Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Cloth Stacking Blocks

on June 22 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 342 Comments

Elizabeth Hartman from Oh, Fransson! joins us each month for Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus. Today’s Stack & Nest Quilted Block project is a free PDF download and features many of our favorite Lecien prints. Oh, Fransson! is full of information for sewists, whether you’re looking for a small project or a quilting how-to (plus much more). Be sure to browse and enjoy.

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From Elizabeth: This month we’re celebrating all the new Lecien prints in the shop with a fun patchwork project. The tiny animal and floral prints are just perfect for these stacking and nesting blocks.

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There were so many choices that I had a hard time narrowing things down! I used all of the following in my blocks:

For the 6” Block: Minny Muu Teal Mice (Lining), My Folklore Folk Floral Blue, Minny Muu Birdie Tweets Beige, and Lecien Pindot Floral Orange

For the 5” Block: Katie Jump Rope Small Floral Red (Lining), Minny Muu Mother Goose Grey, Minny Muu Tiny Flower Grid Grey, and Minny Muu Tiny Strawberries Blue

For the 4” Block: Minny Muu Bumble Bee Green (Lining), Lecien Strawberries and Friends Natural, Pretty Please Marie Butter, and Minny Muu Vintage Tossed Flowers Blue

For the 3” Block: Minny Muu Tiny Strawberries Pink (Lining), Minny Muu Sailors Natural, Pretty Please Amanda Fleur Royal, and Lecien Tiny Daisies on White

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Because of the small size of the blocks, I recommend using small prints. Besides Minny Muu and the other Lecien prints, Sunbonnet Sue and Windham Basics would also work well.

I also used pieces of Aiden Linen in natural in each block. The natural linen lends a zakka-inspired look to the blocks and offers a nice textural contrast to the various cotton prints.

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While I used square-in-square patchwork for the exterior of my blocks, any patchwork pattern (or even just plain panels) can be used, making this a great project for playing around with scraps and trying out new patchwork patterns.

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In order to make the blocks sturdy enough to hold their shape and be stacked, several types of interfacing are used. Don’t let that scare you off though! The blocks are constructed in such a way that it isn’t necessary to sew through any thick layers.

Print your Stack & Nest Quilted Block project pattern today. This pattern is for home use only. As always, if you end up making this project, we’d love to see it in the Sew,Mama,Sew! Flickr pool.

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342 Responses to Elizabeth’s Fabric Focus ~ Cloth Stacking Blocks

  1. Kara says:

    Fantastic! I’m feeling inspired, will be my next project.

  2. Kristie says:

    I might just try these with my new sewing machine!

  3. Ethel says:

    Awesome tutorial. If you don’t want to blind stitch the inside and outside together, you could turn the inner box inside out and put the outer box inside it, then machine stitch the openings together and leave a small opening to flip it back. I know it sounds kinda retarded, but it’s a lot less hand sewing. Cheers to all the lazy people out there. =)

  4. Kristen says:

    These will come in handy at our house — I know it! And now I can’t wait to get sewing…

  5. Jessica says:

    I just cleaned my daughter’s room and I need something like this for all of her toys. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi, i love it your work!
    Kisses from Brasil

  7. Amy says:

    What a great idea! I’ve just started organizing my craft/sewing room & these would be a perfect addition!

  8. Kate says:

    I’ve been intimidated to tackle a quilt, so maybe I’ll start with these boxes.

  9. Jane says:

    I am inspired for my daughter’s bedroom shelving which is sadly lacking color. Thanks also for the tip about print size. It’s things like that that this beginner is still learning.

  10. Katie Jacob says:

    This is exactly the sort of pattern I’ve been looking for!! I haven’t been able to find any nesting boxes/fabric storage baskets I really liked for my son’s nursery, I can’t wait to go to the fabric store (and then find tmie to make them!)

  11. Anne says:

    This is just what I have been looking for. I have a wrought iron CD tower I want to use in my bathroom for storage and decided that some sort of custom-sized box was needed to help keep the items in need of storing out of site. These instructions will work well. Thanks.

  12. Marlene says:

    These are darling! I love the prints 🙂

  13. Deepali says:

    Very cute and nice prints……..loved it…….

  14. wikifin says:

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  15. victoria garcia says:

    wowow! this is soooo cute! I’d like to make a few myself

  16. Sokunn says:

    I really love these boxes, a friend and I are probably going to be making these soon!

  17. Danielle Senyk says:

    OKAY!!! So I just found your blog….. You are such an inspiration! I have been on your Oh Fransson website and I have not found one thing that i don’t like… Today I just began to pick out fabrics for my first quilt for my daughter… THANK YOU!

  18. Ann Marie says:

    Love this..such a cute pattern and LOVE the fabrics used 🙂

  19. Kat says:

    These blocks look like a ton of fun. This is a new blog for me, that a friend just turned me on to. Can’t wait to see more!

  20. Nicole says:

    WOw these r soooooo darn cute!!! I just went out to buy fabric to make these…super excited to get started!!!

