Andy and I recently moved out of our circa 1902 downtown rental to a house in the burbs. We now have three times the space AND I have a huge sewing room but somehow everything is a giant mess and I feel like I can’t find anything. In order to introduce some organization into my life, I created some easy fabric baskets. I figure once everything has a place, I can easily (maybe?) put everything in its place.
Want to make some too? Let’s get started!
- Fun fabrics (mine are quilting cottons from Jo-Ann)
- Pellon 808 Craft-Fuse or Pellon 987 Fusible Fleece
- General Sewing Supplies
These fabric baskets can be made in a variety of sizes by changing the dimensions of the fabric and the size of the gusset. For the three baskets I made, I cut one that was 8×8 inches with a 1 inch gusset, one that was 10×7 inches with a 1 inch gusset, and one that was 10×10 inches with a 2 inch gusset. The pictures in this tutorial show the 8×8 inch basket with a 1 inch gusset, but I think the 10×7 inch basket with the 1 inch gusset is my favorite.
Also, you can create different looks by sewing different prints of fabric together before cutting the fabric to size.
One: Cut two pieces of fabric and one piece of interfacing (craft-fuse or fusible fleece) to your desired dimensions. I recommend 10×7 inches.
Two: Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric.
Three: Fold the short sides in half (if you are using a perfect square, just fold the fabric in half) hotdog style with the right sides together and stitch the sides with a 1/4 inch seam, backstitching at the beginning and end. If you cut your fabric to be 10×7 inches, the fabric should be folded to the size of 10×3.5 inches.
Four: Now we will make the gusset. To do this, take one corner and flatten it out so the side seam is running down the middle. Measure from the tip of the point down by 1 inch (or more if you want a larger gusset) and draw a horizontal line. Sew along this line, backstitching at the beginning and end.
Five: Cut off the point just above the stitching.
Six: Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other corner.
Seven: Repeat steps 3 through 6 for the lining fabric.
Eight: Place the lining inside of the basket, right sides together. Line up the side seams and pin.
Nine: With a 5/8 inch seam allowance, stitch around the top. Leave about a 3 inch opening to turn the basket through.
Ten: Turn the basket through the opening and press. Make sure to fold the fabric from the opening in so it’s hidden.
Eleven: With a 1/2 inch seam allowance, top stitch around the basket. This will close the opening.
Twelve: Pinch one of the corners and pin. Sew the corner together with a 1/4 in seam allowance.
Thirteen: Repeat for all the corners.
This post is part of the Jo-Ann Sew Your Style Contest, sponsored by Pellon.
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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Jo-Ann and I received in kind compensation for this post. But as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.