Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Denim Fabric Baskets Tutorial...



A few days ago, I showed you these fabric baskets that I had made using the legs of an old pair of jeans. They are just so quick and easy to make. Here's the how to, so you can make your own denim fabric baskets using pre-loved jeans.

Materials:
Choose a section of the leg of the jeans where the top and bottom of your cut piece are the same width. If your jeans are shaped and you cannot get a piece that is the same width top and bottom, you will need to unpick one seam and cut the fabric.

The instructions are for jeans that can be used without the need to unpick the seams.

Small basket:
  • 1 piece 7.5 inches x 8 inches - jeans leg for the outside of the bag
  • 2 pieces 8 inches x 8 inches - contrast colour for the lining
  • 2 pieces 8 inches x 8 inches - interfacing
Medium basket:
  • 1 piece 8 inches x 8.5 inches - jeans leg for the outside of the bag
  • 2 pieces 8.5 inches x 8 inches - contrast colour for the lining
  • 2 pieces 8.5 inches x 8 inches - interfacing
Large basket:
  • 1 piece 7.5 inches x 9 inches - jeans leg for the outside of the bag
  • 2 pieces 8 inches x 9 inches - contrast colour for the lining
  • 2 pieces 8 inches x 9 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.


You will need to alter the measurements to utilise the jeans that you are using. Add 1/2" to the width of the lining, for the seam allowance.



Instructions:
  • All seams are 1/4", unless otherwise indicated.
  • Use a denim needle.
  • Some of the seams will be quite bulky. Open seams where possible to reduce bulk and go slowly over bulky seams. If necessary, turn the machine by hand (using the handwheel), over bulky seams.


Sewing the lining:


  1. Sew the interfacing to the wrong side of each piece of lining fabric. Sew close to the edge of the fabric. If you are using iron in interfacing, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Sew the two side seams.
  3. Sew the bottom seam, leaving a gap of 3 inches.
  4. Press all seams open. You won't be able to open the seams at the corners. This won't matter as the corners will be cut off in the next step.
  5. Probably not necessary, but I neaten the edges of each seam.
Making the box corner ~ lining:
Small basket: 2" box corner
Medium basket: 1.75" box corner
Large basket: 1.5" box corner

NB: The measurements from here on are for the small basket.

  1. Measure 2 inches from the corner seam (don't measure from the edge of the fabric) in both directions and on both sides of the fabric. 
  2. Put a mark to show where 2 inches is. You will have 4 marks on the front and 4 on the back.
  3. Pull out the sides of your bag.
  4. Place one seam on top of the other seam.
  5. 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. 
  6. If the pin is not coming out through the mark on the other side, reposition the fabric until it does.
  7. Make sure the seams are open to reduce bulk.
  8. Take the pin out and hold the fabric in place. If you would like, hand sew in place to hold.
  9. With a ruler, draw a line across the fabric.
  10. Sew across the line. I sew a couple of times for reinforcement.
  11. Cut the fabric and neaten.
  12. Repeat for the other side.


Outside of bag:
  1. Turn the jeans wrong side out.
  2. Sew the bottom seam.
  3. Press seam open.
  4. Neaten each side of the seam separately.
Making the box corner ~ outside of bag:


  1. Measure 2 inches from each side edge of the fabric. The front and back of the jeans may be different widths, so the seam may not be on the edge.
  2. Measure 2 inches from the bottom seam, on both sides of the fabric. 
  3. Put a mark to show where the 2 inch marks are. You will have 4 marks on the front and 4 marks on the back.
  4. Line up the marks you have made, not necessarily the seams, as the seams of the jeans may be off centre.
  5. 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. 
  6. If the pin is not coming out through the mark on the other side, reposition the fabric until it does.
  7. Take the pin out and hold the fabric in place. If you would like, hand sew in place to hold.
  8. With a ruler, draw a line across the fabric.
  9. Sew across the line. I sew a couple of times for reinforcement.
  10. Cut the fabric and neaten.
  11. Repeat for the other side.



Attach the lining to the outside of the bag:
  1. Place the bag inside the lining. ie: the right side of the bag is next to the right side of the lining.
  2. Line up the top edges of the lining and the outside.
  3. To reduce bulk, off set the lining and the jeans seams slightly, so they are not directly on top of each other. Off setting the seams will help with this step and with the final topstitching.
  4. Baste (hand sew) the top edges of the lining and the outside.
  5. Sew a 3/8inch seam to join the top edges of the lining and the outside of the bag.
  6. Neaten the seam.



