If you mentioned to someone how transformative it felt to clean out your closet, could you imagine the look you'd get in return? Yet chatter about the little book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up seems to be everywhere. We kept a blind eye to it, because (we don't like to tidy and) why would you bring something into your house that was telling you to get things out of your house? Admittedly we grew more and more intrigued each time it was mentioned. We caved and bought it.
After reading it, we concluded that we still don't like cleaning up, but it turns out that the guru of tidiness, and Thread & Whisk agree on a couple of key points. All the things in our home should bring joy, or else why bother? Your joyful things should be at your fingertips, so contain them in a way that is easily accessible.
We took the tidying goddess's principals one step further and created some sewn boxes to contain our beloved chaos. Once we got started sewing the fabric boxes, we realized how easy they are to make and how you can tailor them for any purpose. It requires really basic sewing skills, not many rules and a very simple pattern. Beyond that, unleash your creativity in fabric choices, shapes, sizes and details. We thought you might want in on it too.
Make your box out of something stiff like denim, canvas, or an upholstery weight fabric so that it will hold a nice shape. Or, use a stiff interfacing to give a lighter fabric more body. It is necessary to use something that can be creased with an iron, as this will help your box hold it's shape. From our fabric stash, we chose a linen-look, upholstery-weight woven fabric, and also some stiff unbleached canvas.
Express your own personal style. Stitch a piece of ribbon trim to the top edge, add some small buttonholes to weave a leather cord or ribbon through, stitch a design on the fabric, or whatever else you can imagine. These simple sewn boxes bring a warmth and softness to any room of the house and can be made in many different sizes and materials.
In the end, we find that it's the simple things that spark joy, and for us, making these boxes does just that. Click here for detailed instructions and step by step photos to make Thread & Whisk's simple sewn boxes.