A Quick and Easy Fabric Basket Tutorial
I was recently sent some fabric by the people at Stitch Craft Create. It was 8 fat quarters from the new Tilda ranges, Cabbage Rose and Memory Lane, so that I could join in the Tilda Bloghop next month.
Like all the Tilda collections, it’s beautiful! When I got it all out, although I could see several sewing projects and I couldn’t wait to get started, it was so lovely I didn’t want to cut into it!
The first thing I have made with some of the fabric is a fabric basket. I have made these before, but I this time I wanted to go about it in a slightly different way. The fabric baskets I made previously involved a lot of measuring. To make things easier to anybody who might want to make them, I gave the option of buying a pattern.
This time I wanted to keep things a simple as possible. The fabric is so beautiful it doesn’t need anything complicated. And you never know when you might need a fabric basket in a hurry!
So here is the quickest, easiest way to make a fabric basket that I could come up with!
How to Make a Fabric Basket
You Will Need
From the outer fabric, cut a rectangle 43 cm x 37 cm (17″ x 14 1/2 “)
From the interfacing, also cut a rectangle 43 cm x 37 cm (17″ x 14 1/2 “)
From the lining, cut a rectangle 43 cm x 49 cm (17″ x 19″)
If you are in a real hurry, providing that your fat quarters are the same size, you could just cut 12 cm (4 3/4″) of the long edge of the outer.
If your lining fabric does not have a directional print, cut 10 cm (4″) off the long edge.
Be warned though, your finished basket will be a longer rectangle!
1. If you are using fusible interfacing, fuse it to the wrong side of the outer.
2. Cut 2 pieces of trim the same width as the outer. Measure down 5 cm (2″) from one of the long edges and pin the trim in place. Repeat for the other side of the fabric. Sew the trim in place.
3. Fold the outer in half length ways. Check that the trim is lined up on both sides. Pin the sides, then sew. Trim the seams.
4. To make the boxed corners, crease the fold at the bottom with your finger. Open it out and squash the corner flat so that the seam is next to creased line.
5. Measure up 7 cm (2 3/4″) from the corner and pin at right angles to the seam. Sew where you have pinned. Cut the corners off.
If you are using different fabric and it does not have a directional print, you don’t need to cut it in half. Just fold it length ways and sew the side seams, then make the boxed corners.
1. Fold the lining in half length ways. Cut where you have folded.
3. Make the boxed corners in the same way as for the outer.
Finishing the Fabric Basket
1. Pop the lining inside the outer so that the right sides are together. Push the corners of the lining right into the outer. You might want to pin the lining to the outer at the sides to make things easier.
Leaving the trim off would make the process quicker.
If you use fabric that does not have a directional print, you could just fold both the lining and the outer in half and sew up the sides.
If you are using fabric left over from another project and you are worried about the size of the finished fabric baskets, you could just cut less off the outer. All you need is enough extra of the lining to fold over the top of the outer and tuck the raw edge underneath.
The off cuts don’t need to be wasted! You could save them for a scrap project, like a wrist pin cushion or pattern weights!
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