I was gifted some amazing Heather Ross fabric in the Instagram #getyourquilywishesgranted tag, and I was feeling rather inspired to make myself something with some of the bits given to me from the Nursery Versary line. I’ve been wanting a little divided basket for my sewing desk for sometime to hold all the little odds and ends I like to keep readily available, so I set out to make one. Since I was going through all the effort anyway I figured I could write out a little tutorial for anyone else interested.
This finished little organizer measures 5.5″L x 3″W x 2.25″H.
Take a piece of normal computer paper and measure 2.5″ squares off of the corners. I drew out the dashed 1/4″ seam lines just so my brain could understand what I was doing.
Cut out two pieces from this pattern–an outside and a lining. I did the same for both.
Then cut 4 rectangles the same size as the flaps. These will make outside pockets.
To finish the top edge of the pockets I like to press the edge under twice…
Then top-stitch it down…
Now take each piece with right-sides together and sew from corner to corner. I finished the bottom raw edge with my serger, though you could zigzag cut it, or just leave it raw.
Here’s what it looks like with all 4 pockets sewn along their bottom edges…
Flip them all up the right way and press.
Then stitch up the corners so that you create a box…
Inside out box…
Right-side out box! Press all the edges so it stands up nice. At this point I also aded a few stitches in the middle of the long pockets to separate the sides a bit.
Cut a 3.5″W x 6″L rectangle from your lining fabric…
Fold it right-sides together and stitch all the way around, all but a little bit at the end, and notch the corners.
Then flip it right-side out and top stitch all around 3 of the 4 sides.
Sew it down across the middle of your lining. I did two rows.
Then sew up the corners so it creates your inside box!
I couldn’t think of a better way to sew up the sides of the dividing panel, so I just pinched it in a straight line and hand sewed it all together.
Fit the inside lining with divider into the outside box with the pockets, fold over the edges, and clip/pin in place.
Top-stitch it down, and ta-da!
Beautifully in use!
Please show me if you make one too!