DIY Sewing Room Cutting Table

An easy DIY sewing room cutting table using Closetmaid organizers to fit standard size cutting mats.

Cutting Table Layout Options

  1. Step 1This DIY cutting table layout is made of four organizers with cube drawers, and a padded tabletop.
  2. Step 2There are many layout options for the sewing table. This is my current configuration.
  3. Step 3This sewing room cutting table uses three organizers, and two Ikea wire drawer sets. The drawers are a great place to store current projects.
  4. Step 4Use Closetmaid organizers to make a cutting table. Fill shelves with drawers for notions, and top it off with a cutting mat. Continue reading for a padded tabletop tutorial if you want to iron on it.

Make the padded tabletop

You can iron on it, and you can pin into it. Use a cutting board to cut on it. Tutorial shown in mini-form on my cutting board. How very meta.
  1. SuppliesSupplies: a melamine board cut to fit your organizers. Home Depot will cut to size for you. Two twin bags of 100% cotton batting, a roll of duct tape, a staple gun with 1/2" staples, hammer, pliers, and scissors.
  2. Step 6Purchase 2-3 yards of 45" wide (minimum) 100% cotton fabric. Use any weight you want - even canvas duck. Just make sure it isn't a blend with polyester in it. Stay with all natural fabric. Place the fabric face down on the floor.
  3. Step 7Place the two layers of batting on top of the fabric.
  4. Step 8Place the melamine board on top of the batting.
  5. Step 9Starting at center, staple the fabric and batting to the board.
  6. Step 10Use a hammer to set it any staples.
  7. Step 11Pull up the fabric slack at center on the other long end. Of course, you'll be using two hands. Make sure you do bring up the board an inch or two off the floor.
  8. Step 12Staple at center.
  9. Step 13Pull up the slack on the next section.
  10. Step 14Staple.
  11. Step 15Take up slack side on the opposite side of center.
  12. Step 16Staple. Continue the same procedure until complete.
  13. Step 17Repeat the same procedure on one of the short ends. Always start at center.
  14. Step 18Repeat on the last side.
  15. Step 19Cut off excess batting at an angle. Leave enough batting on the corner (a little over an inch) to pad the edge, then cut at an angle so the scissor tip touches the board.
  16. Step 20After cutting.
  17. Step 21Bring in the sides.
  18. Step 22Staple. You can get fancy and miter the corners, but I like making things easy.
  19. Step 23Do the same for the other three corners. Add more staples here and there, if desired.
  20. Step 24Duct tape time!
  21. Step 25Cut off excess fabric. Cover all the staples, and raw edges of fabric, with tape.
  22. Step 26Your new padded tabletop!
  23. Step 27Place the padded tabletop on top of the base for a completed sewing room cutting table.