Craft Fail…?

So, another pin-inspired project. I’ve had these little twine baskets pinned for a long time, and I’ve even had the material, we’ll call it jute (honestly, I can’t remember if this is jute or hemp cord, forgive my ignorance), since my craft shopping spree I mentioned previously, but it wasn’t until this week that I actually gave this project a try.

Hmm, well, let’s just say I didn’t have the lovely special twine that they used in the original project, so it went a little less smoothly than I would have liked. Let’s just say that this was my second basket.

The stuff I used (probably jute) was rather unwieldy, and very uneven. It took a couple tries to figure out how to work it. Even after I finished the big basket, I wasn’t sure that I liked it. It was a little lopsided.

After some steaming, I kind of forced it to be the shape I wanted it to be. But it’s still not quite what I was hoping.

I still had some jute (?) left when I was done, so I decided to make a couple of small baskets for odds and ends.

The smallest one was just the last little bit of the jute, I don’t know what I’ll use it for, but it sure is a little bit of loveliness.

So I guess it wasn’t a complete fail. I still think I’ll have to get some of that fun twine someday. For now, these will do.




ps. I’m linking this project at skip to my lou.

















Fabric Baskets: How I Made Them

Remember these:

from the previous post? Would you like to know how I made them?

I’m a little hesitant to call this a tutorial, however, since I have pretty much zero background in sewing and have only completed a handful of projects, but I decided to show you how I made them, in case you were curious and want to make some beautiful containers to wrangle your stuff in. Plus, I bet someone who actually knows how to sew could take my basic ideas and come up with a better way to do this (please do, and let me know!).

What I love most about them is that they are so versatile and so lovely.

If you would like to make your own fabric baskets, click the button below or go to my tutorials tab on the top menu.

I would have loved to embroider something lovely on the outside of these, but my need was pressing, and I didn’t have time to design and stitch something before sewing them. But that would definitely add a nice touch.

I can see these being used to hold all sorts of things, like yarn, fabric scraps, extra cords and electronic what-nots (we have a lot of these since my husband is a computer engineering student), embroidery thread, toys, blocks, diapering supplies, etc. I want to make some to hold projects I’m working on so I don’t have pieces of things scattered everywhere. I also think these would make great “green” gift bags. There are a lot of possibilities. Let me know how you use your fabric containers, and send me a picture of the finished products.

I’m linking this up on Today’s Creative Blog and here:


Spring Cleaning: Fabric Containers

Besides the light dusting of snow that we got last night, this week has been full of the signs of spring. With spring comes graduation for my husband and then…? We Still don’t know what comes after that, the possibilities are very open.

With so many unknowns, I’ve been trying to get myself organized so that I am ready to go wherever we need to go. So the urge for spring cleaning has been kicked into overdrive. And since we will possibly be moving out of state, I didn’t want to procure a bunch of bulky containerage to organize my stuff in right now, but i did want something a little nicer than plastic boxes and bags. You may remember the fabric boxes I made for my toddler’s toys here. Well, I loved how they turned out, but they were time consuming. I wanted to make something a little quicker to hold some of my art supplies, so I decided to go with round baskets. And in the spirit of spring, I decided to do them in a cheerful robin-egg blue.

This was the first one:

So, apparently sewing a circle to the bottom oh a tube is not so easy (does everyone else already know this?). But it was faster to cut out only  six pieces (seven if you want an inside pocket) instead of 20. I decided to try a couple more in different sizes.

The first two I just ripped the seam open where I wanted the ribbon drawstring to go, but I tried some large eyelets/grommets (does anyone know the difference here?) for the big one.

I kind of like the way it turned out, even though I had to attach them upside down because of the way they go together.

I also have been wanting to try this project for a while, so I made a little prototype, with a few adjustments. Can I just say that this little tiny box is my favorite. Yep, it is.

Overall, I’m very happy with how they turned out, and I have plans to make a few more, plus about a dozen of those little boxes.

ps. I’m linking this up on 30 daysTatertots and Jello, and Skip to my Lou.

UPDATE: I posted a tutorial for how to make these. You can find it here.