Fabric Baskets Tutorial
Guess what I have been making the last couple of days……more fabric baskets! One of my most popular posts has always been my Fabric Basket tutorial so I decided to combine most of the information into just one post so you don’t have to look all over my website for the information.
Enjoy my Fabric Baskets Tutorial, try some different sizes and I would love to see what you make! You can also download a PDF file of this fabric baskets tutorial.
I have another post where showed the way I enclosed the seams – Fabric Baskets Enclosed Seams.
Here you can see how the basket would look if you have the seam showing on the outside or….put the seam inside. Either way is nice and these are fast and easy to make. A perfect last minute gift.
I was going to show my tutorial with the Who’s Who owl print but…..I forgot to take photos of a couple steps.
No problem, I just whipped up another one in these beautiful red batiks called Season’s Greetings by Island Batik.
- Cut two 16 inch squares of fabric.
- Cut one piece of batting the same size.
- Put the 2 fabrics right sides together on top of the batting.
- Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the outside leaving a opening of about 3 inches on one side.
Start the seam in the center of one side. I like to back-stitch at the beginning and end so it won’t pull apart when I turn it. Notice that I also stitched to the edge of the fabric – when you turn the piece right side out this will make it easier to fold the fabric in the opening.
Turn the piece and press. Just sew the opening closed…..that section will actually get cut off.
Quilt as desired.
Now it is time to put the basket together.
- Fold the piece in half.
- Whatever fabric you would like to show on the inside when finished is the side we will mark the corners on.
For this basket I am marking the corners at 2 inches. Stitch along the line you marked. I like to start in about a 1/2″ inch and back-stitch.
Here you can see that I have sewn 2 of the corners. I hope the photos make it easier to see what I am doing.
Now do the other 2 corners.
At this point if you turned your basket right side out you would have the little flaps just like the baskets that Tina from Seaside Stitches showed in her tutorial.
I cut the corners off of my fabric basket. Now flip your basket wrong side out again and cut off corners.
Flip the basket right side out. You can see the exposed seams, we are now going to enclose them.
Fold each corner as shown and stitch about a 1/2 inch seam. This will enclose the edges. I like to back-stitch at the beginning and end.
Notice how I stitch the line at the bottom.
It might be easier to see here, stop at the end of the seam. Stitch slowly, you are going through a lot of thicknesses. You might want to change to a 90 or 10 needle.
Now just fold over the flaps and hand stitch the flaps down. I tried doing it on my sewing machine……you know I don’t like hand sewing…..but I didn’t like the way it looked. Add a cute button to one side and you are done!
Just for giggles – would you like to see what the basket actually looks like after we cut the corners off? Pretty neat isn’t it!
All of the following baskets are made with 16 inch squares of fabric.
The difference is in what size you cut the corner triangles.
- 2 inch corners: basket is 4 1/2 inches tall and 6 inches inside
- 2 1/2 inch corners: Basket is 5 inches tall and a little over 5 inches inside
- 3 inch corners: Basket is 6 inches tall and 5 inches inside
What do you think of this size? This is a skinny mini! Maybe I can put a skinny bottle of wine in it! Notice this was a 18 inch piece to begin with, by changing the size of the corners I got this tall fabric basket.
Here are two more baskets. The basket on the left is a 18 inch square with 3 inch corners and the basket on the right is a 16 inch square with 3 inch corners. The 18 inch basket is about 6 inches tall and 5 1/2 inches inside.
Notice the blue basket has the cute little owls on it……tutorial coming soon for a wall hanging made with this fabric……..anyway…….beware of using a directional fabric. My little owls are upside down on one side and sideways on two sides. It isn’t that noticeable with this fabric.
Here are some other posts that will inspire you:
- Strippy Basket Tutorial with Somerset
- Batik Strippy Baskets
- Coasters from the corners
- Somerset Coasters
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