Instructions For Sewing Fabric Storage Bins


Apart from being a place to store things, fabric bins can be part of the room's decor. They are also convenient and can be stored away when not in use. Making a storage bin out of fabric gives you a chance to use up scrap pieces of material. You can adapt the shape and size to specific spaces.


  • Decide what your storage bin will be used for. If the bin is for heavier items like books, you would probably need sturdier support. Determine how big you want your bin to be. Keep in mind a bigger bin will be fairly floppy unless you add a support structure to keep it up. Your storage bin need not be square, depending on your sewing skills and the time you have, you can make it a rectangle, an oblong shape, a circle--even a triangle.


  • If you have a specific location in mind, such as a cubbyhole or a shelf, then use them to guide you when constructing a pattern; remember to add an inch or so for seam allowance. Working from a paper pattern will help you avoid wasting fabrics. You can cut it out of craft paper to size. For the most basic design, you will need a pattern for the bottom of your bin, and at least one cut out for the sides. Pin the pieces together to see if it works to your satisfaction.


  • Your basket will need a lining. Use your paper pattern as a guide. The lining bottom and sides should be at least 2 inches smaller than the pattern in length. The best fabric for storage bins would be a tightly woven stiff fabric like canvas. If your material is not stiff enough, use fabric stiffener. Look at your room to decide what colors will work best. Fabrics that have repeating patterns, such as stripes or squares, will need to be cut out and lined up carefully.

Handles and Support

  • Determine if you want an open storage bin or one you can zip shut. If the bin has a lid, then fasteners and extra material may be needed. Handles can be attached to or cut from the bin.

    Inserts can be added for support. Some examples included are cardboard, foam, wood, metal or plastic. Keep in mind that with a cardboard insert, the bin's support will be compromised if the insert is bent out of shape. Pick outdoor foam instead of regular foam, because it is more durable and resists mold or mildew.

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