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Fabric Tray {a bonus tutorial + a giveaway!}

2014 May 14

Today I’m super excited to be working with Warp & Weft and Sew Mama Sew to create a new tutorial for you! Esmari from Warp & Weft has even come up with a giveaway to go along with it. Hooray for everyone!

I came up with the idea for a sturdy base fabric tray a few months ago. Since the fabric tray tutorials I was finding online seem to have fabric bases, they are hard to pick up without dropping everything on the tray. Which, of course is fine if you don’t want to move them around – but I thought it would be nice to make one that you could could carry. I love the shape of this tray is like a little wooden tray, right down to the contrasting handles – and they are really easy to sew in!

I count myself super fortunate to have been able to work with two collections, brand new to the Warp & Weft shop! First, Beyond the Backyard , features lovely springy flowers and (my favorite) tiny bees hidden throughout. These meld amazingly well when they are pieced together.  The second collection, Petite Plume is based on peacocks and I am loving the bright colours in this one! The navy background on the “Floral” design sets off the others beautifully. Both of these collections are made by Canadian manufacturer Camelot Fabrics. Since Warp & Weft and I are both based in Canada that makes this post a truly Canadian experience – Enjoy!

So, you’d like some fabric of your own? Here’s your chance! Esmari from Warp & Weft is giving away one fat quarter bundle with each of the lovely Petite Plume fabrics in it. That’s 5 fat quarters just waiting for you to make something amazing! (And of course a fabric tray is on your list?!) The giveaway starts today and ends at midnight on Monday, May 19th. Enter on the Rafflecopter widget below – and if you don’t have Facebook to sign in with, just use your name and email! (Keep reading, the tutorial is next!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The full tutorial is on Sew Mama Sew today – Click: Sew Mama Sew Fabric Tray Tutorial - to access it. The tray tutorial on Sew Mama Sew is for a 10″ x 6″ tray – the perfect little rectangular size for showing off your favorite fabric scraps in a pieced rectangular log cabin. This post will cover the materials needed and cutting sizes for the bonus 6″ x 6″ tray. A perfect square with my newly acquired skill – the wonky star quilt block – in the centre. (More on that in a later post!) I love this little tray for things like jewelry, paper supplies in your office, or even for holding your kids’ loom bands!


  • Quilting Cotton Inner – Fabric Scraps (sizes indicated in Prep & Cutting below)
  • Quilting Cotton Outer – one piece 11”x11”
  • Quilting Cotton Handle – one piece 9”x5”
  • Batting – one piece 11”x11”
  • Canvas – one piece 11”x11”
  • Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing – one piece 11”x11”, one piece 9”x5”
  • Hardboard (for base) – one piece 5.75” x 5.75”
  • School Glue Stick OR Basting Spray OR Pins
  • Embroidery Floss & Needle
  • Ruler, Removable Fabric/Hera Marker, Your other usual sewing supplies
  • Zipper foot and/or Walking Foot are helpful but not necessary
  • 6″ x 6″ Fabric Tray Pattern Pieces

Printing the Pattern Pieces:

  • Print the 2 page pattern pieces pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Make sure scaling is set to ”None” or “Actual Size” when printing. Once you have printed the pages, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size. Cut out the 3 pieces along their outer lines. Tape/glue the tray pattern pieces together, matching the letters in the gray half-circles. You will now have 1 tray pattern piece and 1 handle pattern piece.

Prep & Cutting:

