I thought I would try my hand at writing up a tutorial for the storage boxes I sewed yesterday. They were fun and straightforward to make with a nice mixture of machine and hand work.
When I "worked" for a living, one of my responsibilities was to write up/edit user and maintenance manuals for the equipment the company sold. Call me weird, but that was my favorite part of the job!
Time required: 1-1/2 hours
Materials cost: $0-$15
- Approximately one fat quarter fabric
- Stiff batting (I used Floriani Stitch-N-Shape)
- Two buttons
- 4" of 3/8" elastic
- Matching thread
- Scissors (rotary cutter would be good)
- 2 safety pins
- CD disk
Step 1: Cut it out
From the fabric:
- Using the CD disk as your template, draw two circles on the wrong side of your fabric.
- Fold the fabric in half so that you can cut two circles from each tracing at the same time.
- Cut out one circle on the line you traced. You will have two circles of fabric the same diameter as the CD. These are Fabric B.
- Cut the remaining circle approximately 1.4" away from the line traced. If you use a different seam allowance, cut that amount away from the traced line. These are Fabric T.
- Cut one strip 9&3/4" x 16. This is Fabric C.
From the batting:
- Trace two circles using the CD again as your template.
- Cut one circle on the traced line. This is Batting T.
- Cut the other circle approximately 1/4" (or your seam allowance) to the inside of the line. This is Batting B.
- Cut two strips 4&1/2" x 15". These are Batting C.
Step 2: Sew in circles
- Machine sew Fabric B circles, right-sides together, leaving an opening of approximately 2". Backstitch at each edge of opening.
- Turn fabric right-side-out and insert Batting B as shown. (Try not to crease the batting.)
- Slip-stitch the opening closed.
- Disc B is completed!
- Fold the 2" elastic strips in half and sew one on each side of Batting T. Mark the position of the elastic onto the marked Fabric T circle.
- Machine sew Fabric T circles, right-sides together. Leave a 2" opening to insert batting; back-stitch at each side of the opening. At the markings for elastics, leave a 1/4" opening; back-stitch at each side of the opening.
- Pull the elastic through the 1/4" openings so that it is on the right side. You may need to crumple or bend your batting to do this. Once through, put a safety pin on the elastic to prevent it from sliding back in. Turn the circle right-side-out so that Batting T is inside Fabric T.
- Fold the remaining opening to neaten, and pin it closed.
- Sew the entire edge of the circle with a straight or decorative stitch. I chose a zig-zag.
- Disc T is completed!
- Iron Fabric C lengthwise in half (like a hotdog).
- Machine sew along one short edge and the long edge, leaving the remaining short edge open, forming a sleeve.
- Turn the sleeve right-side-out to insert Batting C.
- The simplest way to insert the batting is to fold down the sleeve as far as possible, then unroll onto the batting.
- Fold sleeve openings in, but do not stitch closed (unless you absolutely have to).
- Cup is completed!
- Slip stitch Disc B to Cup. Start in the middle, or at either end; I chose the middle for some unknown reason. I stitched the fabric such that the cup would sit on the outside of the bottom by sewing the inside-side of the cup to the bottom side bottom.
- Slip stitch the side of Cup. To make this as neat as possible, I stitched together the inside fabric first, and then the outside. Be sure to catch a piece of the batting with each stitch.
- Sew a button on each side of the cup to match the elastics.
I'd love to see photos of your storage box!