As my due date approaches, I feel like my projects veer increasingly into the "practical and boring" category. Sorry! I still wanted to share with you what I worked on last week: some cute fabric baskets to stock our diapering accessories. We'll most likely be cloth-diapering this little one and I needed containers for wipes and diaper covers.
These fabric baskets are super easy to make and there are tutorials for them all over the internet. I winged it as I often do and they turned out fine. I used the heaviest interfacing I had for the sides and I am not sure it was heavy enough, but it'll do!
The baby will sleep with us for some time and we've set up the diaper changing station in our bedroom, so I used scraps and pieces of fabrics that I used in other bedroom decoration projects to give it a somewhat connected look. You'll recognize some prints from my burlap art!
The recipe for these is pretty straightforward:
- Cut 5 squares for the sides/bottom in both an outside and inside fabric, cut 2 rectangles for the handles
- Cut 5 squares of interfacing 1/2 inch smaller on all sides than your fabric squares and iron onto the inside (lining) fabric
- Sew all 4 sides together, for the outside fabric and the inside fabric
- Sew the bottoms onto the outside and the inside
- Make handles by folding edge of rectangles 1/2 inch in, ironing, folding in half, ironing again and top-stitching, then attach handles to the outside fabric
- Stuff the outside fabric into the lining and sew around the top, leaving a gap for turning
- Turn right side out, iron and top-stitch around the top, closing the opening
I made and finished these two baskets in one afternoon. The bigger one is 7.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches. The smaller one is 5 x 5 x 5 inches. I think the smaller one holds its shape better. I made the handles on the bigger basket too long and they are floppy.
Altogether, I'm pretty happy with the results -- and how quickly they came together! These will definitely be used a LOT!
Jenny you are on a roll! The fabric is great, and like you say, you will use these A LOT!!! Great job!