I’ve been looking for a storage bin to fit a certain spot for a long time. Recently it occurred to me that I could just make one instead.
I used a bleached burlap for the outside and chose a coordinating hounds tooth pattern from my stash for the inner lining.
To determine the size of my fabric, I measured the space I wanted it to use on my shelf. This would be the base, and then I decided how high the sides were to be. Once you know those numbers, multiply the height of the sides times two, and add that to your dimensions for the base. For example, if you want the base to be 8 inches wide by 10 inches deep, and your sides to be 6 inches high, then you need to add 12 to the width and height of the base. This means you will cut your fabric to be 20 inches wide by 22 inches long.
Once you do this, you might want to reinforce the fabric by ironing some interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
Now you need to lay the fabric flat and on each corner, cut out a square the size of the height of your bin. If we continue the measurements from the above example, you will cut a 6 inch by 6 inch square out of each corner. This will leave you with something of an “x” shaped fabric.
Repeat with the piece which will be your lining.
Fold each “x” in half on a diagonal line through the center square or rectangle. Carefully line up the sides of each piece, with right sides together (RST) and sew down that six inch line.
You will be able to see that you have just formed one corner of the bin.
Repeat with the remaining three sides until you have made a little box.
Repeat with the other piece of fabric to form a second bin. Turn the outer piece right side out.
Now for the embellishments! I chose to make a handle and a little pocket for a label.
For the handle, decide how long you wish it to be, and cut your fabric that long, but twice as wide as you want it. With RST, sew the fabric into a strip lengthwise. Turn it right sides out, tuck the ends under, and attach it to the outer bin wherever you want it.
For the label holder, I cut a small rectangle, and then cut another, smaller rectangle out of the center. I placed a piece of clear vinyl behind it and sewed around the inner edge of the burlap rectangle. Then I sewed the rectangle to the bin on the sides and bottom only, leaving a pocket in the top.
Lastly, place the lining inside the outer shell. Fold the liner under, and then fold it over the top of the outer shell to form a contrasting strip around the top of the storage bin. Carefully sew into place.
You’re done! Now go fill it with whatever you made it to hold.
I must say that the burlap was a bit of a hassle to deal with, especially in spots where I was sewing through several thicknesses of it. Still, I’m happy with the result, and it’s nice to have the size I needed without spending any money. I love it when I find useful ways to use my stash and it’s always fun to combine creativity with organization.
I hope you’ll try one and tell me what you think. It was a lot of fun!