  21. Stacy M says:

    These are so cute! I can’t wait to make a bunch to house all my crafty stuff in!

  22. amy s says:

    these are so great! I can’t wait to make my own!

  23. April says:

    I was a bit scared of these even when I saw the pattern/tutorial. Today I was digging through my scrap box, bored, and decided to give it a shot. I only made one box, but it was really pretty easy, and it came out so pretty!

    I can’t wait to take it to work tomorrow and move my things from my dirty old coffee mug (masquerading as a pencil holder) and put them in my new basket!

  24. ney ney says:

    I’ve been using this version of nesting cubes. http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2008/09/storage-cubes.html It works well with pre quilted fabric as the liner and I recycle the clear vynal from packaging that my sheets (and other purchases)come in.

  25. Christina says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I’ll have to make these for my daughter!

  26. Millan says:

    These are really cute, I love them!

  27. MaryAnn says:

    I am definetly making these cubes…. so cute!

  28. Taya says:

    These are the cutest things I have ever seen. Absolutely going to have to make some for my baby.

  29. This is my first visit here…I was on the Oh, Frasson! blog and thought I’d check you out. I’m glad I stopped by! Thanks for posting these nesting boxes…they’re great! And I think the fabric choices are perfect!

  30. Love these! So cute! 🙂

  31. Laura says:

    Wow. These are perfect for our living room. I have been looking for ages for something to go and now I can make my own. Fantastic, thank you!

  32. Kathy says:

    LOVE THESE!!!!! Plan to make lots.

  33. Lisa says:

    I love these little blocks…such a cute little strawberry. Thank you Elizabeth and SMS for continuing to bring creative and inspiring projects to the blog.

  34. susan says:

    These blocks are very cute. They would make a great baby gift filled with goodies.

  35. Andrea T. :) says:

    These are so fabulous!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful pattern … can’t wait to make them for a special little someone :).

  36. Julie GM says:

    LOVE this! I think I’ll make these for a new little baby girl I know! xo

  37. Serita says:

    Your blocks are beautiful and I love that they are done as fabric boxes.

  38. angelune says:

    these are really nice. i think they would also be cute in a single print or a solid.

  39. Mariana says:

    Lot of thanks for this great tutorial, with so many details in it!
    Looking forward to make it and show it to you!

  40. Ali D says:

    I love the “Fabric Focus” feature, both for the projects and different ideas for how to use the fabrics beyond what I would normally think of.

  41. Mare says:

    Just love them! I couldn’t imagine how they were done, but after looking at the tutorial, I just can´t wait to have time to sit and do some!!!

  42. Missy says:

    Awesome! I can never have enough storage boxes!

  43. Niki Marusich says:

    What a lovely idea. All of the fabric is gorgeous – I can’t choose which one I like best!
    Thank you Elizabeth – Its my next project!

  44. Jennifer Holyoak says:

    OH man , I might have to make these – they are super duper cute!
    Smiles, jEN

  45. Shelley says:

    You have made this look really easy in your tutorial! A definite project to try! Thanks.

  46. Jessica says:

    These are lovely! Such a great way to use up scraps and/or showcase favorite prints. And useful, too! Thanks for this tutorial!

  47. Denean says:

    Be still, my heart! I love Lecien fabrics! And the boxes are most beautiful!

  48. Kristin says:

    So cute – I can imagine lots of uses for those!

  49. Georgia says:

    Oh how fun!! These are soooo cute!

  50. Katie says:

    Oh I am definitely going to make these! I love the look of them and how they seem to be designed with functionality in mind as well as looks (not all blocks or boxes are, unfortunately). Can’t wait to try!

  51. Jocelyn says:

    So cute!! I think I’m going to have to make a set of these for our new baby on the way!!

  52. KatieV says:

    I love these! All of my kids, even the 4-year-old, would enjoy playing with these… heck, I would too!–I wouldn’t be able to stop oohing over all those precious fabrics.

  53. LadySnow says:

    Oh my…these are adorable and an excellent idea. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  54. Evelyn says:

    I absolutely adore these cute fabrics! All I have to do now is decide which ones to buy (errm… all of them??) 😉

  55. Heather L says:

    Exquisite work. The fabrics and stitching make one want to touch these blocks…

  56. Julianne says:

    I can’t wait to start sewing!

  57. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. These boxes are so cute.

  58. Jessica T says:

    Beautiful and useful, looks like a winner!

  59. Robert Mahar says:

    Elizabeth, these blocks are wonderful – thank you so much for sharing!

  60. Courtney N. says:

    Oh how beautiful!! I can’t wait to try these!!

  61. Leah says:

    These are adorable– and would be perfect for a playroom! I love the fabrics too. thanks!

  62. Andi says:

    These are so neat! I’ve been looking for a way to store things in my cubicle shelf system and I think I found it! Thank you for showing us how to do this.

  63. batlady says:

    Adorable blocks!! Might make two sets, one for storage and one for play!

