DIY Fabric Storage Boxes + Tokyo Apartment Tour
Welcome, welcome welcome, to. Our very spacious Tokyo, apartment. This. Video is sponsored in part by Benina, hello, if you haven't been keeping up with me on Instagram then this is probably a bit of a surprise I'm living in Tokyo for the next three months we're actually here me and leshawna for the chana's waa he got a three month position as a researcher, at a Tokyo University from, April till June and I wasn't about to let him go for three months without me but because I my, work is on the. Internet I am lucky enough to be able to work from anywhere anyway we've basically got confirmation about this position and our apartment one, month ago it would have been a hectic stressful. Busy, month trying to get everything prepared for moving. Our entire, lives overseas. For three months with the added benefit of being chronically, ill because when you're chronically, ill it just makes everything especially. Moving. And traveling just that little bit more difficult but we made it and we're here anyway Tokyo apartments are not known for being the most spacious. Spaces. We actually, lucked out and got a whole, 30, square meter apartment. Most places that we looked at were actually 15. To 20 square meters basically, they just consist of one room a tiny, bed tiny. A kitchen, so the apartment we ended up with it actually has, a small living room as well as a tiny bedroom and a tiny kitchen so we're feeling quite lucky but it does make me feel like a small two-bedroom place, in Sydney was literally. A mansion, anyway 30 square meters it a lot smaller than the space we are used to living in and when we arrived the apartment, had very. Minimal, furniture, had, a couch table. TV bed. That's. It so when we got here we were like oh no, where, do we put, out things, like we don't have heaps of stuff but like where do we keep my, sewing supplies a laptop, my cameras and filming equipment after living, here for a couple of days it became clear that we needed some storage solutions, if we didn't just want to live among our possessions, so that's when I came up with the idea of sewing some fabric storage boxes I want to make some that can slot underneath, the TV cabinet here maybe one that can sit next to the bed to keep cords tidy - Brandon empty corner of our bedroom that is just sitting here not being useful at all Anika hi going to sew fabric boxes I'm assuming you didn't take us machine with you I didn't, but Benina Japan have generously, learned me there be three three five which is honestly a perfect.
Sewing Machine for a really small space if you're interested, I'll be talking about this later at the end of the video but for now let's get into the tutorial let's Marie Condor this and make some really pretty fabric boxes, first I'm gonna figure out the dimensions of the boxes I want to create I want my boxes to go under here so I measure out this space and what, I want to do is make two boxes, that fit side-by-side. Together here each with dimensions, of 10, inches wide 11. Inches deep and 5, inches tall the template for a box looks like this so, imagine, you've cut down the edges of the box and laid, it flat and this is the five faces, that make up the box so from here I can translate, the, dimensions, that I want my box to be to this flat box to figure out just how much fabric I'll need for each box so the base is going to be a rectangle that's the width times the depth so 11, by 10 inches, and each, side of the books will be five inches tall and then depending, on which side it is it'll either be ten, inches long or 11 inches long that, means the piece of fabric that I'll need in order to cut out this box template, is five plus 11 plus five, equals 21, inches on this side and five plus 10 plus 5, equals, 20 inches. On the other side. I'm. Going to add a whole inch to both sides for seam allowance and, bam, to easy so for each box, of the, dimensions, that I want I'm going to require a rectangular, piece of fabric that's 21, by 22 inches after, figuring this out I went to a fabric, store, use a wire looking. For fabrics that are heavyweight so canvas non-stretch. Denim etc, apparently this fabric has the centered, Scandinavia. Hot. Tip bring a lucci with you to will around your fabric bin so. I ended up getting this. Plain, heavyweight, 100%. Cotton on stretch denim for the outside of the box, this pretty mid weight canvas, material for the inside the lining of the box and thick, heavyweight, iron on interfacing that, will keep the box sturdy, then, for each box I cut out a rectangular fabric that's 21 inches by, 22, inches. Next I and the fusible interfacing to. The denim piece with, the adhesive side facing, the wrong side of the denim next, I'm going to cut out a five inch by five inch square, from each corner because five inches is the height that I want my box to be hot tip once, I measured and cut out one square I used this as a template, for all the other squares so I didn't have to spend time measuring those out as well and save those cut out squares they, can come in useful I'll show you in a second I repeated, this for the pretty lining piece as well now those, leftover, squares I'm going, to use the lining squares to make pockets, for the inside of my box to, do that I sandwich two squares right sides together and then I sewed them together like this with a 3/8, of an inch seam allowance leaving, a 2 inch gap down the bottom I. Cut. The corners off the seam allowance making sure not to cut through the stitches then turn to this right size out through the gap making sure to push out the corners and. Then. I sewed up the gap and I gave this whole thing in iron, I want, to sew this to the side of the lining here but I can't go past here, this kind of invisible, line because, that will be the bottom of the box to, figure out where that line is I folded the flap down like this and created, a crease now as long as the pocket is placed above this crease it'll be fine it won't be on the bottom of the box and it won't mess up the box's structure, so I lined, up the bottom of that pocket piece with that crease and then I pinned it into place and I sewed it around three edges like this I also used up the squares cut out from the denim and interfacing. Bits to make myself little mini boxes. Okay so I still had these extra, tiny squares, left and I don't know what to do with there is other than continuing, to make recursively, smaller boxes like some Drost esque sewing, nightmare there is a limit to my thriftiness, is what I'm saying, anyway I'm making these little boxes because I desperately needed, somewhere to put my sewing clips because I forgot to bring any container, for that so I made this little denim box out of there scraps with a matching lid anyway back to the main project, time to put handles on this I want to put two handles, here and here on opposite, sides of the box the handle material is, going to be this bag strap webbing, so I'll show you how I did this on one side of the box on one of the shorter sides of the outside, box I made a mark two and a half inches from the edge here and two, and a half inches up from the bottom here.
