In the fall of 2016, several friend and family members were booking trips for 2017. I decided that travel themed gifts would hit the spot for Christmas. Travel trays and matching travel jewelry cases were the most appealing to me. I scoured the internet for a free travel tray tutorial. You can download tutorial PDF for the “Angie’s Bit ‘N Pieces” travel trays I sewed here:
Note this pattern is for personal use only.
Here are my thoughts on this project.
The tutorial being with a photo of a finished tray in use and a short paragraph on why they are handy to have when traveling. Next is the material list. This 1-page tutorial was ridiculously easy to follow. Even with the 2 options (hook and loop tape or snaps) for closures, there are only 4 steps. I really thought travel trays would more complex. Who knew.
Quilting the base of the tray helps give the tray more structure. The instructions recommend using a solid fabric for the interior so I quilted with a matching thread on the interior. I went with the hook and loop tape option for the closure as that is what I had on hand. I used solid polyester from the fabric sample book for some of the trays. The polyester pieces were smaller than the pattern pieces, but it was easy to adjust the pattern appropriately.
Here are some photos of my finished travel trays.
I really like how they turned out. Friends and family who received them for Christmas loved them. The interior of each travel tray is the recipients favourite colour in a solid polyester. The exteriors were a patterned cotton fabric in a theme that the recipients would enjoy. I would make these again.
Have you made travel trays?