  • Prewash your fabric if desired and press well.
  • Fuse the 11”x11” interfacing to the Outer Tray Fabric and the 9”x5” interfacing to the Handle fabric.
  • Lay the interfaced Outer Tray fabric wrong side up and trace the Fabric Tray pattern piece onto it using your removable fabric marker. Also mark the back of the fabric with all dots and clipping lines. Cut out the Outer tray. Do not clip yet. (photo is of the larger tray
  • Fold the 9”x5” interfaced handle fabric in half so the short ends meet. Trace 2 handles using the pattern piece, being sure to line it up at the fold. Cut out both handles. (photo is of the larger tray
  • Cut fabric scraps for the Inner Tray following these sizes and the drawing below. You will need eight 2 1/2″ squares for the background and five 2 1/2″ squares for the wonky star. Also cut two pieces 6 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ and two pieces 2 3/4″ x 11″ for the inner tray sides.
Prepare the Quilted Tray Base:
  1. To make the wonky star inner base, follow this tutorial from Cathy at Blueberry Patch. She uses 4″ squares in her tutorial, but we are using 2 1/2″ squares here. Follow her steps 1 and 2, then follow the directions here to piece them together.
  2. Lay out and stitch your wonky star block together with ¼” seams. Add the top and bottom sides to your centre block, then add the left and right sides. Your pieced fabric should be approximately 11”x11” when finished. 
  3. Create a quilt sandwich with the 11”x11” canvas on the bottom, batting in the middle and quilted inner tray on top. Use pins/glue stick or basting spray to secure everything together. (photo is of the larger tray
  4. Click the link and follow the Sew Mama Sew Fabric Tray Tutorial to finish your fabric tray. Continue the tutorial by finding the “Prepare the Quilted Tray Base” section and begin with the step noted in the photo below.

I’d love to see your trays! Please share on the Thread Riding Hood Facebook page, or hashtag #alongforthreadride or #threadridinghood on Instagram or Twitter. And don’t forget to pick up your Beyond the Backyard and Petite Plume today!

** Please note: This is a sponsored post and the fabric was provided to me at no cost by Warp & Weft, through Sew Mama Sew. However, as always, all opinions are my own and I will not promote a business that I do not love myself!

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  1. May 14, 2014

    thanks so much for the giveaway! the obvious answer is of course I’d make a fabric tray. but I also think these fabrics would be perfect for little baby granddaughters!! Hmmmm, they could be for a fabric tray for their rooms! :-)
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  2. Esmari Taylor permalink
    May 14, 2014

    This is such a great project, Sherri! Love the way you did the handles and the embroidered corner detail!

  3. Joen permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I think these will be on my list of handmade gifts for my daughters and niece for Christmas which is perfect for their dressers, and I do believe I’ll practice with a set for me too! The fabric give away it just what I need to get started!

  4. Sandy permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I Love the Tray Tutorial and the Beautiful Fabrics! I Think I would Make this
    tray with the Fat Quarter if I Win! Thanks For This Giveaway!

  5. jonquil permalink
    May 14, 2014

    If not a tray, then a tote! :)

  6. Timea permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Thank you for the great tutorial!! I love the beautiful fabrics, especially the peacocks :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Michelle Kaiser permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Super cute fabrics! I would love to try this tray, and I think they would make a nice wallet!

  8. Angelia L. permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Thank you for the great tutorial…I am putting it on my to do list! Petite Plume is adorable….I would love to make a bag/tote so that I can show it off.

  9. Yuen Wong permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Awesome tutorial. I’m a novice sewer and would love to be able to sew this and other stuff for around the house and easy-to-make dresses my little girl with these super cute and pretty fabrics!

  10. patti permalink
    May 14, 2014

    i would make some trays or put them in a quilt..

  11. Maegan Heise permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I’d make a cute purse or bag! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  12. May 14, 2014

    The fabric is gorgeous!

  13. KHohns permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Those feathers…to die for! If I won this bundle I’d probably whip up a Sew Together Bag with it. Totally display those cute birds & feathers!

  14. May 14, 2014

    I just pinned the tutorial from Sew Mama Sew, then found this post – such a cute tray! I would do a trial run first, with not-so-special fabric, but then I would make the basket WITH the fabrics – what a fun collection! Scraps would be used for a couple of very spectacular zipper bags :)
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  15. mom permalink
    May 14, 2014

    NOW I know how you made my runner! I sure do love it – and your very cute basket.
    Your stuff is always amazingly perfect. WOW!

  16. Janelle Thietje-Dunn permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I would add these to some cute items I’m making for my kids to wear this summer.

  17. May 14, 2014

    Another great idea! Can’t wait to get started on this one too! =)
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  18. barbe permalink
    May 14, 2014

    i like your tray so maybe that, but also a table runner, great colors.