  64. Erin says:

    I love those florals! Would be great for little girl clothes for my niece…

  65. Ariane says:

    Very cool. I can see these being really useful around the house!

  66. Christina says:

    Elizabeth always comes up with the cutest patterns! I love her blog.

  67. These look really cute and useful 🙂

  68. angie says:

    so cute! these are a little intimidating, i must admit. i think they would make great gifts!

  69. shannon says:

    These nesting totes are adorable! I need more hours in my day

  70. Monica Montgomery says:

    Awesome post, those blocks are adorable. I can’t wait to try out the tutorial. Thank so much 😉

  71. kimmer says:

    Oooh… my youngest will LOVE these! I’m off to dig through the stash and see what will work! Thanks for the great idea!

  72. Mary says:

    I love the fabric choices.

  73. Kara says:

    Great little blocks/boxes. They would be incredibly handy to help stash stuff away in attractive little containers.

  74. Carrie Picott says:

    Darling! So cute, I think that I would enjoy playing with them more than my daughter!

  75. Suzanne says:

    I love the boxes and the fabrics…but then…when don’t I love the fabric 🙂

  76. Sherri says:

    How neat! These will make great gifts. Thanks for the tutorial.

  77. Kara says:

    Oh my goodness! I am in love with these boxes, and I will definitely be making them. It is just a question of when with all of the projects I have lined up right now!

  78. Jessica W says:

    Adorable boxes!

  79. CAK says:

    Just stummbled across your website and I love it. Thank you for the great pattern!

  80. Serena says:

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I’m going to make some for my nephew’s birthday! 😀

  81. Sarah says:

    oh the cuteness! fabric choices are stinkin adorable 🙂

  82. julia says:

    Gorgeous little blocks! It makes me wish my daughter were just a bit younger so I could make some for her. Thanks for the tutorial.

  83. Sandra says:

    I love these. I think in brightly colored fabrics they would be perfect for a baby gift.

  84. Deb V says:

    These are so cute. I am going to go through my stash and make a set. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  85. Melissa says:

    I love this. I’m a huge Oh Fransson! fan already. I’m going to make these as boxes to help me keep organized. Love it.

  86. Nicole says:

    I love the textural quality of the blocks! Thank for sharing.

  87. Kimberly says:

    These are precious! My daughter and I are going to make some for organizing their desks in our school room. Great tutorial as well!! Thanks so much!

  88. By LuLu says:

    I love those… They would be great for organizing my craft room as well as a baby’s room! Now if I can face my fears of quilting…. I’ll have to make these! As always I love all your stuff and enjoy reading Oh, Fransson! Thanks for sharing!!

  89. Jasmine says:

    some wonderful blocks there. Maybe I’ll try my hand at them.

  90. Penguin Treats says:

    Lovely as always. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  91. Nicole says:

    So cute! I know I’ll be making these for all the LOs in my life come holiday time – thanks so much for sharing!

  92. Anna says:

    Elizabeth always makes the best projects!!!

  93. I love Elizabeth’s site and these are so cute and very handy to have. They would be prefect in the kids room or the sewing room.

    Thanks SMS for another great project 🙂

  94. Sonja says:

    Oh wow !!! I really need to make these to organise the kids rooms…wonderful…thank you

  95. Liz D says:

    This is such a great idea not only is it super cute and would make good storage but it is also cute as a toy for kids. I can tell I’m going to be making a lot of these in my future and maybe making a final four sided block to fit in the smallest block.

  96. Lisa says:

    These are great, what a fun project!

  97. Stephanie says:

    What a beautiful idea! But I’ll have to practise a little first, I think….

  98. Cute blocks. Thank you for the tutorial. 🙂

  99. Kymy K. says:

    These are awesome!!! My kids had some card board ones (Melissa & Doug I think?) that they loved but the twins chewed on them when they were teething & that was the end of them. These will make great baby shower gifts!

  100. Meghan says:

    This is a great idea. I am definately going to give this a go..

  101. Gerwerken says:

    This will be cube pattern….., 5 or 6 maybe. They have all looked okay in the end, but have been a pain to sew. I am hoping this one will be the winner. Thank you for all of the wonderful tutorials!

  102. Christine B says:

    what beautiful blocks – I wil have to try them for my daughter

  103. Angela says:

    I love these! It makes me want to have a new baby!

  104. Sharon Griffith says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial….I think I will make a set to help me organize my stuff….I will post toyou when I get them done….


  105. Annwen says:

    Great idea! They look fantastic too!

  106. Lorajean says:

    I can’t wait to sew these up! Thanks again for the amazing tutorial.

  107. Alana says:

    Ohh, I just love her blog and these cute boxes are no exception to the great work she does! I can already think of a few places around the house where they would come in handy!

  108. Cheryl says:

    I’m always needing places and containers to put a variety of things in and these are so pretty and functional. Did I say that I love that they are so pretty?? Thanks for the great tutorial and really clear pictures.

