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« on: September 21, 2008 02:33:50 AM »

Anyone got any ideas/links to tuts/whatever on this topic? 

I've got a big run of bookshelves round 2 walls of a room.  I want to store other stuff in there than books - DH's random tat so it needs to be fairly robust and easy to sling it in, lifting a lid is just far too much like hard work!  I want something very very simple I can sew and knock up dozens of the things in a hurry.  It needs to be stiff enough to stand up but I don't want to use card or whatever as the sorts of things DH will put in it I'll probably have to chuck them in the wash from time to time.   Roll Eyes

My current idea is to put some heavyweight iron-on-interfacing onto fabric, make up into a very shallow tote/box bag (without handles) and then bind the top edge.  Probably I'd have to topstitch the 4 verticals at the corners to keep it squarish at the top and sitting on the shelf properly.  The main box would just be very cheap plain fabric and I'd glue/rough applique fabric shapes to the front.

Any advances on that plan?  I'm sure it's been done before and better!
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2008 09:37:30 AM »

There's a how-to on this at JCarolineCreative. Here's the link:  http://www.jcarolinecreative.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=JC&Screen=STORAGE_BASKETS

The site has a lot of other neat how-tos that you should check out! Good luck and post pics when you're done.

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2008 08:24:42 AM »

Oooh, ooh, there was a super cute one posted on here a while back. I made a few of them, and they were really easy. Almost like a modified Jordy bag. Let me dig through my bookmarks and I'll post it.

« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2008 09:03:19 AM »

Here it is! It's super cute. I actually didn't use any stabilizer or interfacing, just some canvas-type material, and it was fairly sturdy. I definitely wouldn't use cardboard. Maybe a plastic mesh if you want it super sturdy? It's pretty good how it is, though. Hope this helps!


« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2008 07:56:16 PM »

I've used this Laura Gunn tutorial for "slipcovers" to make some old milk crates semi-appropriate for living room use.  Pretty quick/easy.

« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2008 09:59:07 PM »

You can also get some of that plastic canvas material to make the base of the bags/bins with. I make a lot of scripture bags for people at my church and use it in the bottom... works like a charm every time! And it's sturdier than interfacing. Cheaper, too, if you get it when it's on sale. I get mine at JoAnn's.
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