Today I’ll show you how to sew an easy mini fabric bin using my free small bin pattern. So easy to organize your home in style using these DIY mini bins with fold-over top! And they make an excellent handmade present.Scroll down to grab your free template!
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Small Bin Pattern
Back to the small bin pattern – 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.
SUPPLIES to Sew the small bin pattern:
- 2 pieces of 12×8 inch midweight cotton
- 12 x 8 inch of lightweight fusible felt
- coordinating sewing thread
- sewing machine, iron, scissors, pins, ruler
Your FREE Small bin 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 3/8 seam allowance is included in the template.
FINISHED SIZE of the small fabric storage bin
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 😉
Small Fabric Bin -Tutorial
2) Apply interfacing/stabilizer to the WRONG side of the outer fabric, using an iron.
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:
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.
8) Clip the corners to reduce bulk.
BOXING THE CORNERS
10) Make 4 BOXED CORNERS:
11) Repeat on all 4 corners. When finished, you can snip off the excess fabric to reduce bulk.
12) Turn the mini bin right side out.
13) Handstitch or machine-stitch the opening closed.
14) Tuck the lining into the bin and topstitch around the top.
15) If you want to hide the thread ends really neatly, check out this easy sewing tip. My readers love it!
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.