Guess what I have been making the last couple of days……more fabric baskets! On the right side of my blog it shows my most popular posts and lately my basket posts from last year have been popping up a lot. I decided it was time to make a few more and try some different sizes.
You can find Tina’s tutorial at Seaside Stitches. I did two different posts last year where I showed the way I enclosed the seams – Fabric Boxes and Fabric Box Tutorial. I thought I would update it for you as I have done some more sizes. You can find smaller sizes on these posts.
Here you can see how the basket would look if you have the seam showing on the outside or….put the seam inside. Either way is nice and these are fast and easy to make. A perfect last minute gift.
I was going to show my tutorial with the Who’s Who owl print but…..I forgot to take photos of a couple steps. Here is the first step, it shows better with these fabrics.
No problem, I just whipped up another one in these beautiful red batiks called Season’s Greetings by Island Batik.
Cut 2 – 16 inch squares of fabric and your batting the same size. Put
the 2 fabrics right sides together on top of the batting and sew a 1/4
inch seam around the outside.
Start the seam in the center of one side. I like to back-stitch at the beginning and end so it won’t pull apart when I turn it. Notice that I also stitched to the edge of the fabric – when you turn the piece right side out this will make it easier to fold the fabric in the opening.
Turn the piece and press. Just sew the opening closed…..that section will actually get cut off.
Quilt as desired.
Now it is time to put the basket together. Fold the piece in half. Whatever fabric you would like to show on the inside when finished is the side we will mark the corners on.
For this basket I am marking the corners at 2 inches.
Stitch along the line you marked. Then trim leaving about 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Here you can see that I have sewn 2 of the corners. I hope the photos make it easier to see what I am doing.
Now do the other 2 corners.
At this point if you turned your basket right side out you would have the little flaps just like the baskets that Tina from
Seaside Stitches showed in her tutorial.
Did you check that out? Now flip your basket wrong side out again and cut off corners.
Flip the basket right side out. You can see the exposed seams, we are now going to enclose them.
Fold each corner as shown and stitch about a 1/2 inch seam. This will enclose the edges. I like to back-stitch at the beginning and end.
Notice how I stitch the line at the bottom.
It might be easier to see here, stop at the end of the seam. Stitch slowly, you are going through a lot of thicknesses. You might want to change to a 90 or 10 needle.
Now just fold over the flaps and hand stitch them down. I tried doing it on my sewing machine……you know I don’t like hand sewing…..but I didn’t like the way it looked. Add a cute button to one side and you are done!
Just for giggles – would you like to see what the basket actually looks like after we cut the corners off? Pretty neat isn’t it!
All of these baskets are made with 16 inch squares of fabric. The difference is in what size you cut the corner triangles.
- 2 inch corners: basket is 4 1/2 inches tall and 6 inches inside
- 2 1/2 inch corners: Basket is 5 inches tall and a little over 5 inches inside
- 3 inch corners: Basket is 6 inches tall and 5 inches inside
What do you think of this size?? I am using Silent Night batiks in it. Maybe I an put a skinny bottle of wine in it! Notice this was a 18 inch piece to begin with.
The basket one the left is a 18 inch square with 3 inch corners and the basket on the right is a 16 inch square with 3 inch corners. The 18 inch basket is about 6 inches tall and 5 1/2 inches inside.
Notice the blue basket has the cute little owls on it……tutorial coming soon for a wall hanging made with this fabric……..anyway…….beware of using a directional fabric. My little owls are upside down on one side and sideways on two sides. It isn’t that noticeable with this fabric.
I could just keep making them but……I’d better stop. I quilted the small Christmas table topper and will get that posted. I have a wall hanging tutorial to get written for Inspired by Fabric, I redid my little sleeping bag pattern and made several…..need to get that posted, something for Fat Quarter Shop next week and……a big box of batiks showed up…….I have 4 quilts to make for Spring Market for Island Batik! I’m not allowing myself to start on them until I finish up my other projects. I have the box of beautiful batiks sitting in the living room and every time I walk by I get a big grin on my face!
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