Serger Tray Tutorial

August 15, 2014 in Projects


Hey y’all, I’m Melissa from Melly Sews, and today I’m going to show you how to sew this serger tray. I like to keep one below my serger to collect trimmings – I prefer this to a bag that hangs down. I can catch my trimmings and periodically dump them in the bigger wastebasket near me.

To make your own, you’ll need

  • Outer fabric
  • Inner fabric
  • Heavy duty interfacing to put between the fabrics
  • Ruler
  • Marking pen
  • Serger

Cut a rectangle from each of your fabrics that measures 7 1/2 inches long by 6 inches wide.

Place your outer fabric wrong side up. Fold one short edge 45 degrees to meet the long edge as shown in the picture below, keeping the corner precise.


Measure with your ruler to the point where the corner is 2 inches across. Draw a line across the corner here with your fabric pen.


Repeat this process with each of the other corners. When you are done, you’ll have four 2 inch long marks on the right side of your outer fabric that will look like this.


Make a sandwich – outer fabric wrong side up, heavy duty interfacing, then inner fabric right side up.


Fold all 3 layers as you did to make the outer fabric marks above; one short edge 45 degrees to meet the long edge, keeping the corner precise. With your serger, sew right across the mark you made earlier, cutting off the corner of the fabric. Weave in the serger tail.


Repeat this on each corner of the fabric, creating your box.

serger-tray-6-1 serger-tray-7-1

For the final step, serge around the top of the box, securing all 3 layers together. Weave in serger tails.


And set the tray in front of your serger to collect trimmings.


You can make these kinds of trays in any size; they can be handy drawer dividers or storage containers for more than just serger trimmings.

2 responses to Serger Tray Tutorial

  1. Hi Melly,
    Love your thread catcher but I liked the idea of using them as drawer dividers as well. On another note, may I ask if your Babylock Imagine has started to turn yellow and if so what would you recommend cleaning it with?
    kind regards,

    • I think they would make great drawer dividers. I haven’t had a yellowing issue with my machine, so no advice there.

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