Use these 15 minute upcycled fabric tray tutorial to sew adorable fabric trays. These cute little fabric trays are a great beginner project. They stitch up quickly and are a very handy cute little item to have dotted around your sewing room. Use them to catch threads or keep your little sewing notions tidy and easy to grab.
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You will need:
An old pair of jeans
Important notes for sewing 15 minute fabric trays:
3/8″/ 1cm seam allowance throughout, unless directed otherwise.
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Decide which sized tray you are going to make. Cut your fabrics as per the from the table below.
|Tray Size||Fabric Size|
|Small||6 inch square|
|Medium||7 inch square|
|Large||8.5 inch square|
Cut the following based on the table above:
1 x square Denim Outer Fabrics
1 x square Inner quilting cotton
2 x squares Interfacing Squares
Step 2: Iron on interfacing squares to the reverse side of both the denim outer & the quilt cotton fabric inner.
Step 3: With RST pin the outer and inner fabrics together
Step 4: Sew round the edge leaving a turning gap of approx 3-5 inches (depending on which sized tray you are making)
Step 5: Trim the fabric on each corner diagonally to reduce bulk, taking care not to snip through your stitches
Step 6: Turn to the right side making sure your corners are crisp (Use a sturdy pin to dig out the excess fabric in the corners helps here)
Pro Tip: The tool pictured above are Needle Grippers and they are SO helpful for turning out projects
Step 7: Press & pin the turning gap closed.
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Step 8: Top Stitch all the way around the edge using a 3mm stitch approximately 1/8″ from the fabric edge , closing the turning gap.
Step 9: On both sides of every corner make a mark with a temporary fabric marker the distance from the corner as listed in the table below
|Tray Size||Distance from corner point|
|Large||1 ¼ inch|
Step 9: Match up the 2 marks on each corner so the lining fabric is touching. Over stitch catching both sides of the tray. Repeat for all 4 corners.
Congratulations! You’re done!
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