    I just love your site because everything you present is so well done and thought out, together with being functional and attractive.

  109. Paul says:

    I love it! I can see one of my cats trying to curl up in it though. ;]

  110. Terriaw says:

    Wow, what a fantastic project! I love the nested boxes. I can see using these in a zillion ways, especially in my sewing room and in my bathroom. These would make great gifts too.

  111. Deborah S. says:

    I love these blocks! So cute and useful. I know what my new granddaughter is going to be getting from her Nana soon!

  112. Sarah says:

    Pretty fabric used in these nesting blocks and I can think of many things to use them for in addition to gifts for Babies. Thanks Sarahe4e

  113. Talia Carbis says:

    THis is GREAT! can’t wait to make my own!!

  114. Julie says:

    I follow your site daily and was wondering if i can enter competitions as i am in Australia
    Ta Julie

  115. FS says:

    I love love love the idea! So creative and the fabrics are super cute. Thank you for sharing.

  116. Ananda says:

    So cute. My 11 month old would love to play with those. Guess I’d better get sewing.

  117. Mary says:

    What great baby gifts these would make! As well as scrap and notion holders for me! Love love love the fabric and finished blocks!

  118. CJ says:

    Oh yeah, I NEED to make some of these boxes! For supplies and to decorate my sewing room! I LOVE THEM! Thanks for the tutorial.

  119. jenn says:

    I love the fabrics used in this project! I love the idea of nesting boxes I can think of so many objects that need storage! Another great project from Elizabeth, thanks!!!!

  120. Stacy says:

    Thanks for such a cute project. I’ll keep it in mind for the next little one who comes along!

  121. Andrea says:

    What a fun project!

  122. craftytammie says:

    Adorable project! I love the fabric combinations, they are all so charming!

  123. Christine says:

    Too cute!!

  124. Sarah says:

    This tutorial looks really simple – can’t wait to try it out!

  125. Heather says:

    Love these. i hope to try them soon.

  126. Deanna says:

    I have been thinking about a similar project with round baskets and this solved a few problems I had encountered. Thanks for the ideas to move me forward.

  127. Linda says:

    I love these blocks! Thanks for the information!

  128. Carol says:

    I looooove this project. Cute boxes!

  129. Maryam Y says:

    Wow, those blocks are really nice. I’ve used Lecien fabric two times so far, I’m a new sewer :), and they seem nice.

    Thanks for the download.

  130. Libby Dillard says:

    Those boxes are so cute!

  131. Bonnie says:

    So cute! My daughter would love these (she’s 16 months) and they would make great gifts too!

  132. Emily says:

    I so love these blocks! What a great idea– thanks!

  133. Tina Melczarek says:

    Love your projects so very much :: grins::

  134. Pam says:

    These are so adorable. What a practical & fun idea you can use for so many different things. Thank you!

  135. Katherine says:

    OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!! They will look SO cute in my daughter’s room! Thanks for sharing.

  136. Mandi says:

    Just yesterday I was at the fabric store. My 2 year old kept herself busy by stacking a set of nesting baskets. These would be perfect for her! And, I’ll have to make several of the big ones to corral the small messes around my sewing station!

    Thanks for the tute!

  137. Lindsey S says:

    those would be perfect for organizing my sewing space! bobbins in one box, scissors/rotary cutters in another, buttons in one more, etc etc (one for the kittens toys too!) Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  138. Leslie Newton says:

    Beautiful, creative and useful. Who could ask for anything else?

  139. Jennifer says:

    Those blocks are so so cute! I especially like the 5″ one with the geese. And the 6″ with My Folklore which is probably my favorite line ever!

  140. Tricia L. says:

    Cute fabrics! These would look great in a nursery!

  141. Jan B says:

    These are so cute for a baby or organizing my sewing room!! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  142. Claudia says:

    This boxes are super cute!! I’ll try to make them for my new baby’s nursery

  143. kclever says:

    These are so cute! I hope to try them… soon, before my nephew is too old for blocks.

  144. Perfect! Now I know what to do with my new Spoonflower fabrics. Thanks for sharing this great project. Kelli

  145. Becky says:

    Thank you ! Thank you! With our first Grand Baby due in January I am really looking for nifty and original projects like this!!!!!

  146. Shannon says:

    Those are really just too cute! I’m thinking a set if those would look great in my daughter’s room!

  147. Jeni says:

    Very cute project and a great way to practice some quilting techniques.

  148. Teri says:

    Those fabrics are perfect for the boxes.

  149. SugarMama says:

    Darling! I think I may have to make these for my son!

  150. Emily says:

    Those are darling!! Gonna have to make these for my niece!

  151. Sara says:

    This is adorable! I was guessing you used plastic canvas, but then they wouldn’t be very soft at all!

  152. Celeste says:

    These are just lovely–and would make a great gift for my newborn this Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing!

  153. super cute! i think i’ll have to try making those, too!

