top of page

DIY Tutorial – Cork Sewing Bin Kit #Hack

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

Our Needcraft Craft Kits already have plenty of creative potential, but we couldn’t resist this transformative Sewing Bin Kit hack, dreamt up by Monica, our Marketing Manager.

Using our Cork Laminate PVC Lampshade Material, as the main Sewing Bin Kit material, the kit has a fresh new look, especially when combined with striking black bias tape. Making the most of these glorious end of summer days, we've combined the functionality and style of our Sewing Bin Kit #hack, using it as a 'kitchen-to-garden' caddy, although it would be equally at home in any bathroom, bedroom, playroom or lounge! Read on for the full DIY Tutorial and materials needed.

What you’ll need to make your DIY Tutorial – Cork Sewing Bin Kit #Hack

To make this project more economical, based on the width of our Cork Laminate PVC Lampshade Material, which is 100cm wide, we will be cutting two cork panels. These are then joined together to create the equivalent panels size included in the Sewing Bin Kit, which measures 128cm.

How to make your DIY Tutorial – Cork Sewing Bin Kit #Hack

1. Remove the kiss cuts from the PVC panel in your Sewing Bin Kit. Cut away the remaining backing paper.

2. Find the halfway point along the length of the lampshade making PVC panel from the kit. Add 1.5 cm to this measurement, for the seam and mark. Mark the same total measurement on the opposite side.

3. Lay the Sewing Bin Kit PVC panel onto the Cork Laminate. Secure in place with masking tape if needed. Draw around the outside edge of the PVC template with a pencil, up to the marks on the panel. Remove the white PVC panel and draw in the remaining short edge. Repeat again for the second panel.

4. Cut around the drawn lines on both pieces.

5. Add a line of seamstick to the right hand side of the first panel.

6. Remove the backing and place 1.5cm of the remaining panel on top of the tape, with the sides aligned and stick down.

7. Add a line of seamstick to the right-hand side short edge, side by side. Turn over the PVC, so the cork is face up. Along the top and edge of the PVC run a length of 6mm wide double-sided tape.

8. Cut a 129.5cm length of bias binding, open out the bias tape and press out one of the folds from the bias tape.

9. Starting at the short untaped edge, pull away 5-10cm of the backing paper. Position the remaining fold of the bias tape parallel with the tape, making sure the fold of the bias lines up with the lower edge of the tape.

10. Continue along the full length of the Cork PVC Panel, leaving a 2.5 cm overhang of bias tape at the taped edge. Repeat on the bottom edge.

11. Apply the double-sided tape from your kit to the frame provided in the kit, following steps 8-11 on the instructions.

12. Measure 315mm from the untaped edge, along the bottom of the cork panel and mark with a pencil. Repeat along the top edge of the cork panel edge.

13. Position the frames onto the top and bottom of the cork PVC rectangle, with the centre bar lining up with the pencil marks. Each frame should be on the PVC with 1-2mm gap between the edge of PVC and the frame.

14. Roll the frame towards the taped edge, to adhere the Cork PVC to the frame.

15. Then, roll the frame towards the untaped edge, carefully adhering the PVC to the frame.

16. Remove the backing from the two lines of tape. Pull remaining PVC over so the outer edges are parallel. Gently seal the seam with your fingers in centre of the seam, but leave the edges of the shade unsealed. Don’t apply too much pressure here as you could damage the shade.

17. Turn the sewing bin kit round and seal the centre of the seam firmly with your hand from the inside.

18. Gently push the bias tape down over the rings, starting at the inside seams. Repeat on the other side of the sewing bin kit.

19. Snip into the bias tape, where this lays over the centre bar, and fold the bias tape behind.

20. Starting at the inside seam, gently tuck the bias tape under the ring using the finishing tool until you reach the seam. Don’t pull the tape too much as this can cause the fold to lift on the outside of the shade, creating a distorted line.

21. At the overhanging end of the bias tape, measure 1.5 cm from the seam line and cut back. Fold back the bias tape by 5mm and then score along the fold using your fingers creating a sharp edge.

22. Gently tuck the bias in on the other side holding the fold in place with your thumb to avoid this pulling.

23. Remove the protective film from the sewing bin base and place inside of the bin. Press down to sit on the lip of the bottom of the frame.

Tips for making up your Sewing Bin Kit

If you're skipping the #hack and making up your Sewing Bin Kit as per the instructions provided in the box, here's a few top tips from our expert Dannells Demonstrator, Sam.

  • When picking your fabric, you’ll need to use a fabric that is 150 cm wide or 60” due to the length of the Sewing Bin Kit panel, rather than a craft fabric which is typically 120cm / 44” wide.

  • With a huge range of patterns and colours that you can personalise your pamper hamper with, considering the scale of the print on the fabric is also an important factor. A small or medium print will print will work well and fit into the 23 cm depth of the sewing bin.

  • Don’t forget to mark in your notches on the reverse of the PVC panel (the white side) which can be found on the top and bottom edge, around 30cm away from one of the short edges. These will be used to align the centre bar on each of the frames when sticking them to the PVC.

Make - along

Join Sam, our Dannells Demonstrator by watching the YouTube video below as she takes you through each step of making your Sewing Bin Kit.

Explore our Needcraft Creative Kit Range

Kit out your home in fabric you love with our range of Needcraft Creative Kits! From our popular Lampshade Making Kit range, to our lanterns, clocks and textile wall art kits, each kit is extremely easy to make and allows you to achieve a completely unique and personalised look for each and every room. Matching or contrasting, we'd love to see what you make, so enter your Needcraft Kit creation into our #makewithdannells Instagram Competition.


bottom of page