DIY Fabric Tray – Valet Tray Tutorial

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Today I am going to share this incredibly easy sewing project that is also such a useful item to have in your home. Today’s sewing idea is for a DIY Fabric Tray. These fabric trays are not only incredibly easy to make but they are also really cute and functional! You can use the finished project as a fabric tray organizer for your bedside or desk, a valet tray to hold your keys, spectacles and loose change. You could also use it to throw dice into when you are gaming. Or you could even make a tray to hold your sewing notions. Best of all, it stores flat, so is perfect for travelling!

DIY Fabric Tray Tutorial

This easy DIY fabric tray has just so many uses, so today I am going to walk you through making your own. Because there is no pattern, you can make these in any size you wish to fit your need. Plus, you can make these in any fabric you choose to suit the recipient if you decide to gift. Why not sell these in your Etsy shop? 

For my friend who likes playing D&D, I made one in a gothic Halloween style fabric to fit in with her style. For the valet tray organizer I made for my partner’s bedside table, I picked some fabric to match my own bedroom colour and decor. If you are really adventurous and have a heavy duty sewing machine, you could always make a leather valet tray. Remember you can make this project as big or as small as you would like, all you need to do is change up the size of your square fabric pieces! You may even be able to make one out of your fabric scraps.

So are you ready? Then let’s get started.

How To Make A Fabric Valet Tray 

What You’ll Need:

Materials needed to make a DIY Fabric Tray

  • 2 squares of fabric – I chose cotton for my tray cloth as it is really easy to sew and presses well
  • 1 piece of fusible interfacing – I used a heavyweight interfacing. You can also use a lighter interfacing, but you will need to use 2 pieces.
  • Kam snaps, snap pliers and piercing tool
  • A heat erase pen
  • A sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pins Or sewing clips

How To Make A DIY Fabric Storage Tray

Wash, dry, and iron your fabric. This makes sure the material has already shrunk so that it won’t shrink further if you need to wash it in the future. Once you have done this, then you need to cut some of your fabric. You need 2 square pieces of outer cloth. I cut 10 inches by 10 inches but you can cut any square size you’d like your finished fabric storage tray to be.

Squares of Fabric

Next, cut 1 piece of heavy duty interfacing to the same size square size you used for the outer pieces. Using a hot iron with no steam, fuse this interfacing to the wrong side of one of the outer pieces of fabric. If you have lighter infracting, you can use 2 pieces of interfacing squares, and fuse one piece to each wrong side of fabric outer.

Now you need to place the two fabric squares pretty or right sides together. Pin the corners and edges together to make sewing easier. 

It’s time to sew! Stitch along all four sides – I use a 3/8 inch or 1cm seam allowance –  leaving a 2 to 3 inch turning gap on one side. Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitches to make it easier to flip it right side out.

Sewing the tray

Once you have sewn, clip the corners almost but not through the stitching. This makes the resulting project corners much crisper.

Clipping the corners

Now through that 2- 3 inch turning gap, carefully turn the project right side out and push out the corners with a turning tool or pencil. Give the project a good press with an iron.

Then, take it all back to your machine topstitch around all four sides. I use a really small scant seam allowance to do this, usually by using the edge of my presser foot as a guide. Doing this will close the hole you left above and give your piece a professional looking nicely finished edge.

Pressed and topstitched piece

Making It Into A Tray

Now we just need to turn this flat square into a 3 dimensional tray. Here is how to make the sides of your DIY fabric storage tray.

Fold the sewn square across the diagonal and then measure 2 inches in from each corner point. Mark these poins with a heat erase pen, join up with the pen and then stitch along these lines. I do this as I feel this gives the base of the tray a little more definition. Plus it stops the tray bagging in the wash if you do wash it later on. Give the tray a press once more to get rid of the heat erase pen marks.

Measuring for the tray base stitching

Next, fold the corner of the tray again diagonally to this base stitch line. Around half way inbetween the corner and the base stitching, pierce a hole about 3/8 inch or 1cm away from the line. This hole will pierce twice through each corner, thus making the two holes needed for the male and female parts of the kam snaps.

Preparing to make the Kam snap holes

Piercing the hole for the kam snaps

Open back up the fabric and then place the flat pieces of the snaps on the outside bottom and one male and one female on the inside. I like to always put my female half to the left and my male half to the right.

Kam snaps added

And I work around all four corners repeating this pattern. 

All the Kam snaps in place

Once you snap the four corners together your DIY fabric tray is ready to use. What are you going to use it for?

Finished Fabric Tray -DIY Fabric Tray Tutorial. Make a fabric valet tray that has a multitude of uses. Use these easy to make fabric trays to hold our spare change, keys and spectacles on your bedside table. Use them to roll your dice or hold your sewing clips. Best of all, these fabric storage trays store flat and so are perfect for travel. Make a tray of your own in any tray cloth fabric or size you wish using this free easy beginner sewing tutorial. Easy diy fabric tray organizer project. How to make a fabric valet tray.

DIY Fabric Tray Tutorial. Make a fabric valet tray that has a multitude of uses. Use these easy to make fabric trays to hold our spare change, keys and spectacles on your bedside table. Use them to roll your dice or hold your sewing clips. Best of all, these fabric storage trays store flat and so are perfect for travel. Make a tray of your own in any tray cloth fabric or size you wish using this free easy beginner sewing tutorial. Easy diy fabric tray organizer project. How to make a fabric valet tray.

Have You Enjoyed This Post On How To Make An Easy DIY Fabric Tray?

Hopefully you have found this tutorial helpful. I have a whole load more free tutorials and sewing patterns on my site, why not take a look round?

Want more easy sewing projects? See my guide to some of the best easy sewing projects for beginners.

Do you have an overflowing scrap bag? Then why not read about how to use up some of these in my post on using up your fabric scraps?

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DIY Fabric Tray Tutorial. Make a fabric valet tray that has a multitude of uses. Use these easy to make fabric trays to hold our spare change, keys and spectacles on your bedside table. Use them to roll your dice or hold your sewing clips. Best of all, these fabric storage trays store flat and so are perfect for travel. Make a tray of your own in any tray cloth fabric or size you wish using this free easy beginner sewing tutorial. Easy diy fabric tray organizer project. How to make a fabric valet tray.

2 Replies to “DIY Fabric Tray – Valet Tray Tutorial”

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Hi. A heat erase pen is one that writes with ink that disappears with the heat of an iron. Frixion pens are this type of pen, but you can buy them in other brands and all different colours from lots of places. Hope that helps!

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