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