DIY Giant Fabric Bins for LEGO Storage

diy-giant-fabric-bins-lego-storageA couple of months ago I shared some new storage we added to the living room by utilizing the shelf on our Sauder multi-cart, but didn’t tell you how I made the storage which is what I want to share with you today! I’ve got the “how to” for those giant fabric bins because, and I am SO excited to be able to say this, I MADE them! Woohoo!

And even better, they hold all of the loose Legos (read not the ones in kits) my boys have. It’s the perfect Lego storage!

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I knew I was going to have to custom make storage bins for this cart because the space is so large. And big totes can be pricey! Not only was I able to get the fit I needed but the color and style I was going for as well. Such a win-win!

diy-giant-fabric-binsSupplies (to make 2 14″x16″ bins):
2-2.5 yards (depending on width) of outer fabric
2.5 yards of liner fabric
3.5 yards heavy weight fusible interfacing
Stitch Witchery
Grommet Eyelets
Rope decorative trim
Thread

Cut 8 15″x17″ pieces each of the outer fabric and liner fabric for the sides of the bins.

Also cut 8 14″x16″ pieces of interfacing.

Cut 2 17″x17″ pieces each of outer fabric and liner fabric for the base of the bins.

Note: Obviously these measurements can be adjusted to make any size bin you need. I am including a 1/2″ seam allowance so keep that in mind also.

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Center each piece of fusible interfacing to the back of the side pieces of the outer fabric and iron on.

Stitch side pieces of outer fabric to base piece of outer fabric. Then stitch all of the side pieces together. Turn bin right side out and set aside.

Repeat the process with the lining fabric, minus the interfacing step, and when finished, leave it wrong side out.

muslin-bin-linerI miss-measured when purchasing my liner fabric and didn’t have enough for the base so I subbed in some remnant muslin I had in my stash. Worked like a charm!

topstitchFold over the top of the outer fabric 1/2″ and iron down.

Repeat with the liner fabric.

Follow the directions on the Stitch Witchery to add it along the folded over edge of the liner fabric. Iron liner to outer bin then add a top stitch all the way around the top of the bin.

rope-handlesMeasure where you want to add the grommets and cut the appropriate holes. Follow directions on the box for adding the grommets. For best results be sure to hammer them down on a hard flat surface.

Measure how long you want the handles to be then add ~3″ and cut. Thread the rope through the grommets and tie the ends in knots.

multi-cart-lego-storageWe have approximately 30 lbs of loose Legos in these bins and, let me tell you, my boys LOVE dragging them out to play! And clean up is super easy. No one coming over to visit would even suspect what is in these bins!

I love something that can look stylish and be super functional, don’t you?

 

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Comments

    • says

      Hi Susan! My main reason for using the interfacing on the sides was to help them stand up. I didn’t really need it for the bottom and haven’t noticed any sagging or stretched seams from not using the interfacing on the base. You certainly could if you wanted to!

  1. Jennifer says

    Thanks Michele for the tutorial. I made one out of cotton (used for my quilts) and heavy weight fusible interfacing. I may have used the wrong fabric because mine are floppy and don’t stand up like yours. Should I have used canvas weight cotton?

    • Michele McDonald says

      Hmmm, I would think the heavy weight fusible interfacing should be able to hold the bins up regardless of the fabric. I did use a heavier cotton for mine, but it did seem like the interfacing was doing most of the work.

  2. says

    Those legos can get out of control so easy! I LOVE these bins! They’re the perfect way to contain the mess. I’ll have to remember this as my son gets older. I have a feeling we’ll have LOTS of legos in our home!

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