  19. May 14, 2014

    What adorable fabric! Love the tutorial, too! Thank you!

  20. May 14, 2014

    I’m not sure what I’d make, but the tray looks fun! Maybe a cute baby quilt…..
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  21. carla finley permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Cute fabric! I like the tray and will probably make one.

  22. Fonda permalink
    May 14, 2014

    These are such cute fabrics, thanks for the chance to win. The tray is really cute, thanks for the tutorial.

  23. Cecilia permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I have a basket pattern I think I would make with these cute fabrics for my newest grandbaby, who will arrive in September. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  24. May 14, 2014

    Absolutely sweet. The fabrics are perfect for my frame purse mood.Smile!
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  25. May 14, 2014

    Love the tray…I definitely will make one…maybe with the fabric…if not I will use the fabric in one of the many quilts I will be making. I have promised my 4 sisters each get a quilt this year plus my oldest son and daughter in law.

  26. Wendy permalink
    May 14, 2014

    So cute! I think a small activity bag for my niece would be nice, she’ll be making the rounds visiting all the aunties, uncles, nannas & papas this summer :)

  27. Janet T permalink
    May 14, 2014

    What a great project! I could use quite a few of those for my “treasures”.

  28. jackie v permalink
    May 14, 2014

    this fabric is so cute! Thanks for the chance. The obvious answer is this cute tray but I don’t know yet what I would make!

  29. Julie A. permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I would probably make that cute tray.

  30. May 14, 2014

    I think I could get a little skirt and halter top out of it for my baby niece, if I pieced it together. That’s what id make:)
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  31. May 14, 2014

    I can picture some cute colour blocked tanks for my daughter, or some adorable zippered pouches. Such adorable fabric!

  32. Margaret Schindler permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I love it. I think I would make me a bag

  33. May 14, 2014

    I would make a quilted tablerunner or zipper pouches. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)
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  34. Louise holloway permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I would make a couple of reversible sun hats

  35. Mallory permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Great tutorial! This tray would make a perfect present for my mom’s birthday coming up :)

  36. Donna D permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I am going to make a couple of these baskets, very nice.

  37. Kristine permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Would definitely make the fabric tray!!

  38. May 14, 2014

    I don’t know but I like the red–I have a hard time finding red in modern fabrics. perhaps a drawstring bag for my upcoming sock project…
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  39. Tar- permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Super cute tray Sherri! Way too challenging for my sleep deprived state right now…but Definately added to the project list! I think esmari’s fabric selection is soooo cute…perhaps baby clothes for adia?

  40. May 14, 2014

    I would make a basket from your tutorial for my sewing room

  41. Jennifer Sra permalink
    May 14, 2014

    What fun fabric! I think I’d make a whimsical little tunic for my wee little girl.

  42. Sandy Ross permalink
    May 14, 2014

    The tray is so cute, I want one to keep my little tools together when I’m sewing.

  43. Niki permalink
    May 14, 2014

    A gorgeous table runner!

  44. Cindy Pilkington permalink
    May 14, 2014

    The fat quarters are just adorable! I would love to make a tray or a pillow using these fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. May 14, 2014

    I would make bags using the delicious fabrics :)

  46. May 14, 2014

    I was thinking about something to hold zippers, and lay them flat. This project and fabric would be perfect! Thanks for the chance.

  47. Reece permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Another project added to my “must do” thanks for the idea and tutorial! I love the fabrics!

  48. Debbie Rogowski permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I have my eye on a cute little zippered bag I would love to use these fabrics on. After making an adorable tray first though :)

  49. Sandra permalink
    May 14, 2014

    Super cute fabric! Would make a tray!

  50. May 14, 2014

    I like the tutorial, and the fabrics are lovely.
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  51. May 14, 2014

    I would make a tote.
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  52. Cindy Weaver permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I would make a nap pad for my little granddaughter. Thanks for the chance!

  53. Kerri Findling permalink
    May 14, 2014

    I would make a quilt for my little girl’s big girl bed. She would love the ladybugs!

