I love trays of all sorts and I’ve been wanting to sew one for my eyeglasses lately. I got a new nightstand at Ikea. It’s made out of steel and I thought it would preferable to lay my eyeglasses on something a bit more soft while I sleep. So, why not a fabric tray?
I thought I would share with you how I did it. It could make some nice and quick gifts. This is much inspired by the fabric tray tutorial from Noodlehead. Here is the different pieces of fabric and interfacing I cut. I used woven fusible interfacing (like Pellon Shape-Flex 101) on the exterior fabric and the lining for the tray to hold better its shape. And I used some stiff interfacing for the tray bottom.
- Exterior fabric (shown here: yarn-dyed Essex linen in black): 5″ x 8.5″
- Lining (shown here: strip print from the Nicey Jane collection by Heather Bailey):
- 2 pieces of woven fusible interfacing: 4.5″ x 8″
- 1 piece of stiff fusible interfacing: 3″ x 6″
The image below shows how I fused the different pieces of interfacing. The piece of stiff interfacing was fused to exterior fabric after the woven fusible interfacing.
After that, I sewed the lining and exterior fabric right sides togethere leaving an opening for turning inside out. I sewed just next to the woven fusible interfacing leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance on each side. I clipped the corners before turning the tray right sides out. I pushed out the corners, pressed the tray and closed the opening using a whipstitch.
I top-stitched the tray close to the edges, and then with the needle just next to the stiff interfacing to delimit the tray bottom.
To finish the tray, I stitched all four corners with some embroidery floss.
Et voilà! a nice fabric tray for my eyeglasses.