Here's an alternative to expensive stair baskets: instead you can sew some easy stair bags to help remind yourself or family members to return items to where they belong.
I ended up deciding to try fabric bags because I have lots of fabric to use and it made a lot more sense than leaving baskets on the stairs to trip over (or for kids to get into).
These were pretty simple and I used heavy home decorator fabric that I purchased at a big fabric yard sale.
For size, I honestly have no idea how big they are because I didn't measure. I took my fabric, folded it in half with the fold being the bottom of the bag, then I estimated the width for three bags from the width of fabric that I had. I cut out all three bags. Once I'd done that, I folded over the top edges on all of them and sewed to finish the edge off.
Next I made some straps from coordinating fabric. I sewed them onto each side of the bags.
Next I serged down both sides of each bag with the fabric right sides together. If you're using a sewing machine then you can do a straight stitch, then use a zig zag to finish the edge instead if you're concerned about fraying. You can stop here if you want.
BLOCK CORNER BOTTOM: Then to make a block corner (no idea what this is called normally), I pinched the bottom of the bag up a bit and the side down to create a little triangle... I sewed that and cut it off (serged it and my serger cut it, but a sewing machine would work fine too). I hope that makes sense.
Overall I'm pleased with how they turned out and I'm hoping it will help me stay more organized in the future and not forget to put things away... particularly sewing things as my sewing scissors and thread and fabric all seem to migrate around my house.
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