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Carry Along Food Mat

By: Lelanie Denso for To Sew With Love

This Carry Along Food Mat from Lelanie Denso is great to keep your eating space and work space nice and clean.  Patterns like this make for easy sewing projects for beginners and can be useful in the home, office, or at school.  This is also a great way to use up scraps!

Carry Along Food Mat


  • 2 pieces 11" x 19" (feel free to change the dimensions to fit your needs)
  • 2 pieces 3.5" x 6.5" (for the pocket)
  • Scrap lace
  • Velcro



  1. Get the pocket pieces. On one of the pocket pieces, sew on a felt piece that is at least 1/4" smaller than the pocket piece. Sew it on the wrong side of the pocket piece by sewing straight stitches very near the edge of the felt. Place one piece on top of another (both right sides of the fabric inside and the wrong sides outside, one wrong side will show the felt). Sew together the pocket pieces by sewing on the felt, using the stitches (the stitches you made to sew the felt piece on the pocket piece) as guide. Make sure to leave at least 2.5"-3" unsewn so you can turn the piece later. Turn it inside out.
  2. I thought it looked plain so I sewed on a scrap fabric on one side and sew close the unsewn opening by edgestitching all around the sides. I have also added one tag on it. Pin it on one of the mat pieces where you'd like the pocket. Sew the pocket on by following the edgestitches you've made before.

    Carry Along Food Mat
  3. Get the other mat piece and assemble the food mat by pinning the fabrics together (right sides together) and one felt on top of one fabric (wrong side). Sew straight stitches at least 1/4" away from the edge, leaving 4"-5" unsewn so you can turn the sewn piece. Turn it inside out, through the unsewn part and sew close the unsewn opening by edgestitching through all the sides.

    Carry Along Food Mat
  4. Pin the velcro pieces where you need them. I folded my mat three times and pinned the velcro where I wanted them.

    Carry Along Food Mat
  5. Sew the velcro pieces on using straight stitches.

    Carry Along Food Mat
  6. And now, you have a food mat you can carry anywhere with a pocket to for your utensils!

    Carry Along Food Mat

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