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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pink fabric and a light yellow floral print
Two 17½" x 17½" fabric squares and 2½" corners.
Purple tone on tone and a teal heart print
17" x 17" fabric squares and 2½" corners.
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.
Inside of the basket
Here you can see the inside of the basket and clean the inside looks all finished.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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!