DIY Fabric Storage Boxes + Tokyo Apartment Tour ๐Ÿ 


Welcome. Welcome. Welcome to our very spacious Tokyo apartment. [upbeat electronic music] This video is sponsored in part by Bernina. 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, out me and Luciano, for
Luciano’s work. 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 basically got confirmation about
this position and our apartment one month ago. So It’s 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. ‘Cause 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, tinier kitchen. So the apartment we ended up with 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 our small two bedroom place in Sydney was literally a mansion. Anyway, 30 square meters is a lot smaller
than the space we are used to living in. And when we arrived, the apartment had very
minimal furniture. It had a couch, table, TV, bed. That’s it. So when we got here, we were like, oh no,
where do we put our things? Like, we don’t have heaps of stuff, but like,
where do we keep my sewing supplies? Our laptops, 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 wanted to make some that can slip underneath
the TV cabinet here, maybe one that can sit next to the bed to keep cords tidy or in this
random empty corner of our bedroom that is just sitting here not being useful at all. Annika, how are you going to sew fabric boxes? I’m assuming you didn’t take your sewing machine
with you? I didn’t. But Bernina Japan have generously loaned me
their B 335, 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 Kondo this [inaudible 00:02:28]
and make some really pretty fabric boxes. First, I’m going to figure out the dimensions
of the boxes I want to create, I want my boxes to go under here. So I measured 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 5 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 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 box will be 5 inches
tall. And then depending on which side it is, it’ll
either be 10 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 5 plus 11 plus 5 equals 21 inches on this side
and 5 plus 10 plus 5 equals 20 inches on the other side. I’m going to add a whole inch to both side
for seam allowance, and Bam, too 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, Yuzawaya, looking for fabrics that are heavyweight, so canvas, non-stretch denim,
et cetera. Apparently this fabric of the scent of Scandinavia. Hot tip, bring a Luci with you to wheel around
your fabric bin. So I ended up getting this plain, heavyweight,
100% cotton non-stretch denim for the outside of the box. This pretty midweight 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 rectangle of
fabric that’s 21 inches by 22 inches. Next I ironed 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 5 inch by 5 inch
square from each corner because 5 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 cutouts squares. They can come in useful, I’ll show you in
a second. I repeated this for the pretty lining piece
as well. Now there’s 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 three eighths of an inch seam
allowance, leaving a two inch gap down the bottom. I cut the corners off the seam allowance,
making sure not to cut through the stitches. Then turned this right size out through the
gap, making sure to push up the corners. And then I sewed up the gap and I gave this
whole thing an 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 those other than continuing to make recursively
smaller boxes like some [drust-esque 00:05:59] 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 them. So I made this little denim box out of those
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, and 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 here. I pinned this into place and then I sewed
it on going back and forth with a zigzag stitch a few times to make sure it’s attached really
securely, half an inch from the edge of the strap. Then I pulled the strap up and over like this
to the other mark on the right. I 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 to the strap forward out of the way of the needle with one hand while
going back and forth with the Zigzag a few times to make sure it’s sewn strongly into
place. Then I pressed 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 box’s 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 the 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 I need to stop sowing
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 ’cause I could 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. Wo-hoo! 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 side’s out. Now, it doesn’t look very box shaped yet,
but all it takes is a good ironing to put the box’s creases into place. I turned 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 sewn 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 I ironed that down. Then I repeated this for the other three seams. Now it’s a box! It’s still has a little bit of give at the
edges, it is made 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 turned 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 are the same size, after all. If your box is of rectangular prism like mine,
rather than a cube, make sure the outer short sides match up with the lining short sides
and the long sides match up with the long sides, et cetera. Also, the right sides of both fabric 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 three eighths 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 in. 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 to 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 ironed 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 work out for my arms
because of how heavy the fabrics are at this point. So go 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 crafternoon or leisurely over a few days. Now, I’m going to do a little apartment tour
of my 30 square meter Tokyo space. But first I want to talk about this sewing
