I have two versions of this custom machine mat for you. The first one was created using a Brother machine that falls into a category of machines that are a bit below mid range, meaning it's an affordable machine with features that can take you beyond beginner sewing. I'm referring to the Brother Pacesetter PS200T model.
You can create a similar mat using nothing more than a straight stitch for the cross hatch lines of quilting, a zig zag stitch for attaching the appliqués, and decorative stitches to define the pocket spaces. Below you'll see what the finished mat looks like.
This one has embroidered pockets as shown in the photo below:
Brother Dream machine owners and those who have the Stellaire model have a feature call My Design Center. Machines with this feature have the capability to create a similar pocket using shapes and fancy fill stitches. I thought you might like to know how to make this pocket style with My Design Center machines so I made a 5 minute video for you.
P.S. I'd love to know to hear from you and read your comments! If you've made one of these or plan to do so, please let me know!