Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Adventures, Explorations and Nursery Baskets

The moon is the first milestone on the road to the stars - Arthur C Clarke

With my Grandson, Oliver, due next week, I need to get some project finishes under my belt ready to take out with me when I go to Seville to meet him.

Oliver's space theme nursery was originally inspired by these fab Rocket Age fabrics by October Afternoon for Riley Blake (Rocket Main Blue/Rocket Captain Blue/Rocket Stars Orange) and Ana asked for storage baskets to finish off the room and after seeing Flicky's Knitter's Dream Basket she specifically requested a larger version of Noodlehead's divided basket pattern for nappies.

I've increased the measurements to 14" (L) x 8" (D) x 9" (H) and moved the central divider offsetting it to allow more room for larger size nappies.  I've divided the front pocket into 5 sections too.

Next I've made 3 stacking baskets.

Want to make your own?  
  • They're just a square base with rounded corners and a rectangle of fabric for the sides the same length as the four bases sides added together plus an extra 1/2" for seams (you can just use a circle base if you prefer and then measure your side to equal the circumference of the circle plus an extra 1/2" for seams).  
  • The height of the basket is up to you - just add a 3/4" for seams.  
  • Add a layer of Pellon 809 Decor Bond or 808 Craft Fuse interface to the outside and base and sew the together using a 1/4" seam. 
  • Now sew the sides together again using a 1/4" seam.  
  • Create the same for the lining (you can use Decor Bond again on the base to make it firmer but you don't need it again on the side). 
  • Press the top edge of the outside and lining down by 1/2" to the wrong side of the fabric.  
  • Put the lining inside the outside with the wrong sides together.  
  • Line up the top edges (adjust turnings if necessary so the heights are the same) and top stitch at 1/8" then repeat at 3/8".

You can turn the top edge of the containers down to whatever height you like.  You can see here where I've previously had the top turned down to - that happens when you use Decor Bond though you can iron it out again to some extent though probably not fully.

I've added tabs to the top of one of the containers before top stitching.

Having 3 fabrics I've alternated each for the outside, inside and base

and, of course, I've added my labels.

And how do those baskets look in use?

There's 54 x 16-28 lb nappies in that basket, perfect!

And the final line-up?




 Full Of Goodies

I can't wait to hand deliver these and making them reminded me that two years ago I shared my eldest son Jack's graduation quilt with you - I mentioned then that he'd always been my little adventurer and explorer, I wonder if he'll pass those aspirations on to his own son Oliver?  

So back to that Arthur C Clarke quote at the top of the post and I hope my Grandson finds the moon when he travels his own road to the stars.

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