machine here. Last year I became a Bernina ambassador. Bernina makes amazing sewing machines. And I filmed this super professional advertisement. Like a whole film crew, came to my house. And now that ad 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 trip. Unboxing the machine, taking up the information
and seeing my face. Working with Bernina 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
Bernina, because before I was an ambassador I used a Bernina sewing machine myself for
many years. Before this I had an entry level Bernina Bernette,
but even though it was the entry model, it never let me down. This sewing machine here, the B 335, it is
certainly a level up. So it’s above their cheaper entry level machines
but still below the super fancy high end, does everything for you, industrial level
sewing machine. Now, I talk about this in the advertisement
that I did for Bernina, which I’ll link down below if you’re interested in watching. But 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. And remember when I was sewing on the strap
through the boxes back in the tutorial. Yeah, so I just used the standard universal
sewing needle, didn’t have to change to a thicker heavyweight 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 hecking impressive. Also this baby, she purrs. It’s so nice and quiet compared to any machine
I’ve ever used before. And it sews 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 Bernina 335, and it’s sister machine,
the B 325, which I also got to try out. Also while this one is a loan from Bernina
Japan. I was given one of these to keep for myself. And it’s back at Sydney awaiting my return. 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 Berninas are built to last. They’re 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 products or where
they’re being made, because that means they’re likely hiding something. I’m very proud to say that Bernina is totally
upfront with where and how their machines are made. They own their own 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 going to stop popping on about how
much I love this machine. I could go on for hours. It is time to do an apartment tour. Let me go get my fish eye 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
bear slippers that I got here in Japan. So there’s some rubbish in the corner, which
is great to see, don’t feel mad. Luciano: It’s recycling. Annika: It’s recycling. This is where we keep our shoes. Luciano: So when you come in you put your
shoes in here. Annika: 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 there. Luciano: Laundry room, is very generous. Annika: Laundry room is a stretch. Luciano: Okay. Annika: 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, you hit the door. It is quite petite. Annika: And then just past 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 photo, but
Luciano disagrees with me, but please back me up. Luciano: Not cute. Annika: It’s really cute, right? Luciano: Creepy. Annika: 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 the sink and we’ve got a one burner stove which is really easy to cook
on, isn’t it Luciano? Luciano: It’s a little bit challenging. Annika: And then we’ve got plates and stuff. After they’re washed, they kind of, they’ve
got their 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, and maybe we need some boxes up there. Annika: 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. For the bathroom, there 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. Luciano: You got the whole thing wrong. Luciano: 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 air tight. 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 rainy outside. And then this one is cold air for summer if
you want to be, keep the bathroom cool. Annika: 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 42 degrees for showering. Luciano: Yeah. Annika: And that’s the bathroom. Luciano: This is the actual unit that we were
talking about that you control. Annika: Now let’s take you in to the main
part of the house, the living room. So there’s a door that separates- Luciano: No! Annika: Oh. Annika: There’s a door that separates the
kitchen and bathroom. We’ve got my sewing machine sitting nicely
here on the table. 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 extendel, extendel? Extendable thingy if you wanted to, I guess,
have guests over, although having more than two people in this space would be quite cramped. Annika: We have a closet which has my underwear
in it, so I don’t really want to show anybody. And there’s an air conditioning unit. Oh, and here is where I put my boxes. Ooh, ooh, ooh, such storage, so nice, yes. I put all my recording equipment in that one. This is how they’re actually used. And my fabric in this one. Yeah. Luciano: Nice. Annika: 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 snugly and warm, which is good. Luciano: What’d you call this, brown? I’d call it like, puce. Annika: Puce, 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. Luciano: Hi Buggy. Annika: “Hey”. Annika: Oh yeah, there’s even slidey doors
that separate the living room from the bedroom, which is pretty neat. And then finally you can scooch around here. Finally, heres the balcony where there is
a clothes line set up for us to dry our clothes on and I guess stand here being cool. Yup. Luciano: Very cool. Annika:So cool. Annika: Our balcony looks out over all of
our neighbors so we tend to be quite quiet out here. It’s very quiet in Tokyo neighborhoods. Let’s go back inside. Annika: I’m putting that in the video. Luciano: Please don’t. Annika: 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. Annika: And so that is our 30 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. Annika: I really hope you enjoyed my video. Thank you so much to Bernina for supplying
me with a beautiful sewing machine, the B 335. Let me know if this video was useful for you
or if you’d learn something new and I will see you all in my very next video. But bye for now. Annika: Thank you to all of my supporters
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