How to Sew Your Own Fabric Storage Bin!
Whatever your favourite craft, there’s no denying that storage is key when it comes to keeping the craft room neat and tidy! Which is why we just love Becky Cole’s latest sewing project – a versatile little fabric storage bin, that’s perfect for stashing your yarn, your fabrics, your papercraft supplies and more. Check out her step-by-step tutorial below, and discover exactly how you can create your very own, and stay on top of the craft stash, no matter how many craft supplies you buy!
How to Make a Fabric Storage Bin
Cut a 50cm square from the navy fabric. Cut from the In-R Form a 50cm x 25cm rectangle and two 12.5cm x 25cm rectangles. Fix them to the wrong side of the navy fabric square with an iron, to form a cross shape. The squares in the corners should be around 12.5cm x 12.5cm.
Using red thread, sew channels along the larger of the rectangles. The channels want to be approximately 15mm wide, although this is up to you and your own design. You can either measure these out and mark them before stitching, or alternatively use the edge of your sewing machine foot as a guide.
Repeat in the opposite direction so that you are left with a chequerboard effect in the central square of foam.
Fold the fabric square diagonally, so that the bare fabric squares in the corners are folded in half (line up the In-R Form edges if this helps.) Stitch down the edge of the In-R Form. Repeat for all of the other three corners.
Your basket should now sit squarely with a triangle ‘wing’ in each corner. Turn it round the right way so that the foam is now on the inside.
Cut out a 50cm square from the red lining fabric. Draw 12.5cm squares in each corner and repeat the process of stitching the corners, so that you are left with an identical fabric bin shape as the blue, but without the additional foam interfacing.
Fold the red fabric corner to corner to find the edges of the square base you have created, and press with an iron. Stitch along the four edges 1-2mm in from the edge to make the base of the shape nice and sharp.
Insert the red lining basket inside the blue one, lining up the corners and edges. Fold the blue triangle ‘wings’ in a clockwise direction and the red triangle ‘wings’ in an anti-clockwise direction to avoid creating bulk.
Pin around the top edge and sew a line of stitching around 5mm in from the top edge to hold both fabric basket shapes together.
Cut strips from the remaining red fabric 8.5cm wide. Seam the strips together until you have a long strip around 110cm long.
Using the iron, press the long edges in towards the centre, approximately 1.25cm each side. Then press the whole strip in half. It should now be approximately 3cm wide.
Pin the fabric strip over the raw top edge of the basket and stitch in place.
When you reach the place where you started, trim away any excess and fold under the raw edge before stitching it down.
Finally, pinch the corners and stitch a small dart in the corners of the binding, to help the basket hold its square shape.
And there you have it – not only have you enjoyed getting stuck into a fabulous sewing project, but you now have somewhere handy to keep your favourite fabrics until you start the next one!