DIY.. Reversible Fabric Storage Bin

I’m addicted to making fabric storage bins.  How about you?

I made smaller versions of these last year and have always wanted larger ones. I finally had a few free hours to work on the pattern and get a few made. I love how they turned out and how they look with the top edge rolled down. And they are reversible too!

Wouldn’t they make an awesome baby shower or house warming gift? Fill it with a bunch of goodies and you are good to go..The only problem I see is that if you make one to give as a gift, you may decide to keep it at the last moment.  I’ve done this before.

The finished size is 8.5″L x 9″W x 7″H

Supplies Needed:

  1. Cotton fabric outside – 1/2 yard
  2. Cotton fabric lining – 1/2 yard
  3. Pellon Décor-Bond 809 – 1 yard
  4. Sewing machine and related supplies
  5. Rotary cutter, cutting mat, quilting rotary cutting ruler
  6. Disappearing ink pen
  7. Iron and ironing board

Before we get started, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Cut your fabric –  cut 2 rectangles measuring 18″ x 24″ from the outside and lining fabrics. Repeat and cut another 2 rectangles from the Pellon Décor-Bond 809.
  2. Fuse the Décor-Bond to the wrong side of the main and lining fabrics.

Alright, let’s get sewing your simple fabric bin!

  1. Fold the rectangle in half, to measure 18″ x 12.” Pin along sides if needed. Place into sewing machine and stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  2. Press side seams while closed. Open and press again.
  3. Sew those boxed corners! Start with the main fabric. Wiggle the fabric around so that the side seams are facing upwards. Make a point and also make sure that the sides sit at a 45 degree angle.  Finger press any wrinkles out.  Measure 4″ upwards from the tip and mark a dashed line with a disappearing ink pen. Pin. Place into sewing machine and stitch following the dashed line. Backstitch. Repeat for the other side and again for the lining fabric.
  4. Place the quilting ruler onto the corner. Lay the ruler so you have a 1/2″ seam allowance. Cut along the ruler edge using a rotary cutter [ you will cut the tip off].  Repeat for the other side and again for the lining fabric.
  5. Turn project so they sit as bins. Main bin is facing right side in and lining bin is facing right side out.  Place the lining bin into the main bin. Wiggle the corners into place. Make sure side seams match up.  Pin around the top edge. Place into the sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a 4″ opening near a side seam.  Press with an iron.
  6. Gently pull the bin through the 4″ opening.
  7. Wiggle the fabric into place. Roll down top edge to sit into place and make sure all corners match. Press along top edge with an iron, turn the 4″ opening seam allowance under. Press in place. Pin if needed. Place into the sewing machine and edgestitch along the entire top edge.
  8. Press the bin with an iron.

That’s it! Easy right? Well I have great news.. This project is available over at the Pellon Projects website. Click here to head on over to get the PDF. You can save the tutorial and print it later.

Want to sew other reversible projects? How about a great everyday bag? Click here for my Reversible Tote Tutorial – great news, it includes a free PDF pattern.

Fabric reference.. I LOVE this fabric. I bought a bunch of coordinating fabric from this collection. It is from Moda Fabrics and called “Shades of Black” by Me and My Sister Designs.

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96 Responses to DIY.. Reversible Fabric Storage Bin

  1. Dorothy Baker December 17, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    I love to store my stuff in boxes like those. I use them in the bathroom for my shampoos and shower gels, and I have one for my perfumes. Everything is very well organized and stored in a nice way:)

  2. Sandra May 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    These could also be made out of “plabric” (fused plastic bags). For a eco-friendly version.

  3. Sandra May 13, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    These could also be made out of “plabric” (fused plastic bags) for at least one of the sides. For a eco-friendly and also water-proof version.

  4. Ido Walker June 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Well, I hope you see this and reply back. I was wondering how to make a bigger box. Is there a formula to how much fabric to cut? I love how easy this is!

    • Cee Jay June 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

      Hi Ido

      The 18 inch x 24 inch makes the L: 8.5 inch x W: 9 inch x H: 7 inch size box. I’m going to increase that by making the 18 inch into 24 inch and the 24 inch into 30 inch, adding 6 inches to each measurement. I’m going to make a usable toile first and see what the finished size is. They will be great for a bathroom and I will line them with rip stop instead of fabric.

      Hope this helps.

      Cee Jay/defunct britain.

      • Haberdashery Fun July 1, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

        Thank you, Thank you Cee Jay!! I appreciate your responding to Ido Walker..

        • Kym August 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

          Did you ever make larger ones? I am interested in making some 11 x 10.5 x 10.5 and I’m not sure what size rectangle I need

      • Kym August 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

        What were the dimensions of your finished storage bin by adding 6 inches?

  5. HG September 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    Thank you for the very easy tutorial. I made this box for office supplies on my desk since I use a table without a drawer.

    • Haberdashery Fun September 19, 2016 at 12:11 am #

      Hi – Thanks for letting me know about your project! 🙂 I would love to see images if you want to share via email or Instagram..

      • Julie September 30, 2016 at 8:00 am #

        Hello. I have made several of your fabric storage bins so far & I love them!! Thank you for sharing your pattern 🙂 I would like to make an extra large bin but I don’t know how much fabric I need to cut. I’ve converted the size from centimetres into inches so I would like my bin to be 16″ L x 9″ W x 8″ H. Can you tell me what size to cut my rectangle of fabric or how to calculate the size I need & also how much do I cut out of the corners please? Thank you.

        • Haberdashery Fun October 4, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

          Hi Julie,

          Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We have a 6 month old baby in the house and things have been busy. Question on your bin dimensions.. Do you want a rectangular bin? Just to make sure I’m reading correctly – the dimension you have would make a rectangle [ 16″ L x 9″ W] and the bin would not be that tall [ 8″].. Pls let me know



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