I Repeated, this on the other side I then measured the distance between those two marks, which is six inches and then I added three, inches, to, that measurement to get a total of nine inches I then cut nine inches of bag strap webbing, and while. We're here I cut one for the other side as well. Okay. So I attached the strap by first placing it right sides down on the left mark yeah I pinched this into place and then I started on going back and forth with a zig-zag stitch a few times to make sure it's attached really, securely. Half, an inch from the cut edge of the strap then I pulled the strap up and over like this to the other mark on the right and then placed the strap on top of the mark like this and pinned it into place now, I'm going to sew it like I did on the other side about half an inch from the cut edge of the strap here however, this one is a little bit more difficult, to sew on so watch carefully after, setting the presser foot down on the strap I moved the strap forward out of the way of the. Needle, with one hand while going back and forth with the zig zag a few times to make sure it's turned strongly, into place then I press the strap down at the sides doubling, it over at the edges leaving this bulge of, strap in the middle so that I have plenty of fabric to use as the boxes handle to get my hand in there and pick it up then on each end of the strap I sewed, a little, square. Shape with a cross in it like this. I. Repeated. This on the other end and that's. The handles done now let's, construct this box for accuracy, although you can skip this step if you want I'm gonna make a mark with pen where I need to stop sewing at each corner while sewing the side seams for the box so, going from the corner, I'm going to make a mark half an inch straight down and half an inch going straight across drawing, a straight line that protrudes from both, I'm going to draw a cross where these two lines intersect here. This, shows the spot where I need to stop sewing in the next step next I grabbed the two adjacent edges and I folded them right sides together to match them up I honestly, showed, this a lot better when making my mini box because I can fit it all in the frame more easily so using my model the tiny box this, is what you have to do once, those two adjacent edges are pressed together I am going to sew them together using, a straight stitch and a, half inch seam allowance from, the top edges right down to that X that I drew on before. I. Repeated. This on all four sides, and ended, up with, this it's, kind of a box shape woohoo I, then, repeated the exact same thing to make a box out of the lining fabric. So. Now I have one outer box that can stand up on its own and one, rather more floppy lining, box next, for both of the boxes I clipped the seam allowance smaller, on all, the seams that I just sewed and then I turned to the outer box right sides out. Now, it doesn't look very box, shaped yet, but all it takes is a good ironing to put the boxes creases, into place I turn to the lining right sides out as well this is so I can iron in the creases but it will be turned back inside, out before being CERN to the outer box to iron the creases in place first, I folded down each side from corner to corner I pressed, on this firmly with, my iron and it. Gives me a nice edge to the box I repeated, this for the other three sides. Once. That's done I folded the box wrong sides together along, the seam that I just sewed and ironed, that down. Then. I repeated, this for the other three seams now it's a books it still has a little bit of give at the edges it is native fabric, after all but this is what a fabric box should look like and then I repeated, this ironing process, for the lining to give the lining shape now time to put the two together first, I turn to the lining back around, so it was inside out again and then, I placed the outer box into, the inner lining, box which took a little bit of time and struggling because the two of the same-size after, all if your box is a rectangular, prism like mine rather than a cube, make sure the after short sides match up with the lining short sides and the long sides match up with the long sides etc. Also the right sides of both fabrics should be touching I clipped the lining, to the outer box at each corner and then along the entire top edge all the way around, next I sewed the lining to the outer with, a 3/8, of an inch seam allowance using, a straight stitch and I made sure to leave a gap of about 4 to 5 inches along one edge.
