If you’ve been hanging around for awhile you can see that I have a thing for storage bins. Well, I think what I really have is a thing about clutter.
I’ve posted a few tutorials on storage bins, and I plan to keep posting until the clutter is gone! Lol. Not going to happen. What really happens is that I get all wonky and excited about adding trim to something and then it becomes another tutorial.. On this bin, I wanted to add a contrast or subtle pop to the top edge. Piping was perfect to use!
Wouldn’t these bins be perfect in your home office? How about the new nursery?
This is a perfect fat quarter project.. You will need 2 fat quarters, so make sure to select FUN prints and colors. Then all you need to do is trim each fat quarter down a little, fold in half and you are almost done.. Really it’s that simple.
I love the mixing and matching options with a fat quarter bundle. I have had April Rhode’s “Arizona” collection fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop in my stash begging to be used… Perfect – One bin with color pop and the other with a soft subtle trim.
- Fabric in 2 colors – 1/2 yard each
- Interfacing for outside – Pellon 809 Decor-Bond
- Interfacing for the lining – Pellon SF101 Shape-Flex
- Piping – contrast color
- Disappearing fabric ink pen
- Sewing materials
- Piping Foot
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat and ruler
- Iron and ironing board
Before we get started you need to do the following:
- Cut your bin fabric – cut 2 rectangles measuring 22″ L x 14 1/2″W.
- Cut your interfacing – cut 1 rectangle in the same dimensions as above in the SF101 Shape-Flex and another in the 809 Decor-Bond.
- Iron the interfacing to the fabric – Iron the 809 Decor-Bond to the outer fabric and iron the SF101 Shape-Flex to the lining.
A couple things to consider:
- If you are using fat quarters, you might need to trim the ends a bit. If you are making a few bins, this may make them slightly different in size.. As mine ended up being.
- You need to really fuse the Decor-Bond to your fabric [backside..]. Test a small piece before going full tilt on your main fabric. Also, as you work with the fabric, it tends to gets wrinkly. Just tell yourself that this gives your bins a little more character.
- Want more bin tutorials? Click here for a larger size and here for a bin with handles
Alright now that we have the boring stuff covered, let’s get sewing:
Step1: Lay the rectangles onto your work surface. Fold one of the rectangles in half, it should measure 11″L x 14 1/2″W Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams closed and then open and press again. Repeat for the other rectangle. NOTE – this step is not shown.
Step2: Create your boxed corners – Check out my boxed corner tutorial here. It breaks down the process into very easy steps. on the 45 degree angle, measure inwards 3″. Mark with a disappearing fabric ink pen. Place into sewing machine and stitch following the line. Repeat for the other 3 sides.
Step3: Cut the tip off, leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″/
Step 4: Turn the outside bin to be right side facing in. You will be sewing the piping onto the outside bin top edge.
Step 5: Cut your piping – it should be the circumference around the top edges, plus approx 2″. Start at a side seam and pin in place, over lap the side seam 1″ Note that the raw edges face each other/piping faces into the bin.
Step 6: Pin the piping around the top edge.
Step 7: There are a few ways to finish the ends of the piping. One these bins, I inserted one end of the piping into the other end. It gives it a super clean finish. If that scares you, you can just lay the piping on top of each other, criss cross and have the raw ends run into the seam allowance.
Step 8: Turn the lining bin to be right side facing in and the outside to be right side facing out. Place the lining into the outside bin. Pin along the top edge. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together. Remember to leave a 3″ – 4″ opening. Press.
Step 9: Pull the bins right side out through the opening. Press.
Step 10: Turn under the opening seam allowance. Press. Pin. Place into your sewing machine and topstitch around the outside edge.
Want to know what fabric I used? Check out Art Gallery Fabrics – the collection is called Arizona from April Rhodes – the mustard yellow print is called “Canyon Wall” and the mint is called “Triangle Tokens”.
This post was brought to you in collaboration with The Fat Quarter Shop. They provided me with the fabric to create this post. I appreciate the support that allows me to create new and unique content for my blog. That’s it for today. Happy Sewing.