Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fabric Basket Tutorial

This is my first tutorial for 2011. Anyone who is into sewing and crafting would definitely need a storage box to organize their sewing notions, fabric and tools. Some even hide their favourite snacks in it (& I wonder who?). :) I made this fabric basket last month and the size is based on a cookie tin lid. You can use your growing fabric stash to make this round fabric basket.

- fabric scraps
- thick batting
- buttons
- thread & needle

Cut fabrics:
- cut ten pieces of 5" X 5" square from main fabric and lining fabric.
- cut one 5" X 21" rectangle from thick batting.
- cut two 7" circle from main fabric and lining fabric.
- cut one 7" circle from thick batting.
- cut one 2" X 21" strip for binding

* measurement includes 1/2" seam allowance.

Step 1. 
a) Sew the five squares together.
b) Make another set of the five squares. 
c) Lay 5" X 21" batting onto the wrong side of one patchwork piece.
d) Pin and baste in place.

Step 2. 
Quilt the layers together. I just sew some simple zigzags.

Step 3. 
Pin together one circle fabric with batting and quilt as desired.

Step 4.
a) Fold the rectangle quilted piece together with right sides facing. Stitch along the open ends with 1/2" seam allowance.
b) Now you have a round wall.
c) Pin the quilted circle to the round wall.
d) Stitch around the seam.

Step 5.
a) Turn the basket right side out.
b) Make the lining. Sew together the second set of squares with the 7" circle.
c) Place the lining inside the quilted basket and pin the layers together.
d) Sew along the top edge of the basket. 

Step 6.
a) Cut a 2" X 21" strip for binding. But If you want to make a fancy one like mine, cut 10 pieces of 2" X 3" rectangles. Sew them together using a 1/2" seam allowance.
b) Fold the strip in half. Fold both edges toward the center.
c) Fold the strip in half again. Press the folds firmly with your fingers (you don't have to do this if you have a bias tape maker). Iron the folded strip
d) See the fold marks. Not bad for an imaginary bias tape maker :)

Step 7.
a) Sew together both ends of the strip using 1/2" seam allowance.
b) Position the binding along the top edge of the basket.
c) Stitch along the top folded mark using 1/2" seam allowance.
d) Fold the binding over the edge to the inside lining of the basket.

Step 8
Slip stitch folded edge of binding to the inside lining.

Now you have a round fabric basket to organize your happy mess. 
If you want to add a handle, follow the next step......

Basket Handle:

1. Cut two 3" X 17" fabric. Cut one 2" X 16" thick batting.   
a) Lay one fabric on top of batting.
b) Sandwich the two layers with another fabric with right sides facing. I trim along the handle ends to make rounded edge. You can do so if you like.
c) Sew the layers together along the edges using a 1/2" seam allowance. Leave a small opening for turning.
d) Turn the handle right side out through the opening.

2. Sew shut the opening with a slip stitch and quilt the handle. I just sew simple zigzag through the length of the strap.

3. Attach the handle by sewing buttons on each ends of the handle to the fabric basket. The handle that I made is quite wide. You can reduce the width if you want a skinny handle. 

All done!

I'll be making more of this fabric basket. One is never enough!

Have a nice day everyone :)


  1. sooo cute and useful.. loving the idea very much!! thank you for the tutorial. Clear and self explanatory pictures.. well done Bea.

  2. Bea.. super cute.. love the color.. vintage? classic? sejuk mata memandang.. :)

  3. more tutorials yeay!
    thanks bea

  4. Very cute basket. Would like to have one.

  5. Thanks Sue:). My sewing table has gone messy lately, so this small fabric basket does helps in organizing small pieces of fabrics & notions.

  6. Thanks MamaDaniel, mmg sejuk mata memandang bila kemas..hehe. Hakikatnya yg bersepah semua boleh sorok dlm bakul je :P

  7. Syaf, hope you can try it out. More are coming soon.....

  8. Thanks Su:) I really like your bags esp. the gray colour one that you sew for yourself.

  9. very, very nice ;OP thank you

  10. سلما للسماء
    Thanks for loving it:) Hope you can try it out.

  11. Hi Rosario :)
    Thanks for dropping by. If you make one, do let me know.


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