How To Make Fabric Storage Bins

Sometimes, you get toys, accessories, books, or magazines a-plenty. In this case, you need a storage solution to control all the loose stuff in your room. Chances are you’re here in search of such a solution.

So, that being said, how to make fabric storage bins?

Well, why using fabric storage bins, and what you can use them for? Hold on, you will know all of it in this writing. There are some easy steps of making the bins and some tips to make them look nicer (if they’re not already).

Let’s get right into it.

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What Can You Use Fabric Storage Bins for?

When you are looking for a way to bring order to your space, fabric storage bins are one of the cheapest yet best tools you can go for. If you want some specific things that you can use your fabric storage bins for, here you go.

  • Weather accessories: Keep your scarves, mittens, hats, and all other corral cold-weather accessories in your fabric storage bin.
  • Toys: A fabric storage bin can be an amazing tool for organizing toys. So, keep one bin in your kid’s playroom, nothing else you’ll need.
  • Video games: Are you confused thinking about where you should keep the controllers, games, and extra accessories? You can neatly tuck them away in a fabric storage bin.
  • Clothes: Yes, you can even use a fabric storage bin to organize your clothing. Keep your sweaters, jeans, undergarments, or socks in the bin, all will be neat and clean.
  • DVDs: Do you hate displaying all the DVDs on one open shelf? In this case, fabric bins are a great way to hide your DVDs in a stylish way. Simply stow the DVDs away and you can find them fast when you need them.
  • Magazines & Books: Tell me, do you have some books that you regularly move from here and there? If you do, store them in a fabric storage bin. It will make things easy for you.

These are some of the regular uses of a fabric storage bin. There are numerous ways you can use the bin.

How to Make Fabric Storage Bins- 6 Easy Steps!

Let’s get to know from what you’ll need to how to make a fabric storage bin, everything in detail. But this bin will have a square bottom. If you want to make one having a round bottom, it’s in the next section.

Things You Will Need

  • Fabrics (MTM-9202 and B-PE-407)
  • Quilting & sewing thread
  • 10-inch long cotton webbing
  • Reverse pattern foot #1D
  • Hard Fusible interfacing
  • Batting
  • Wonder Tape

Cutting Directions

Before we get started, let fabric MTM-9202 Fabric A, and B- PE-407 Fabric B. And, once you manage all the things above, cut the fabrics by following these directions:

  • 1 piece of 36” x 36” square from both Fabric A and B
  • 2 pieces of 38” x 38” batting
  • 6 pieces of 9” squares from hard fusible interfacing
  • 1 piece of 10” long strap

Note: You should create the pattern pieces before you start the steps of making a fabric storage bin. Grab a pattern paper (a large sheet) and then draw 3 squares (10-inch each) horizontally in a row. After that, draw 2 more squares right in the center, top, and bottom.

Step 1: Quilt and Prepare the Fabrics

Now, in step 1, you should place your fabrics (that are 36”) on the center and the top of the batting pieces. Fasten the pieces with long, loose stitches in preparation for sewing, do this job as desired.

You can simply go for a quality look with a straight line. For this, find the center of your fabric first. Once found, mark a straight line. It will work like a guide for your first stitch line.

Use your reverse pattern foot #1D, it will walk you through effortless quilting as well as perfect stitch lines. Once you quilt the very first stitch, continue with the remaining stitch lines. Do not forget to use your first line as a guide here, but must space your lines about a half-inch apart.

You should repeat the whole process with both the interior and exterior pieces. Remember one thing, your bin will have more structure when you ensure more quilt first.

Step 2: Cut Out the Pattern Pieces

Next, put down the pattern (you’ve drawn before) on top of the exterior quilted piece. After that, cut on the pieces with the help of the outlines. Use two of those squares for creating the hard base of your bin.

If you want to make side pockets for your bin, use the leftover squares.

Now, it’s time to cut the lining piece. To make it happen, use the exterior piece, it will work like a template. But make sure that you add 2.5-inch to the top on every side of the bin.

Step 3: Go Through Bin Construction

Firstly, line up at ¼-inch on every side of the seams on the lining and exterior pieces. Once you line them up, make sure you sew them at ¼-inch as well. After that, press the seams open. Use your iron to press crease marks, it will create a box formation.

Now, take the exterior piece and put down a 9-inch hard fusible at the bottom of the piece. Then, merge them into place.

Next, put your lining down into the exterior bin. Make sure the wrong sides touch each other. Fold over every corner, at the same time, make sure that the side seams match.

Stick the side seams just into place. Then, push the remaining hard fusible squares (9-inch) into every side of the bin. Make sure you fold over fusible to the bin’s base. When all the fusible pieces remain in the place, merge into place.