  154. alison says:

    These blocks are so cute! Little ones love to put in and take out. I can see a set of these in the future for a friend that’s going to have a baby later this year. Love the fabric choices!

  155. Judy Weibel says:

    Love, Love, Love the little boxes. I “WILL” make time to complete a set! Just too cute!!!!!!

  156. Vanessa M. says:

    These are great! Thanks for the free pattern download.

  157. Cheryl says:

    Love it! What a cute idea and easy to follow. Will have to try this out for baby on the way!

  158. Marissa says:

    These would be great for my kids to learn stacking and motor skills. Thanks

  159. Kelli says:

    oh WOW!!!! Thats all I can I even say!! already bookmarked!!!! These are now on my baby gift list for sure and I think I may make some to decorate my new craft room!

  160. Casey says:

    Fabric boxes at Target run at least $10, and aren’t nearly as cute. My small apartment could definitely use some more organizational items… these boxes are next on my list to make!

  161. Angela says:

    Thank you for the pattern. This looks like a lot of fun.

  162. Jennifer says:

    Love these! I have several friends expecting this year, and I was looking for something unique to make them, and these are perfect. Thanks!

  163. Dot says:

    These blocks are just what I was looking for as the final piece in a baby gift package I am working on. I have fabric left from the quilt I made that will work for the blocks. Elizabeth’s work continues to inspire me and I am just waiting for her to write a quilt book.

  164. Melissa H. says:

    These are adorable. Thanks for the tutorial!

  165. These are so cute! Thanks for another fun tute, Elizabeth!

  166. Kim says:

    how cute!

  167. christine says:

    these are so sweet.

  168. Colette says:

    Love these blocks! I am always looking for additional items to give to my friends’ babies along with their quilts. These would make a great accessory!

  169. Rose P in AZ says:

    Clever use of the prints. Gorgeous project for a child’s toy or an adult’s storage solution. Love it.

  170. Julia M. In MI says:

    These stacking boxes are great! I love the patterns on the fabric. Very cute!

  171. Paula in NH says:

    I can see these blocks made with some ABC fabric I bought recently. They would make great learning tools for my grandson. Thanks for the project.

  172. Rebecca says:

    I love them!! Thanks for sharing!!

  173. Amy says:

    these are fantastic!

  174. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    I always appreciate your easy to follow tutorials. I just recently inspired a friend to start sewing again after she saw my “April bag” and now she made one for a gift….. she will soon to as addicted to sew mama sew as I am.

  175. Molly B. says:

    Adorable! Making fabric boxes is so fun but I’ve never thought of quilting them. These look much sturdier than the ones I was making. Can’t wait to try these!

  176. Jo says:

    I just love these fabric boxes. We just decorated my 15 year old DD’s room in zebra print and I have been looking for some boxes to put on her computer desk to match. I have lots of fabric leftover and this is the project for me! Wait until my DD sees this!! Thank you for sharing!

  177. Fantastic! Great tutorial! I have always been a little scared of quilting but this may be the shove I needed! I must give it a go, they look so great and the fabric is lovely. Thanks. x

  178. Amy Godinez says:

    Those are so cute

  179. Serena says:

    Oh my! These are adorable!!!

  180. Tam says:

    Those are amazing! And have just added them to my sewing list! How clever!

  181. Karin says:

    Those are great toy storage – I even could use them for decorating my sewing room. Thanks for this torturial

  182. Liz says:

    that strawberry and yellow daisy fabric is to die for. good vintage. 🙂

  183. Lisa says:

    I love these! They’re such a great way to use up some of my scraps or maybe even some pieces of my daughter’s baby clothes as she outgrows them. She’d love playing with these 🙂

  184. Page says:

    Gosh, I wish I had seen this sooner. Those are LOVELY and the fabric choices were spot on! (:

  185. i am in love with every, single, print used in these blocks!!! so sweet!

  186. Kylla says:

    Awesome! Functional and Fun!

  187. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    What a great idea using this wonderful line of fabric. Thank you for supplying the how to!!

  188. angel says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome, very well instructed tutorial! I see Christmas presents being made soon. 🙂

  189. Angela Moore says:

    Oooh, I love those cute blocks and so many babys arriving soon – the perfect project!!

  190. Christine says:

    What a beautiful project…thank you so much for sharing!

  191. Carol says:

    Wow! What a great project for small prints. Thanks for the pattern!

  192. CarolE says:

    Love this tutorial — I’ll have to save it for one of my fall projects!

  193. Ramona says:

    How cute. These would make a great baby gift or great to use in your sewing room.

  194. lina says:

    Thanks a lot! what a great tutorial and inspiration!

  195. Tiffany says:

    Thank you Thank you!

  196. Christina says:

    wow these are so cute! what an adorable and unique idea!

  197. Regina says:

    These are so simply wonderful!!

  198. Cheryl says:

    Those nesting blocks are wonderful! Thanks so much for the pattern! And I love small prints, and can use some of those as well. I think it’s time to shop!

