Fabric Organizer Bin (aka Diaper Caddy) – Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern Download

These little bins are fairly easy to sew and I would definitely recommend to any sewing novice.    The fabric storage bins are very popular at the moment and  I recently sewed one for a baby shower, which then resulted in sewing a few more to offer up in a giveaway.  Knowing I wanted to write up a tutorial to share, I was a good girl and snapped the necessary pictures while working on the first one.   And, then that’s were it sat for the past couple of weeks, while I worked up the energy to create the pattern pieces (my least favorite part).  Today is one of those ‘get it done’ days, so pattern pieces have finally been created.  Yay!

Here’s how to create your own fabric organizer bin.  The fabric length recommendation below is generous and it is very possible to create a bin with less fabric, but this will allow for any mishaps that may occur.

You’ll need:

1/2 Yard of Fabric (home decor weight recommended, but if you use a lighter weight cotton be sure to use interfacing)

1/2 Yard of Lining

Mid- Weight Interfacing – small amount for the handles and optional for the body of the bin.

Peltex One Sided Fusible – Very stiff interfacing.  Pattern pieces not included.  You’ll need one piece 9″ x 5.5″  and two pieces @ 15″ x 7″.

Pattern pieces – Available for download at the bottom of the post.


After the templates have been printed out and the pattern pieces created, you cut everything necessary for the fabric bin.  I like to create my pattern pieces out of cardstock or posterboard, but for the trial run you may want to go with regular paper just in case you decide to make any adjustments.

Start with the handles.  Iron the mid-weight interfacing to the back of your handle pieces.  Fold each piece in half lengthwise, iron well.  Then open and fold/iron each side to meet the middle crease line.

Now top stitch each side of the strap close to edge.  Set the handles aside.

Move onto prepping the body and lining bottom.  First, center and iron the one sided fusible Peltex to each fabric body piece (but not the bottom piece).  The fusible interfacing comes with directions on how to apply to fabric.  I usually position it on the back side of the fabric, hold in place, then flip right side up and finally iron in place.  Now use the remaining Peltex piece for the lining bottom.  Repeat the sames steps as you used for the body pieces.  When completed you should have the stiff interfacing applied to the back of each piece of the boy fabric & one smaller piece applied to the backside of the bottom lining piece.

Once everything is prepped you can begin assembly.  Both the lining and the exterior of the bin are assembled exactly the same, so only the assembly of the lining is shown.  Match the bottom lining piece to the bottom of one body piece, right sides together.  Stitch 5/8″ seam.  Repeat for other body piece, but leave an opening in the center for turning.

Now topstitch along bottom, with seam allowance towards the bottom.  Remember not to topstitch the opening.  The topstitching is really optional.  Your bag will still function properly without the topstitching.  It just gives the bin a more finished look.  **When stitching the exterior fabric for the body, you do not leave an opening.  Both seams along the bottom are sewn completely from one side to the other.

Match up sides, right sides together and then stitch a 5/8″ seam on each side.  Press your seam allowance to one side and then topstitch.  Pic below shows the topstitching, after the sides were stitched together.

Match the seam on the sides to the center of the bottom piece.  I usually eyeball this, but if you aren’t sure you can always mark the center of the bottom before assembly.  This will make it easy to match up after pieces have been stitched together..   Stitch a 5/8″ seam.

Trim seam allowance down to about 1/4″.  This helps eliminate some of the bulk and define the shape of the bin when everything is turned right side out.

This is a completed lining and body sitting side by side.

It’s time to attach the handles.  Pin each so that the inside edge of  the handle is 1 1/4″ from the side seam.  Stitch in place.  Sew approx. 1/4″ seam.  I usually stitch in a zig zag pattern to reinforce the handles.

With the handles sewn to the exterior of the bin, its time to attach the lining to the body.   Set the exterior of the bin inside the lining, right sides together.  Match and pin at the side seams.

Starting at one side seam stitch all the way around the bin.

Once the stitching is complete, turn the bag right side out using the opening in the lining bottom.  Double check all your work and be sure everything looks good before stitching the opening closed.  The last step is to topstitch around the top of the fabric bin.  It’s usually a good idea to iron all around the top so that all the fabric is smoothed out before sewing.  The topstitching also helps keep the lining sitting nicely inside the bin.

You’re done.  The finished bin should look very similar in shape to the one above.  The handle pattern piece included is shorter than what you see on this bin, so you’re finished bin should have slightly shorter handles.  The Peltex is incredibly stiff and keeps the bin standing all on it’s own.  The are perfect for storing diapers, dvds, toys, books, doll clothes, dolls, toy cars…..


Click on the image below to print out the fabric bin organizer templates.  The pages need to print out at 100% to ensure the proper size and you’ll also want the smallest margins possible.  A finished bin should measure approx. 9″ L (side to side) x 6″ D x 7″ H.



30 thoughts on “Fabric Organizer Bin (aka Diaper Caddy) – Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern Download

  1. nicolette @ momnivoresdilemma · Edit

    You indeed are a rad crafter. This looks tough for me being a REAL novice with a sewing machine, but I must pin it as I don’t want to forget such a well written tutorial!

    If you have a moment, please share this at my Creative Juice Party. Hope to see you there!

  2. Very clever and your instructions are well done. I can totally see this in muslin with burlap accents and ruffles. Or a set of matching bins for a gift!

  3. That’s adorable! Great fabric too. :) You did a fantastic job, and thanks for providing the pattern and a tutorial…so glad you shared at Shine On Fridays! I can think of so many ways to use this…


  4. This is awesome, and thank you for putting your website on the pattern. I often download before am going to make, so when I open up and no website, I have trouble figuring out how to do it. My being blond might answer some questions, but thank you!

  5. My pattern pieces must not be right because my bottom piece is bigger than my side pieces. And my side pieces have small cut outs where yours in the pictures dont…I dont understand!!

    1. You have to tape parts 1, 2 & 3 of the body pieces together to form 1 pattern piece. There are are no side pieces, only 1 piece for the front and back of the body. The body pieces will have small cut outs on each side, you can see them in the photo with the pattern pieces laid out. Hope that helps!

      1. mine still dont match up. part 3 is turned sideways onto the jutted out part of 1&2? what is the fold line for on bottom template? it doesnt match up either. I printed them just as they were. how can the handle pattern be bigger than the bottom? Help!

        1. I’m not sure exactly where your issue lies with the pieces. I’ve made several from the exact pattern that is posted without an issue. The “fold line” indicates for you to place the pattern piece on the fold of the fabric so that once it is cut you end up with a piece of fabric double the size of the pattern piece.

  6. LOVE it! Spotted it on Pinterest and came over for a peek :) At night, when I have time and am organized, I get together sewing projects to work on the next day – I usually put them in a plastic bin. I really should make a lovely basket (with good/pretty fabric, not the boring stuff!) to hold them – I just need to get some of that Peltex stuff 😀

  7. I am wanting to create this but desiring to put to dividers in it… so there will be three compartments in it. Any help on how to do that? Thanks! Jen

    1. The easiest way I can think of would be to use velcro and create removable dividers. That way there is no modification to the pattern and you would be able to adjust the spaces inside the bin as needed.

  8. Love this bag. Made 3 last night. Your so right you can make 1 with 1/2 a yard but with a full yard you make exactly 3. So excited they are so cute.

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