If you are like us and have some orphan charm squares in your sewing stash, you can put them to good use by whipping up some Charm Square Fabric Trays. These fabric trays are a quick beginner project. I shared photos of some that I made last week on instagram and was asked to put together some directions. These zakka style fabric trays have been in Japanese sewing magazines over the years and can be made in a variety of sizes. They are not my original design but this is my way of constructing them.
They can be made in around 10 minutes and are handy for storing all sorts of items in your sewing room or around your home. I have been using them to store wonder clips, buttons, jewellery, tea bags and more.
I used a white linen on the outside and a cotton lawn on the inside but you could use any cotton or linen fabrics.
If you would like to make one, you will need
- 5 inch square of white linen
- 5 inch square of cotton lawn (such as Liberty Tana Lawn)
- 5 inch square of cotton batting
- embroidery floss
1. Place the batting down on a flat surface. Place the linen square on top with the right side facing upwards, then place the lawn square on top of that with the wrong side facing upwards. Make sure all straight edges are aligned and pin together. Stitch around the outside of the square using a 1/4 inch seam and leave a 1.5 inch gap on one side for turning.
2. Clip the corners and then turn out the right way through the gap. Poke out the corners and press.
3. Topstitch around the outside using a 1/8 inch seam allowance and enclosing the gap in the lining as you sew. Press. Using a hera marker, mark a 2 1/2 inch square in the middle of the tray. Stitch along the marked square to form the base. Press.
4. Fold the corners as shown in the photo below. Using two strands of embroidery thread, make a couple of stitches 1/2 inch in from each corner.
That is all there is to it. Such a simple project and would be a fun item to include in swap packages. You could also fill them with small gift items like chocolates and wrap in cellophane for a fun and useful gift item.
You can find our tutorial for a Hexagon Fabric Tray here.