Itty Bitty Fabric Bin


Hi, fellow precut fabric lovers! I am obsessed with storage bins. That’s kinda what happens when you have too much stuff! I’m always looking for cute little containers to corral the bits and pieces in my sewing room. So today I have an amazingly easy tutorial for you to make an itty bitty fabric bin.

2 layer cake squares (one each for outer fabric and lining fabric)
1 piece of interfacing measuring 12″ x 11″
1 piece of batting measuring 12″ x 11″
spray baste or pins
coordinating thread


1. Trim the outer layer cake square to 10″ x 8½”. Fold layer cake in half along the 10″ length. Cut a 2″ square from each of the two bottom folded corners. {NOTE: It’s more accurate to mark the cutting lines and cut with scissors instead of the rotary cutter.} Repeat for the lining layer cake square.


2. Place the outer layer cake square right side up on the batting and interfacing. Secure in place with pins or spray baste. Quilt as desired. Trim the excess batting and interfacing from the outer fabric.


3. Fold outer fabric/interfacing/batting piece in half along the length, right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam on each side, backstitching at the beginning and end. Use a true ¼” seam, not a scant ¼” seam.


4. Pull open the notch on one side to create the box shape. Secure with a Wonder clip and sew a ¼” seam along the length, again backstitching at beginning and end of seam. Repeat for the other notched corner.


5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the lining fabric.

6. Turn outer fabric right side out. Place the outer fabric box inside of the lining fabric box, right sides together. Pin or clip along the top edge. Sew along the top edge, leaving a 3″ opening to turn the boxes right sides out.



7. Turn boxes right sides out by gently pulling the lining fabric through the opening. Press the seam and fold under the raw edges of the opening.


8. Top stitch along the top of the box, closing the opening as you go.


One itty bitty fabric bin! The base measures about 4″ x 3½” and it is 3″ tall with the cuff folded down. It’s the perfect size for holding Moda Candy!


Happy sewing,

Lisa Calle

11 comments on “Itty Bitty Fabric Bin

  1. Liliana says:

    Belisimo y muy práctico !!! Felicitaciones

  2. Linda Cross says:

    This is so cute. I was curious how hard would it be to make this larger that would maybe hold fat quarters, charm squares or layer cakes. I am really a beginner and the thought of trying to enlarge a pattern scares me Any help would be appreciate.

    • Lisa Calle says:

      Thank you! I think this is a very forgiving project to practice on. My main tip is to keep in mind that the corner notches you cut out dictate the base size (and the height, too!). Test some versions with muslin before cutting into your favorite prints. I really think you can’t go wrong!

  3. ColoradoConley says:

    I love little projects like this. I think it will become my next sewing addiction. The last one was the Zippy Strippy bags!

    • Lisa Calle says:

      I’m addicted to making all sorts of little bins! They’re so fun and so useful. It’s a great way to use up scraps of batting, too.

  4. CruiseFan says:

    Cute –
    roughly it is like making a tote (without handles) in ‘petite’. 😉
    I am sure a lot of beginners will want to try making this after reading these clear instructions.
    Well done!

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  6. Cocopatch says:

    I love this! Thanks!

  7. boscogregg says:

    This is a great way to “gift” your quilty friends – a little bin stuffed with mini charms! How cute is that?

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