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How to sew a fabric tray; the quicker way

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In one of my previous articles, I shared how to make a fabric tray. These are one of my favourite projects,

Recommended read: How to sew a fabric tray

The only thing that wasn’t as fun with making the trays was the bindings. So, I created this pattern. This new fabric tray is just as beautiful, but can be made quicker!

This leaves more time for free motion quilting and makes the perfect last-minute gift. But the one receiving the gift would never be able to tell that it was made last-minute!


What you will need:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Batting
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or scissors)
  • Seam gauge or measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine thread and needle
  • Free motion quilting foot
  • Optional: pins and safety pins


The steps:


  • Cut two pieces of fabric and a piece of batting to 13” x 13”


Optional: you could embroider one of the pieces. 


  • ‘Sandwich’ the pieces together. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and place the batting on top. 

  • Sew around the perimeter of the square. Leave a gap open so that you can flip it all right side out afterwards. 
  • Topstitch around the perimeter of the square and make sure to close the gap while topstitching. 
  • Free motion quilt create a fun design using your free motion quilting foot, don’t forget to lower the feed dogs.
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  • Fold the ‘quilt’ in half diagonally and mark 2 1/2” in on each side and create a line from the mark straight to the mark across from it 2 1/2” in. Fold the other way and repeat. 

  • Sew down each of these lines. 

  • Flip the tray so that the excess corner pieces are on the inside holding the tray sturdy and upright. 

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