Wednesday, August 1, 2012

You Need One of These!


This pattern has been around awhile but I thought I would post about it because I think anyone who has stairs and kids needs one of these. even if you don't know it yet! This pattern also hold a special place in my heart because it was my first sewing pattern and the beginning of what is now my pattern writing / fabric addiction. I'll put the story on that later in this post.

stair basket pattern

Now available for purchase at Cozy Nest Design, Craftsy, Etsy, youcanmakethis.com. For  wholesale through The Pattern Peddlers and me.

The Beginning of the Addiction Story:
I decided I needed a basket for my stairs. I have a 3 story house (don't be impressed, one of them is the basement) and two children who have an endless need to reassign items from their rooms on the second floor to the entryway of the first floor.  But, after a long search, all I could find were baskets like this:
Nothing wrong with that - perfectly lovely, but wrong with my decor. So,I went on a search for one that was made out of fabric. Nothing. So I decided to make my own.  I have always enjoyed crafting things and had some experience sewing through a purse business my friend, Lisa and I co-owned for a number of years. A basket is pretty much like a purse, right,? How hard could it be?  Well, hard enough! It took another 2 years for me to figure out the right design and combination of materials to make a sturdy, stay-on-your-steps sorta basket (yes, I did think about and do other things during that time - but still!).  



I love my stair basket and use it daily. Unfortunately, my kids only use it once a week, when I schlep it upstairs, dump it in the middle of the hallway and nag until they take their respective items but, hey, nothing is perfect.