A couple of weeks ago, I made this little fabric basket for a baby shower. It's a quick and easy present to make. Does it look familiar? That's right. It's the same shape as the fabric basket I made for the Typography Challenge.
Today I'll show you how to make your own fabric basket, which measures 6" x 6" x 3".
- 2 pieces 10 inches x 8 inches - main colour for the outside of the bag
- 2 pieces 10 inches x 8 inches - contrast colour for the lining
- 2 pieces 10 inches x 8 inches - interfacing
I used a medium to heavy weight, woven sew-in interfacing, but you could substitute this with a different weight interfacing, with iron-on interfacing or with batting. It all depends on the look you are after. I wanted my basket to be able to stand up by itself.
All seams are 3/8" (1cm), unless otherwise indicated.
Outside of bag - sew front to back:
I sew the interfacing to the fabric, before I sew, to stop any movement. If you are using iron-on interfacing, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Sew the interfacing to the wrong side of each outside piece of fabric. Sew close to the edge of the fabric.
- With right sides of the main fabric together, sew the side and bottom seams.
- Make boxed corners.
Making the box corner:
- Measure 1.5 inch from the corner seam (don't measure from the edge of the fabric) in both directions and on both sides of the fabric.
- Put a mark to show where 1.5 inch is. You will have four marks.
- Pull out the sides of your bag.
- Place one seam on top of the other seam.
- Put your pin through the top mark. If the pin comes out through the mark on the other side, your boxed corner will line up.
- If the pin is not coming out through the mark on the other side, reposition the fabric until it does.
- Face the seams in opposite directions to reduce bulk.
- Take the pin out and hold the fabric in place. If you would like, hand sew in place to hold.
- With a ruler, draw a line across the fabric.
- Sew across the line. I sew a couple of times for reinforcement.
- Cut the fabric and neaten.
- Repeat for the other side.
Sewing the lining:
- Sew the two side seams.
- Sew the bottom seam, leaving a gap of 3 inches.
- Probably not necessary, but I neaten the edges.
- Make boxed corners as per the outside of the bag.
Attach the lining to the outside of the bag:
- Place the bag inside the lining. ie: the right side of the bag is next to the right side of the lining.
- Line up the top edges of the lining and the outside.
- Baste (hand sew) the top edges of the lining and the outside.
- Sew a 3/8inch seam to join the top edges of the lining and the outside of the bag.
- Neaten the seam.
Turn the bag right side out:
- Put your fingers through the hole in the bottom of the lining.
- Gently pull the right side of the bag out through the lining.
- Topstitch the gap in the lining.
- Push the lining back into the bag.
- Iron the top edge of the bag.
- Topstitch 1/8inch (3mm) from the edge, around the top of the bag.
- Fold over the top about 1.5".
You have finished your fabric basket. It's now time to fill it with goodies.
Yeah, I know the stripes don't line up. Hey, once it's filled no one will see it. If you are using striped fabric, positon the stripes so they line up, when you are cutting the fabric.
I filled my basket with baby goodies from Little Ladybird and some books. The present went down well at the baby shower.
You can, of course, make the basket in different sizes and for different purposes. Just adjust the measurements and fabric.
Leave me a link in the comments, to any fabric baskets you make using this tutorial. I'd love to have a look.
Edited to add: If you make a basket using this tutorial, I'd love you to add it to the newly formed Threading My Way ~ Sewn by YOU Flickr group. Feel free to add any projects made with Threading My Way tutorials.