Who has two thumbs and is a week late on this blog? THIS CHICK!
I’m finally sitting down with my coffee and cranking out this post while the kids are in bed.
Have I mentioned that Pinterest is the devil? Well, it is. It’s the Mother Time Vampire, enabling craft addiction. I love it.
Anyway, over the weekend, I made not one, but TWO baskets.
The first was inspired by this tutorial by Design Sponge. There’s never a shortage of packing materials around here and the finished basket just looked so awesome that I had to try it.
My paper strips were a bit shorter, so my basket is a bit more shallow. That’s fine, because what I really wanted was a place to store some spare diapers and wipes. Also, because the strips were shorter, I fashioned a kind of rim around the top since there wasn’t enough strip left to tuck inside. I just used a double length of paper strip, folded it lengthwise down the middle, and hot glued it over the top edge. Fast, easy, cheap. That’s my kind of project.
The second basket was based on The Stitchin’ Chicken’s fabric basket/bucket tutorial. I was digging around in my fabric stash (which is pretty lean compared to the yarn stash), and found two fat quarters left over from the puff quilt project. Once I actually squared the pieces up, they measured 20″ x 16″. I cut a piece of kraft paper to that size and then experimented with folding up the edges until I found a depth that I liked.
The sides were about 4 1/2″ high. I cut out a square of paper 4 3/4″ (the 1/4″ was for the seam allowance), and used the square as a template to cut the corners of the fabric and batting so that I ended up with a kind of cross shape. And then I followed the tutorial (minus the handles). I couldn’t decided which pattern I liked better on the outside, so after fiddling around with it for a bit and turning it inside out and back I few times, I learned it didn’t matter. Once sewn, you can flip it inside out to whatever color suits your mood or decor that day. I want to make lots and lots of these and drop them all over the house to catch clutter, toys, hair bands, and all the other stuff that five kids strew around the house. Our stairs are abnormally wide, so I might make a few for every other stair.
Next project – um….who knows? Hopefully it’ll be within the next day or two if I’m not too busy trolling around on Pinterest.