A Place for Everything and Everything In Its Place


It seems like every weekend I have some new plan to finally clean up a disaster area in our house, but by the time the weekend is over I quickly realize that my plan was an epic fail.  I can't even tell you how long I've been trying to clean off the top of my dresser and yet when Sunday rolls around it's always piled  high with clothes that need to be folded and put away.  How does that happen?

My plan last weekend to clean the top off of C's bureau/changing table fortunately was a bit more manageable since in addition to being a much smaller space it's not where our piles of laundry go to die at the end of the week.

The task was also a bit more fun than my usual attempts at organization because it involved a bit of sewing - namely the whipping up a Divided Basket.  With a divided main compartment and a divided outside pocket it made it easy to find the perfect space to put all of C's crap stuff.  Like her diapers and lotions and creams and sprays and medicated ointments and vitamins.

Apparently our one year old is a very high maintenance child.

God help us when she's a teenager.

Pattern: Anna's Divided Basket Pattern

Fabrics: Main fabric - Cruzin by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass and Co.
             Accent fabric - Clown Stripe Red by Michael Miller

Modifications: I interfacing the outside pocket to make it a bit more substantial and I made the handles narrower (because I'm a dumb-butt and used the wrong pattern piece to make the handles.  I'm obviously incapable of reading instructions properly sometimes).


  1. Ha, I just printed out this pattern two days ago and was looking at it this morning! Any special tips? :-)
    It looks FAB by the way... ;-)

  2. beautiful!

    & I have a seven-year-old who makes the average teen look like a bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day.
    I'm screwed.

  3. I think this turned out really cute; it's on the short list. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. ROFLMAO, where laundry piles go to die! I'm ashamed to say that at 30-something, mine goes on my floor. Yes, my floor. I am 12 again... ;o)

    Love the solution to your high maintenance babe!

  5. Super cute! Ugh, my house is such a mess. Always. I don't know where to begin, so I usually just don't. I'd need more than this tote to organize my chaos, but I'm always down for a sewing project!

  6. Nicely done, it looks great! And well done on the cleaning :)

  7. I love the fabric combo. And I love a good group confession about the messy state of our houses. Always makes me feel better. My ambition for tomorrow is to get all the washing folded and actually put away for the first time in... ooh... a month or so.

  8. Ugh yes, the piles! So much worse now that Em is in school and artwork comes home by the armful. I feel like a bad mama throwing it in the recycle, but we have no room!!!

    Love the basket! Such a fun pattern, eh?

  9. cute!!!! Love you fabric choices here!


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