Free Design: Embroidered Snack Mat

February 1, 2021By Joanne BankoEmbroidery, Free Design of the Month, Home Decor 18 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

~Joanne Banko, Brother Sews Ambassador


What exactly is a snack mat, you ask? I would say that it’s a cross between a placemat and a mug rug. The 8-inch X 10-inch size is simply perfect for a little “me time” with a beverage and a snack. Use the Brother free design of the month fancy heart design to create this fun and colorful snack mat. This project makes a wonderful gift for friends and loved ones. Are you ready? Let’s go sew!

Materials and Supplies:

  • Brother sewing and embroidery machine. Note: Machine featured in this project is the Brother Luminaire. You can use any machine with a 4 X 4-inch hoop to embroider this design.
  • Brother Embroidery Threads and Bobbin Thread for embroidering.
  • SA147 7mm Open Toe Clear Foot
  • SA5906 Brother Adhesive Backed Water-Soluble Stabilizer for holding fleece fabric in the hoop.
  • SA540 Brother Fibrous Water-Soluble Stabilizer for topping on fleece and decorative edging.
  • Basic notions, including a removable marker or chalk, and sewing thread for constructing snack mat. Tip: If you plan to iron over marks before removal, be sure to test your marker on your fabric beforehand.


Fabric and Trim Requirements:

  • One piece of fabric for the front of the snack mat, backed with a layer of fusible craft fleece. Note: The size of this piece will vary depending on your hoop size and the method you use for hooping. You’ll need to make sure your fabric is large enough to hoop each of the corners if you’re using a four-inch hoop and hooping each motif separately. For the Luminaire I used the 10 5/8-inch square hoop included with SAVRXPUGK1, Premium Pack 1 Upgrade for XP1 and included with XP2. Using this hoop allowed me to stitch all four designs at one time by hooping a piece of fabric measuring 13-inches X 15-inches, centering each design in the four corner blocks.
  • One piece of matching fabric measuring 8 ½-inches X 10 ½-inches for the back of the snack
  • Four pieces of cotton print measuring 3 ½-inches wide X 2 ¾-inches long.
  • Ruffled lace trim, 1 1/8th yard of 1- 1 ½-inch wide lace.
  • Brother Free Design of the Month FD_2_2021.pes. See Figure #1 for size and thread color information.


Free Design
Figure #1

Basic Steps for Creating Snack Mat:


  • Embroider designs on fabric for the front of the snack mat.
  • Stitch appliqué pieces to front.
  • Add lace trim.
  • Sew backing to finished front piece.


1. Determine the fabric size needed for your method and the size of the hoop. Begin by marking off a rectangle measuring 10-inches wide X 8-inches long. Divide the rectangle into three rows with three rectangles measuring 3 ½-inches wide X 2 ¾-inches long. Mark the center point for each design in the four outside corners. See Figure #2.


measure for fabric size
Figure #2


Transfer the heart design to your machine and stitch all four, taking care to mirror image the design and stitch with the orientation shown below in the Figure #3 graphic.


stitch heart design
Figure #3


Add lettering as desired to fit the center rectangle. Trim piece to equal 8 ½-inches X 10 ½-inches with a ¼-inch seam allowance outside the drawn rectangle. Assemble pieces and trim to complete the snack mat. See Figure #4a and Figure #4b.


add lettering to mat
Figure #4a


decorative trim
Figure #4b


2. Place rectangles for appliqué in remaining sections. See Figure #5.


add applique in rectangles
Figure #5


3. Attach the clear foot and set machine for a zig zag stitch using Width: 3.5 and Length: 1.0. Stitch around each shape to secure to the front of the mat. See Figure #6.


stitch fabric
Figure #6


4. Pin lace along edge with right sides together, beginning by folding under the raw edge at the center of the bottom, rounding the four corners to shape lace around the rectangle, overlapping folded edge at the end. See Figure #7.


pin decorative trim
Figure #7


5. Switch to standard sewing foot. Baste lace in place, stitching a scant 1/4-inch from the raw edge.

6. Layer front with back, keeping right sides together. Figure #8.


pin back of mat
Figure #8


7. Mark off a 4-inch opening along the center of one side to allow for turning and sew pieces together using a ¼-inch seam allowance or a slightly deeper seam to hide the heading of the lace.

8. Turn right side out, fold under open edges and close opening with small hand stitches.

9. Remove marks as needed and press piece well. Stitch from side to side and top to bottom to quilt layers together between rectangles. See finished front and back in Figure #9a and Figure 9b.


finished mat front
Figure #9a


Back of mat
Figure #9b


You are finished! Enjoy!



  • Thanks for another great project and tutorial , Joanne. I don’t have software any more, but I have plenty of heart designs to choose from my memory cards. Hope to sew this and the snowflake placemat soon.

    • Thanks for checking in Ginny! Hearts are always fun to embroider. You could easily make this by stitching each motif in one 4-inch hooping. Just cut the fabric larger to accommodate the the hoop or use an alternative method of hooping such as using an adhesive backed stabilizer to hold the fabric. Glad you liked the snowflake placemats too. I had a lot of fun making them. Happy Sewing my friend!

    • Thanks for your kind comment Caroline! I loved seeing your own rendition made with these swirling hearts. You always create something of beauty with your Brother machine!

  • Wonderful and delightful placemat. I can think of other places to use this mat also. I will post when done. Thank you for sharing your talent and knowledge. So glad I bought a brother sewing and embroidery machine. Brother ambassadors are awesome.

    • Hi Mary! I really appreciate your comments! Can’t wait to see what you make!!!

      Thanks for all your compliments. As always, your Brother machine proves to be a great tool for creativity. Glad you’re happy with your purchase. Happy stitching!!!

    • Hello Linda! Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. Hope you have fun making the snack mat. Happy sewing!

  • Thank you for the beautiful design and the instructions, which are always easy to follow. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Thanks so much for the Snack Mat design. Always beautiful projects. A bit late for Valentine’s project but will use instructions for other designs.

    • Hello Judy!
      Thank you so much for leaving your comments. You are right, this mat would be nice with other designs inserted into the spaces. Always so many ways to make it your own 🙂
      Happy Stitching!

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