For years now, my scissors and cutter haven't found a happy place on my cutting table.
My cutting table is a piece of 1/2 inch plywood laying on top of 3 cabinets which turns out to be just the right height. Then there is a piece of formica from way back when they made sheets for bathroom walls, with a 6x5 foot cutting mat on top of that bought back in the 90s when I bought my serger I'm still using.
The plywood was a part of a table that could be dismantled. The legs were removed and the plywood cut down a bit to go on the cabinets. Wished I'd kept the original size, because now it doesn't fit since I've moved things around.
The edge of the plywood is not finished and was wearing on my clothes when I worked against it. So I stuck a piece of fabric under the laminate and let the weight hold it there. Then "LIGHT BULB!"
No measurements. No pattern.
Just grabbed fabrics from the scrap pile.
Using my rotary cutter and ruler,
cut as long as thought needed.
Or, I sewed pieces together to make the size I needed.
Notice where the print was sewn to extend length.
Right sides together.
Left an opening for turning inside out.
Placed the long top up under the Formica.
The weight of the Formica and cutting mat holds it in place just fine.
It works fine along the edge of the mat, while the pocket interferes in no way.
It works great! Hasn't slipped one inch.
The scissors and cutter stay off the table out of the way, yet right there handy to reach.
Its also more at the end of the table where I hardly ever stand, so not in my way.
This quick improv moment was fantastic!