How to make a plastic coffee container sewing caddy using fabric, a plastic coffee container, and a bit of creativity.
I saw a pattern on Pinterest for a sewing caddy using a metal coffee can which I loved, however, the brand of coffee that I drink is no longer sold in cans. So I have attempted to make one using the plastic container. I used a ulitity knife to cut the top area off just above the handle as shown.
Maxwell House also makes a container without an actual handle hole which would not work for the caddy that I made. Here’s a picture of both kinds:
￼I used the one on the left.
Next draw a pattern for the bottom by tracing around the base like this:
Then measure around the circumference of the container and measure the height of the container. Cut your fabric that you have chosen for the interior suing those measurements. Cut another piece of fabric this same length and slightly less than double the width to make the inside pockets. Cut the base fabric using your paper tracing.
Prepare the interior pocket fabric by sewing the bottom area together, (right sides together and turn)making a tube…..press flat. Turn the open ends of the tube that you have just made to the inside hiding raw edges.
And center on inside fabric leaving 3⁄4 “ approx on the top of inside fabric.
￼Sew the turned edge to the inside fabric leaving room for a 5/8 “ seam. Now decide what size you may want your interior pockets to be depending on what you’d like to carry. I wanted a seam ripper, chalk pencil, scissors, box of pins, and rotary cutter. I marked where I wanted to sew, leaving a little room for bulk of the items. I didn’t sew the bottom of the pockets except for one or two of them, your choice.
REMEMBER, the other end of this needs to be turned inside and stitched also. Pin the bottom to the inner section to find the exact size to sew the seam and unpin and sew.
Repin the bottom to The interior and sew together (right sides together) as shown.￼
The interior should look like this after sewing on the bottom.
Now the exterior……….. Measure the circumference and height again and cut the exterior piece, leaving enough to hem the bottom and sides. I wanted the exterior to not fit over the handle so I could secure it with tabs under the handle. Turn and finish the bottom edge and side edges and pin to the interior and sew. The interior section over the handle will need to be turned and finished also.
Sew the interior to the exterior, right sides together. I used the turner set that I got from sewingwithnancy.com a few years ago to make two tabs with Velcro on the ends to secure the liner to the container as shown.
Here’s the finished tote, super handy to carry to the living room to do the hand sewing on my quilt.
Yvonne G. – “I am a Native American Grandmother from Maine. Being semi-retired, I now am enjoying more time with my crafts.”
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