The blue and mauve baskets are made using my Fabric Basket Tutorial, yet they look totally different to the original basket. It's super easy to alter the tutorial to come up with a different look.
Here is the original basket...
Original Fabric Basket
Modified Fabric Basket
|- cut fabric 10" x 8"||- cut fabric 8" x 7"|
|- medium weight sew in interfacing||- cardboard like iron in interfacing|
|- 1.5" boxed corners||- 2" boxed corners|
|- rectangular shape||- square shape|
Where as the original is a rectangular shape, the modified basket is a square shape, with the sides being roughly 4" each. To make the square shaped basket, the fabric was cut slightly smaller and the boxed corners were made slightly larger.
2" boxed corners will give a side measurement of 4". Add this measurement to the front measurement, plus seam allowances and you have the width of fabric needed. I didn't add seam allowances, mainly because I prefer to work with whole numbers, so my baskets aren't perfectly square, but I don't think you can tell. They're maybe out by 1/4" - 1/2".
The height of the basket is determined by the size of the cut fabric and whether there will be a turn over.
Fabric height = finished height of basket + two seam allowances + width of boxed corner (from seam to corner) + turn over (if there is to be one).
Perhaps the biggest alteration to the original basket, is the different interfacing used. The blue and mauve square basket, has a very heavy iron in interfacing. It's just like cardboard and therefore holds its shape well. This also meant that it was difficult to turn the basket right side out, and the interfacing creased in the process, just like cardboard would if you fold it. Thankfully, ironing took the creases out.
Batting (wadding) could be used as well as, or instead of, the interfacing. It all depends on the look you are after. Another consideration is whether the baskets will be hand delivered or posted, if they are for someone else. My latest blue and mauve square baskets were given in person at Christmas. Had they needed to be sent through the post, it would have been difficult to pack them, as they are too stiff to fold.
This pink fabric basket is made using the original instructions. To see more variations, check out Sewn By YOU, projects sewn by readers. If you make one of these baskets, feel free to add pictures to the Threading My Way ~ Sewn by YOU Flickr Group.
Basically, the key to modifying the original fabric basket tutorial, is to experiment with measurements and interfacing, to achieve the look you are after.