Step 4: Create the Handle

Now, grab the cotton webbing (10-inch) and tuck down the ends at one and a half inches. Use wonder tape or simply use a pin for temporarily securing the handles one and half-inch in from the center and sides of your bin.

Attach the handle into place. To do so, sew down the ends in a square with a triple stitch and create a strong handle.

Step 5: Create the Folded Top

We are about to finish. You need to create a color-blocking fold right on the top of your bin. For this, press the raw edges at half-inch and fold over any excess lining over the exterior bin. After that, pin right into place.

Topstitch the close areas to the edges. It will secure the folded edges. For your topstitching, use a large stitch length. What it will do is to leave a more custom-built look.

Step 6: Create the Base

And, now, you are in the last step. Hence, you need to build a hard base for placing at the bottom of the bin. Grab two of the 10-inch squares when you cut the exterior pattern piece as well as sew the right sides, leaving a little unsewn part.

Turn your piece over and let it go through the unsewn part. Also, insert a 9-inch fusible square. Then, topstitch again to secure the unsewn part. Finally, you will want to place it at the bottom of the bin, that’s all, your bin is ready.

How Can You Make a Round-bottomed Fabric Storage Bin?

If you have seen round-bottomed fabric storage bins and you want to make one for yourself as well, go ahead. We will show you here how you can make a large fabric bin with a rounded bottom.

You Will Need

  • Four pieces of fabric
  • Two-piece of interfacing

Cutting Directions

  • From the 4 pieces of the fabric, cut the first two pieces with these instructions: (31 ¾-inches x 17-inches), here, one outer and one lining.
  • Cut the second two pieces like this: Cut them into circles having a 10 and half-inches diameter, as previously, on the outer and one lining.
  • Take one of the two pieces of interfacing, and cut the first one by following this: 31 ¼-inches x 16 ½-inches.
  • Take the other piece of interfacing and cut it into a circle having a 10-inches diameter.

Note: For the outside of your bin, try to use a heavyweight fabric. It will offer your bin having a more custom-built structure. A linen or cotton blend can be your choice.  More specifically, you can simply use quilting-weight cotton for lining purposes.

Step 1: Cut the Fabric

As you guess, the very first thing we want you to do is to cut the fabrics as we instructed above. Worth mentioning here is, the interfacing is not mandatory. It depends on the sturdiness you want in your bin.

However, you can simply use heavier fusible interfacing for giving the cotton or linen blend outer fabric literally more structure. If you decide to use interfacing, don’t forget to go through the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 2: Start Sewing

Now, take the main outer fabric and sew the short sides of them together. Keep the right sides together as well as the iron seam open. The iron crease will mark at the base of the main fabric, firstly care about in half, then in quarters.

Do a similar job with the circle you made and fold it in half. After that, fold it into quarters, then iron as you can the markings. Use these markings for matching up the markings on the base with the main fabric’s markings. Then, carefully pin at all these points.

Finally, ease in your fabric between every marking as well as pin them into place.

Step 3: Sew the Base of Your Main Fabric

Use the needle-down feature and sew very slowly the base of your main fabric. Once done, flip the bin right side out. After that, repeat the steps above for sewing the lining.

Remember, you should leave the lining inside out. Also, hold the outer bin piece and slip it into the lining piece. Hence, the fabrics’ right sides should be facing. Next, line up the top edge as well as a pin with the perimeter.

Now, sew along the edge, make sure you leave a space of 3-4 inches long open for turning. Use this opening to pull your bin through and try to fit the lining into your main bag. Then, iron the top edge and then tuck down the open edge.

Topstitch this edge and close the opening meanwhile.

Finally, tuck down the top edge for getting a peek at the lining, and then fill the storage bin with things you want!

Tips to Make Your Fabric Storage Bin Look Nicer

These tips are more important when you make your bin with plain color fabric. In this case, you can turn the run-off-the-mill bin into a beautiful one with these tips below:

  • Use washi tape to decorate your bin. You will find washi tapes that come in gorgeous colors and patterns that will give your bin a bright and cheerful look.
  • You can make the bins look fantastic using a stencil. It will give your bins an elegant look indeed.
  • Duct tape is another great tool you can make your bins more beautiful with. It works the same as a washi tape. However, you will find duct tapes come with bold patterns and fluorescent hues whereas washi tapes come with softer designs and colors.
  • Personalize a fabric bin using a name and a cute picture.
  • Spraying paint on your plain-colored fabric bin is another great idea.


So, this was all about how to make fabric storage bins. If you follow the instructions properly, you will end up having amazing storage bins indeed.

Make the cuts very carefully because you barely can undo them. The same advice goes for the sew, do this job carefully to avoid any future hassle. And, think before choosing the fabrics, you should get a great outlook as well.

Hopefully, you will try this DIY project at home. You’ll do great, best of luck!

Ryan Martin

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