  199. pat says:

    My grandaughters birthday is arond the corner..What a great project…Thanks for the tutorial witht he use of exciting fabrics…

  200. Rochelle says:

    It’s like you read my mind. Some storage boxes were next on my list of projects!

  201. Tina says:

    These are so adorable! I need to find someone with a new baby to make them for!

  202. Katherine says:

    want them!

  203. L says:

    This pattern looks a lot nicer than a lot of those fabric boxes/baskets tutorials out there. I have trouble with linings fitting into things without being too much fabric or rippled so this looks like that might solve that problem. I can’t wait to try this because I haven’t found a fabric box tutorial yet that I was actually able to do. I love Oh, Fransson’s work so I’m especially excited to do this tutorial. I also love that the pattern/tutorial is ready to download in a pdf file.

  204. Katie Mitchell says:

    Love the KatieJumpRope fabric!

  205. LAuren says:

    Love the nesting boxes and the fabrics used to make them! Those would be perfect for a craft room!

  206. Ariane says:

    These are wonderful! I love the way you put the colours together. I am going to add it to the “must sew” list! Thanks for the tutorial!

  207. Julie says:

    I need some of those for toy storage. They’re brilliant!

  208. Leslie says:

    What a great idea, they are so cute! Thanks for sharing this project!

  209. Missie says:

    I just found out today about a new baby coming in my extended family. These are so cute!

  210. Vickie Angell says:

    Too cute! I see lots of possibilities for even the tops and sides of blocks. Thanks for sharing!

  211. Chris Z says:

    The blocks are so cute – love the picture of them nestled. Elizabeth is so talented and I love your fabric choices. Thanks for the tutorial.

  212. Christie says:

    Another great tute from Oh Fransson! I just made her Margaret Bag and have it on my blog as a giveaway, open until 6/24/09 noon MST.

  213. jackie says:

    what a cute project! thank you for the instructions.

  214. Lisa says:

    Very clever idea.

  215. Nanci says:

    Oh these are so cute! I’m not sure what I would use them for but I will have to try my hand at a set in hopes a baby will show up someday that needs her own set of blocks!

  216. LisaC says:

    Those are so cute!!

  217. Megan says:

    Great idea!! These would be handy in my toddler’s room. So many cool projects on this site. 🙂

  218. Kaye says:

    Very cool. They’d make great gift boxes too (for worthy enough recipients! LOL!)

  219. Christina says:

    Oh Fransson! You are very clever and so lovely for sharing.

  220. Judy says:

    Sew cute! Thanks for sharing it with us! I can think of lots of ways to use these!

  221. totally cute!

  222. Kristine says:

    Love those blocks!! Thanks for the tutorial.:)

  223. Michelle says:

    How great are these? I might actually be able to contain some of the clutter around here with these, and have fun doing it! THANKS.

  224. Mare says:

    This is such an adorable idea! Great tutorial! Thanks!

  225. Valerie says:

    Oh cool project!!

  226. Laura says:

    Cute idea!

  227. Monica says:

    What a cute idea!!! I have a brand new niece and I’ve been looking for something new to make, I’m so tired of all the usuals. This fits the bill completely. I absolutely love Elizabeth’s blog. She has some incredible talent. Her quilts are just gorgeous and I’m always drawn to them.

  228. Emma says:

    What a creative idea for storing all those little bits you have around the house! Great idea!

  229. Trudy Callan says:

    This is a very cute project. Thanks.


  230. Marlene says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial

  231. Sara D. says:

    This pattern is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!

  232. alisha says:

    Oh, I love that Minny Muu Tiny Strawberry Pink print!

  233. Amy Hachem says:

    these are great and the tutorial was very clear! I think i may have to give this one a try!

  234. Keilah says:

    Those blocks are so precious! Wow what a great idea for a baby shower gift. Thanks for the great pattern.

  235. Leah says:

    Very cute nesting blocks! I love them!

  236. shannon says:

    What beautiful fabric choices! These blocks are so cute!

  237. Heather says:

    Oh my gosh, these boxes are so fabulous!! I love them! Thank you so very much for sharing the tutorial! 🙂

  238. Jean says:

    What a tutorial! This is just what I need to make some beautiful storage for my sewing space!

  239. Kristin says:

    I was just thinking of getting my little one some nesting blocks, but now I am so making them! Thank you!

  240. Carrie P. says:

    I just love those boxes. And the fabrics, perfect.

  241. kern says:

    So cute! i love minny muu.

  242. Tina Mackey says:

    Too cute! I’m adding it to my list of projects!

  243. Sara says:

    Oh, Fransson is a fabulous resource and inspring blog. Thanks for the project!

  244. Bethany says:

    I love Elizabeth’s creations! These blocks look like great fun. Thanks for the great sewing machine month.

  245. Tiina says:

    At first I thought the box was filled by some cardboard, but then I found out I was wrong.
    I have tried to find some nice box and I think I have finally found it.

  246. Amy says:


  247. Amy Hunter says:

    I just might have to try to make some of these boxes someday!

