Learn how to make these wonderful fabric trays by watching our video or reading the following photo tutorial. These fabric trays are an easy sewing project and great for beginner sewers since it requires only straight seams.
Our 4-H Club made these fabric trays during a meeting. The club consisted of members who where experienced sewers and some who had never sewn before. Everyone was able to complete this project.
Some opted for sewing the corners instead of using the Kam Snaps. This was mostly because one of the kids broke the Kam Snap pliers by squeezing way too hard! FYI--I was able to buy replacement parts from the manufacturer to fix them.
We enjoyed leading this project for our club. This gave the kids an item to enter in the county fair that year. Several of the fabric trays were entered and won ribbons at the fair.
If you are looking for other sewing projects and tutorials to help kids or adults learn to sew, check out our Sewing For Kids page. Many other sewing projects are also available on Sewing and Quilting Free Kids Projects. Our Sewing Department has many links for learning to sew and free projects.
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This is a quick and easy sewing project and would be great for teaching kids to sew. These can be made in various sizes and either in square or rectangle shape.
We used kam snaps in the corners to make the basket/tray shape. The snaps add a bit of decor to your fabric baskets.
Pick out two of your favorite fat quarters and make a basket today!
What you will need:
- 2 Fat Quarters
- Pellon 808 Craft Fuse (or similar)
- Kam Snaps
- Kam Snap Pliers
STEP 1: CUT FABRICS
For this project, you will need to cut two pieces from the fat quarters and one piece of pellon. Please see size chart below for cutting sizes.
For the 6" x 6" x 2" (depth) tray (15 cm x 15 cm x 5 cm), cut your fabric 10.5" x 10.5" (26.5 cm x 26.5 cm).
For the 4" x 10" x 1.5" (depth) tray (10 cm x 25.5 cm x 4 cm), cut your fabric 7" x 13" (18 cm x 33 cm).
For the 8" x 8" x 3" (depth) tray (20.5 cm x 20.5 cm x 7.5 cm), cut your fabric 14.5" x 14.5" (37 cm x 37 cm).
To make a basket your own size, just take the size of your finished basket (ie. 5" x 9" x 2" finished size), add the depth of the box to each direction twice and then add a half inch for the seam allowances. So, for the 5" x 9" x 2" we add 5" + 2" + 2" + .5 = 9.5". Then we add 9" + 2" + 2" + .5" = 13.5 " so we would cut the fabric at 9.5" x 13.5" to make the 5" x 9" x 2" deep basket.
STEP 2: FUSE PELLON
Fuze the pellon to the back of the wrong side of the outer fabric following the manufacturers instructions.
STEP 3: SEW AROUND LEAVING OPENING
Place the fabrics right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam all the way around leaving a 3" - 4" (8 cm - 10 cm) opening along one side.
Don't forget to leave the opening for turning the fabrics to the right side.
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STEP 4: TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT
Turn the fabrics through the opening, pushing out the corners to get nice pointed corners. Iron flat and turn in the raw edges where the opening is.
The edges are folded in.
STEP 5: TOPSTITCH AROUND EDGE
Sew a topstitch about 1/8" from the edge around the fabric. Sew over the folded in edges where the opening is to close the opening.
STEP 6: INSTALL KAM SNAPS
Install the Kam Snaps on each corner. Fold the fabric in half so it's a triangle. Measure from the point to the depth of your basket and place a pin to mark. Using the pointed part of the snap, make a mark where you want to put the snap.
The pointed tool which comes with the Kam Snap Pliers can be used to make a hole in the fabric where you want to install the kam snap. From the outside put the pointed part of the snap into the fabric and then install the kam snap with the pliers.
Install all of the snaps on the corners. You will need one set of snaps at each corner (two caps, 1 socket and 1 stud).
If you need help installing the Kam Snaps, watch our video It's a Snap, Kam Snaps. This video gives tips and step-by-step instructions on installing Kam Snaps.
Snap each corner and then iron the bottom edges to get a crisp edge. Your fabric basket or fabric tray is complete!
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