Sometimes it is fun to make a small, fast and easy project like this Scrappy Strippy Fabric Basket and this tutorial will make you want to make all kinds of cute fabric baskets. These would make great gifts!
Grab a charm pack of your favorite quilt fabric collection or just use some of your stash to make this fun quilt project.
Strippy Basket Tutorial
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I used a charm square package of Somerset that I had left over from my Piano Keys Table Runner project so I cut the 5 inch squares in half and then sewed them back together. We quilters are crazy people....according to Builder Bob.
Charm Squares - 5 inch squares of fabric
- Cut your squares in half - they will be 2.5 x 5 inches
- Sew 9 of them together for a row
- Do this 3 times
- Add a 1.5 inch strip of a neutral fabric between each row (see note below)
Do you like to cut up fabric and then sew it back together? I think many of you do because one of my most popular posts is about that. I made a tote bag using a similar method.Add a fusible fleece, I used Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece and quilt your new fabric.I just did some organic free motion straight stitching on my fabric and then did a free motion stipple quilting on the inside lining piece.I thought you might like to see a closer photo of the organic free motion stitching I did on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. I used a darning foot, not a walking foot to do it. It looks like it is curved but it isn't, I had the quilted fabric at a angle to show the quilting better.Don't forget to read about the pattern and download it. I am including the photos of the steps for making my scrappy strippy basket. I made the 18 inch basket but I think I would have liked it better if I hadn't added the 1.5 inch strips of fabric. I could have just added another row of the 2.5 x 9 inch pieces.There is one more thing that I goofed up on. I should have stay stitched the top of each piece before I sewed them together.
What is stay stitching?It is a single line of stitching that will stabilize your fabric and prevent it from stretching.
You can see in the photo that it is pretty obvious that I stretched the top of the basket when I sewed the lining to the outside. I also think I stretched it more when I did my top stitching. I went ahead and sewed up the sides like I did in my Fabric Boxes tutorial. That helped a little bit.