Tuesday, January 29, 2008

calling all creative people

Dear all creative friends, I need help. I want these. But they are $19 for the small and $39 for the large.



So I found this fabric today....and I need help from you. I want to make something simular to the above picture to organize toys with and....


to set on these shelves. So any ideas????




11 comments:

Kim said...

Hey I love that light about the shelves. Is that IKEA? I don't have any ideas for you though about the baskets. Sorry.

Kim said...

ABOVE the shelves, I need spellcheck.

Darla (aka...Mrs. Irick) said...

How about covering a cheap wicker type basket from Michael's with the fabric? You're just a little craftier than me if you can figure this out.

Cottonista said...

Hey--cool idea! Scratch head. Chew lip.

I think you have several options. It depends on how involved you want to get.

The basket liner is a good idea, darla--I thought of that immediately too. And you can find patterns for those, because I just checked. (Simplicity 3698, McCalls M4328)

You could also abandon the box idea, and find a pattern for a sturdy, squatty-type tote you like, and make several. Then you could grab and run, depending on what you want to store in them.

And then, there are also some patterns for making fabric boxes. McCalls M5065 for one. But I think McCalls M5074 is your best bet if you go this route--it's a box with "holey" handles that lists plastic canvas on the notions needs, I'm assuming for stability. (Cause how else are you gonna get that fabric to stand up right and act like a big box?)

Or you could just bite the bullet and pay up. Use the fabric for a curtain. Or a dress. Or a diaper cover. Heh heh. That's real encouraging!

By the way, here's a tip you may already use--I have all the major pattern companies bookmarked, and before I go to my creativity store, i.e. Joann's, I make my choice so I don't waste time there.

Cottonista said...

Hey--cool idea! Scratch head. Chew lip.

I think you have several options. It depends on how involved you want to get.

The basket liner is a good idea, darla--I thought of that immediately too. And you can find patterns for those, because I just checked. (Simplicity 3698, McCalls M4328)

You could also abandon the box idea, and find a pattern for a sturdy, squatty-type tote you like, and make several. Then you could grab and run, depending on what you want to store in them.

And then, there are also some patterns for making fabric boxes. McCalls M5065 for one. But I think McCalls M5074 is your best bet if you go this route--it's a box with "holey" handles that lists plastic canvas on the notions needs, I'm assuming for stability. (Cause how else are you gonna get that fabric to stand up right and act like a big box?)

Or you could just bite the bullet and pay up. Use the fabric for a curtain. Or a dress. Or a diaper cover. Heh heh. That's real encouraging!

By the way, here's a tip you may already use--I have all the major pattern companies bookmarked, and before I go to my creativity store, i.e. Joann's, I make my choice so I don't waste time there.

Cottonista said...

Hey did you want me to comment once more, or did you get that the first two times?

Deb said...

I think Joyce has adequately covered the topic but here are some more ideas.

--The blog All Buttoned Up has a tutorial about making small fabric boxes using timtex (stiff interfacing) I don't know how well they would work at the size you're thinking.

--A cheap idea would be to buy some spray glue and cover cardboard boxes. It's not a classy solution in the long term but would probably hold up for a couple of years of bookshelf use.

--Another cheap idea would be to buy the plain canvas boxes that they have at Target or other big box store and then use iron-on interfacing to pretty them up.

Anonymous said...

Leave it to your crafty friends...I'll come over and tell you how fabulous they look when you are done. That will be my contribution.

Krista

Sherri said...

Wow, I'm getting some great ideas just reading from your comments. Can't wait to see the finished project!

Martha Stewart said...

Hey....I have an idea!!!...How bout just spend the money and buy the ones you like....when you are done I am sure you will get a great price on e-bay!! (:
Sincerely, Martha

wanita said...

love, love your taste girl...hope you can figure it out. =+)