Then. I trimmed down the seam allowance as close as possible to the stitches and then I reached through that gap I left open in the lining and I pulled the box right sides out through it now this part is a little bit tricky because the box is quite thick, and sturdy but don't be too worried about messing up the box creases, because they can be ironed back yet if you're struggling to pull it out go, back and seam, rip a larger gap at the top of the box so I got two here where, the lining is out of the box and then I pushed the lining back down into the box and there, we go almost, done next, I rolled the edge of the box so that the lining is just, on the inside. And. Then. I into this into place all the way around the top edge including, where the gap in the lining is. Then. I top stitched around the entire box starting, at that gap that we pulled the box through to close it up and then continuing, all the way around the top edge. This. Is a little bit tricky I found it to be a real, workout, for my arms because of how heavy the fabrics are at this point serger slowly, and take your time after, a final iron to make sure the box is looking most, boxy. It is, done. Storage. Achievement, unlocked so, this took me about two and a half hours to make so it's a really good project that can be made and an entire craft, a nerd or lonely over a few days now I'm gonna do a little apartment, tour of my 30 square meter Tokyo, space but first I want to talk about this, sewing machine you know last year I became a Benina, ambassador, Vanina makes amazing sewing, machines and I film in a super professional advertisement. Like a whole film crew came to my house and now that out of me is in their stores and in pamphlets, and magazine, ads and stuff like this came with this machine that I'm learning here in Japan which was a bit of a truth unboxing, the machine taking up the information, and seeing my face working, with Benina has been amazing, although this bit here that you're watching is technically a sponsored, spot I want you all to know that it was me who approached, Vanina because before I was an ambassador I used a Bernina sewing machine myself, for many years before this I had an entry-level Vanina. Banette but even though is the entry model it never let me down this sewing machine here the be 335, it is suddenly a level, up so it's above that chiba, entry level machines but still below the super fancy high-end. Does, everything for you industrial, level sewing machines now i talked about this in the advertisement, that I did for Benina which I'll link down below if you're interested in watch like the difference between an, entry level machine and this machine is very noticeable, the way this machine feeds, through fabric oh I drool, it's basically, like every fabric that I'm using even if it's satin, or silk or something hard to work with it's like it's just woven, cotton the way each fabric feeds, so easily through the machine there's certainly no bunching, up or eating of fabrics ever I remember when I was sewing on the straps of the boxes back in the tutorial, yes so I just used the standard Universal sewing, needle didn't have to change to a thicker heavy white needle I could sew through two layers of thick, bag, webbing one layer of heavy interfacing.
And One layer of thick denim all together with, ease that is hacking. Impressive. Also, this baby she, purrs it's, so nice, and compared. To any machine I've ever used before servers at 900 stitches per minute which is 15, stitches. Per, second which is also very impressive, and very good for an impatient, Annika and finally while it's a super powerful machine it's also really compact, and easy to move about it's a testament, to the size of this machine that it's really easy to use in a 30 square meter apartment, and not get in the way I love the, Benina 3 through 5 and, its sister machine the B 3 to 5 I also got to try out also, while this one is a loan from, Benina, Japan I was given one of these to, keep for myself and it's back at Sydney awaiting my return and I honestly believe that I'll have it and be using it for the rest of my life it's just such high, quality. And I know that, vanina's are built to last and the machine of choice for schools and universities, and hospitals, where they need something sturdy and reliable and, finally you know that I get pretty sad when companies, are not at all transparent, about who is making their product or where they're being made because that means they're likely hiding something, well I'm very proud, to say that Benina is totally, upfront with, where and how their machines are made they are they're in factories, and they have videos and photos of all of their factories, up on their website they have a factory, in Thailand which is here and, one in Switzerland which is here they're not hiding, anything which, is a, big, thumbs-up, if you're looking for a product that is made ethically, okay, I'm gonna stop hopping on about how much I love this machine I could go on for hours it is time to, do an, apartment, - let me go get my fisheye, lens it will be needed oh. Hello. Welcome to our apartment so here's the little designated. Shoe, only, area where you have to take your shoes off and here, I'm switching, to my very cute. Little. Best lip is that I got here in Japan or some. Rubbish in the corner which is great to see don't film that exactly, it's recycling, this is where we keep our shoes so when you come in you put your shoes in here mm-hmm okay so when you first step into the apartment, on the left here you have the laundry room we've got a pretty, decent washing. Machine and