Small divided sewing desk basket tutorial

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.

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Cut out two pieces from this pattern–an outside and a lining. I did the same for both.

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Then cut 4 rectangles the same size as the flaps. These will make outside pockets.

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To finish the top edge of the pockets I like to press the edge under twice…

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Then top-stitch it down…

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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.

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Here’s what it looks like with all 4 pockets sewn along their bottom edges…

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Flip them all up the right way and press.

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Then stitch up the corners so that you create a box…

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Inside out box…

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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.

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Cut a 3.5″W x 6″L rectangle from your lining fabric…

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Fold it right-sides together and stitch all the way around, all but a little bit at the end, and notch the corners.

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Then flip it right-side out and top stitch all around 3 of the 4 sides.

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Sew it down across the middle of your lining. I did two rows.

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Then sew up the corners so it creates your inside box!

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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.

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Fit the inside lining with divider into the outside box with the pockets, fold over the edges, and clip/pin in place.

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Top-stitch it down, and ta-da!

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Yay!

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Beautifully in use!

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Please show me if you make one too!

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