Turn the bag right side out:
  1. Put your fingers through the hole in the bottom of the lining.
  2. Gently pull the right side of the bag out through the lining.
  3. Hand stitch or machine topstitch the gap in the lining. I hand stitched the small basket, because the gap was too close to the seams to machine stitch.


Finishing off:
  1. Push the lining back into the bag.
  2. Iron the top edge of the bag.
  3. Topstitch 1/8inch (3mm) from the edge, around the top of the bag. This step is where you will find the most bulk. Go slowly over the bulky seams. If necessary, turn the machine by hand (using the handwheel), over the bulky seams. If your machine can't handle sewing over the seams, you can omit the topstitching, or topstitch the front, stop before the seam, then topstitch the back, stopping before the 2nd seam.
  4. Fold over the top about 1.5".

You can vary the shape of your fabric baskets by changing the measurements for the box corner. The width of the basket will be twice the measurement you make for the box corner. eg: If the box corner is 1.5", the width of the basket will be 3", as for the basket above. The height of this basket is also larger. 



The middle sized basket has a box corner of 1.75", making the width of the basket 3.5" wide.


I think the smallest basket is my favourite. It's like a little box. Experiment with the jeans that you have on hand. You can make your baskets tall or short, wide or thin, depending on what you will be putting in your denim fabric baskets.


Leave me a link in the comments, to any fabric baskets you make using this tutorial. I'd love to have a look.

I'm linking these Denim Fabric Baskets to our ONGOING Drawstring Bags and Fabric Baskets Link Party.



89 comments:

  1. These are adorable! And they'd make such cute gift baskets. I'm thinking about making denim Christmas stockings this year.

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    1. Christmas stockings from denim would look great!!!

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    2. Here's my idea for Christmas stockings in just a few words... cut the sleeves off of old (X-mas/Winter design) sweaters. The 'curve' from the top of the sleeve makes an ideal 'toe' of the sock, and the cuff of the sleeve is already finished for the 'top' of the stocking!

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  2. So cute! And such a great way to upcycle old denim!!

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  3. Great tutorial Pam, another project for the to-do list :)

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  4. Pam, Thank you so much for posting the tutorial. I was sharing with a friend about these denim baskets and hope to make some at end of this summer....I think they are such a great idea!
    Kay

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial, Pam!!

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  6. Fantastic, Pam! It's very useful. Thanks. Hugs.

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  7. I had read your previous blog about these bags and immediately went to the Salvation Army to shop for fabric. I found some beautiful 100% cotton skirts and co ordingating color jeans. Yellow, pink, aqua and green jeans. Now that I have the tuturial I can get to work stitcing them up. Love the recycling aspect of this project. great idea, great project and very practical.
    Maureen

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    1. I'd love to see photos of your finished baskets!!!

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  8. Oh so lovely - I've been using my hubbys jeans for pot holders - looks like I am about to switch to baskets!!!

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  9. I love these. What a cute idea!

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  10. olá, adorei suas cestinhas, servem para várias utilidades.Parabéns!!!!!ideiasmil.blogspot.com me visite, irei adorar sua visita!!!!!!

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  11. Hi Pam:

    This tutorial is a great idea, thanks for share with us.

    Ale
    Costa Rica

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  12. very cute!! I never throw denim away... I'm a denim hoarder! hahaha

    I may try this. I'll let you know if I do. Have you done it without the interfacing? I don't think I have any.

    gail

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  13. Great tutorial Pam! I love these baskets!

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  14. Thanks for the tute. As a obsessive denim upcycler, any fun new ideas are gold! Thanks again.

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  15. This is great! I wish I had known about this when my kids were small. They always had so many tiny treasures that needed separating and storing. Legos! How great these would have been to store all those. I'm going to make a set for the neighbors' new baby so they will be ready from the start. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Thanks for the idea! I'll be adding this to my project list for my Bag of the Week blog. You can see what I've done with our old jeans at http://ogno.blogspot.com/2012/01/weeks-1-2-this-project-started-out-two.html I have one daughter who's a collector, everything from sea shells to stuffed animals. These would be a prettier alternative to the cardboard boxes she's using now.