laundry. Powder and like towels and stuff like that set up that. Laundry. Room is a stretch on my. Right here as you walk in is the toilet unfortunately. It's not a japanese-style, one but it does have this cool feature where when. You flush it. The. System refills, and. You can wash your hands here. Although. When you actually sit on the toilet and close the door your knees do hit the door, it is quite petite, and then, just pass the washing, machine is the fridge. Firstly. I put this really cute I found this at a thrift store here, in Japan I think it's a really cute little further but, um which honor disagrees. With me but please back me up and it's really cute right and it's really good and it's not creepy, right I'm, correct, the fridge is a pretty decent size and we've also got the microwave on top of the fridge and a kettle and then, here in the little kitchen room, we've, got sink and we've got a one burner stove. Which. Is really easy to cook on isn't it which owner it's a little bit challenging and then we've got plates, and stuff after, they washed they kind of they've got the drying rack so they drip into the sink and then we just kind of shoved food and medicines, up here not in a very well arranged, way maybe we need some boxes up there then across. From the kitchen is the shower room this is its own little self-contained. Sort, of unit so it's really easy to clean you just close the door and you can shower just, spray it around anywhere, it doesn't matter why the. Bathroom. That has a control panel you've, got one for the. Air. Circulation, for the fan you, can make it dry. Hot. Not. So hot and something. Okay. This one is for the extraction fan, you can seal it off so the whole thing is a plastic, unit that's like kind, of outside and then you can turn this one on to actually heat it up like a heater this one is dry, air so, you can put clothes, in there and dry your clothes if it's raining outside and then this one is cold air for summer if you want to be keep the bathroom court and then you can also you, turn this on and that is the water heater and you can turn it to whatever temperature you want for showering we usually have it on for two degrees for showering yeah and that's the bathroom this is actually, unit that we was talking about that you control.
Now. Let's take you into the main part of the. House, the. Living room so there's a door that separates oh there's a door that separates the kitchen and bathroom we've, got my sewing machine, sitting nicely here on the tail, now. This is a little bit unusual for the, Tokyo apartments, we were looking for most didn't actually have this living room it was just that and then straight to the bedroom, so. This, is fairly, spacious the, fact that we even have a living room at all the. Apartment came with a couch a TV and, a, table that has like a little extender, extender. Extendable. Thingy if you, wanted to I guess have guests over old alright having one or two people in this space would be quite, cramped we, have a, closet which has, my underwear in it so I don't really want to show anybody there's an air conditioning, unit oh. And. Here is where I put my boxes, oh oh, oh. Such storage so nice yes I put all my recording. Equipment on that one this, is how they're actually used and my fabric in this one yeah. And then finally, this is the bedroom the bed is actually massive. It's actually two single. Beds kind. Of smushed, together to. Make a big bed but they gave us some very attractive. Brown, and, other Brown, blankets. To. Use but. They are quite snuggly, and warm which is good would you call this brown I'd, call it like pews here's what, an attractive name for an attractive color this is my friend buggy, buggy. I found. Buggy here in Japan and we're best friends now and it's not just because I'm missing my dog at home a lot I actually just, I can't. Sleep without a plush toy yes, I'm 26 who cares never. Too old for a plush toy buggy. Oh oh. Yeah there's, even slidy doors that separate the living room from the bedroom which, is pretty neat and then finally, skin, scoot. Around here, finally, here is the balcony weather, has a clothesline set up for us to dry our clothes on and I. Guess, stand. Here being. Cool. Yep. Very. Cool. So, our balcony, um looks out over all of our neighbors, so we tend to be quite quiet, out, here it's very quiet and. Take your neighborhoods, that's, great back inside. I'm. Putting that in the video. Also. The wall texture, is something that's kind of interesting in Japanese homes and apartments, a lot of them have this sort of texture if you can see it on the camera it's like fake paper, and, it's kind of spongy. It's, very interesting so. That is alpha square. Meter apartment, this is kind of the typical apartment that you would see in Tokyo and we're, pretty happy with it, we'll have to do a little bit more storage, organization, but, apart from that it's a really good place to be for three months I really, hope you enjoyed my video thank, you so much to Vanina for supplying me with a, beautiful sewing, machine the be 335, let me know if this video was useful for you or if you'd learn something here and I will see you all in my very next video but bye for now thank, you to all of my supporters on patreon and coffee for making this video possible to. Support these videos so that I can keep on making them go to Chrome open fire convoy, slash Anika Victoria for a one-off donation, or to support me on a continual, basis go to patreon.com, forward slash Anika, Victoria even if you can only give one dollar a month that is extremely, helpful to ensure, this channel keeps running.