Little fabric trays are so useful for holding lots of odds and ends in your sewing room, or around your home. Last year I shared directions for making a Charm Square Fabric Tray and a Hexagon Fabric Tray. The Patchwork Fabric tray is made from 2.5 inches squares and is a fun scrap buster project. With Valentines Day just around the corner, I have made this from my favourite red and pink scraps. You could make them for any holiday or for everyday use.
I use the Lori Holt method of scrap organisation, and have a tub of 2.5 inch scraps all ready to go for small projects such as this. Alternatively you could use a mini charm pack/mini origami pack of 2.5 inch squares.
For this project, you will need:
- 9 squares, each measuring 2.5 x 2.5 inch (patchwork lining)
- 6.5 inch square of white linen (tray exterior)
- 6.5 inch square of cotton batting
- red embroidery thread
It makes a fabric tray that measures 3.5 inch x 3.5 inches at its base, and is 1 1/4 inches high. (This is slightly larger than the Charm Square Fabric Tray).
Firstly you will need to arrange the patchwork squares into three rows of 3 squares. Sew the squares into rows using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and then sew the three rows together to form a 6 1/2 inch square. Layer the square on top of the fabric batting. Pin the layers together and then quilt as desired.
Next follow the tutorial for the Charm Square Fabric Tray. When you are marking out the square base on the bottom with your hera marker, make it 3 1/2 inches square (so that the sides measure 1 1/4 inches).
It is such a quick and easy project and is perfect for beginner sewists!