  54. Rebecca permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I’d make a reusable ‘trash’ bag for the car– it would add a pop of color!

  55. May 15, 2014

    The fabric is so cute – I would make a pile of hexies with them for a kids quilt!
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  56. May 15, 2014

    I would love to make some sweet little tote bags for kids.

  57. May 15, 2014

    I absolutely love the tray and that is what I would make!

  58. Lee permalink
    May 15, 2014

    The fabric tray is fabulous! thanks for the tutorial! I would love to give that a try.

  59. Emily C permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I can always use another fabric tray. I only have one atm.

  60. Beth permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I would make some of those trays!

  61. Patti McGarry permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I’d like to make these trays with this beautiful fabric but I don’t know that I could wait for them to arrive! Maybe a second one?

  62. May 15, 2014

    so, so cute!! I would have to make these trays, they are darling!
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  63. May 15, 2014

    Awesome!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this morning that links to your tutorials:
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  64. Linda permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I think that tray would be too hard to resist! I would have to make one. And I can’t decide whether I like the yummy bees or those adorable feathers best. I’ve been quite enamored with feathers lately. Hoping to win.

    xo Linda

  65. Cindy Dahlgren permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I would love to make your trays, I’ve been looking for something like this. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  66. May 15, 2014

    What a great idea, I can’t wait until I have some time to make one!!!!

  67. jane d permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I’d make one of these baskets! They’re “sew” cute!

  68. Giselle permalink
    May 15, 2014

    Love the fabrics!!! And I do love the tray tutorial. Hmmm. Nesting trays might be a good idea to make with these.

  69. Sherry VF permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I would make a tote for my daughter. She’s already seen the fabrics and loves the red and blue prints. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  70. Debbie permalink
    May 15, 2014

    I would make some fabric trays. I think they are such a great idea. You can just throw them in the washer when they become soiled. Thanks so much for posting the tutorial.

  71. denise permalink
    May 15, 2014

    Another great tutorial, Sherri. I love that the projects that you create tutorials for are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they’re also practical. I could think of so many uses for this tray! First I think I’ll use one or two to round up some hand sewing works in progress. My biggest excuse to not get working on them is having to gather all the materials. :)

  72. cath t permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I’m quite inspired to make this tray. It’s beautiful and fun.

  73. Gina S. permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I’d be making lots of fabric trays for the grand kids!

  74. Nancy permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I would make a tray. These are so cute.

  75. Gale permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I would love to make the tray. Beautiful fabric.

  76. Amy R-S. permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I would make bibs :)

  77. Elayne Novotny permalink
    May 16, 2014

    What a great idea and just in time for summer fun. Not only can they be used in many ways in the house but those back yard barbecues will also benefit from this show stopper idea. Carry those essential items to the picnic table in style!

  78. Krista denty permalink
    May 16, 2014

    Very nice tutorial. Beautiful fabric.

  79. kathy permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I would make the tray out of the fabric. Then would see what i could make with the scraps. Probably coasters.

  80. Shruti permalink
    May 16, 2014

    What a lovely line! I would make a small bag…try to highlight the super sweet prints! :)

  81. Pascale permalink
    May 16, 2014

    Love the tray ! If I win I would make lovely little dresses for my little princesses :)

  82. May 16, 2014

    I currently use a boring, old metal tray to keep my sewing tools handy but this tray would be much more fun to see on my table :)

  83. May 16, 2014

    What a wonderful tray tutorial! Thanks for the opportunity to win some of this beautiful fabric!
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  84. superstitches permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I love the tray. I’m always looking for a basket or whatever to put my current wip in. This would work perfectly. I have to say those fabrics would make a very cute tray.

  85. Jenniffer Howling permalink
    May 16, 2014

    The FQs are great . I have a little girl to do a quilt for and these would work in great.

  86. Anna-Marie permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I’d sure like to make this tray for my ottoman!

  87. Kari Ann permalink
    May 16, 2014

    So cute!

  88. Lynn St. Andrews permalink
    May 16, 2014

    Love the fabric trays!

  89. Sherrylyn permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I see this as a mini diaper bag! My sister is expecting her first and I would love to use this!

