Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Fabric baskets - my new addiction

I have decided that this year I'm going to get more organised and tidy. I live in a tiny place, and I've managed to accumulate a lot of crafting supplies, so it's pretty much a nightmare. My yarn stash was getting especially out of control lately, and since it's the middle of my exam period and thus the time when I procrastinate a lot and do a hundred things as an excuse to not study, I had the perfect opportunity to sew a basket for it.

I dug up some Ikea fabric I got years ago, and re-purposed a pillowcase, and whipped this up the night before my second-to-last exam. It was a really quick project, even for me, and I'm not the fastest or most adept with a sewing machine. It took about an hour from start to finish.

I fell completely in love with it. I always love it when I get amazing results with not insane amounts of effort, but this basket is so useful on top of that.

Here it is on the shelf that previously had a ton of yarn messily piled on it. The different yarns are less visible now, but it's much easier to root through the basket, whereas previously all the skeins came tumbling down when I tried to grab something from the very back :|

I was so in love that I decided to make a smaller basket to keep all the unfinished projects that are normally strewn on my desk.

Made with more Ikea fabric. I used light fusible interfacing for this one, so it holds its shape a lot better. It was also my first time working with interfacing (as I said, I'm not much of a sewist) and I am blown away by it XD I wish I had made the little tag-handles a little shorter, but otherwise, I'm very pleased by it.

I was still addicted, so I made another one yesterday:

I did a pattern that's more like a box for this one, as opposed to the previous bucket-like ones, and I used a piece of cork sheet inserted between the lining and the outside fabric to make the bottom sturdier. I wish I had used interfacing with this one too so it wasn't as floppy, but I don't mind it that much. I didn't actually had a specific purpose for it when I made it, so it's accommodating my pitiful collection of fabrics for now.

I mostly did my own thing with them, but I was very inspired by this amazing tutorial, as well as this one and this one.

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