DIY Fabric Storage Bin: How to Make a Round Fabric Bin

SKU: X-HT-300571



Fabric bins, also known as fabric baskets, are a clever and useful way to use up leftover fabrics in your stash. These fun and easy fabric bins are a great way to stay organized. They'll add color and pattern to your living room, kitchen, bathroom and more. They are completely customizable, so you can make them in any size or color you need. Keep toiletries tidy and organized, make them for your kids' school and art supplies, or even dress up a boring plant pot!

We paired fun, striped Sunbrella® upholstery fabrics with a neutral cotton duck fabric for the lining. Having two fabric layers adds stability and helps the fabric bins stand upright, while also adding more color and interest to the bins. For the handles, we used 1-inch polyester grosgrain webbing, which is great for crafts and hobby projects. If you wanted to substitute the grosgrain for leather straps, or add grommets and thread rope or twine through the top of the bins, you could do that as well.

Follow along with our step-by-step written instructions with photo tutorial and make a set of fabric storage bins for your home. Our instructions are for a Small Bin and Large Bin. The Small Bin is 6-3/4 inches tall x 6 inches in diameter and the Large Bin is 8 3/4 inches tall by 8 inches in diameter. Let's get started!

NOTE: Fabric and webbing listed for two fabric bins.

  • 1 yard Nimbus™ Cotton Duck 12 oz. Wheat (#122841) — or color of choice
  • 1 yard each Sunbrella® Highlight Splendor (#57016-0003) and Highlight Ivy (#57016-0001) — or upholstery fabric of choice
  • 3 feet 1" Tan Polyester Grosgrain Webbing (#100PLGGTA-FT) — or color of choice
  • Tex 70 UV Bonded Polyester Thread — in coordinating color
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Clear Acrylic Ruler (#123093)
  • Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler (#107040)
  • Wonder Clips (#121876)
  • Scratch Awl (#2354)
  • Marking Tool
  • Sailrite® Edge Hotknife Package (#103800) — optional for cutting and sealing webbing
  • Sewing machine
  • For the Small Bin:

  • Cut a 7-inch circle out of the lining and decorative fabrics.
  • Cut a 20-1/2-inch x 9-inch rectangle out of the lining and decorative fabrics.
  • Cut two 7-inch lengths of webbing.
  • For the Large Bin:

  • Cut a 9-inch circle out of the lining and decorative fabrics.
  • Cut a 27-inch x 11-inch rectangle out of the lining and decorative fabrics.
  • Cut two 8-inch lengths of webbing.
  • NOTE: Instructions are based on making the Large Bin. Follow the same steps for making the Small Bin, with some variations noted in the step instructions.

    1. Use the Sailrite Patterning Ruler, awl and marking tool to trace and cut a 9-inch circle (7-inch for Small Bin). Do this for both the lining and decorative fabric.

    2. Cut a 27-inch x 11-inch rectangle from both fabrics (20-1/2-inch x 9-inch for Small Bin).

    3. With the lining fabric, fold the rectangle in half with right sides together, bringing the short ends together to make a cylinder. Sew ends together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance to create the cylinder (3/4-inch seam allowance for Small Bin).

    4. Press the seam open. Pin the lining fabric cylinder shape to the lining fabric circle shape using fabric clips along the edge to hold everything in place.

    5. Sew the circle to the cylinder using a 1/2-inch seam allowance (3/4-inch seam allowance for Small Bin).

    6. Repeat steps 3-5 with the decorative fabric rectangle and circle shapes.

    7. Turn the decorative fabric assembly right side out so the seams are on the inside. Turn the lining fabric assembly wrong side out so the seams are on the outside.

    8. Place the decorative fabric bin inside the lining fabric bin with right sides together and pin the assemblies together along the top edge.

    9. Sew along the top edge with a 1/2-inch seam allowance (3/4-inch seam allowance for Small Bin), leaving a 4-inch opening unstitched. Turn the assembly right side out.

    10. Fold the edges of the 4-inch opening inward 1/2-inch (3/4-inch for Small Bin) and pin in place with fabric clips.

    11. Fold the top of the bin assembly over 1-inch to create a rim with the lining fabric showing on the outside. Use fabric clips to hold the assembly in place.

    12. Sew two rows of topstitching, 1/4-inch from each edge of the rim.

    13. Sew the webbing handles in place along the top and bottom rim stitch lines.

    We hope you've enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a fabric basket! How will you use these baskets around your house? What will you store in them? Post photos of your fabric bins on your favorite social platform and tag #Sailrite so we can see what you're making!