These canisters can be used in a lot of different ways! They are a great choice to organize tools in the sewing room, or use as a mini trash can for scraps and threads by your sewing machine. Use to cover the base of a plant, hold crayons for a kid’s room, or even in the kitchen for utensils like wooden spoons.


  • Use 100% cotton fabric to make this project; wash and dry all pieces in advance so that you won’t have any issues with shrinkage or colors bleeding after you’ve sewn your quilt.
  • All instructions assume a ¼” seam allowance, unless otherwise stated.
  • Using pattern below, finished canister is approximately 6” wide x 6” tall.




Rotary Circle Cutter (CMP-3)
18″ x 24″ Self-Healing Rotary Mat (RM-SG)
45mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/NS)
6″ x 24″ Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage™ Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×24)


1/2 yd. of the main fabric
1/4 yd. of accent fabric
6” x 20” plastic canvas
3” x 20” scrap of batting
Basic sewing supplies


  • Using rotary cutter, ruler and rotary mat, cut the following:
    -From the main fabric, cut two circles 6-1/2″ in diameter and two 19-1/3″ x 6-1/2″ pieces.
    -From the accent fabric, cut one 20″ x 6-1/2″ piece.
    -From the plastic canvas, cut one 20″ x 6-1/2″ piece.
  • Place the two circles wrong sides together and baste around the outside edge.
  • Sew the two side pieces together and baste around the outside edge.
  • Slip one cylinder into the other with wrong sides together, and baste the bottom edge together.
  • Sew the bottom of the cylinder to the circle, with the right side of the circle facing what will be the outside of the canister. There will be a raw edge on the inside bottom of the canister. You may choose to serge or zig-zag stitch over this edge to prevent fraying.
  • Slip the plastic canvas in between the two cylinders, and baste the top of the cylinders together.
  • Sew the accent fabric to make a cylinder, which will be used as the cuff on the canister.
  • Iron cuff cylinder in half lengthwise, with wrong sides together.
  • Insert a single layer of batting, cut to the size of the folded cuff.
  • Match the raw edge of the folded cuff to the top of the sides, putting the cuff on the inside of the cylinder.
  • Sew cuff to sides (sewing through the plastic canvas), using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Turn cuff to outside of canister.


  • Want to change the size of your canister? Here’s how: decide on the size of the final project, and work from that backwards by adding in seam allowances.
  • For a finished bottom size of 6”, cut a 6-1/2” circle.
  • To adjust the height of the canister, add ¾” to desired finished height to allow for top and bottom seam allowances.
  • If adjusting the width of the canister, you will need to also adjust the length of the fabric used on the sides. Take the finished bottom circle size and multiply by pi (3.14), and then add in the seam allowance (1/4”).
  • To adjust the cuff size, add another ½” to the side measurement used in cutting the width of the main fabric. The batting takes up some of the extra room, and you don’t want your cuff too tight. You can ease in the extra fabric as you sew it to the canister sides.
  • Use themed fabrics to make gifts or decorations for any holiday or special occasion.
  • Use a canister in place of a gift bag to make a present extra-special.