Fabric Basket


I found this fabric basket tutorial (courtesy of vlijtig) a couple of weeks ago and have been saving it for when I needed a simple but effective project. Tonight I carved out some time and completed one of these in less than an hour.  That time included doing some calculations to convert metric to inches, plus taking a phone call from my mother.  You can probably complete yours in about 30 minutes if you have all your materials ready to go ahead of time, and if you don’t forget to do things like attaching the interfacing before you sew up the lining.  Not that I ever do stuff like that (actually, yes, all the time). I’m blaming that on my heavily medicated condition at the moment, which is a result of refusing to seek medical attention when I knew I was too sick to get well on my own.

The tutorial measurements are metric, so I converted them to inches (sort of) before cutting my fabrics.  Since it’s hard to measure decimals on the typical U.S. ruler, I adjusted the measurements a little bit.  I cut my pieces as follows:

Fabric A: 8-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ (2 pieces)
Fabric B: 8-3/4″ x 7-7/8″
Fabric C: 8-3/4″ x 11-7/8″
Interfacing: 8-3/4″ x 11-7/8″

Instead of ribbon I made tabs out of fabric, finished to 1″ wide.

And here’s a photo of what I’m really using this basket for – to organize the pharmaceutical chaos on my desk.  You didn’t really think I have baskets of pretty thread sitting around on my sewing table, did you?

Tutorial: Cell Phone Pouch

This simple little cell phone pouch was born from my need to keep my phone permanently attached to my body in case someone calls me for  a job interview.  I have a slider phone with very sensitive soft keys on the front, and I’ve accidentally dialed up the internet while carrying it in my pocket, so a pouch is essential.  I’ve been using another pouch I made last year, but I’ve had to tie the strap to my belt loop, and it either comes untied, or my phone topples out of the top when I’m sitting down.  I wanted something that would attach securely to the belt loop of my jeans, instead of a belt, because I don’t wear belts much, and with a flap to keep the phone safe.   [Read more...]

How-To: Wristlet Key Fob Tutorial

Wristlet Key Fob

At the request of a few readers, I’ve put together this tutorial for the ever-popular wristlet key fob. These key fobs are so simple to make, and they are a great assembly-line craft.  You can quickly and easily attach fabric or ribbon to several pieces of webbing in one step, then attach the hardware as your second step. They make great gifts that not only require a minimal amount of your time (very important these days!), but fit into a small budget as well. [Read more...]

Easy Reversible Bag

Easy Reversible Bag

Sorry about being gone for so long — I’ve been developing a couple of blogs and they’ve consumed all my free time for the past 7 or 8 days.  Although they’re still in development, I can now take the occasional crafting break, and so I was able to make this bag. I know, I’ve been using polka dots a lot lately, but I think I’m over that now.

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How-To: PolkaDot Shoulder Bag

Polka Dot Shoulder Bag

I really do enjoy making my own handbags, but I don’t tackle a handbag project nearly as often as I’d like.  That’s mainly because I tend to become paralyzed by indecision.  What fabric should I use? What style do I want this time?  Oh, I’ll make this one… but, no, I think I’d rather have that one!  It’s a vicious cycle.  And sometimes I don’t make bags because, honestly, they can be a bit tedious.  But every now and then, I come across a pattern or tutorial on the internet that is both irresistibly easy and stylish.

I’ve had this tutorial over at Tiny Happy bookmarked for a long time, and I’ve seen so many great examples of the finished bag on Flickr and elsewhere, that I finally had to make one myself.  And I’m so glad I did!  The instructions are very clear, the photos illustrate the steps well, the bag was so easy to make, and I’m really pleased with the finished product.  One great thing about this bag is that there’s only one pattern piece, so you’re not making  a strap and attaching it separately. You can also customize it quite easily.  For example, I made the bag about 3 inches taller because I carry my calendar with me everywhere and needed a little extra height.  You could even shorten or lengthen the straps if necessary.

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