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teeny tray tutorial

Tray17

Tray17

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. 

Start with 2 squares of Walnut Hill Farm fabric (from Blend). I had some already precut that were 7.5".

(*** I updated the where to buy list on the left sidebar. It's also available at overrainbow.com - search Walnut Hill Farm. And here at Nauvoo Quilt Co.)

Tray1

Tray1

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!)

Tray3

Tray3

Make a sandwich of the three pieces. Fabrics right side together and the batting underneath.

Tray4

Tray4

Stitch all around, leaving an opening to turn.

Tray5

Tray5

Clip corners and trim batting close to stitching. Turn and press.

Tray6

Tray6

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!)

Tray7

Tray7

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.)

Tray10

Tray10

Machine stitch around the inside square you drew with the marker/pencil.

Tray11

Tray11

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.

Tray12

Tray12

Tray13

Tray13

Do this for all four corners.

Tray14

Tray14

It makes funny little ears.

Tray15

Tray15

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.

Tray16

Tray16

Then I fill it up.

Tray18

Tray18

And make another one because it's so easy and so, so darling. My new favorite thing!

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