stop before the ¼ in point (even if you stop a few millimeters before) then to sew over it. If you sew past this point your corners will never look right.
Remove the project from under the presser foot.
Start stitching again from the very edge of the pad.
Continue around the entire pad, repeating this procedure at each corner.
Finishing the non-slip foot pedal pad
That’s how the binding looks like after stitching. I need to cut the thread tails.
Flip the binding over and form the corners.
You just need to fold them properly – and this is so easy to do.
I like to use Wonder clips to hold the binding in place.
Work your way all around and stitch the binding in place.
I used a wide zig-zag stitch to do it.
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