DIY Table-Mounted Scrap Bag

Item # X-HT-300591

Keep your work surface clear of fabric scraps, thread ends, packaging material and more with this easy DIY scrap bag. We designed this bag to be large enough to hold a lot of scrap material so you don’t have to stop what you’re working on to clear off your table. It easily snaps to the edge of any workstation (or sewing machine table) so it’s out of the way but within easy reach. Let’s get into this fun-to-make and incredibly useful sewing project.

Learn how to make a scrap bag to keep your sewing station clean.

For our scrap bag we chose DuraWax™ Heavy Waxed Canvas. This stiff waxed canvas cotton duck holds its shape incredibly well, which means our bag will stay open and not flop closed at the top. You’ll be able to sweep trash right into the bag without having to hold it open with one hand. To attach our bag to our work table, we used adhesive-backed SNAD studs. This way, we didn’t have to drill permanent screw studs into our table, which means we can reposition or remove the SNAD studs without damaging the wood.

When completed and mounted to the table, the bag is approximately 16 inches wide by 15 inches long. You can make yours larger, but you might need to order more yardage depending on how big you want to make it.

Materials & Tools List:

  • DuraWax™ Heavy Waxed Canvas in color of choice — 1 yard
  • Sailrite® Professional Rotary Hole Punch (#123274)
  • DOT® Snap Fastener Normal Action Socket (Nickel-Plated Brass) (#333050)
  • DOT® Snap Fastener Button 11/64" (Nickel-Plated Brass) (#333777)
  • YKK® SNAD® Fastener Adhesive Backed Flexible Base Stud Clear 25mm (#104451)
  • Sailrite® Snap Fastener Deluxe Installation Tool (#100949)
  • Sailrite® Bakelite Mallet 13 oz. (#123309)
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" (#102400)
  • Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler (#107040)
  • Sailrite® Scratch Awl (#123270)
  • Wonder Clips Assorted Colors (50 pack) (#121902)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Size V-92 Polyester Thread
  • Size #18 Round Point (Sharp) Needle
  • Sewing Machine

Watch the video below to learn how to make your own fabric scrap bag.

DIY Scrap Bag Instructions:

If you prefer written instructions — or you like a mix of both step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial — follow the steps below to measure, pattern and sew your own table-mounted scrap bag to keep your workstation free of fabric remnants, clipped threads and more.

1. With a scratch awl and acrylic ruler, measure and cut a 15-1/2-inch by 17-inch rectangle and a 23-inch by 21-inch rectangle.

2. Mark 1-inch and 2-inch hemlines along the 15-1/2-inch and 23-inch length of each rectangle. Fold the fabric over on the 1-inch and 2-inch lines to create a double hem. Crease well using the edge of a table or the Sailrite Canvas Patterning Ruler.

3. Sew 1/8-inch seams along both edges of the doubled hem on each rectangle, creating two stitch lines on each fabric piece.

4. Take the larger rectangle, and with the hemmed side facing down, score a 4-inch square in each bottom corner. Score a diagonal line from the inside corner to the outside corner within each box.

5. Flip the fabric over, fold on the diagonals, and clip the fabric layers in place. We are creating the rounded bottom of the bag.

6. Sew along the folded, scored line on each corner, stopping 1/2-inch away from the fabric edge on each corner. Do heavy backstitching at the beginning and end to reinforce the seams. Cut away the extra fabric in the corners about 1/8-inch from the seam lines.

7. Place the two bag pieces together with the hems facing the inside. Clip the pieces together.

8. Sew around the perimeter of your bag assembly with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, reversing at the beginning and end to lock the stitches in place.

9. Turn the back right side out. Then measure and mark the placement for the snaps — one in the middle of the hem and the other two 1 inch from each edge of the bag. Punch holes with the rotary hole punch and install the snaps using the installation tool and mallet.

10. Clean and prep the surface your are mounting the bag to. Snap the SNAD adhesive backed fasteners to the snaps. Then remove the backing paper and carefully line up the bag and adhere it to the edge of your work table or sewing machine table. Apply firm pressure so the SNAD fasteners create a tight seal. Your table-mounted scrap bag is complete!

We hope you enjoyed this fun and useful bag tutorial. Be sure to tag us on social so we can see all the DIY projects you’re making for your home, boat, vehicle, patio and more.

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