Are you looking for a fast and easy gift to make? This fabric basket tutorial is a lot of fun to make! The baskets take no time at all to make.
Sometimes I get carried away and just keep making more and more baskets. There are so many different ways you can make these.
Enjoy my Fabric Baskets Tutorial, try some different sizes and I would love to see what you make!
I had this cute piece of owl fabric that was perfect for a basket. Let’s make one!
How to make the basket:
- 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 an opening of about 3-4 inches on one side.
Sew around the outside and leave an opening for turning the fabrics inside out.
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.
Leave about a four-inch opening so it will be easy to turn it right side out.
Turn the piece and press. Just sew the opening closed…..that section will actually get cut off but I prefer to sew it closed before I do the top-stitching and quilting.
Quilt the fabric
Quilting the fabric gives a little stability to the basket. This is a good place to try out some free-motion quilting. You could also just do some straight stitching.
Create the basket
I forgot to take photos of marking the corners on the teal basket so now I’ll show you the pink/lime green basket. The fabrics were cut 16 inches square also but I made this basket a little shorter by marking 3-inch corners instead of 2½ inches.
- Fold the quilted fabric piece in half.
- Whatever fabric you would like to show on the inside of your basket when finished is the side we will mark the corners on.
For this basket, I am marking the corners at 3 inches. Stitch along the line you marked. I like to start in about a 1/2″ inch and back-stitch because of the fabric bulk.
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 fold and mark the other two corners.
Once you have all four corners sewn you could just turn it right side out and finish your basket.
I prefer to clip off the corners and then sew the sides of the basket.
Here is the fabric basket with the corners stitched down after clipping and ready for buttons.
I have another post that shows the way I enclosed the seams – Fabric Baskets Enclosed Seams or keep reading for some more information.
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.
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.
Cut off the corners
I cut the corners off of my fabric basket. 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.
Sorry, once again I forgot to continue taking photos, one of these days I’ll redo this and show one basket in all of the photos.
Notice how I stitch the line at the bottom. It might be easier to see a photo of it.
- 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!
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
- 2½-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 an 18-inch piece, to begin with, by changing the size of the corners I got this tall fabric basket.
Another basket size
- The basket on the left is an 18-inch square with 3-inch corners and is about 6-inches tall and 5½-inch inside.
- The basket on the right is a 16 inch square with 3-inch corners.
- The basket in the center is another 16-inch square with 2½-inch corners.
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.
I could just keep making them but……I’d better stop.
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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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