I love things to be organised and right now I’m on a bit of a mission to create customised organisation around the house. This week I turned my attention to the little drawer beside my bed. In there are lotions and potions, some bedside necessities; earphones and little book light for sleepless nights; a little supply of very rarely needed night-time medication for just in case (just in case of indigestion, allergy, headache or backache, just in case I don’t want to get out of bed to go looking), and lastly the velux blind remote control so that when I eventually decide morning has arrived I can let the light in without actually getting up. I know exactly what’s in there but I always seem to be scrabbling about to find the very thing I want. So I decided to divide it up and make it easy to lift sections out.
I could have searched around and maybe found some plastic boxes or trays but what fun would that be? What better than to indulge my fabric passion than to sew some made to measure little fabric baskets. A little bit of mathematics and I’d worked out that five 6″ x 4″ baskets would fit to perfection.
I love this Makower Henna collection by Beth Studely, I’d seen it here and there and the colours really appealed to me and seeing it in the Little Fabric Bazaar on Facebook was a sign that it was meant to be mine.
Here’s how I made them.
For each basket choose an inner and an outer fabric. From each fabric cut:
* One 6.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle (base)
* Two 4.5″ x 3′ and Two 6.5″ x 3″ rectangles (sides)
* Cut the same from your chosen wadding
* One 20.5″ x 2″ strip for binding
Work first with the fabric for the inside. Using quarter inch seams throughout sew the four sides edge to edge, alternate long and short pieces, and then join them end to end to make the four sides. Sew the base in place manipulating the turns carefully with the needle down and the presser foot up to get perfect corners. Check that the corners before trimming the points. For the out outside of the basket lay the wadding on the fabric and sew together in the same way.
Place the inner basket inside the outer basket.
Prepare the binding by pressing a quarter inch turnover at one end of the strip and then pressing in half lengthwise.
With the open edge of the strip edge to edge along the top of the basket sew in place making sure to tuck the unpressed end inside the pressed end.
Turn the binding over the top edge and pin in place. You can hand sew this in place but I wanted to have a go at invisibly stitching the outside edge so I stitched in the ditch between the binding and the main fabric and I was pleased with the result. The inside seam looks tidy and it was very much quicker than hand stitching. Very useful on some things but I would definitely still hand finish something like a quilt.
So a very quick make and I soon had the five to fit perfectly in my drawer and it is so tidy and organised, I think I’ll be able to find everything easily and it looks so much more attractive than plastic boxes.
Oh! I did find the edges are much sharper for a quick press in place once the basket is finished. You could use a plastic stiffener instead of wadding for a firmer shape.
As an extra I made two more but made the sides of the baskets 1.5″ higher and turned the tops over. I like these very much and will definitely be making some bigger ones in my quest for organisation perfection!