A Mini Fabric Bin - Free Template

Today I'll show you how to sew an easy mini fabric bin and give you a free template to make it super easy for you to sew one, even if you're a beginner. You'll be able to organize your home in style using these DIY mini bins with fold-over top! The perfect way to say goodbye to clutter on your desk, counter or shelves! And they make an excellent handmade present.

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A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.

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These handy little DIY fabric bins will keep just any spot in your home look cute and fresh: your work desk/counter tidy, store coupons neatly tucked in, or tiny toiletries neatly lined up on your bathroom shelves, your sewing notions - all easy to find!

This mini fabric bin is lined and reinforced by fusible interfacing to give it some body to keep its shape. It's a great scrap buster and has an easily adjustable height.

A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.


SUPPLIES:


  • 2 pieces of 12x8 inch midweight cotton
  • 12 x 8 inch of lightweight fusible felt
  • coordinating sewing thread
  • sewing machine, iron, scissors, pins, ruler


Your FREE TEMPLATE

This is the template for the mini fabric bin that should help you along the way. Feel free to pin, save or bookmark this tutorial, so you'll be able to use it later, too.

A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.
A 3/8 seam allowance is included in the template.


FINISHED SIZE

apprx. 3.5″ wide, 3″ deep, 6″ tall (top unfolded)// 4″ tall (top folded down)

This little bin is easily adjustable even when finished: you can adjust the height any time by folding the top over. (So it WILL fit into that messy kitchen drawer, too ;)
                                         



Mini Fabric Bin -Tutorial


1) Use the PDF sewing pattern to cut 3 rectangle pieces of fabric:

1 piece from outer fabric
1 from lining fabric, and
1 piece out of fusible felt (stabilizer).

A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.



2) Apply interfacing/stabilizer to the WRONG side of the outer fabric, using an iron.
A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.

1. Place your outer fabric FACE DOWN on an ironing board.
2. Place stabilizer on the fabric, the coating must face down. (this image shows another type of stabilizer, not fusible felt - sorry!)
3. Cover with a damp cloth to prevent getting interfacing onto the iron
4. Apply iron carefully. Press, up, press, up. Don't glide, to avoid shifting any of the layers!


3) Place the lining and outer fabric right-sides-together. Pin in place. Then stitch using a 3/8 sewing allowance (= 1cm) along the top line:

A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.


4) Trim the seam allowance close to the seam, to reduce bulk.
A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.



5) Spread the sewn piece face-up on the sewing table. Then fold it once again, right sides together, but this time putting both outer fabric fold onto itself, and lining folding onto itself, like this:
A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.

6) Pin in place to avoid shifting. Make sure to mark the spot where you'll leave an opening for turning (here: yellow pins!)

If you're curious why the patch and the zig-zag stitches are shown on the stabilizer, check out one of my other tutorials. Coming soon!

A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.

7) Sew around using a straight stitch and a 3/8 (1cm) seam allowance. Start at the outer fabric, and go around.  Leave a 1.5 inch (or a bit wider) opening in the bottom of the lining.



A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.
8) Clip the corners to reduce bulk.


More on corner clipping here, with a few great beginner sewing tips. You'll never go back to the simple diagonal corner-cutting once you learn this little thingy:

easy sewing tips - how to clip corners



BOXING THE CORNERS


10) Make 4 BOXED CORNERS:

A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.

1. Fold the corner flat matching up the center bottom seam with the center side seam. (The side seam should lie directly over the bottom seam!)

2. Place a pin in the matched seam to hold them together.

3. Measure 1.1 inch up from the tip of the corner and mark (see blue dot and blue arrow in the photo). Draw a horizontal line there (see red dashed line in the photo)

4. Then stitch over the (red) line. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam to reinforce it.




A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.
11) Repeat on all 4 corners. When finished, you can snip off the excess fabric to reduce bulk.


A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.
12) Turn the mini bin right side out.

To push out the corners, use a point turning tool or something similar, like a chopstick, a knitting needle, or simply a pencil. Don't use anything sharp since it could make holes in your fabric.




A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.
13) Handstitch or machine-stitch the opening closed.



A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.
14) Tuck the lining into the bin and topstitch around the top.


A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.

15)Press well -  it makes the finished item look so much cuter! And here's your finished fabric bin. Fill it with a bunch of crayons, sharpies, or anything else you can think of. This bin is now home to our Ikea stamping pens.


A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.



Done! You've made a beautiful, unique mini bin! You can fold the top over or leave it up. Either way, adorable! I hope you'll enjoy the free template and tutorial.


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A mini fabric bin tutorial with a FREE template is a beginner ​sewing project that uses only little material and doesn't take a lot of time to complete​. Easily adjustable, simple and beautiful. ​Make a unique, cute DIY mini fabric bin with a fold-over top.




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3 comments:

  1. so very cute and with Christmas coming it is a great idea for a gift ...thank you for the great free pattern for i need cute little things that i can make with what i have ...again thank you and may you have a great day ...

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  2. What a great organizing tool. Would be easy enough to add pockets on the outside or handles. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. What a brilliantly clear tutorial. I love a lot of photos so I know exactly what I'm doing.
    Great little bin too!

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