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  17. Thanks for the great idea! I just repurposed a pair of old jeans into an apron and I'm left wondering what to do with the legs - now I know!

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  18. So cute! I love everthing recycled.

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  19. Hola, es la primera vez que te visito y me gusta mucho tu blog. besos

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  20. Finally, something to do with all the legs I have in my stash!
    Fab idea!

    Alison
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    p.s. I have passed a bloggy award to you today over at my place:)

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  21. I am featuring you this week at my I Love Fridays party! Feel free to drop by and pick up a featured button :) Can't wait to see what you link up next!

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  22. Great idea. I think every crafter has more old jeans to use than any other fabric. So new ways to use them are always welcome. I love denim and am currently working on a way to make denim beads for jewelry making. Stop by my blog in a few months hopefully I will have a completed post by then.

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  23. Thanks for sharing!
    This a very great tutorial!

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  24. What a fab tutorial! I'm gutted that I cut all of my old jeans up, ready to sew with!

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  25. it is a great idea. I think I would find a way to use a pocket or 2. I was thinking sewing stuff and the pocket would be a good place to put scissors or something you wanted to keep close at hand.

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  26. This is such a great idea! Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial.

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  27. Great Idea found your project on face book. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  28. Great idea. Now I know what to do with my son's torn jeans : )

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  29. Beautiful baskets. Love the idea. I'm going to use it one time!

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  30. This is a fantastic idea you have so many good ideas....The tutorial is great!

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  31. Hi Pam,

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I simply loved those demin baskets, I'm trying to make some.I'm so glad that I found your blog I just think you have great ideas.I also love sewing and blogging . I would like you visit my blog :)

    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

    A friendly hug from Portugal

    Ana Lopes

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  32. That is super cute! I would love to make those. So fun!

    Newest GFC follower from Lines Across. I am hosting Mom's Monday Mingle now. Love for you to link up! Have over 170 moms blogs. Great place to network. Hope to see you there!

    www.thenaptimereview.com

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  33. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  34. So creative and fun!!!

    Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

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  35. These are fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial. I have one pair of jeans ready to cut up - but sadly they are already earmarked for another job. Just. Got. To. Find. Time. I'll be back to make some of these though when Baby Starfish is a wee bit older.

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  36. Hi Pam. Oh wow - thankyou for sharing this pattern. I have a whole stack of old jeans that I have been keeping in the hope of finding a pattern like this. My only problem now will be resisting the urge to stop all of my other current projects to churn out a few of these. Kind regards, Kirrily.

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  37. What a neat idea! Thank you for sharing :)

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  38. So cute! What a great upcycle!

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  39. Thanks for the detailed tutorial, you give me hope that I could make one as cute as yours!

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  40. Great idea! Following from a blog hop and hope you would follow me too please:)

    http://kngmckellar-glorias.blogspot.com/

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  41. How adorable! And you give such a lovely detailed tutorial. Thank you for sharing this. I would love for you to come by Totally Transformed Tuesday and share with my readers. Hope to see you there. Peggy http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com

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  42. This is so cute - great idea! I'm cutting up my skinny jeans immediately. Visiting from 36th Ave linkup :)

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  43. Great tutorial I found this through Thriving on Thursdays. I have linked in a salad with leftover lamb. Have a great week.

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  44. Just bought black canvas for another project, glad I got extra. Will make one or two for a gift for my best friend who loves primitive !!! Thanks for the pattern~

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  45. fantasticos, me encantan. saludos desde el otro lado del mundo, puerto rico

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  46. Very Cute! These would be great for birthday party favors too. Thanks for linking up at Mom's Library!

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  47. Wow...this is so amazing and adorable, really love this tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial.. :)

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  48. Beautiful, Thanks for sharing. Muchísimas Gracias, desde Venezuela, con mucho cariño¡¡¡

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  49. Thanks for this wonderful tute & so many ideas !

