I found this tute
a while ago and made my mom and her sister some bowls for Christmas 2009. Sorry I don't have pics of those, but that's the inspiration for these boxes.
I needed storage for my son's room, and within a week found the perfect shelves. Then I remembered the bowls I had made and how easy it would be to make boxes like them, so I cut out enough fabric and batting to make 12, 2 different sizes, and made these 2, complete with handles:
Learning experience #1: They don't work very well. The smaller one is better, but they are way to flimsy to hold toys. So I figured adding some paper board int here would work, but holy crap, making the handles would be hell! And I was already done with my cutting! I didn't want to cut more. So I set the pieces aside and waited. Then a few days ago I had an epiphany: they don't NEED handles! So I cut up some cardboard 1/2" smaller than the fabric pieces and attempted another.
Learning experience #2: If I'm not willing to bend the cardboard, it won't go through my machine when I want to connect them. Half the connections on that one were hand sewn. Killer on my fingers, but like they day, it's not made with love if you didn't bleed, right? So I despaired again, until I called my mom today (to help with a cooking problem) and while we were talking, the boxes came up and I knew immediately how to do it: don't sew in the cardboard until after they pieces are connected! AHA! So I made this one pretty quickly today:
And now I am happy. Well, as happy as I can be. I was hoping to make them reversible but with the cardboard it doesn't really work. But that's not what's important! We now have boxes for his shelving!
Only 8 more to make. I can do it before the paint cures.