Sometimes it is fun to make a small, fast and easy project like this Scrappy Strippy Fabric Basket. It would also make a wonderful gift! I used a charm square package of Somerset that I had left over from my Piano Keys Table Runner project so I cut the 5 inch squares in half and then sewed them back together. We quilters are crazy people….according to Builder Bob.
- Cut your squares in half – they will be 2.5 x 5 inches
- Sew 9 of them together for a row
- Do this 3 times
- Add a 1.5 inch strip of a neutral fabric between each row (see note below)
Do you like to cut up fabric and then sew it back together? I think many of you do because one of my most popular posts is about that. I made a tote bag using a similar method.Add a fusible fleece, I used Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece and quilt your new fabric.I just did some organic free motion straight stitching on my fabric and then did a free motion stipple quilting on the inside lining piece.I thought you might like to see a closer photo of the organic free motion stitching I did on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. I used a darning foot, not a walking foot to do it. It looks like it is curved but it isn’t, I had the quilted fabric at a angle to show the quilting better.Don’t forget to read about the pattern and download it. I am including the photos of the steps for making my scrappy strippy basket. I made the 18 inch basket but I think I would have liked it better if I hadn’t added the 1.5 inch strips of fabric. I could have just added another row of the 2.5 x 9 inch pieces.There is one more thing that I goofed up on. I should have stay stitched the top of each piece before I sewed them together.
What is stay stitching?It is a single line of stitching that will stabilize your fabric and prevent it from stretching.
You can see in the photo that it is pretty obvious that I stretched the top of the basket when I sewed the lining to the outside. I also think I stretched it more when I did my top stitching. I went ahead and sewed up the sides like I did in my Fabric Boxes tutorial. That helped a little bit.
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