I used to think of myself as an organized person, but lately, not so much. One way of managing my small scene is with containers. You might remember me writing about my fondness for trays. This tutorial is for one made out of fabric. You also know that lately, I am completely focused on making and sewing with my fabric collection. So here you go- make one or a dozen of these cuties for whatever. I love it small and sweet. Change up the sizing to fit your needs though :: long and skinny for desk, larger rectangles for dresser tops, etc. This one is already at work on the sewing table, but I'm thinking about mini-Easter-baskets-placecard-treat keepers for the holiday table. Jelly beans? Gift cards? Cupcakes? I'll think of something.
You will also need a same size square of cotton batting which is the thickness of felt. I found mine at JoAnn's. "Warm & Natural" needled cotton batting, craft size. (Love this stuff!)
Make a sandwich of the three pieces. Fabrics right side together and the batting underneath.
Stitch all around, leaving an opening to turn.
Clip corners and trim batting close to stitching. Turn and press.
Looks like a potholder now. Sew the opening shut with tiny blindstitches. (I'm not very good at those as I'm feeling a bit blind too. But sure enough when it's finished, the first thing I see is my sloppy hand-stitching!)
Get out the ruler and a white pencil or disappearing quilt marker (I prefer the quilt marker but it wouldn't show on the black fabric. Oops, didn't think of that when I started my step-by-steps.)
Mark and draw lines one inch in from edge. Make sure the marked square is "square" as in right angles and same lengths on opposite sides. This will be the bottom of the tray, the borders will be the sidewalls. (** If you change the size of your tray, adjust this measurement to scale to the desired height of the sides.)
Machine stitch around the inside square you drew with the marker/pencil.
Fold the whole potholder shape in half into a triangle and mark then stitch perpendicularly from the inside square corner to the outside edge. (** See images below.) Backstitch a little before cutting threads.
Do this for all four corners.
It makes funny little ears.
To finish up, I spritz the floor of the tray with water and press straight into the walls, folding down the wall opposite (see the wall under the iron around that 460 mark). It makes them stand up a little better.