Fabric Caddy/Bin Tutorial

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Today I have a fabric caddy tutorial and the hardest part (but maybe the most fun), is choosing the fabric. I plan on using them for parties to hold plastic forks and knives. When we entertain there are usually more that 12 people attending, so my regular silverware is never enough. In the past, I have taken the time to wrap them up in a paper napkin, tied with a little ribbon. However, that takes a lot of time, and you end up finding little pieces of ribbon all over the place the day after.

Fabric Caddy/Bin Tutorial

Modern Fabric containers ~ fabric caddy tutorial ~ gardenmatter.com


Makes one bin –  approx. 3 in. width x 9 in. length x 3 in. height

1/2 yd – each two coordinating fabrics
1/2 yd of mid-weight fusible interfacing
coordinating thread

TIP: To make a different size:

Decide on the height, length, and width of the base
Cut fabric pieces by using these equations:
Height = Desired height + 2x width + 2 (seams & fold over)
Length = Desired length + desired width + 1 (seams)


Cut one 11 inch by 13 inch rectangle from each fabric and one from the fusible interfacing.

Add interfacing to outside fabric ~ fabric caddy ~ gardenmatter.com

Iron the interfacing onto the outside fabric.

Folded fabric step ~ fabric caddy tutorial ~ gardenmatter.com

With right sides together, fold the fabric in half and sew the sides.

fold side seam to bottom ~ fabric caddy instructions ~ gardenmatter.com

Open and place one of the side seams against the bottom line to create a point, or corner.

Measure and mark corner ~ fabric caddy ~ gardenmatter.com

Mark a dot from the tip  of the corner to 1/2 the total width desired. In this case 1.5 inches.

Draw line with a ruler ~ fabric store bin ~ gardenmatter.com

Draw a line at the dot with a ruler making sure that the distance equals your desired width. In this case 3 inches.

Cut off corner ~ fabric box ~ gardenmatter.com

Sew along the line and then cut off the corner.

Finished liner ~ fabric bin ~ gardenmatter.com

Turn right side out and you can start to see the bin taking shape. Complete the same steps for the outside fabric.

Nesting bins right sides together ~ fabric caddy ~ gardenmatter.com

Next set the outside fabric with the interfacing inside the lining fabric bin, making sure the right sides are facing, the wrong side of the liner is on the outside, and the interfacing is on the inside. Match side seams and edges and pin together.

Leaving a 2-3 inch opening, sew the top edges together.

combined bins ~ fabric utensil holder ~ gardenmatter.com

Turn the fabrics right side out and pin the opening closed. Top stitch along the edge.

Fabric Utensil bins ~ fabric bin tutorial ~ gardenmatter.com

Fold over edge about one inch and your fabric caddy is complete. Fill with your utensils or whatever you’d like.

These would be a nice gift for someone moving into a new home, don’t you think? Change the dimensions as shown above, and make a deeper one for holding makeup or nail polish, to brighten up a dorm room.

The possibilities are many, and as I said, if you are like me, the biggest problem will be choosing the fabric!

This tutorial shows you how to make a fabric caddy/bin with two coordinating fabrics. The two showing are used to hold utensils for party guests.



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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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