Fabric baskets are always useful. In fact, any kind of basket is useful! This DIY fabric basket is quick and easy to make, and is a perfect way to use up fat quarters bought on impulse that have never been used. And being something that you make yourself, you can decide on the fabric and the size that will meet your needs best.
For this project I used 2 fat quarters, but you can use fabric of any size. All you need to do is make the lining fabric 12 cm (4 3/4 inches) wider than the outer if it has a directional print, or 10 cm (4 inches) wider if it doesn’t.
Instructions For a DIY Fabric Basket
You Will Need
2 fat quarters, interfacing (I used heavyweight fusible interfacing, but the sew in kind will work fine), trim (optional), usual sewing supplies.
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, and if your lining fabric does not have a directional print, cut 10 cm (4″) off the long edge.
Be warned though, this version of the DIY fabric 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.
2. Take one of the halves and turn it round so that the print goes the opposite way. Pin the 2 halves together and sew along the sides and the bottom. Trim the seams.
3. Make the boxed corners in the same way as for the outer.
Finishing the DIY 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.
2. Fold the lining over the top of the outer and press with your fingers as you go. Tuck the raw edge underneath and pin in place.
3. Top stitch all the way round.
Your DIY fabric basket is finished!
If you like sewing things for organising stuff, I have a Pinterest board devoted to boxes and baskets you can make.