Free Tutorial – How to make a Fabric Tray

Free Gratitude PhotoArt Card + Fabric Tray Tutorial

Fabric trays are quick and easy to make and are so useful in the sewing room for holding needles and threads and other small items. You can use any type of fabric to make them of course, but I like to be a little more creative in my design, so my favorite method is to print my PhotoArt designs onto fabric and then use them as the base for my fabric trays.

As we are just about to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, there’s no better time to be reminded of just how much we all have to be grateful for. And with this in mind I designed this “Gratitude” PhotoArt image which you can download to make your own “Gratitude” fabric tray.

“Gratitude” PhotoArt Printable

The “Gratitude” PhotoArt Card is a high resolution jpg file size 6″ x 4″ which is perfect for printing onto paper or fabric. This file is in zip format so you will need to unzip before printing. For personal use only. See terms of use here.

PhotoArt Card

Fabric Tray Tutorial

How to make a fabric tray

You’ll need

– 6″ x 4″ PhotoArt image printed onto fabric. When trimming, leave a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around, so cut size should be 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″
– Borders – four pieces 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
– one piece Peltex heavyweight stabilizer 6″ x 4″
– two pieces fusible stabilizer such as Pellon Craft Fuse 8-1/2″ x 6-1/2″
– one piece backing fabric 8-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Instructions

Print the PhotoArt image onto fabric then using a 1/4″ seam, sew the borders to the top and bottom, then the left and right sides. Press.

How to make a fabric tray

With the wrong side facing up, center the Peltex on top of the printed PhotoArt, then place the Craft Fuse on top.

How to make a fabric tray

Fuse the Craft Fuse to the top section ensuring that the Peltex doesn’t shift. Fuse the other piece of Craft Fuse to the back section.

How to make a fabric tray

With right sides facing, sew the front to the back leaving a gap along one long edge large enough to turn the fabric right side out. Snip the corners at an angle.

How to make a fabric tray

Time saving tip
Use a hera marker to make a crease along the seamlines of the opening. This makes it super easy to fold under a perfectly accurate seam. If you don’t know what a hera marker is, you can find more information here.

How to make a fabric tray

Turn the fabric right side out, carefully poke out the corners, and pin the opening closed. Stitch in the ditch around the focus fabric. Top stitch around the borders close to the edge.

How to make a fabric tray

Time saving tip
When I’m top stitching around the edges I like to see where I’m going, so I use my satin stitch foot which has an opening at the front and gives better visibility. I butt the edge of the fabric right up against the inside of the right edge of the foot, then I move the needle position close to the edge. This gives a perfectly accurate edge stitch every time and you can see exactly where you’re sewing.

How to make a fabric tray

To make the corners
Pinch the corners together so that they they match along the edges.

How to make a fabric tray

Sew straight from the corner of the focus fabric to the edge.

How to make a fabric tray

For a fancy corner finish, press the point of the fold inwards and hand sew in place with a few stitches.

How to make a fabric tray

And that’s it!

How to make a fabric tray

How to make a fabric tray

Perfect for holding your needles and thread.

How to make a fabric tray

How to make a fabric tray

How to make a fabric tray