When we arrived in Oregon for the summer I quickly realized that the few toys we brought were already everywhere and we had no where to put them away- hate that!
So I came up with these collapsible storage bins and I absolutely love them
and this girly has a lot of things that need a home
And they collapse down so they'll be easy to move (and we move often) or store when not in use
We use them for toys but you could use them for just about anything! Fabric, accessories, seasonal items (hats, scarves, beach towels, etc.)...
Let's get organized!
My bins are 18x12x8 and fit perfectly under the Ikea changing table. To make 2 of those you'll need:
- 1 1/8 yard outer fabric- I used marine vinyl but you don't need something quite that stiff
- 2 1/4 yards lining
- Cardboard or sheets of plastic canvas to stiffen the sides
- Hot Glue
1. First you need to cut out all of your pieces. For each bin I used:
In outer fabric:
- 2 long sides: 19x9"
- 2 short sides: 13x9"
- 1 bottom: 19x13"
In lining fabric:
- 2 long sides: 19x10" (notice it's 1" taller- if you want longer to fold over the top adjust as needed)
- 2 short sides: 13x10" (again 1" taller)
- 3 bottom pieces: 19x13"
- 2 handles: 10x4"
- 2 long sides: 18x8"
- 4 short sides: 6x8"
- 1 bottom: 18x12"
2. Let's start with the handles. Fold in half and sew the long edges together. Turn right side out. Then I slid a piece of vinyl inside to stiffen them up but you could skip that. Turn the raw edges back inside the handle on each short edge
3. Sew the handles in place on the short edges of each bin. It's a bit hard to see but I sewed down each end with a rectangular stitching pattern for extra reinforcement
4. Sew the sides of your bin pieces together forming one big loop- you should now have a bin in the liner and the outer fabric that's just missing the bottom piece
5. With wrong sides together line up the bottom edge of the liner with the bottom edge of the outer bin. Sew together at each seam and down the middle of the short piece- you'll have to stitch half way, go around the handle, and then stitch the other half. This makes the compartments for your cardboard reinforcement pieces.
6. With right sides together sew the bottom of the bin (in the outer fabric) to your upper bin.
7. Take one of your bottom lining pieces and press all of the edges in 1/2" so it's the same size as the bottom of your bin. Sew in place around all edges to cover the seam allowances in the bottom of your bin. It's a bit tricky moving it through the sewing machine but go slowly and you'll get it to work out just fine
8. Slide in all of your cardboard pieces- you may need to do a little trimming (sorry I forgot to take a picture)
9. Fold the top edge of the liner over twice towards the right side of the box so the raw edge is hidden. Secure in place with hot glue
10. With right sides together sew your remaining 2 bottom lining pieces together around 3 sides. Turn right side out.
11. Slide your cardboard bottom piece inside and then turn the raw edges of the fabric to the inside and hot glue in place. Pop it into the bottom of the box and you're finished!
To fold the box down just take out the bottom piece and fold the short edges in towards the middle