DIY Fabric Tray – An Easy Sewing Project

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Welcome back! Today on Beginner Sewing Projects we are going to show you how to make a DIY Fabric Tray – An Easy Sewing Project! You are going to love not only how cute these are but also how functional! You can add it to your desk to hold pens or papers, use it in your kitchen to hold fruit, or even your one of your favorite dishes at dinner time. These have so many purposes and today we will walk together through every step. I have made several of these and currently have one in my bathroom to hold my lotions and perfumes. I made one for my husband to put his keys and other items he uses every day. It looks great on his nightstand. It is easy to change the vibe of this fabric tray just based on the fabric you use. For my husband, I used a darker canvas. For the one I made for the bathroom, I picked some fabric that matches my decor. Remember you can make this project as big or as little as you would like, all you would need to do is change the size of your cuts! Easy right?! Get ready to jazz up any space in your home with this fun, quick, and easy sewing tutorial. 

fabric storage tray top photo

No matter what your reason for making this fabric storage bin, one thing we know is that you will have fun and want to make so many more! I love all things handmade or home-sewn and this would be a great gift for your girlfriend’s birthday, a last-minute gift to toss in a bag, or even just for fun gifts. We know that anyone would love to use this in their home. Also, these fit great in an RV as they are soft and collapsible! So get ready to gather all your supplies and together we will walk through these steps together. Whether you are a first-time sewer or not!

DIY Fabric Tray - An Easy Sewing Project

What You’ll Need:

Supplies for fabric storage tray

When it comes to supplies the only thing that might be hard to find would be the craft pellon. I have linked it below so you will at least know what it looks like when you head out to shop for supplies. I try to keep that on hand as it can be used for several different projects. Have fun picking out the fabrics and thread colors. The snaps will come several to a bag and you will definitely have left overs! Perfect for you to made a few fabric storage bins!

How To Make A DIY Fabric Storage Tray

Cut two pieces

The first step in this how to make a DIY fabric storage tray sewing tutorial is to wash, dry, and press your fabric. This process acts as a preshrink so that my stitches hold up better when I wash it later. Once you have done that, we need to cut out our fabric. You are going to cut 2 pieces 14×14 inches ( or any square size you’d like your container to be).

Cut craft pellon

Now you are going to repeat the first step and cut 1 craft pellon 14×14 (or any square size you used above). Using the craft pellon directions, adhere it to the wrong side of one piece of fabric.

Clip all sides of fabric storage tray

Next, you will lay the fabric piece with the pellon flat and place the other piece of fabric right side down. Clip these edges together to make sewing easier. Please note that once they are layered together, you should have pellon with fabric and fabric, making sure that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.

Stitch along all four sides

Now on this how to make a fabric storage tray sewing tutorial, it’s time to sew! Stitch along all four sides leaving a 2 to 3 inch opening on one side for flipping it right side out.

Flip fabric right side out

Now through that 2 to 3-inch gap you made, carefully turn the project right side out so you will not rip the stitching. Since you layered the fabric above once it is flipped right side out, the pellon will be tucked in between the two fabrics. You can use a turning tool or a pencil to help you push out the corners.

Top stitch

Then you are going to topstitch all four sides. Doing this will close the hole you left above and give your piece a nice finished look on the edge.

Fold and measure

Now on this how to make a DIY fabric storage tray sewing tutorial, we will make the sides. Fold the sewn square like a triangle and then measure 2 inches in from the point.

Poke hole

Go ahead and poke a hole with the snap punch where you marked it at 2 inches.

Add snaps with pliers

Open up the fabric and then place the flat pieces of the snaps on the outside bottom and one male and one female on the inside. Press well with snap pliers. You can use a little bit of force to do this step. When I first started working with snap I would go super light and the snaps would never hold.

Repeat this process on the other three corners. Snap the snaps together and your DIY fabric tray is ready for use.

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finished fabric storage tray

Now you know how to make a DIY fabric tray! Pretty easy right? I absolutely love how quick and easy this project was once you have everything cut out. To me that seems to me the toughest part. With the more sewing projects you do on your own and the ones we walk through together, you will be able to cut your fabric in your sleep! Do not worry if it doesn’t look perfect, nothing ever will be. That is what makes sewing projects so unique. You not only sew it yourself, but you have the freedom to pick the fabrics and the thread colors. You can make them match and coordinate or not. The choice is yours! I am so glad that you took the time to learn how to sew something new! I can’t wait to see what you have made! We are always curious how people use these projects, so drop us a comment down below of how you will use your new fabric tray!

Easy Sew Fabric Storage Tray

If you liked learning how to make a DIY fabric storage tray, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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DIY Fabric Tray - An Easy Sewing Project

Fabric Storage Bin Create Card

Need extra storage? Check out this quick and easy fabric storage bin. It is perfect for holding all the things in your home.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $20.00

Instructions

  1. Cut 2 pieces 14x14 inch ( or any square size you'd like your container to be) and cut 1 craft pellon.
  2. Using the craft pellon directions adhere it to the wrong side of one piece of fabric. 
  3. Lay it flat and place the other piece of fabric right side down.
  4. Stitch along all four sides leaving a 2 to 3 inch opening on one side for flipping.
  5. Flip right side in and then top stitch all four sides. 
  6. Fold like a triangle and then measure 2 inches in and poke a hole with the snap punch.
  7. Open up the fabric and then place the flat pieces of the snaps on the outside bottom and one male and one female on the inside.
  8. Press well with snap pliers. 
  9. Repeat this process on the other three corners.
  10. Snap the snaps together and your fabric tray is ready for use.

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