Mar 21, 2009

How to make a Oval fabric tray

Today I made two fabric trays to put keys in. It took only half an hour for one(I sewed them only with my hands).
I write here how to make it. It's really easy.

To make it, you need,
(1)three cotton fabrics. One is for the inside, one is for the outside and the last one is for the key applique.
(2)thin interlining to make applique, very small piece

The pattern I used is this.
The oval pattern is maximum 6 inches wide, 4.5 inches tall(without seams). And the key is max. 2 inches tall, 1 inch wide.

At first, put the key pattern on the interlining, and cut it. It doesn't need any seams. This is to prevent the fabric for applique fraying.
Then iron the interlining on the fabric for the key, and cut out the fabric.

Then cut the inside, the outside fabrics and batting with the oval pattern.

Put the inside fabric on the fabric, and place the key on the place you want. and sew it with the blind stitch.

Put the outside fabric on the inside fabric to put their upper side in the inside. Then sew them leaving the space to turn it inside out.

Trim the edge line.

Turn it inside out, and close the space.

Tuck the one side and sew the edges together. I used thick Sashiko embroidery thread.

That's all!

Thank you for reading. I put them on my ETSY shop. Arigato (* v *)!!!!!


Anonymous said...

This tray is sooo lovely! Thank you for making this tutorial! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

wouldn't the "key" fabric frails since you didn't "tuck" in any fabric just sew on it? (if u know what i mean...)

mairuru said...

Hello juei,
To avoid it, I put the adhesive interlining on the back of key fabric(The white one on the purple fabric).

I'm sorry for my poor explanation.

Kyoko said...

Thanks for the nice tutorial! I have done to make a tutorial as well, it was so time consuming!
Do you have any reason that you use adhesive interfacing instead of fusible web?? I thought it might be a good idea to use interfacing to make a little volume under the applique part. Nice!

mairuru said...

Hi Emi,
I've never tried fusible web because I cannot find it in my neighbor shops. I use what I can get easily.
I'm not so good at applique, and trying to make it better...
Your Hiragana is very neat!!!!

Kyoko said...

Oh, I remembered I wondered what fusible web is, everytime I hear or find the word on a craft book for a while after I moved in the USA. I think it's because I have never seen it in Japan, although I wasn't crafty person when I was in Japan... Fusible web is like a bond paper, it bonds applique fabric and back ground fabric together by ironing. If you would be interested in and would like to try it, I can mail it to you. It is really like a paper, so it doesn't cost to mail :) Please send me a message through etsy convo, if you would be interested in! (I don't want to be pushy, so please ignore it if I made you uncomfortable.) To talk in Japanese is very fine to communicate, my mother language is Japanese, and I know my English is not good....
Thank you for your compliment on my Hiragana quilt :)

Anonymous said...

Such a great little item - perfect for travelling and putting things like earrings in on the night stand. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I love this!!

mairuru said...

Thank you very much! I'm making other shape one.

Anne said...

Brilliant! I love the simplicity.
I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing Blog:
--Anne said...

Oh I love it! Perfect for the nightstand. My cats are always taking off with my rings and bobby pins. =) I'll be linking to this if you don't mind.

rowena___. said...

this is a lovely little tray, thank you for sharing your tutorial! i esp. like that is it sewn by hand, you don't see many handwork projects these days and it is encouraging for beginners to know they too can make something so lovely.

mairuru said...

Hello Rowena,
Thank you! Hand stitch is very easy to begin and fun!

Jill said...

Hello Mai,
My name is Jill and I read your blog weekly. I love your craft. I recently created my own blog and listed yours as one of my favorites. I hope you don't mind. Please check out mine at:


mairuru said...

Hello Jill,
Thank you for reading.
I love your nesting bowls. So cute!

Katie said...

Thank you for the tutorial! I was just thinking of ways to display some of my jewelry items and these little bowls would be perfect.

nylon spandex fabric said...

good job,thank you for share,good post

Nilg√ľn Komar said...


nice work again with my face,
very successful,
I watched with admiration as usual,

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