Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fabric basket tutorial

Who doesn't love baskets? Use that novelty fabric that has been sitting in your stash to make a unique gift for a friend or for yourself. Make them big, make them small, make them for absolutely no reason at all!

Warning - making these baskets can become addicting :-)

This tutorial is mostly pictures as they are worth 1,000 words and I know you don't want to read 1,000 words.

First cut two squares - one for outside and one for inside. Any size as long as it is at least 10".

I like the 12" to 14" size but also make whatever size my scrap is as long as it's over 10"

Cut two layers of batting the same size as your squares. Here in the photo I used red felt instead of one of the batting layers just because I have a lot of red felt to get rid of. The felt is alittle hard to sew thru so do as I say and not as I do and use two layers of batting.

Lay the two squares on top of the batting and sew all the way around leaving one side with an opening.

Trim and clip corners.

Turn inside out, use a blunt instrument of non destruction to poke out the corners.

Turn under where the opening is and sew closed by hand.

Quilt - great place to practice your free motion quilting.

Fold in half with the inside of the basket facing out.

On the folded side, mark with pencil 2" up from the folded edge and the same along the folded edge.

Sew from mark to mark. Do the same on the other edge of the fold.

So you have two corners sewn, now open it up and fold in half the other way. Mark and sew those two corners the same way.

It should look like this.

Now turn inside out and poke out the corners

Fold down the flaps and sew down with buttons.

The inside of the basket will have these little flaps which you can sew down flat by hand or just leave them.

Voila! You have a basket!



  1. What fun tutorial. Thank you for putting it together and sharing.

  2. I love making these types of little baskets, but I haven't played around with quilting them! I'm going to have to try it out. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  3. How fun! I will have to try this!

  4. You've delivered, as promised! Good tutorial. I think I can follow it well enough to make on, and have just the place to use it, too. Maybe a May basket?