Sunday 24 May 2020

Sewn by YOU ~ Fabric Basket with Drawstring Closure

Look at this ADORABLE set for a child. The appliqué, the giraffe softie, the colours and all made from quilt scraps - simply perfect!!!

Learn how to make a fabric basket with a drawstring closure ~ Threading My Way

I just love it when readers send me photos of items they have made using one of my tutorials. Absolutely made my day when Sally sent me these photos - so much so that it motivated me to write this blog post, almost four months since my last post.

What a lucky granddaughter to receive this beautiful giraffe themed set - fabric basket, giraffe softie and a quilt.

To make the basket, Sally used my Drawstring Fabric Basket with Handles tutorial, and to make the softie, the Gerald the Giraffe Softie pattern by Sweetbriar Sisters.

I wrote the tutorial for the Drawstring Fabric Basket with Handles over six years ago, and sewed two baskets at the time - for the little people in my life. Little Mister used his to store matchbox cars, and Little Miss used hers for storing craft gear.

Since then I've made one for me. Initially it was a sewing basket to take to quilting retreats, but now it stores fabric scraps. It lives on my sewing table and I throw scraps in as I sew, ready to sort when I have time.

Over the years, readers have shown me many bags which have served many different purposes... knitting bag, lunch tote, small toy storage, pencil case, gift basket, to name a few:

Thanks, Sally, for sending me photos of your gorgeous items!!!

What could you see this style of basket being used for?

Because of the drawstring cord, this basket is not suitable for children under 3 years of age.

... Pam


  1. So good to hear from you! Really missed your blog posts.

  2. So good to hear from you- WE ARE JUST OVER THE QLD BORDER (the sunny part) and starting to re-associate with those far and wide. Like Joy, I have missed your Australian slant on things to do and sew. M

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment from up there in the sunshine state. Hopefully I'll be posting more often now.

  3. How nice to see a post from you! I also love making sets like these for babies. This one is especially nice.

    I do miss all your posts both on sewing and you life, past and present, in Australia. I especially loved your garden updates. I have been thinking about getting back to my own blog lately. Having to reopen the sewing room to make masks has reminded me of the pleasure I used to get from sewing.

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