I love to embellish my pieces with stitching and beads. All of those threads and bead tubes, the needles and thimble jumble up on a tray. Cute little Blossom Bins organize your supplies and look great at the same time — AND they are super easy to make.
I’ve designed the Blossom Bin pattern in three sizes – from tiny to medium and large. The tiny is perfect for making sure you don’t lose your favorite thimble, or turn it into a cute little pin cushion (directions below).
These Blossom Bins are made with Kraft-Tex. To learn more about Kraft-Tex, read through our article that covers everything you’d like to know about Kraft-Tex. It’s referred to as ‘paper fabric’.
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I wanted to make the plain Kraft-Tex into polka dots to make them more fun. Kraft-Tex takes to surface design really well.
How to stamp on Kraft-Tex
You can print and stamp Kraft-Tex with either textile or acrylic paints. I chose to use pencil eraser to stamp little dots all over the piece. I used Kraft-Tex Hand-dyed and Pre-washed in Linen color.
With a Gelli plate and brayer to lay down a light layer of paint, you can then stamp on your textile.
Here is the finished piece of Kraft-Tex with polka dots all over.
Now we are ready to make the Blossom Bins.
How to Make Blossom Bins
Lay out the pattern and trace the blossoms. I use a Frixiron pen. Test it out on an edge and make sure that when you take it to the heat the marks disappear. If you are using Kraft-Tex, don’t use pins – they will make holes in the product.
Finger press the petals to the center to form the bottom. It’s easier to do it now.
Now it is time to go to your sewing machine. Sew each of the petals together with a narrow topstitch.
Do this with all of your bins. You may need to finger press the bottoms a little bit more.
The straight sided blossom bins were sewn up about 3/4 of the petal. I sewed the more open bins only 1/2″ and then curled the edges manually by rolling the Kraft-Tex.
Here is a good picture of the two styles and how they are a bit different based on how long you stitch the petals together, and if you finger curl the petals. I used the polka dot on the outside of the straighter Blossom bin and on the inside of the second version with curled petals.
BONUS: Make a Blossom Bin Pin Cushion
Find a bottle cap that fits inside the Tiny Blossom Bin.
Take your tiny Blossom Bin pattern and cut a circle about 1/2″ larger than the pattern in a fabric for the center of your pin cushion.
Take a thread and do a running stitch around the edge of the circle.
Fill the bottle cap with cotton or ground nut shells and turn upside down into the circle of fabric.
Pull the gathering threads around the cap and tie off the threads to secure.
Place in the tiny Blossom Bin and have a cute little pin cushion for your stitching!
Now – time to stitch!
Now it’s time to put them all on a tray, go outside and enjoy listening to the birds and do some hand stitching!
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