Serge this fast and fun fabric bin—an ideal project for 10-inch precut fabric squares. 10-inch precuts are also known as 10-inch Stackers, Crackers, Layer Cakes, Patty-Cakes, Storybooks, and Ten Squares! If you’ve been wondering what to do with 10-inch precuts, start by selecting four 10-inch precut squares and celebrate National Serger Month with some one-on-one time with your serger.
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The colorful fabric bin project here features decorative serger stitching, a technique that has many applications.
- Four 10″ precut fabric squares or two coordinating fat quarters
- 5/8 yd Pellon ShirTailor Fusible Interfacing
- 4-inch square Pellon Peltex One-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer
- Madeira Mouline, 100% cotton, six-strand floss, to match fabrics
- Coordinating Thread
All seam allowances are 1/4″, unless otherwise stated.
- From 10″ precut fabric squares, choose two squares for outer fabric and two for inner/lining fabric.
- If you are not using 10″ precut fabric squares, cut two 10″ x 10″ squares from outer fabric, two 10″ x 10″ squares from inner/lining fabric.
- Cut two 10″ x 10″ squares from fusible interfacing.
- Stack fabric and interfacing squares. Mark and cut out a 2-1/2″ square from each of the lower corners.
- Press fusible interfacing to wrong side of outer fabric squares following the manufacturer’s fusing instructions.
- Serge lower base seam with a 4-thread overlock stitch, right sides together. Press seam to one side.
- Repeat for inner/lining fabric.
- Press 4″ x 4″ Pellon Peltex One-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer square to center base of outer fabric.
- Align side seams, right sides together; serge seam. Repeat for inner/lining fabric.
- Press seams to one side.
Note From Nancy: To prevent the serged edge from leaving an impression on the right side of the fabric, press seam over a sleeve board or dowel.
Form and stitch gussets on bottom of tote
- Serge gussets, trimming off excess fabric. Repeat for lining fabric.
Assemble, stitch, and attached lining to bin
- Insert lining tote inside outer tote wrong sides together. Pin.
Serging is both decorative and functional
Madeira Mouline Floss in the upper and lower loopers creates a beautiful finished edge.
- Serge top edges
- Setup serger for a standard 4-thread stitch.
- Set the length and width settings at the longest and widest stitch options.
- Insert Madeira Mouline, 100% cotton, six-strand floss into the upper and lower loopers.
Note From Nancy: I like to use the “lasso technique” in the upper and lower loopers when using decorative thread and the ExtraordinAir or Jet-Air Threading feature on my Baby Lock Ovation Serger.
- Cut about 30-inches of all-purpose thread, loop in half, insert the cut ends into the threading ports, hold on to the lasso end, and push the button, which threads the loopers.
- Insert the decorative thread through the lasso of the all-purpose thread (as pictured below). Manually pull the ends of the all-purpose thread, which will thread the heavier thread through the loopers.
- Thread needles with coordinating Madeira Aerolock Thread. Test the stitch on a scrap of fabric. Adjust the stitch length or width as needed.
Note from Nancy: Madeira Flosses are ideal for a decorative serger finish that resembles cording. Madeira Floss is securely packed in practical and unique packaging, which protects the thread from dust and dirt. Simply clip an opening at the bottom of thread pack and pull the thread you need. The floss stays clean and tangle free in its self-storage pack and can be stitched to the very last inch. Use large Wonder Clips to clip the floss packages to the serger thread guides.
- Serge the tote top edges, trimming off approximately 1/8”. Overlap ending and beginning stitches about 1/2”.
- Secure thread with Fray Block.
- Speed-dry Fray Block by placing thread between layers of paper towels and pressing with a hot iron.
- Pull thread tales into stitching, using large darning needle.
For the perfect gift, fill your colorful fabric bin with sewing supplies and surprise a friend–just because!
Watch Ultimate Serger Techniques (Part One, and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
Bye for now,