DIY Canvas Bin
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Designer: Janna Wilson
For some time now I’ve been searching for the perfect sized, affordable storage bin or basket for my sticker and rub on stash…and I’ve yet to find the right fit. Finally, I decided to design my own pattern and create a custom storage container that would accommodate those long sticker sheets (and a lot of them :) as well as something that would be useful for containing many other stow-able craft supplies and tools. Did I mention I just LOVE bins and baskets? I think my DIY Canvas Bins are going to work out just perfectly! The finished size is 6” x 6” x 14” and not only are they perfect for stickers and rub ons, they’d be a great option for storing sewing patterns, dvds, baby items, mail, toys and more! And even better…each bin costs less than $3...the price of a half yard of canvas duck cloth! You can embellish your bins with stamps that you already have in your craft stash for even more of a designer look. I’m so thrilled to be able to share tutorial this with you all…I hope you enjoy it!
-Seam allowances are ½” and it is important that you are accurate when cutting fabric and sewing the seams.
-My project was created without interfacing; adding interfacing to the lining fabric is optional but suggested if you use light-medium weight fabrics other than canvas or decorator weight fabrics.
-This project is probably suited for the beginner to intermediate as far as sewing ability. You will need to know how to create mitered corners to sew this project (if you aren’t sure, check the web for lots of tutorials).
1. Gather your supplies and begin by rotary cutting fabric pieces from canvas as follows.
a. OUTSIDE BIN - 7” x 46”
b. LINING BIN – 7” x 41” (if you want to add interfacing, you can cut it to this size as well)
c. BOTTOM BIN – 7” x 15”
2. Rotary cut cardboard inserts to the following sizes:
a. (2) LONG SIDES – 5 ½” x 13 ¾”
b. (2) SHORT SIDES – 5 ½” x 5 ¾”
c. BOTTOM – 8” x 13 ¾” OR 5 ¾” x 13 ¾”
3. Mark the centers of all the fabric pieces you have…this is important as you sew to make sure things line up accurately. You might also want to mark (with a piece of tape or disappearing pen) the RIGHT/WRONG side of the material pieces—canvas obviously looks the same on both sides, so this may help you in determining which side you are working with later.
4. Sew the OUTSIDE BIN piece together at sides to form a band/circle. Press seam open. Repeat this using the LINING BIN piece. Lay the LINING piece aside for now.
5. Lay the BOTTOM BIN piece on top the OUTSIDE BIN piece with RIGHT SIDES together and matching up center marks. Now you will be sewing the OUTSIDE BIN band to the BOTTOM BIN rectangle. It may seem awkward, but as you sew you will fold mitered corners to transform the band to the shape of the rectangle.
NOTE: Be sure to push the third layer of fabric (the other side of the cylinder/band out of the way as you sew around the rectangle.
6. Start sewing at the center mark and stop sewing exactly ½” from end of the first BOTTOM BIN corner you come to; backstitch.
7. Fold the fabric to miter the corner and continue sewing the seam (basically you are starting from where you stopped) again ½” from the end.
8. Continue sewing around the entire BOTTOM BIN piece mitering the corners as you go; it is best that the mitered folds are facing the correct direction—towards the long sides of the bin.
9. Your bin should be taking shape now and that you have stitched the OUTSIDE and BOTTOM pieces together. Clip the corners being sure not to clip through the seams you have sewn to remove excess fabric bulk in the corners and press.
10. Next, you want to create corner seams in your bin. To do this you are basically just taking a ½” seam at each corner to alleviate the bulk/gusset made when mitering the corners. Measure and mark 7” from center mark on OUTSIDE BIN piece and this will determine where your seam will be. You will sew from each of the bottom corner seams (created when mitering corners) to the 7” marking at the top of the bin taking a ½” seam (which equates to 1” of bulk fabric eliminated).
11. Turn the bin right side out and it should look something like this before it is pressed.
It will look like this after you press the corner seams toward the short sides/ends.
12. Place the wrong side out of the INSIDE LINING piece onto the outside of the right side out OUTSIDE BIN lining up center marks; sew around the top of the bin to attach lining. Press seams toward OUTSIDE BIN.
13. Turn under ½” of LINING to wrong side; press and zig zag stitch to finish hem. Turn right side out and edge stitch around the top of the bin about 1/8” from edge.
14. At this point if you want to embellish your bin with stamping, you would do this now. Place the fabric bin on a hard surface to get the best stamped impression. Coat stamp evenly (with foam brush) with acrylic paint to stamp the floral image. Use High Density pigment ink to stamp the label of your choice with alphabet stamps. I added small gems to embellish the center of the stamped flowers.
You can even stamp a repeating pattern using a favorite stamp like this.
TIP! If you have a large clear stamp and do not have a large enough stamp block, use a wide acrylic ruler to mount your stamp to.
15. Place the cardboard inserts underneath the lining and add the cardboard bottom
16. Finally, turn bin on its end to install the eyelets in each end of the bin to attach the ribbon handles. Use the 3/16” eyelet setter tool to punch the holes and set eyelets. Position the eyelets about 1” from top edge and about 1 ½” from corners of bin. Tie ribbon or twill handles through eyelets.
NOTE: Rather than adding just a flat 5 ¾” x 13 ¾” piece of cardboard to the bottom, you’ll notice I added a scored 8” x 13 ¾” piece. I like the way this piece creates a sturdy taut finished product.
Are you excited yet!? Well, I am! All I want to do is sew about a dozen more of these bins to organize my whole craft room. You can easily adjust the height of the bin too. Make these for gifts or for any room of the house. I created some other fun designs with printed fabric too. Have fun organizing!
Fiskars Brands: 94817797 No. 5 Micro-Tip® Scissors
Fiskars Brands: 12-87287097 3.5 x 18.5 Acrylic Ruler
Fiskars Brands: 12-99117797 No. 8 Soft Touch Scissors
Fiskars Brands: 12-59777097 12-in-1 Sewing Multi Tool
Fiskars Brands: 95217097 45mm Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Brands: 12-83727097 24” x 36” Mat
Fiskars Brands: 01-004670 Country Petals clear stamps
Fiskars Brands: 12-89188897 Basic Font alphabet clear stamps
Fiskars Brands: 01-003097 High Density Pigment Ink – Still of the Night
Fiskars Brands: 01-000068 Stamp Block Set
Fiskars Brands: 12-31337097 Eyelet Setters 3-Piece Set (3/16”)
Other: duck cloth canvas (2/3 yd of 60” width), sewing machine/thread, acrylic paint (black), foam brush, (3) small gems, fabric glue, (4) 3/16” eyelets, fabric marking pen/pencil, interfacing (optional), heavy cardboard, 12” ribbon/twill