“sew happy” fabric tray

I’m having a sunny happy dance, even though weather is wet and dismal.  In my sewing room, I have been surrounded by bright colours.

At Christmas, Izz, of Isabel’s Needleworks sent me a surprise parcel, including some fabric and the most gorgeous machine embroidery.


I carefully folded this away in a drawer, allowing my little brain time to think about how to finish it off.  And yesterday was the day.

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A delve into my fabric stash, and I came up with two fabrics: a bright purple and a very sunny yellow.  I wanted to keep fabric colours rather basic, so as not to detract from the rainbow of colours in the embroidery.

The plan – to make a fabric tray.  I had some rigid Jeffytex (I think it’s called) in my stash that I had bought years ago but never used.  I decided to cut a small square and use that for the base.  So, I sewed that onto a larger piece of normal wadding thus

sew happy tray 02

Then, with my purple fabric, I sewed bands around the embroidery to frame it.

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Sandwiched my pieces: purple backing fabric, wadding (with rigid part on wrong side of backing fabric) and top fabric together and did a quick seam just inside of the purple border to hold things nicely in place before doing some stippling around the edges

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So far, so good ^^  Next, I cut a 2” band in my sunny yellow fabric, to make my binding thus.  Machine sewed on for the first seam and then hand-sewn on the back.

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Folded corners in (approx 1.5”) and did some stitches with a dark purple thread to secure corners

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And I have the most gorgeous fabric tray which is simply perfect for keeping all those “bits” that a sewer needs to have close to hand.

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A big warm thank you to Izz.  I had a lovely time making this, and it only took a couple of hours. The longest part was hand-sewing the binding ^^


13 thoughts on ““sew happy” fabric tray

  1. You’re welcome Claire 🙂 and I love love the the tray..its an awesome idea to use the panel in a tray and the colours are perfect, May I use your idea ?!

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