I have had a sewing basket on my todo list forever! Excited to finally share a simple fabric basket with you. I made this one pretty basic, with only sf 101 (my favorite interfacing that I always have on hand) and some scrap batting.
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These fabric baskets are so versatile because they are good size. You can organize your sewing room or fabric, give it as a gift or even inside cupboards or bedrooms. How will you use these fun baskets?
All you need for this basket is 3 fat quarters of quilting cotton, some SF 101 or wovenfuse and a scrap piece of batting. Well, and some of your basic sewing supplies, but nothing fancy. That’s all you need!
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Easy Fabric Basket Tutorial
Easy Fabric Basket Sewing Tutorial
Learn how to sew this easy fabric basket! This basket measures 10 x 6 x 5. We are just using sf 101 and scrap batting to give it it's shape, hopefully you have that on hand to make this super quick and easy!
- 2 Fat Quarters in contrasting fabrics
- (2) SF-101 or wovenfuse interfacing cut just larger than fat quarter
- (1) scrap piece of batting measuring just larger than fat quarter - roughly 19 x 23
- (1) 2.5 x 42 piece for top binding - you can use a 3rd fat quarter and cut longwise and sew together for this
- Iron and Ironing board
- rotary cutter and ruler
- sewing machine
- basic sewing supplies
- (optional but helpful) - walking foot
- Interface both fat quarters with woven fuse or pellon sf 101.
- Take your outer fabric and add a piece of scrap batting and quilt as desired using your walking foot or free motion foot.
- Trim quilted outer fabric to 17.5 x 21 or just enough to trim off any selvedge or excess batting or interfacing and trim lining to 17 1/4 x 20 3/4 (we want the lining slightly smaller than the outer piece to avoid bubbling
- Cut 2-3 strips of binding fabric. 2.5 inches by long side of the fat quarter and sew them short sides together to make a long binding strip. Set aside.
- Mark and cut a 5 inch square from the corners of the outer fabric.
- Mark and cut a 5 inch square from the corners of the lining fabric.
- Placing the 5 inch cuts right side together and clip to create the box shape for both outer and lining pieces.
- Sew the clipped seams with a 3/8 seam allowance for outer and lining pieces.
- Flip outer piece right side out and place lining (right side in) inside the fabric box. Make sure it's a good fit and adjust if necessary.
- Clip lining and outer fabric together. Clip the corners together first, matching up the seams. Then clip in the middle and so on to make sure the fabric doesn't pucker as you sew around. Use a basting stitch on your sewing machine to baste the layers together before adding the binding.
- Take binding piece and line up the raw edge of the binding with raw edge of the basket on the outer side. Sew with 1/4 inch seam allowance starting a few inches from the edge. End sewing a few inches from end and attach both raw ends, and sew to the basket.
- Iron and flip binding piece over to the lining side and pin/clip in place.
- Sewing on the OUTER side of the baskets in the ditch of the binding and outer fabric sew in place with coordinating thread color. Make sure you are catching the other side of the binding on the inside of the basket.
- Iron corners and bottom to help form shape. Enjoy!
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Monday 15th of February 2021
Hi Melanie,, Love your videos. As a novice sewer, your videos provide the detail I need to be able to follow along. I made this fabric basket today. It was very easy fiollowing your instructions. Thank you so much. I love watching your videos. Your personality really shines through.
Wednesday 3rd of February 2021
Hi Melanie! I am doing the stay at home quilt houses. I am having a wonderful time. I’m trying to chain and just learning so much. Thank you!!!! Susan
Wednesday 3rd of February 2021
Love the tutorials I'm hoping to start a quilt I've seen you do on youtube giving very clear instructions. You have given me inspiration to start my very first quilt and I will post a picture when finished I hope.
Tuesday 26th of January 2021
Hi Melanie! Off topic here, but wanted to tell you that I made my first quilt!!! Your tutorials were spot on and it was loads of fun. I am very proud! Thank you so much!
Monday 25th of January 2021
Thank you so much for your tutorials! These are really cute,Melanie, and I will be making one for my yarn. Could you suggest a stabilizer that would make this basket a little more firm?