  248. brooke says:

    i can’t decide which I like best, the insides or the outsides of the blocks! I am putting this pattern on my to make list. Thanks for sharing!

  249. Pamela Smith says:

    What a great idea – quilted stacking boxes! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win prizes ~

  250. Cira says:

    What an awesome project! Thank you for the instructions! I especially love the colors in the photos–teal, pink, blue, yay! 🙂

  251. Cecile says:

    I love that ! Great idea, and they can double as boxes when the child grows up. The fabric are beautiful, too. Thanks !

  252. Sally says:

    Oh my gosh! Those are darling! And so well timed! I was thinking my wee one was ready to start stacking some blocks!

  253. Wagonwife says:

    Wonderful blocks. Love the quilted details.

  254. Amy D. says:

    These are really cute. I really like the way the prints work together to make the project look just so. I’d have had trouble picking out that many prints to go well together.

  255. Stacy says:

    Those are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  256. Ellen Ban says:

    As usual, a great tutorial…thanks, Elizabeth!

  257. Karen says:

    I’ve seen a few other storage box tutes, but this takes the cake with the patchwork details. I’ll be whipping some up for the baby’s room.

  258. Anne says:

    These are precious – love them.

  259. Jeanne Ann says:

    How cool. I can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

  260. Hilary says:

    These are so fun! I can’t wait to try this tutorial out 🙂 Thanks Sew Mama!!

  261. georgia says:

    Oh my. I *NEED* to make those blocks! I’ve been eyeing all those cute prints, too. Just fabulous.

  262. Nancy Mc says:

    Love those blocks. No, really. I LOVE those blocks!!!

  263. Nanna says:

    Oh! I just printed the directions and am going off to get started on these! I have a grandchild due in October….

  264. Very cute! I think I’ll give them a try! My daughter’s a little old for them now, but they will be perfect for my new daughter! We just started the adoption process again, and this will give me something to do for her while I wait for her. Thanks!

  265. anja says:

    love the prints, love the project! want to read it right away to find out how you stabilized the sides.

  266. funderbug says:

    Looks like a super fun project!

  267. Desiree says:

    What a wonderful project. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas 🙂

  268. Pam says:

    Oh! How handy! Forget the kids and kittens playing with them… Momma needs a new way to store her sewing stash. 😀 These cute blocks might be just the ticket! Thanks so much for sharing!

  269. Jessica Fuester says:

    Those are so cute! Just what I’m looking for in my craft room to store away misc. things. And the Lecien fabric is perfect for them…just so happens that I have some waiting to be used! 🙂

  270. Becca says:

    Adorable, and your fabric choices are great. Thanks for the tutorial.

  271. sarah says:

    So cute….I’ve always been attracted to nesting sets!!

  272. Mary P says:

    Very cute. These would make a great baby shower gift.

  273. Helena says:

    How cool are these. Thanks

  274. Carissa says:

    What a great project! Add it to my never-ending list of things to make before the baby arrives in the fall!

  275. Mary says:

    I think I’ll make these, but as nesting boxes–to be used to put stuff in. Thanks for the clear instructions.

  276. susan says:

    Thanks for another great project! Such talented ladies!!

  277. Becky says:

    Beautiful fabrics! I love the picture with the blocks nesting inside the next larger. Too cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  278. jaybird says:

    great tutorial!! thanks soo much!

  279. Need to Sew says:

    Wow! I can just see my sewing supplies neatly organized in these, and those prints are just too cute.

  280. Amber says:

    Absolutely adorable! What a perfect baby shower present!

  281. sewinggirljen says:

    I have to make these! What a great way to get organized and use scraps! Love it – thank you!

  282. Kristin Beckwith says:

    I am continually amazed by not only Elizabeth’s talent but her teaching skills as well. She is my favorite sewing coach. I can’t wait to make these boxes.

  283. Leigh says:

    Such a great idea = and they look like so much fun!!!

  284. Aimee says:

    Those are adorable! Perfect for any aged kid!

  285. Grace says:

    These would make a perfect gift for my nephew.. now I need some tiny truck prints..

  286. Kaye Prince says:

    I love Elizabeth’s blog and I’m so glad that she has this tutorial here. Thanks for all of the great tutorials; keep it up!

  287. Wendy says:

    Looks nice. I could see using them in my baby girl’s room.

  288. Melissa says:

    Very cute project!

  289. Diana says:

    These are great!

  290. Adrienne says:

    Wonderful! I really like that fabric line. Boxes are much needed at my house but somehow keep getting jumped over on the to-do list. This tutorial may have given their status a little more backing. Thanks! =]

  291. jm says:

    Beautiful work, as always!!

  292. I’ve never seen building blocks made from fabric. I love these stackable blocks. I think they would make a great baby shower gift. Very nice.

  293. Tanya Barrett says:

    Great project, thanx for sharing…

  294. The nestling boxes look like Christmas presents to me. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  295. joyanne says:

    these are really cute! i can’t wait to try them!!

