Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fabric Storage Basket

I've been wanting to make myself a couple of fabric storage boxes for a while now. While looking around for a pattern or tutorial that suited my needs, I found this one that I really liked by Pink Penguin. I loved the shape and easy construction of the main sections. But, as many of you know, I don't quilt yet and too many small pieces still make me nervous. LOL I also needed something a little larger. So, I altered the size and construction slightly, and I think it turned out just fine. :)
The finished size is about 13"L x 8"D x 10"H. A medium weight interfacing was used on both the exterior and lining fabrics. Then fleece was sewn to the exterior fabrics following the lines of the vines on the fabrics.I made a removable rigid foam core insert to support the bottom. And a matching linen tag holder.Now, since my friends have all become unwitting guinea pigs for my sewing projects, this storage basket went to someone with three children. That's why the tag has "TOYS" on it. When I make my own, it will likely be used for magazines, the many unfinished sewing projects, or ribbons and trim.

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

It's beautiful and I especially love the linen tag. I've make several of the smaller little baskets but what a terrific alteration you've done to accomodate larger items!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

What a great job, it turned out great! xo, suzy

Maison Douce said...

Love it!! You did a great job!! I will definitely have to make one... Thank you for the inspiration!!
Isabel

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

You have lucky friends!

MaddyLane Designs said...

Such lovely creations, I adore those colors and patterns, most beautiful creations. Great blog too, so well done, bravo!
Cheers

Junie Moon said...

It's gorgeous! I love the fabrics and colors you chose for this "Toy" bag project. I'm sure the recipient loves it. The whole quilting/patchwork thing makes me nervous, too. But I remind myself that eventually what you're doing is essentially just designing one big piece of fabric. Then you can lay out your pattern pieces where you'd like and cut them out. Just thinking about that for a bit helped me get over my anxiety on doing such projects.

Momoo said...

Sharp bag, thanks for sharing your method for making it stiff. I'm never sure if I should use interfacing on both sides, I will on my next bag.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Hope you are better. I did much the same thing myself. I altered the pattern and made it bigger. It really is a nice shape even when enlarged.

Gabriela said...

Hello,

Love this!


~ Gabriela ~

louise said...

I really like this and so beautifully made. How lovely to be your guinea pig! I am sure these would sell well too. x

Gale said...

I'm looking through your blog for a tutorial on the "luggage" tags. I'm looking for different ideas for escort cards that guests could take home after a wedding reception and that could be a winner...I'm so glad I found your site

Sophia said...

What type of interfacing did you use?

Sophia said...

What type of interfacing did you use? And do you remember the dimensions of the lining or finished exterior as a flat rectangle?

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Hi Sophia,
From what I remember, I used a craft weight interfacing on the lining and a fusible fleece on the exterior fabrics.
I can't say what the flat measurement was, but the finished dimensions were 13"L x 8"D x 10"H.