Added bonus: it cost me $0. That's right: FREE. I had some old batting and this really nice Waverly Home Decor fabric in my stash crying out to be used:
I'd won the fabric as a prize in a design competition a few years back - when I'd created this fabric clock project:
Knowing I wasn't out any money really helped. If things turned disastrous, it wouldn't be a loss, right? I tend to get paralyzed with indecision when tackling a new home project, because I'm afraid I'm going to mess up and waste valuable materials. Great mentality for a crafter, right? Ha.
- Ratty storage cube
- Home decor fabric ( I used about 1 1/2yds)
- Poly batting
- Staple gun
- Sewing machine
- Notions: Yard stick/ruler, rotary cutter
Then, I carefully cut through one side to easily take it off in one piece:
The base unit was MDF & thin wood veneer. Not nice on it's own, but perfect for upholstering with a little padding & fabric:
I measured the sides and decided to cut four pieces that were 1/2 inch wider on either side (for the seam allowance) and 2 inch higher on top & bottom for folding in. For the lid I added an extra 1/4 inch on all sides of the top piece and for the lid side strips, I added 1/4 inch to the short sides and 2 1/4 inches to the height. I also cut the same pieces from my batting.
I stitched the four sides together to make the main shell and did the same with the corresponding batting.
I slide the batting into place and then carefully pull the fabric "sleeve" over it. It was a snug fit, so I went slowly to keep the batting from shifting.
I measured my fabric sleeve all the way around and shifted as needed to make sure there was 2 inches on all sides:
Once everything was even, I set to double folded the raw edge under and then stapling it down underneath and on the inside. Holding it taught is key.
I started in the middle to anchor things and then folded the corners in, flattening them down and then stapling down the sides over them:
For the lid I stitched the thin side pieces to each of the lid top sides with a 1/4 inch seam allowance:
I made sure to stop stitching a little bit before the ends, so it would be easier to do the short sides:
For the sides, I pulled them together and stitched down, crossing over the stitching at the top to get the corners nice & crisp.
So often DIY projects look great in those far away beauty shots online, but get next to them in real life and the homemade-y quality jumps out. Maybe I'm too much of a perfectionist, but when I'm asked "Oh, did you make that?" that always translates to "Cause it looks like it!" in my mind. I guess this is a reminder to keep on trying, because sometimes it'll end up a winner!