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  • Cherrie Ann


HEY LOVELIES! Any plus-size woman can rattle off the challenges we face when it comes to our clothing but I also found a few challenges when it came to sewing my own plus size clothes too, namely having a large enough working space (without working on the floor).

Because I'm working with almost double the size fabric pieces, I have to have almost double the size designated working space to trace and cut my pattern pieces, plus it drives me crazy when the material (especially light fabrics like rayon) slip and slide all over the place, even with weights.

When Paul and I moved, we used my original sewing table as an outdoor table for 8 months which meant by the time I was ready to sew again, the tabletop was a bit weathered and warped but rather than throw it away I decided to cover it.

Then I became even more dedicated to the project when I saw how good Mimi's table looked in her Tour of Mimi G's Style Office (4.13 minutes in).

I also wanted the option to be to move my working spaces or tuck them away when not in use and I knew this one was sturdy enough to work on but light enough to move about when I needed to.

Because one tabletop isn't wide enough and I knew I was covering them, it didn't matter too much on the condition of the top so I sourced a secondhand one from Facebook Market for $15! (Gosh I love a great little bargain.)


✔️ 2 x LINNMON tabletop from Ikea (150x75cm)

✔️ 8 x OLOV legs from Ikea (these legs are adjustable between 60-90cm which gives a really comfortable working height)

✔️ Calico from Spotlight

✔️ Quilters Own Batting 254cm from Homecraft Textiles

✔️ Plus normal stuff like a rotary blade, scissors, screwdriver and a staple gun (I used the longest staples).

✔️ A large, clear working space (oh the irony).


Lay your batting out flat and place your tabletop over the batting, keeping it all square with allowance for enough material to fold up and over the edge to the underside of the table, ready to staple down. (You can see the condition of the tabletop I was working with.)


Work on your first corner, folding the point in and then folding the sides over, squaring them up like you would a flat sheet for your bed. Staple the corner down, avoiding the area your base mount will screw back into.

Continue on to your first edge, double-check your batting is square and taunt.

Staple towards your next corner.

Repeat this process for all four corners and four sides.


Place your base mount over the corner and trace around the circumference with your rotary cutter and then use your scissors to cut out the material. (The great thing is this doesn't have to be perfectly pretty).

Then repeat the process for the second layer of batting.

STEP 4: Before you begin the final layers, iron your calico for the best results.

Repeat the same process with both layers of calico which can be done together, working from one corner, around to the next.

STEP 5: Screw the base mount into the tabletop and then add your legs, adjusting the table to your own height.

STEP 7: Repeat for process for both tabletops.

STEP 8: Add your Extra Large Self-Healing Cutting Mat from Sew Much Easier if you're going to use your rotary cutter and then, tada!

STEP 9: Celebrate your new, non-slip, plus size ready, adjustable height workspace which you can pin on, iron on, trace and cut out your patterns on.

QUESTION: Have you found a bigger Self-Healing Cutting Mat?