I spend most of my day in my sewing/quilting room – shocking, I know. Whenever I get to take several yards of different fabric, cut it into small pieces and sew it back together it is a good day.
I have spent years bending over a 30 inch tall table cutting fabric and after a while my back hurts. Constantly leaning over to cut fabric or lay my quilt pieces out to see how it is going to look when sewn back together puts a lot of strain on my back and as I am getting older (I am 46, there, I said it) it really isn’t comfortable – at all.
Finding the perfect fabric cutting table for my needs
So began the journey to finding the perfect fabric cutting and quilting table for my needs. After many hours of research online, all of the tables I came across were out of my budget and only for cutting or quilting – not large enough for both. Then I came across this post on Pinterest by Heather Lou at Closet Case Patterns.
This table worked for me for several reasons.. First, I could make it myself out of real lumber – not particle board.
Second, it was inexpensive compared to other ones that I had seen online – even though you still had to actually assemble them.
Third, I could do most of it myself. The only thing I wanted out of my table this one didn’t have was a flat bed drop in for my quilting machine. I decided to alter the directions just a little to tweak it for my purposes and I’ll share how I did it.
Tips before starting construction
Before we go any further let me say that it is a HUGE plus to get your lumber cut to specifications at the lumber store. I already had some of the lumber I needed so I did cut some myself but most of the cutting was done for me at Home Depot.
I simply wrote down what I needed cut and gave instructions to the nice gentleman that helped me. About an hour later almost all of my wood was cut and ready to assemble!
I followed most of the instructions given by Heather (except staining the wood and sanding so much – sorry y’all, I’m impatient!). In Heather’s directions she cuts the legs of the table to 32″ and I cut mine to 26″ to allow room for the fancy top I wanted. The table was completed per the instructions and it was 32″ tall.
I put 2-2x4x6 (laying flat) on each long side of the table and down the middle to give it stability. Then I added a 3/4″ piece of plywood to the top.
Next, I set my quilting machine on the top of the table and traced around it with a marker. One of my nephews and my brother-in-law used a jigsaw to cut out that piece. I put the piece cut out in the hole I made. This will make the sewing machine flush with the table top.
I then placed the sewing machine in the hole and voila!! I now have a 3’x6′ cutting and quilting table that stands about 37″ tall.
No more bending over when cutting fabric that leads to back pain!
I wasn’t really fond of the space between the bottom top and the top top (does that make sense?). To remedy this I cut some fabric to 6″, sewed it together to make it 18 feet long and used hot glue to attach it to the table. Now the table looks “pretty”!
I hope this tutorial helps you to make the cutting/quilting table you have always wanted! Share your pics and ideas in the comments.