Thursday, March 13, 2014

DIY Fabric Storage Tote


DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT


Is your closet in need of a bit of organizing?  I know ours always needs a little help.  I wish we only had to store our clothes in it.  But we end up with all sorts of random things.  Here is a great little tutorial for you on how to make your own fabric totes.  These stand up on their own and last for a long time.  Plus, they are usually cheaper then buying your own.

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Materials Needed:
Fabric
Cardboard
Bias Tape
Thread
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
First, you'll need fabric and some cardboard. I had some nice twill weave fabric that is sturdy and a nice box.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Decide how big you want your box. Mine is 11x14. Cut two pieces of cardboard for each size.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Cut 2 long strips of fabric. Add all four of your sizes together. (11+11+14+14= 50inches)
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Measure and mark at each corner on your fabric and then sew your two pieces together at each of the corners from top to bottom.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Your open ends should be sewn together and then zig zag or serge your edges.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
You'll need some bias tape to finish your edges. I made my own, but you can buy yours.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
If you make your own, iron it so your two edges meet in the middle.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Now cut a bottom piece for your tote. Again, 11x14.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Pin your bottom to your four sides. Pay special attention to your corners. Then sew, make sure to pivot at your corners.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
It should look like this.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Now pin you bias tape to your bottom raw edges. Like above. And sew on.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Should look something like this.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Now you're ready to put your cardboard into your sides.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Once you've done that, pin the rest of your bias tape around the top of your tote and sew.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
You'll need one more piece of cardboard that is 11x14 for inside your tote.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
You'll also need two pieces of fabric to cover this cardboard. Sew them together leaving one end open.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Put your cardboard inside and sew your opening closed.
DIY Fabric Storage Totes by GYCT
Finally, make a handle with your extra fabric or ribbon. Voila, you are done!! It was cheap and pretty easy. Plus it is the exact size that I want.
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4 comments:

  1. How does one attach the handle once the cardboard is inserted?

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    1. Great question. I would add the handle at the start on your 50" rectangle. That way the handle is sewn on before the cardboard is attached.

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  2. Or if you forget to add it before it's sewn, you could use fabric glue!

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  3. Or if you forget to add it before it's sewn, you could use fabric glue!

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