Don’t settle for dull off-the-shelf storage bins. Customize fabric bins to accent your home décor, or dorm room décor, by selecting coordinating fabrics and sewing your own fabric bins! Made from simple rectangle and square fabric pieces—the sewing is enjoyable and the end result is as fresh in appearance as it is useful.

This Fabric Bin project is demonstrated in part two of the Sewing With Nancy TV show, Sew Simple with Rectangles & SquaresYou’ll also find directions for bins in three different sizes, plus many other sewing projects made from rectangles and squares, in my book Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares.

Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares Book by Nancy ZiemanLet’s take a look at how easily these go together with simple rotary cutting tools.


Small Bin: Finished Size 4″ x 4-1/2″ x 7″ depth

Medium Bin: Finished Size 6″ x 6″ x 9″ depth

Large Bin: Finished Size 8″ x 8″ 12″ depth

All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise noted.


For the small bin:

  • Cut a 8″ x 12″ rectangle from outer fabric.
  • Cut a 7″ x 12″ rectangle for the lining and Peltex.
  • Mark and cut out a 2″ square in each of the lower corners.
For the medium bin:
  • Cut a 9-1/2″ x 16″ rectangle from outer fabric.
  • Cut a 8-1/2″ x 16″ rectangle for the lining and Peltex.
  • Mark and cut out a 3″ square in each of the lower corners.
For the large bin:
  • Cut a 13-1/2″ x 21″ rectangle from outer fabric.
  • Cut a 12″ x 21″ rectangle for the lining and Peltex.
  • Mark and cut out a 4″ square in each of the lower corners.


Note from Nancy: Today I’ll be sewing a small bin, and the small size is pictured in all of the construction steps.

  • Machine baste Peltex to wrong side of fabric along side and lower edges.
  • Stitch lower seam with right sides together. Press open.
  • Stitch over center of seam with three-step zigzag stitch to hold it in position.
  • Press paper-backed fusible web web to the wrong side of each outer binding fabric along top edge.
  • Optional: Add an additional base of Peltex to the bottom of bin.
  • Measure the bottom of the bin and subtract 1/2″ from the length and width to determine the Peltex rectangle size.
  • Press into place.
  • Place paper-backed fusible web along the edges of the base.
  • Remove paper-backing and center base over lower seam. Finger press into position.
  • Stitch side seams; press open.

Note from Nancy: Press seams over a dowel to eliminate press marks from the seam allowances.

Shape Bottom

  • Fold side seams to meet bottom seam, forming gussets.
  • Stitch gussets with 1/2″ seam allowances. Trim off excess seam allowances with decorative rotary blade or pinking shears.


  • Stitch lining lower edge, side seams, and gusset as shown with bin, except use 5/8″ seam allowances.
  • Press seams open.
Note from Nancy: The wider seams allow lining to slip inside the outer bin with ease.
  • Pin wrong side of lining to Peltex on the inside of bin.
  • Trim top edge of bin with decorative blade in the rotary cutter, or with pinking shears.
  • Fold under 1″ at the top of the bin along the Peltex interfacing line.
  • Remove the paper form the paper-backed fusible web, and press the top edge over the lining to secure.

Apply Grommets

  • Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply the large plastic grommets.
  • For the small bin, measure 1-1/2″ down from the top at each side and center the medium grommet (1″) over marking.
Use the size specifications above, and in my book, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares, to create fabric bins in all three sizes.

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