Make a Tote Bin from the Homestead Life Fabric Placemat Panel

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Homestead Life Tote Bin image

Placemat Panels – they aren’t just for placemats!

Learn to create a cute and handy tote bin using the designs on the Homestead Life placemat panels. You can use the center designs for anything from pillows to quilt blocks, tote bags and TOTE BINS.


choose your Homestead Life fabrics

BASIC SUPPLIES

MATERIALS

  • Homestead Life Placemat Panel (choose 2 designs)
  • 1/3 yard exterior fabric (fabric A)
  • Pellon Peltex® 71F – Single-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer
  • 1 yard lining fabric (fabric B)

CUT LIST

  • 2 panel designs – cut to 11″ squares
  • Fabric A (outside pattern):
    • 32″ x 11″
    • 2″ x 24″ for handles
  • Pellon Peltex® 71F:
    • 32″ x 11″
    • two 11″ squares
  • Fabric B (lining fabric):
    • five 11″ squares
    • 2″ x 24″ for handles
tote bin fabric layout

Step 1: SEW THE OUTSIDE OF THE BIN

  • Choose your placemat panel designs and trim to 11” squares. (figure 1)
  • Follow manufacturer instructions and apply the firm stabilizer to the back of the panel squares and fabric A.
  • Clip or pin panels to fabric A, 10½” from the edge to center. Be sure to put bottom of the panel designs to fabric A so they will be right side up when sewn together.
  • Sew with ¼” seams and press panel pieces out. (figure 2)
Homestead Life fabric
figure 1
Homestead Life fabric
figure 2
  • Clip or pin basket sides – right sides together. (figure 3)
  • Sew all four sides with ½” seams.
  • NOTE: They aren’t kidding when they say “firm stabilizer” – it’s a little hard to sew with but it’s what gives your bin it’s shape so it’s worth it!
  • Turn bin right side out.
  • Press all four seams and the baselines to define the basket edges and shape. (figure 4)
clip bin sides and sew
figure 3
turn bin right side out and press
figure 4

Step 2: SEW THE INSIDE OF THE BIN

  • Sew the five squares of fabric B (lining fabric) together with ¼” seams to create the “plus sign” shape as shown on the Fabric to Cut page.
  • Clip or pin lining sides – right sides together. Sew all four sides with ⅝” seams. (The extra ⅛” seam makes the liner slightly smaller than the outside so it won’t be loose.)

Step 3: SEW THE HANDLES

  • Press each 2” x 24” handle fabric in half to create a centerline. (figure 5)
  • Open the strips and then press each side in to the center line as shown.
  • Cut each piece in half to form two 2” x 12” pieces for the handles.
  • Place one strip of fabric A and one strip of fabric B together, raw edges facing in. (figure 6)
  • Edge stitch both sides. Add more stitching or a decorative stitch down the middle too to create a firmer handle if desired.
  • Repeat to create second handle.
press handles
figure 5
sew handles
figure 6

Step 4: ASSEMBLE THE BIN

  • Fold the exterior fabric in ½” and the lining out ½”.
  • Place the lining inside the exterior, wrong sides together, and clip or pin in place. (figure 7)
  • Add handles to the sides with the patterned fabric. Starting 2½” from the corner, place the handle end in between the outside and lining layers, putting about 1” of the handle inside the seam.
  • Edge stitch around the top of the bin either by hand or machine. (figure 8)
pin outside and lining together
figure 7
add handles and edge stitch
figure 8

Just like that YOU ARE DONE.

What plans do you have for your bin? Leave a comment and let me know!


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Comments

  1. Roseanne Carr Atkinson Avatar
    Roseanne Carr Atkinson

    I love your storage bins!! They are just what I have been looking for to make and put in my “Happy Place”, my quilting studio. Thank you sew very much for the tutorial!

    1. Tara Reed Avatar

      You are so welcome – I’d love to see what you create!

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