Fabric baskets are great for storing your favorite craft and sewing supplies and for decorating and adding splashes of color to your house cheaply. They are great for kids rooms too. My daughter immediately filled my sample baskets with toy cars and has been carting them from room to room all week. This fabric basket tutorial is suitable for beginners and can be completed in under 30 minutes.
Fabric Basket Tutorial: Supplies
- Cut 2 from main outside fabric – Use something medium weight like cotton decorator fabrics.
- Cut 2 from cotton lining fabric – I used a quilting cotton for the lining of my samples.
- Cut 2 from heavy fusible interfacing – For the large and extra large baskets, you will need extra heavy interfacing for it to keep its shape. For the smaller baskets, a regular heavy interfacing is fine.
This pattern has a 1/2 inch (12mm) seam allowance and this is included in the cutting measurements below. The finished size heights are approximate depending on how much you fold back the edge.
Fabric Basket Tutorial: Sewing Instructions
Step 1: On the wrong side of the main pieces, press the fusible interfacing
Step 2: Put the 2 main pieces with right sides together and stitch the sides and bottom. (1/2 inch seam allowance)
Step 3: Press open the seams and match the bottom seam to the side seams to form the bottom corners. Stitch across.
Step 4: Lining – Repeat steps 2 to 3 for the lining but leave a 2 inch (5cm) gap in one side.
Step 5: Put your main basket the right way out and the lining basket the wrong way out.
Step 6: Put the main basket inside the lining so that right sides are together. Match the side seams and top raw edges and stitch around the top.
Step 7: Turn the basket the right way out through the gap in the lining side. Close the gap with either an invisible ladder stitch or machine stitch. If you use an invisible hand stitch you could actually use your basket as reversible. When you get sick of one fabric, just turn it inside out so the lining fabric is on display.
Step 8: Push the lining back into the basket and press the edge.
Step 9: Fold back the edge 2-3 inches.
And now your fabric baskets are ready for filling with all kinds of goodies. Use them as a craft basket for storing wool and fabric scraps, make an attractive gift by adding a potted plant or use them to store sewing patterns and magazines. The storage options are endless!
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