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  50. Wonderful idea! I just threw out some old jeans I'd been hanging on to for a while...figures, just figures! Oh well, Salvation Army, here I come! :)

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  51. Both of my grandsons were so blessed with new Christmas toys that their parents are wondering where to put them all. These baskets will be perfect, especially with lining from lefover fabric we have used in their rooms! I look forward to making these! Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

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    1. I'd love to see your baskets when you make them, Bev. There's a Flickr group you can add them to if you'd like...
      http://www.flickr.com/groups/threadingmyway/

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  52. I love this idea! They are super cute and useful!
    I just started a new link party and would love if you would come on over and share your post or social media sites. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party-5/
    DeDe@DesignedDecor

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  53. I love these! I write a blog called Reese the Recycler and would love to feature these. I would give you credit and link back to your blog for the directions. Let me know if this would be ok,I'm including my email.
    Thanks so much.
    Roxanne
    roxanne@newusedautoparts.com

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  54. I love this! Thanks for sharing. I have a lot of denim leftover from a couple of jean quilts that I Made for Christmas presents!
    I'm glad I found your blog! :)
    ~Jen

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  55. Oh vielen Dank. Ich habe jede Menge Jeans und dafür kann ich sie jetzt super verwenden.
    Liebe Grüße Monika

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  56. I had completely forgot about this tutorial until I saw it on your pinterest board! I just got a ton of burlap coffee bags and think they would be great for something like this to put potted plants in!!!

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  57. Hi. I just found you at Debbiedoo's Pinterest link party. What a cute project! I'm looking forward to following Threading My Way and seeing more of your creativity.

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  58. These are great! I'm making some for my sewing table. It is such a mess right now!
    Gina

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  59. I love this project. Thank you for the information. I think I will make some for my sewing room & my sewing friends.
    Jenny

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  60. What a great idea! Love this great tutorial! You bet I will be making these for knick knacks sewing holder!

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    1. Thanks, Enid. I'd love to see photos...

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  61. I just linked to this page from this page of my pattern index: http://craftscrazy.com/pattern-index/craft/sewing/recycled-basket-made-from-old-jeans/. I had originally linked to another blog, but it no longer exists. Let me know if you'd like to add more of your tutorials to the pattern index.

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  62. Love to do with old blinged, rhinestone embellished jeans.

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  63. I can't wait to try this! I have a denim basket pattern already, but I really like the boxed corners on this one--should make the baskets stand up by themselves better! Also, I've been looking for a quick gift project for our sewing guild!

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  64. Oh I love this! My husband just tossed a pair of old jeans out - I'm going to grab them and make some baskets. I found you through Strut your Stuff..I would love for you to come share at our From the Farm Blog Hop!
    Lisa
    Fresh Eggs Daily
    www.fresh-eggs-daily.com

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  65. Ooooh, this is such a cute idea! I am looking for baskets for my sewing space, and this would be a fun project. Of course, you had me at gingham. :)

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  66. This was a great tutorial. I made some of these and I loved how easy it was to put them together.
    You can see mine here:
    http://www.sunshinesews.blogspot.com/2013/10/recycled-denim-fabric-baskets.html
    Thank you for making this an easy project.

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  67. I am happy to see this tutorial I have some legs of jeans that I cut off for my son from the summer and I was wondering what to do with them seeing as I don't like to throw away good fabric even if it comes from doing alterations or old clothes. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. Hi Pam, Thanks so much for this excellent tutorial. Here is my basket.http://tammyscraftemporium.blogspot.ca/2013/10/denim-fabric-basket-so-much-fun.html

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  69. These are just adorable, and I cannot wait to try making a few!

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  70. oh no!!!! a pair of old pants just went out in the trash!!! guess I'll have to wait to try this later,, but probably not much later with 5 men in the house there will surely be another pair of jeans for me to use soon! thanks for the Detailed directions! found you by accident, soooo glad.

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  71. What a cool idea to use the legs. That saves a lot of time. I just made two of these baskets as last minute easter baskets - it went so fast! :-)

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  72. Just finished my 1st on with some old Jeans and some scrap material from when my Daughter was very young so it's a nice memory as well and its reversible double bonus :D Thanks so much for the tutorial Made a mistake though lol so basket is half size it should of been.

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    1. How special to use fabric from when your daughter was young!! You can always say the basket was meant to be small-:) I'd love to see a photo...

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    2. sorry didn't know how to add photo so send you a link. it is one hell of a link lol

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    4. Hi Tina,
      Thanks for the link, but unfortunately it doesn't work for me. It goes to a slideshow which is all black. Can you try the link for one photo maybe?

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    5. https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/yourphotos?pid=6020298288802571490&oid=110644398133885069125 hope this one works :P

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    6. The one you added to the Flickr group works. I recently featured your fabulous basket...
      http://www.threadingmyway.com/2014/06/sewn-by-you.html

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