  296. Lisa says:

    This is a wonderful project! I can’t wait to make some of these for my girls.

  297. Margie says:

    Oh these blocks are so beautiful! I can see using these for all kinds of things! Beautiful.

  298. Sally says:

    Elizabeth just rocks… her creativity and talent are astounding! I can’t wait to try these!

  299. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been looking for something just like this. Thank you so much!

  300. Meg says:

    I love the boxes!!! I just don’t have any use for them right now…. hmm, I need to find one!

  301. Bethany says:

    Those blocks are so cute! THey would be perfect for stacking or storing toys in! And I love the fabric selection that Elizabeth used! Thank you!

  302. Danielle says:

    I want to make some of these for my sis in laws nursery! She’s the first on my side of the family to be having a girl and I am going just a bit girl craft crazy. 🙂

  303. tammy says:

    wow these are so cute! what a great idea 🙂

  304. Patty says:

    Great project. My sister is expecting child #3 and this baby will be the last one for the family so this would make an excellent gift for her and the bambino. Thanks for sharing!

  305. Sarah E. says:

    how cute! I LOVE those!!!!

  306. Sara says:

    How cute! The prints you used would look great in a baby’s room! Great for storing diapers or other baby items, or just fun to play with!

  307. Linnea says:

    I love your tutorials! They’re so clear and easy to follow. Thanks Elizabeth!

  308. Missy says:

    Fantastic project for adding fabric decor to the kid’s room. Thanks for the inspirational fabric choices and for the tutorial too!

  309. Carrie says:

    Those are so cute!

  310. Joy says:

    I like these!

  311. Alice says:

    These are so cute! I can think of about a million uses for them.

  312. Monica Gee says:

    What a fun thing to make for kids. I can’t wait to try it out!

  313. Lorene says:

    Those are adorable! I can’t wait to make some for my boys.

  314. Lauren says:

    Cute and useful, the best of both worlds! Love that Minny Muu tiny strawberries, I can’t get enough of the red and turquoise combo lately.

  315. Amy says:

    I love the method you used to create stiff sides on the block without having to sew through all those layers. Very clever. Thanks!

  316. Melissa says:

    Oh, there are WAY too many wonderful projects to try!! Man! My first stop, though, should be taking the machine out of the box, no? :o) I am going to try these boxes…one day…

  317. Ephi says:

    These are wonderful blocks! Great craft project to put on the list…thanks for sharing!

  318. Joanna says:

    This project is sooooooo great!!!! What a perfect baby gift, when you can’t stand to make one more bib, burp cloth, blanket, etc…..

  319. Kim B. says:

    These are fantastic! Thank you for sharing this with us!!

  320. Casey says:

    I was just thinking of a project like this. Thanks so much for the pattern – what perfect timing!

  321. I love these! The prints work perfectly! I’ll have to try this out.

  322. Lynne in NC says:

    Anything, and I mean anything, that Elizabeth Hartman brings to the sewing table is gonna be great! Thanks for the sweet idea and the wonderful tutorial.

  323. Nellie says:

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I’m definitely trying it out!

  324. I love the stackable boxes, they would be so perfect in my daughters new room!

  325. Britt says:

    cute, i could fill my whole ikea shelf with quilted baskets like this!

  326. qsogirl says:

    what a nice, clear tutorial! This would make a great baby gift 🙂

  327. Beth says:

    These are so cute! I would love to use them for storage. Will print out the pattern as soon as my printer starts working! I just got some of the red Katie Jump Rope – thanks for the pattern!

  328. Carrie says:

    What a great idea! I’m going to give this a try.

  329. Tori says:

    At first I thought these were baskets to hold things, which would also be handy, but they are especially cute now that I know they are nesting blocks. Great project, thanks!

  330. Katie says:

    Cute. I’m totally loving the fabric. These look great for baby!

  331. carmel says:

    that is such a nice project! i realy hope to do that for my futer new born baby :-)thanks for the tutorial!

  332. Megan says:

    I love the blocks! Such cute fabrics and a great tutorial.

  333. great project! Looks like it would be especially fun for a closet organizer or a kid’s room.

  334. Courtney says:

    These look so cute stacked.

  335. Nichole says:

    these are so cute! what a wonderful idea! 🙂

  336. Heather says:

    these are so pretty and practical. what fun!

  337. Lady Beverly says:

    I love the boxes and the fabrics. Just beautiful – I’m going to try to make the boxes for my friend for her birthday.



  338. Katie Bowlby says:

    What a great project! This looks like so much fun.

  339. Jenie says:

    Those are beautiful, thank-you for sharing the pattern with us.

  340. Grace says:

    Love the prints – especially the tiny strawberries. Nice project – thanks for sharing.

  341. Michelle says:

    I love these blocks! And the fabrics are super cute.

  342. Cynthia I says:

    These blocks are fantastic. Love the quilted exterior set. The tutorial is great and very clear. Thanks for sharing this great project.

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