Mother’s Day Gift – Valet Tray

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

DIY Valet Tray

My parents are taking a big cruise this summer to celebrate their 40th anniversary.  I wanted to make my mom a gift that she could use on the cruise, but wouldn’t take up much precious luggage space.  This valet tray is perfect because it will keep all her things from falling off the dresser or night stand, but will lay flat in her suitcase for travel.  If your mom travels, this is the perfect DIY gift for her, too!



  1. Cut your 2 patterns of fabric and interfacing to 10” x 12”.
  2. Attach your interfacing to on the inside of both of your fabric following package instructions


  1. Sew the bias tape around the edge of your project by the method of your choosing. If you don’t know where to start, follow my Bias Tape Napkins ( tutorial.


  1. Measure 1.5” from the edge of the fabric and mark. Do this on all sides.


  1. Top stitch over the lines you drew in the previous step.


  1. Top stitch a diagonal seam from the corner of the box you stitched in the previous step to the edge of the project. Do this for all the corners.


  1. Place snaps in the corners of the project. Sew on or no sew snaps both work.


  1. Snap the snaps together to enjoy a valet tray!

Sew a Valet Tray for Travel

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About Courteney

Courteney will be sharing sewing, crafting, and DIY projects. Her philosophy is simple: crafting makes life better. Her projects will help you realize how easy and cost effective it is to make things for yourself. Courteney is a high school science teacher who lives in Atlanta, GA. Between raising her dog, Padfoot, and teaching she keeps pretty busy but always finds time to be creative. Her mom taught her to sew very early in life, and it has remained one of her favorite activities into adulthood. Although sewing is quickly becoming a lost art; Courteney hopes you will join her in revitalizing this skill with many fun and practical projects. Catch up with Courteney at her blog, Crafting with Court, where she shares all the projects she’s working on.

2 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Gift – Valet Tray

  1. Cath T

    Great idea. I’d like one of these for myself, as a clean place to lay my glasses when I go to bed, and to corral all the odds and ends so I don’t lose track of them. Thanks for the how to.

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