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.


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.


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!

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Beautifully in use!


Please show me if you make one too!

Nintendo DS zipper pouch tutorial

For starters, I’m going to refer your direction to this simple zipper pouch tutorial from Melly Sews. This is the same basic zipper pouch method I use for all of my zipper pouches, plus or minus some extras. In this case the extras include a little flap inside to hold two DS game cartridges, as well as a loop on the outside for a wrist strap.

Nintendo DS cartridges aren’t terribly large…about 1.25″ square, give or take…

And the 2DS itself is about 6″W x 5.5″ H x maybe 1″D at its deepest…

So I cut out my squares for the outside and lining fabric to be about 9″W x 8″ H. I only sew with 1/4″ seam allowances, but I knew I’d end up doing the zipper a little crooked or something, so I’d rather have extra to trim than having too little…

I started by making the inside flappy-cartridge-pouch. I cut a piece of coordinating fabric that was 12″L x 4.5″W…

I flipped it right-sides together lengthwise and sewed up the two long sides, leaving the top short side open to flip it back right side out…

Then I folded up the bottom, clipped it in place, and top stitched it to stay that way…

Plus a line up the middle makes for two separated cartridge storage pockets…

Then this is where I will once again refer to the already-existing pouch-making tutorial, only add in the cartridge-storage-flappy-thing with the outside fabric / inside fabric / zipper sandwich…

The wrist strap I cut about 3.25″W x 12″L…

And I just turned and top stitched down both sides. I never really bother to sew straps like this inside out first, I find flipping them right side out to be too frustrating…

Once again, referring to the already-existing zipper pouch tutorial, I sewed right sides together of the outside fabric (remembering to have the wrist strap in place, too), and then finished the inside lining fabric, and ta-da! I recommend pressing before photographing, but, well…

We’ll see if my daughter will forget about my promise of a zipper pouch for her DS until Christmas rolls around because I would really like to save it as a gift for then 🙂

Also, the overall size of the zipper pouch could easily be altered to accommodate a 3DS or other handheld gaming system, as well as possibly including some quilt batting as some extra padding.

Doll triple bunk bed

The 18″ American Girl dolls are multiplying here, between mine from childhood, my cousin’s from childhood, and an upcoming gift idea, so a doll bunk bed was in order since the doll double bed just wasn’t cutting it any more. I sketched out a general idea, had Home Depot make half of the cuts, and cut the rest by hand at home. Overall, I’m pleased. It works, at least, and kiddo is happy!

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Wood project

Inspiration struck again. Well, actually, this was the original inspiration anyway but my friend and I didn’t have the time to work together to build it until today…

And here are my chicken scratch plans, with the shopping list in the upper left corner. The only change is my friend decided on using 2×6 boards instead of 1×6, but it didn’t alter the other measurements at all.

It’s a big hit with the kids, and it’s sturdy as all get out and weighs a ton!

Lily’s new desk

Here are my plans I drew out…

And here is the finished product…


…Well, almost finished, once the top sets and the clamps are off it’ll be 10% done.

If anyone is looking to DIY this specific little desk, I made it to fit an Ikea kid’s chair that has a 12″ seat height and an 11″ width, and the lists at the top left of my plans are the boards/cuts needed. I had Home Depot do all the cuts for free, including the chalkboard laminate top, and I nailed it all together at home in less than an hour.

Simple hanging kitchen towel, a knitting pattern

Materials: Cotton yarn (such as Sugar’n Cream), appropriate gauge needles (I used size 6), stitch marker, button (optional)

I have knobs on my kitchen cabinets, so I made the button hole with the intention of slipping it over the knobs. You could also make the top portion longer (double rows 6 – 11) and attach an actual button for closure if your kitchen cabinets have handles instead.

Top Portion

Cast on 7

Rows 1-3: K across

Row 4: K2, BO 3 for button hole, K2

Row 5: K2, CO 3 to close button hole, K2

Rows 6 – 11: K across

Row 12 (front side): K3, place marker, inc, K1, inc, K3

Row 13 (back side): K3, P3, K3

Row 14: K3, slip marker, K1, inc, K1, inc, K1, K3

Row 15: K3, P5, K3

Row 16: K3, K to marker, slip marker, inc, K1, inc, K to edging, K3

Row 17: K3, P to edging, K3

Repeat rows 16 and 17 until there are 27 stitches total on the needles ending on even row (front side)

Bottom Moss Stitch

Row 1 (back side): K across

Row 2: K across

Row 3: K across

Row 4: KFB across (54 stitches)

Row 5: P1, K1 across

Row 6: K1, P1 across

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until moss stitch portion measures around 10″ in length, or until your run out of yarn 🙂

Bind off