Stylish Organization: Use These Fabric Toy Storage Bags to Keep Clutter in Check

Your children's toys will have a chic place to call home when not in use.

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We knew that one day the toys would take over the house. We tried to keep them in our kids' rooms, but our boys alway managed to sneak a few into the living room. The solution? Make a stylish storage bag to hide the toys in plain sight when they are in the main living space and make them portable so the kids can carry their belongs back to their rooms. These bags are easy to make: there’s no pattern, however, there is a general formula. The bags can be made large or small to suit your storage needs.

Reversible Fabric Storage Bags Are Perfect for Toys

Reversible Fabric Storage Bags Are Perfect for Toys

Put the toys away in a stylish reversible storage bag.

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Debbie Wolfe

Supplies

  • contrasting fabric
  • scissors
  • pins
  • sewing machine and coordinating thread (not shown)
  • iron (not shown)
Reversible Fabric Storage Bag Supplies

Reversible Fabric Storage Bag Supplies

Only a few items are needed to make reversible fabric storage bags.

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Debbie Wolfe

A note on fabric

Ideally, you should select a stiff fabric like canvas or upholstery to give some support to the bag. The bag will not stand up on its own, but it needs to retain some shape. If you chose to use quilting cotton for the vast selection and colors, then you need to use fusible interfacing. Interfacing is used to add stiffness to fabric. You can find interfacing in craft stores. It’s applied to the wrong side of the fabric with an iron before sewing.

Fabric Storage Bag Template

Fabric Storage Bag Template

Fabric storage bags can be made in any size by following this simple formula.

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The Formula

Basically you need to start with a rectangle.  It’s easier to fold the fabric and position the fold edge at the bottom. Make the bag as long or as wide as you need, but remember to keep it a rectangle. Sew up the sides of the rectangle and keep the top open. Make two rectangles; one from the pattern fabric and one from the solid fabric.

Cut the Corners Off After You Sew

Cut the Corners Off After You Sew

Cuff off the corners of the bag after you sew along the 45 degree line.

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Debbie Wolfe

To make the bag sit flat, you will need to cut two corners off the bottom of the bags. After you sew up the sides of your two identical rectangles lay them flat, with one of the seam sides facing up.  Now it’s time to mark the corners off at a 45 degree angle. Use a straightedge to mark the angle and then sew across to secure. Then, cut the excess fabric, leaving a ¼ edge. Do this to both of the bags on each side.

Insert the Liner Into the Storage Bag

Insert the Liner Into the Storage Bag

Insert the liner right side out into the printed fabric.

Turn the lining (solid) right side out and insert it into the main fabric bag that is inside out. Pin around the top and using 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew around the top of the bag leaving a 4 inch opening. Turn the entire bag right side out (patterned fabric on the outside) and stuff the solid piece into the patterned piece.

Press in A 1/2 Seam to Close the Fabric Basket

Press in A 1/2 Seam to Close the Fabric Basket

Press in a 1/2 seam before top stitching along the top of the basket.

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Press all the seams down on the top of the bag. Fold in the raw edges of the 4 inch opening 1/4 inch, and press. Pin together. Topstitch 1/4 inch around the top of the bag to finish.

Store the Kid's Toys in a Fun Reversible Fabric Storage Bag

Store the Kid's Toys in a Fun Reversible Fabric Storage Bag

Your kid's toys will have a stylish place to call home when not in play.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Turn down the top of the bag to show the contrasting fabric. Stuff with toys and other knick knacks. You’ll be happy to see the toys put away in pretty bags.

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