Fat Quarter Fabric Baskets Tutorial

Fabric Baskets are so much fun to make and it is hard to make just one and when you can use fat quarter fabrics for the baskets that is even more fun!

I recently had someone ask what size would be good for a breadbasket. I wasn’t sure so I pulled some fabrics out of my stash and experimented with a couple of sizes using my Fabric Basket tutorial (link below).

Fabric Basket tutorials

I already had some baskets that I had made last year and this one was just a little too small to hold some hard rolls that I had. I don’t remember what size I made this basket.

Fabric Basket tutorial with rolls

I wanted something a little bigger. This cute teal and purple basket is holding the same amount of hard rolls so you can see that it is a lot bigger.

Fabric Basket tutorial with rolls

Fat Quarters in your stash are great for baskets this size.

A fat quarter is approximately 18″ x 22″. Just cut the fabric into a square. Some of my fabrics had been washed which made them slightly smaller. All I did was square up the fabric.

Basket sizes

Baskets

The first basket I made was this green one which turned out with higher sides than I wanted for a breadbasket. The corners were 3″. After I made this one, I switched to 2½” corners.

Green fabric with a large floral print

Two 18″ x 18″ fabric squares and 3″ corners.

Fat quarter fabric basket tutorial green floral basket

A 2½” corner creates a perfect basket with sides that aren’t too tall, this ended up being my favorite size.

Yellow rose print fabric and a yellow batik

Two 18″ x 18″ fabric squares and 2½” corners.

Fat quarter fabric basket tutorial yellow basket

Pink fabric and a light yellow floral print

Two 17½” x 17½” fabric squares and 2½” corners.

Fat quarter fabric basket tutorial plum floral basket

Purple tone on tone and a teal heart print

17″ x 17″ fabric squares and 2½” corners.

Fat quarter fabric basket tutorial plum floral basket

Pink floral and pastel pink batik

17¼” x 17¼” fabric squares and 2½” corners.

I had this beautiful large floral fat quarter that had been in my stash for a long time. I paired it with a pastel batik and really like the way it turned out.

Fat quarter fabric basket tutorial pink floral basket

Inside of the basket

Here you can see the inside of the basket and clean the inside looks all finished.

Fat quarter fabric basket tutorial pink floral basket inside

I also found a cute print with Easter eggs on it. The piece wasn’t very big and I was able to get two small pieces out of it. One piece was 9¼” square and I made 2″ corners. The other piece was 9½” and I made 1½” corners. Can you see the difference?

Fat Quarter Fabric Baskets easy to make tutorial

Take a look at the difference in sizes of the fabric baskets. I made 7 different baskets in just a couple of hours. Each basket was quilted with a fairly large free motion meandering. 

fabric baskets

Batting

Are you wondering what is the best batting or wadding to use?

I have used scraps of batting, whenever I finish quilting a large quilt I will save the leftovers for mug rugs and other small projects.

I squared up the scraps and used a zig-zag stitch to join the pieces if needed. Anything with some polyester seems to have better stability.

My favorite is Soft & Stable

Soft & Stable byAnnie’s is fantastic to use for baskets! I also use it for placemats also.

It is 100% polyester and firm. It maintains it’s safe and is easy to sew through. Buying a piece that is 18″ x 58″ will allow you to make several of the fabric baskets. 

Quilting

You can do any kind of quilting on the baskets. This is a perfect time to practice some free motion quilting or you can just sew straight lines with your regular sewing machine foot. 

Any kind of quilting just helps to firm up the fabric basket.

Sewing down the flaps

I also hand-stitched the flaps and button using the same color of thread that I did the quilting with. Quite a few people say they do this step using their free arm sewing machine and don’t bother adding the buttons.

Fat Quarter Fabric Baskets easy to make tutorial

30 Fat Quarter Fabric Baskets

I thought you might enjoy seeing 30 fabric baskets that Ginny made using my tutorial. Something that she did differently from my tutorial was to sew the flaps down using her sewing machine with a free arm. I never thought to suggest that as my vintage 15-91 Singer is in a cabinet and I don’t have that option. Great tip Ginny and thanks for sharing the photo!

Fabric Baskets made by another quilter using my tutorial

I dare you to make just ONE of these cute fat quarter fabric baskets! I’ll be using several them for Easter baskets and will share that soon.

Fabric Basket tutorial

Here is the link to my Fabric Baskets tutorial that will show you exactly how to make the baskets and finish the corners.

This is a post where I show more detailed photos of the enclosed seams on the baskets.

Would you like to make some baskets for Valentine’s Day? Take a look at these cute red and pink fabric baskets!

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24 Comments

  1. I love the fabric baskets. I made some for my two teenage granddaughters to keep ‘important bits n pieces’ in. They love them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I love the basket family picture on the stairs. I can see that you can’t make just one…..😊 I’m going to give them a try…..buttons are so cute.

  3. Connie, you are amazing with all the generous sharing. Thank you.
    Now that I have tidied up my sewing room, I shall make some of these.

  4. I printed your Fabric Basket Tutorial and plan on making a few more. I made some before but gave them away. Now I need some more for hostess gifts since I have all new friends and neighbors. Thank you sew very much Connie Dear. <3

  5. Love these not sure I will get to it this year but I’m thinking of doing one and not sew corner flaps down but adding a button and loopI to close the “lid” ….I make ornament gifts and sometimes a whole handmade ornament advent these would be great to give ornaments in and be a storage container as well for the very delicate ones ….now I just gotta remember this idea for next year lol

  6. Love the baskets — thanks for the tutorial. These would serve two purposes; one to help use up some of the huge fabric stash I have, and then to help organize what is left! So, thanks again!!

  7. I’m not familiar with the free motion technique. My sewing machine is older, what do you suggest in place of free motion technique? Thank you.

  8. Connie, I think I should make some of these every time you do a post about. but, somehow, I never do. Maybe this will be the year. lol

  9. Hi Connie…I remember having a conversation about your baskets LAST YEAR and since you put out a DAR this year I’m going to have to make a point to make one or more!! (but not 30–but that was a cute photo lol) Since I”m in the FQS button club it will give me an opportunity to dress up my baskets with expensive -handmade/dyed buttons. 🙂 🙂

  10. Hi Connie! I love the fabrics that you chose for these baskets, especially that last one with the purple and turquoise. The hearts on that fabric are SO cute. I also love the photo of the 30 baskets on the stairs – such a cute variety. Ginny sure made a lot of them. Happy Tuesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  11. I love making baskets
    using your pattern. Love
    that purple and teal
    basket, lovely!
    Carla from Utah

  12. What fun are these!!! I am going on a spring fling sewing retreat – may have to bring this along with some FQs!

  13. These are really great baskets and so fun in different fabrics. The sizes and corners really make for flexible sized baskets. I adore them all. Ginny must be amazing wiith her many baskets.

  14. Great baskets!! I definitely need to make some of them!! Thank you for the tutorial!!

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