How to Make a Divided Storage Tray

How to Make a Divided tray

Learn to sew this terrific divided storage tray using your beginner sewing skills. There is a bit of measuring in this project but it is simple to sew and makes a terrific divided storage tray for notions and things int e sewing room or craft supplies for the kids. It is a fun and functional beginner sewing project that is well worth giving a try. If you would like other fabric bowl projects check out my recent easy fabric bowl project.

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How to Make a Divided Tray

What you will need: How to Make a Divided Storage Tray

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Step 1: Cut the Interfacing

Using a 9″ plate or a compass cut a 9″ circle from the two interfacing pieces.

Step 2: Fuse the Fleece

Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of one of the outer pieces and one of the lining pieces using a hot iron and following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Fuse the Fleece

Step 3: Stitch the Fabrics

Place the two outer fabrics right sides together and the two lining fabrics right sides together. Stitch the outer pieces together and the lining pieces together around the interfacing circle leaving an opening for turning on each pair of fabrics. Trim around the circle except for the area around the opening. Turn right sides out.

Stitch the circles and trim

Step 4: Press and Topstitch

Press the circles. Turn under the fabric at the opening and topstitch all the way around both circles using a 1/8″ seam allowance.

Step 5: Prepare the Inner Tray

Fold the inner circle into quarters and mark the center with an erasable pen. Open the circle so that is folded in half and mark the half way points. The arc should measure 36″. Divide 14″ x 3 which equals 4.6″. Starting at the folded side measure 4.6″ and mark on both sides. Then measure another 4.6″ and mark on both sides. Using your erasable pen draw lines that measure 2″ toward the center from each of the marks that you just made.

Fold into quarters
Mark the half inch points

Draw the lines

Step 6: Stitch the Two Pieces Together

Place the inner circle on top of the outer circle and stitch along the lines that you just drew. There should be six lines.

Step 7: Tack the Inner Pieces Together

Measure 1″ on each side of the stitched lines and make a mark. Pinch the marks together on each side of the stitched lines and tack them together by hand. Fill up your divided tray and you are finished.

Draw the 1″ marks
Pinch the 1″ marks
Stitch the 1″ marks
How to Make a Divided tray
Fill the tray

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