Get a Hold of This! Stylish Soft Fabric Container

September 21, 2019By Joanne BankoAccessories, Projects, Sewing 14 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Organizing can be fun when you make soft containers to match your home décor. Each container requires minimal materials so you’ll no doubt find yourself making several. This project is quick and easy. Are you ready? Let’s go sew!

Materials and Supplies:

Fabric and materials for two color container:

  • Fabric #1 for outside of container, two rectangular pieces of print fabric measuring 12-inches wide X 14-inches long.
  • Fabric #2 for inside, (lining) of container, two rectangular pieces of coordinating fabric measuring 12-inches wide X 14-inches long.
  • Two rectangular pieces of thin fusible craft fleece measuring 12-inches wide X 14-inches long.
Important Notes: Select medium weight home décor fabric or duck cloth for best results. A ½-inch seam allowance is used throughout the project.

Steps to Create Container

1. Fuse craft fleece to wrong side of each piece selected for fabric #1.
2. Layer both outer pieces right sides together. Layer both inner pieces right sides together. To create box shaping at the bottom, cut away a 2 ½-inch square from the bottom corner of each of the four pieces. Sew side seams on each set of layered fabrics. Next, sew across entire bottom seam on outer piece. Sew bottom seam of inner piece leaving a 3-inch opening in the bottom seam for turning piece right side out. See enhanced photo with seams sewn and corners cut in Figure #1.

Figure #1

3. Press all seams open.
4. Box bottom corners on outside piece by bringing raw edges together and matching seams. Sew using a ½-inch seam allowance. Repeat for inside piece. See Figure #2a and Figure #2b.

Figure #2a
Figure #2b

5. Slip inside piece into outside piece, having right sides together, side seams matching, and raw edges even at the top edge. See Figure #3.

Figure #3

6. Set up machine for free arm sewing and sew all around top edge using a ½-inch seam allowance. See Figure #4.

Figure #4

7. Pull inside and outside pieces out so they are opposite one another. See Figure #5.

Figure #5

8. Carefully pull outside bag through the opening in the lining. See Figure #6a and Figure #6b.

Figure #6a
Figure #6b

9. Sew bottom opening of lining closed using small hand stitches. See Figure #7.

Figure #7

10. Tuck inside piece into outside piece, shape the container by pushing the lining down inside, and then thoroughly press the entire container. Roll approximately 1 ½-inches of the contrast lining to the outside and press firmly with a steam iron to keep it in place. You are finished! See completed container below:

Options and ideas:

  • If you’d like to use this in the sewing room, this container holds standard sewing patterns perfectly. Of course you can use it for a variety of different items. Fill your soft container with sewing supplies, household items, kitchen accessories, or anything else you desire. Increase or decrease the length of the rectangles to make containers of varying sizes.


  • This looks fun and kind of easy to make.
    I have a Brother project runaway. I really like it. I ‘ ve had it for about 10 years. I thought about updating it, but just for the simple sewing I do, it is just fine. Thank you for sharing all your projects.
    I watch IT’S SEW EASY every week. God Bless all of you Inspiring Ladies.

    • It was nice to hear from you Jeretta! So happy to know you are enjoying your Brother machine. Thanks for watching It’s Sew Easy TV too!!!

      Happy Sewing!

    • Hi Susan!
      We share the obsession for containers LOL! This one realy does have lots of potential and it’s really fun to make something both pretty and practical. Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

  • I love a variety of soft containers to use for patterns, knitting or crochet projects, as well as organization for a multitude of other needs. When my last dog went blind I strategically placed some soft sided containers that I made scented with lavender to help guide her around obstacles in my house. It got her comfortable in her world again.

    • Hi Lois!
      Thanks for leaving a note and sharing your sweet story about the lavender “guides” for your dog. That really touched my heart. I hope you enjoy organizing with some soft containers. Happy Sewing!

    • Glad you liked the project Katie! The lining could easily be a coordinating print to spice things up a bit. Have fun mixing and matching fabrics for a fun finished project 🙂

  • I love your little container, Joanne, and think I will make a couple for myself….have so many patterns on my ‘to do’ list and this way I can keep them all together. Thanks!

  • I love making containers – they are so practical and can be used everywhere around the house. Makes lovely gifts too. Great canvas for embroidery too. Thanks for sharing this project.

    • Hi Sis! Great to hear from you!!! You are so right about this being a good gift item. Imagine filling it with baby items for a shower, household tools for a housewarming, food gifts for a shut in . . . the list could go on and on. Embroidery would be fabulous! Fun, fun, fun! Happy Sewing!

    • Hello Willie,
      We appreciate your interest in Brother machines! Speaking for myself, I have been sewing on Brother machines for close to 20 years. Coming from an industrial sewing machine background I am pretty obsessive about precision and I thoroughly enjoy the features and capabilities of Brother machines. I do believe it’s really important to find a machine that fits your specific needs, and your budget as well. I encourage you to visit an authorized Brother dealer to test drive various models. Bring along fabrics that you commonly use and sew on the model(s) you are considering for purchase. I hope this helps. You can always reach out via this forum if you have more questions.

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