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Fabric Bin Tutorial – an easy step-by-step guide

This fabric bin project is fun, not too difficult and definitely looks great!  I love that you can easily customize the size and fabric to suit your specific needs.  We used a non-direction fabric for this project to make it easy, meaning we used a fabric which looks the same no matter what direction it is turned.  These versatile bins can be used to corral toys, bath products, sewing supplies or just about anything you can think of.  After the fabric was cut, it took about an hour from beginning to end – quick and easy!  It’s so satisfying to bust out a project like this in very little time.  Let’s get sewing!


Fabric Needed
(1) 27” x 17” piece of outer fabric
(1) 27” x 17” piece of lining fabric
(1) 27” x 17” piece of iron-on interfacing

Step 1
Iron the sticky side of the interfacing onto the wrong side of the outer fabric (follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the interfacing regarding iron temperature and timing).  We used Vlieseline S320 which has some flexibility to it.  For a more structured bin, use a heavier weight interfacing.


Sew along the short sides of the fabric.


Step 2
Fold both pieces of fabric in half so that the right side of the fabric is on the inside – you will now have 2 rectangles measuring 17” x 13 1/2”. Stitch up the sides (see dotted line in photograph) on both pieces of fabric using a 1/2” seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 5” opening on one side of the liner fabric (back stitch around the opening to secure the stitches). This opening will be used to turn the finished bin right side out. Press the seams open.



Step 3
Baste your folded label onto the right side of the outer fabric pointing inwards and 1/2” from the top.

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Baste your label at the top. Make sure it’s facing the right direction.


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Fold down the corners to create a boxed corner.


Step 4
Make the boxed corners: pinch each bottom corner open and flatten the fabric together. It’s important to make sure the side seam lines up with the bottom fold of the fabric (the fold made when you folded your large piece of fabric in half.  Pin the corner in place if needed.  Measure 4” from the tip of the corner and draw a line (see photo). Sew using this line as your guide.





Trim off the corner leaving a 1/2” seam allowance. Repeat this step for all the bottom corners of your outer and lining fabric (2 on each piece of fabric).



Step 5
Turn the outer fabric bin right side out and slide it inside the lining fabric (the lining fabric will still be inside out).  The 2 bins will sit together with the right sides of the fabric touching. Pin the top edge together, matching the side seams, and sew together along the pinned edge.

Pin the top and sew the seam.

Pin the top and sew the seam.



Pull the outside fabric through the opening in the lining fabric.

Pull the outside fabric through the opening in the lining fabric.



Step 6
Turn the fabric bin the right way out through the hole in the lining fabric (the turn opening you left in the lining fabric in Step 2). Fold in the fabric at the seam opening and hand sew using a ladder stitch.  Learn how to sew a ladder stitch here.

To finish off the top edge of the “fold over”, you can run a top stitch along the top seam.  This is purely for aesthetic reasons – it lends a finishing touch but can skipped.




Step 7:
To finish, fold down the edge of the bin by 2” and press.


The finished fabric bin, ready for organizing!


What are your favorite quick and easy sewing projects?  We would love to hear from you!


A special thanks to seamstress Emma Lorenz.

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