Alright everyone, it's time for our first tutorial for our 12 Weeks of Christmas! So keep reading for an awesome tutorial by Holly!
Hi there! I'm Holly from Bijou Lovely, where I blog about all of my sewing and quilting projects, among other things! I'm really excited to share a tutorial with you today as part of Freespirit's 12 Days of Christmas series! I'm going to show you how to make these nested fabric trays, which are perfect as a hostess gift for a holiday party or a Christmas gift for family and friends.
To make a set of 3 fabric trays, you will need:
6 coordinating fat quarters
3/4 yd Peltex 71F or 72F (single or double sided fusible - either will work)
Thin, rigid cardboard (you can recycle a used medium flat rate priority box for the large tray!)
Coordinating perle cotton or embroidery thread
Possibly a set of pliers
You will also need a rotary cutter, ruler, sewing machine and embroidery needle for handstitching.
Step 1: Cut fabric, interfacing, and cardboard. You will need to pair up 2 fat quarters for each tray, one for the outer tray fabric, and one for the inner tray fabric. Follow the cutting instructions below to make one tray of each size.
Step 3: Use your iron to fuse the interfacing to the fabric. If your interfacing is fusible on both sides, you will want to use a pressing cloth at this point so the other side doesn't fuse to your ironing board.
Step 5: Align the edges of the fabrics and pin the layers together.
Step 7: Clip the corners, making sure not to cut the stitching.
Step 8: Trim the seam allowances to 1/4" from your stitching line. On the open side, trim to 3/8" so you can close the opening later.
Step 15: Pin the cardboard in place.
Step 19: Thread a needle with about 50" of embroidery thread (all 6 strands) or perle cotton. Double up the thread so it is twice the thickness, and tie a knot at the end of the thread.
Step 20: Take a stitch through the back fold of a corner towards the center of the tray (this will help hide the knot).
Step 28: Repeat steps 24 - 27 to continue stitching down the corner.
Repeat the tutorial to make the rest of your trays, one of each size. There are a lot of steps, but they come together really quickly!
I really hope you enjoyed this Nesting Fabric Tray tutorial! Use them to decorate your own house, or give them away as gifts!