  90. Barb farmer permalink
    May 16, 2014

    Thanks for the tutorial- will be trying this! I think the fabric would make a great purse or pouch.

  91. Joan Moriarty permalink
    May 16, 2014

    Love all that you do. The fabric line is wonderful! So colorful and full of fun. I keep entering your giveaways and are still hopeful that one day I’ll be the lucky winner. Have no fear, I’ll still be a loyal follower whichever way!

  92. Tambra Vandal permalink
    May 16, 2014

    Thank you for the lovely tray tutorial….I want to make one in both sizes. They will be perfect to use as a his & hers nightstand tray.

  93. shirley cree permalink
    May 16, 2014

    still collecting for tween girl quilts…. these are perfect….

  94. Jennie C permalink
    May 16, 2014


    • Jennie C permalink
      May 16, 2014

      Sorry – should have said what I’d make. A pinafore for my new niece!

  95. Maureen permalink
    May 16, 2014

    I would love to make a tray, and add to my stash!

  96. Nancy permalink
    May 17, 2014

    Totally on my to-do sewing list.

  97. Joanna Gavriel permalink
    May 17, 2014

    I’d make a pram quilt for a friend who’s expecting

  98. Rena permalink
    May 17, 2014

    i would to make a cute bag or a gift for a daughter of a friend who is expecting a baby soon.

  99. Rena permalink
    May 17, 2014

    I would love to make either a bag or a gift for a friend’s daughter who is expecting a “surprise” baby.

  100. Gill permalink
    May 17, 2014

    Thanks for a great giveaway!
    I’d make a quilt for my daughter!

  101. May 17, 2014

    bright funky patterned materials makes me happy – & will love the challenge of making a tray or two

  102. May 17, 2014

    I think these fabrics would make cute table mats or coasters, something spring/summery!

  103. Janie permalink
    May 17, 2014

    I have to make a tote with that fabric. Love it. Thanks for the tutorials. Thanks for the chance.

  104. Ronnie Gosnell permalink
    May 17, 2014

    Wow, the tray you made and did the Tutorial for, is ADORABLE!!!!! I would love to try it with the Petite Plume fabric!

    Thank you so much for the opportunity AND thank you SO much for allowing those of us who are not on FB to enter. I cannot tell you how nice it was to be given an option to still be able to enter this contest!

  105. Sarah permalink
    May 17, 2014

    I would make a little quilt. Thanks!

  106. May 17, 2014

    What a great idea! Love the fabric combo.

  107. Kathleen Dalecio permalink
    May 18, 2014

    Thank you for this tutorial. I’ve made some collapsible travel trays recently and think your trays with handles look quite nice. I look forward to making this as well. Thank you, too for a chance to enter the FQ giveaway!

  108. Kathleen Dalecio permalink
    May 18, 2014

    I’d get a kick out of making a thread catcher basket and pincushion with the cheery fabrics.

  109. Brenda permalink
    May 18, 2014

    This fabric tray is definitely on my list of things to do and the fabric giveaway IS perfect for it.

  110. auschick permalink
    May 18, 2014

    so cute!! I would possibly use in making children’s clothes.

  111. Margaret Zupfer permalink
    May 18, 2014

    I would make a pillowcase dress for my granddaughter.

  112. Anita permalink
    May 18, 2014

    The tray tutorial looks like an excellent use of these great fabrics

  113. Christy H permalink
    May 18, 2014

    I think these would make a really cute little bag.

  114. allison pogany permalink
    May 19, 2014

    I’m thinking a patchwork summer dress for my younger daughter!

  115. Darylene Foster permalink
    May 19, 2014

    I would definitely make my Granddaughter something. There is enough in this giveaway to make her a fabric basket for her room……..and a mini purse !!!! Love, love the fabric :)

  116. Julie permalink
    May 19, 2014

    I would make myself a nice skirt

  117. February 2, 2021

    Ok I have tried many times to pull up the instructions for this Fabric Tray but cannot get the site to open. Would you please send the sewing instructions for making this fabric tray/casserole carrier it is so cute and I want to make it. Thank you

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