Sewing Tutorial: Make a Gentleman’s Tray for Dad

Celebrate Dad with a custom tray he’ll use every single day.

This handsome gentleman’s tray makes a special gift for Dad. A place to keep his wallet, watch, phone or keys, it keeps him organized and can be customized with your choice of fabric. Adding a new Dritz® leather label lets Dad know he’s one-of-a-kind. Choose fabric that’s just his style, and finish the tray with Dritz® rivets hardware for a polished look. He’s going to love it!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Gentleman's Tray for Dad to Celebrate Father's Day

Dritz® supplies:

Omnigrid® supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • 14” x 14” piece of canvas fabric for outer
  • 14” x 14” piece of cotton fabric for lining
  • 14” x 14” piece of fusible medium weight interfacing (such as Fairfield™ Structure)
  • 14” x 14” piece of fusible light weight interfacing (such as Fairfield™ Stabilize)

Key:

  • WS = wrong side
  • RST = right sides together
  • SA = seam allowance

Omnigrid Rotary Cutter and Fabric

1) Apply medium weight interfacing to the WS of canvas. Apply light weight interfacing to the WS of lining.


Sewing in Progress (Make a Gentleman's Tray for Dad - Father's Day)

2) Place canvas and lining RST. Pin and stitch all sides with a ¼” SA leaving a 4” opening on one side for turning. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.

3) Clip corners and turn right side out. Gently poke out corners with point turner and press fabric.

Make sure you line up the edges of the gap evenly.  Use a dab of glue stick to hold the gap closed then press again. 


Sewing in Progress (Make a Gentleman's Tray for Dad - Father's Day)

4) Edgestitch around the entire square, backstitching at the beginning and end.


Dritz Getta Grip Sewing Clips Hold Sewing Project Parts & Pieces While Work is In Progress

5) Lightly press each side up 3” using an Ezy-Hem® gauge. Bring the sides up at each corner to meet each other. Hold in place with a Getta Grip® sewing clip.

Repeat for each corner.


Use a Dritz Sewing Awl to Poke Holes in Sewing Projects

6) One corner at a time, remove the clip and use the awl to make a hole through both sides of the fabric ½” down from the top.


Use Dritz Double-Cap Rivets to Hold Fabric Together

7) Insert the rivet post in the holes and snap on the cap. Repeat for remaining corners.


Personalize Gifts with Dritz Leather Labels

8) Center the leather label on one side of the tray. Use the awl to poke holes through the fabric and insert rivets through holes to hold label in place.


Installing Dritz Double-Cap Rivets

9) Use the rivet tools and a rubber mallet to secure all rivets.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Gentleman's Tray - Great Father's Day Gift

You now have a handsome, unique gift for Dad!


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Gentleman's Tray - Great Father's Day Gift

He’ll just love all the details and thoughtful messaging that you put into his gift. And he really will use it each and every day!

Wishing all those dads out there a Happy Father’s Day!

Thanks to maker Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane for this clever project. Jennifer has contributed many popular projects to our blog.

 

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