Have fun using up your favourite remnants of fabrics to create containers to store those little sewing essentials.

Fabric trays

These sweet fabric trays make great containers for all of your sewing essentials

Finished sizes of the trays:

  • Large tray: 16 x 16cm
  • Medium tray: 13 x 13cm
  • Small tray: 9 x 9c

For the large tray:

Two pieces of 25cm-square cotton fabric  – we used two contrasting designs
Two pieces of 25cm-square medium-weight iron-on interfacin

For the medium tray:

Two pieces of 20cm-square cotton fabric
  • Two pieces of 20cm-square medium-weight iron-on interfacing

For the small tray:

  • Two pieces of 15cm-square cotton fabric
  • Two pieces of 15cm-square medium-weight iron-on interfacing

For all trays:

  • Damp cloth and iron
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Dressmaker’s 
marker pen

How to make the trays

1 Place the fabric squares 
right side down on your work surface. Position the interfacing on top with the adhesive side facing down. Lay a damp cloth on top and press with an iron.

2 Place the squares right sides together, pin and machine- stitch around the edges using 
a 1cm seam allowance. Leave an 8cm opening in the middle of one edge for turning through.

3 Trim the seam allowances and snip across the corners. Turn right side out, carefully poke out the corners, turn 
in the edges at the opening 
and press. Slip-stitch the opening closed.

4 Machine topstitch all the way around, 0.5cm in from the outside edges.

5 For the large tray: Pinch 
a corner so the right sides 
of the lining fabric are facing, 
then measure and mark 3.5cm in from the point.

6 Pin, then draw a straight 
line down to the folded edge, using a dressmaker’s 
marker pen. Machine-stitch along this 
line and repeat with the remaining 
three corners.

For the medium tray: Repeat as above, measuring 2.5cm in from the points.

For the small tray: Repeat 
as above, measuring 2cm 
in from the points.