Keep it Together

 I finally picked up an application for the new potential apartment yesterday and am starting to get a little worried. The Leasing Manager said that there are no 2 bedrooms available, and that they don’t normally let 3 people live in a one bedroom. She did however seem to be willing to work with me so lets just cross the fingers for now. 

In the craft department, my options are starting to dwindle. While I tried to keep most of my supplies from being packed, I’m finding now that for every project I am missing some essential piece. Please bear with me as my attempts will most likely continue to be “piddly” for the rest of the month. Hopefully I’ll be able to really “step it up” in February.

Today I’m going with a fabric travel tray. I’ve seen these done with snaps, ties, or just sewn down the corners. Since I would rather not have the cats attacking the ties, and Tiny playing with the snaps, I’m going for the simple sewn version. Hopefully this will keep my hair clips and earrings in one place. (I’m not holding my breath!)

My first step was to cut out 2 squares of fabric for each tray I plan to make. I started with four (2 trays). The size of each square is 6.5 x 6.5 inches. (I only chose that because it was the size of my quilting ruler, but you could make it whatever size you’d like.) Now with the wrong sides of 2 pieces held together I sewed a 1/4inch seam allowance around the perimeter leaving a 2 inch opening for turning. (Looking at the picture below: I started at the 4 at the top, sewed right to the 6, down to the 6, left to the six, up to the 1, then right until the 2 and stopped there. This leaves a gap between the top numbers 2 and 4.)

(*Note: If you are using thin fabric, it may be beneficial to add fusible
 interfacing to one or both squares before sewing.) 

I trimmed the corners so that they would make nice points when turned, and then flipped the right sides out. Next I ironed around the edges, rolling the fabric a little to make sure the points and sides were all the way to the seam. 

Once everything is smooth, it’s time to stitch up the gap. This part is much easier to do than to explain, so if you don’t know how to do a blind stitch I suggest checking Google. 

This is the simplest explanation of blind stitch I have been able to find.

Next you fold your square into a triangle and mark where your stitches will go. I measured in 1 inch for my marks, but here you have to make a decision. How deep do you want your tray to be, and do you want the sides to be straight up and down I_I? or slanted in /_ ? 
If you chose straight: **You need to measure along the side where the 2 edges meet.** (#3 below)
If you choose slanted: *You need to measure along the folded edge of the triangle.* (#4 below) (I made this one.)
The depth of your tray will be determined by the length of your stitch line, not the length you measure in from the point.
If your markings are easy to see, fold the square on the other axis and pencil the other two lines before sewing. If your lines aren’t quite visible, sew the first two before working on the others. Just be careful with the folding. I also triple stitched my corners to make sure they were reinforced since tacking both ends didn’t really seem worth it. 

Let me know how it goes! 
♥ Momma Tart
Running Tally:
#9 – Fabric Travel Tray

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