I'm joining Madam Samm, from Sew We Quilt and Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy, in a blog hop... anything and everything For the Boys. There will be 70 different bloggers posting ideas and inspiration for Boy Sewing... something we all say there's not enough of.
I've modified my Scrappy Fabric Basket tutorial, to make this little storage basket. The dimensions and basic construction are the same, but instead of using scraps to make the exterior, I've cut 2 pieces of fabric 9" x 9". The interfacings used are also different:
- Woven, fusible interfacing for the lining (Pellon SF101)
- Light weight, fusible batting for the exterior (Vilene H630)
I debated whether to add any quilting, as the basket doesn't need it, but thought I'd have a play. Because I know next to nothing about quilting, I added straight lines, stitched 3/8" apart. I'm glad I added the quilting.
The matchbox cars give some perspective. In fact, the basket would be a good size to store small items such as matchbox cars, farm animals and all sorts of knick knacks that boys collect.
Three little cars fit comfortably across the basket. I didn't have enough cars to test how many would fit, but I think it would store quite a lot.
The second basket is larger and as you can see, has a drawstring top. I've taken photos while I was making this one, so will write up a tutorial in the near future.
Because it's larger, the second basket has slightly more structure. I went with 3 random vertical lines and 2 horizontal lines for the quilting. I rather like the effect.
The drawstring enclosure provides extra room for storage and may help keep a boy's room a little tidier. Hmmm... not so sure that tidy and boy go together!!! At any rate, the basket can be carried from room to room, without the contents spilling out along the way.
Possibly the hardest part of sewing for a boy, is finding suitable fabric. I think this one fits the bill perfectly!!! It's Broom Broom Small, designed by my daughter, Tash and printed by Spoonflower on Kona Cotton Ultra. Not only do I love the design, but I am very happy with the quality of the Kona Cotton fabric. I might try a different fabric type next time I order. (Complete range of Spoonflower fabrics.)
Now all I have to do is decide what to pop inside these baskets before I give them as a present this Christmas. I have plenty of time to decide.
I'll be heading over to the following blogs today, to see their For the Boys posts...
For the Boys blog hop schedule .... November 6th - 15th
Edited to add: I've now written a tutorial to make the Drawstring Top Fabric Basket.