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Friday, December 20, 2013

The 12 DIYs of Christmas: Fabric Basket

Today I have another sewing DIY for Christmas. 
We are definitely in crunch time now. Trying to get everything set and ready before Santa comes in 5 days (What?! Only 5 days left?). 
This project only took me about 20 minutes total to whip up. I was planning on making a fabric mitten basket, but mine turned out too small for mittens. If you want to make a bigger basket to hold mittens just increase the size of the fabric I used here. You know what the basket is perfect for? Fabric scraps. I'm using mine to hold the fabric I set out for December's block of the month. There are tons of uses for it...it is a basket after all.

You'll need:
two 12"x12" (or bigger/smaller) squares of fabric
one 12"x12" square of interfacing
sewing machine

It is very important that you layer your fabric as follows to make sure that the interfacing is on the inside when you flip your fabric sandwich right side out:
Red fabric right side up
Blue fabric right side down
Interfacing on top of blue fabric
Clearly you can use whatever colors you would like, but I'm just naming the colors to help demonstrate. You should have your fabrics right side in with the interfacing on top. If you don't do it this way you will go to flip it right side out and will have your interfacing on the outside (eek), trust me, I made this mistake.

Stitch around the outside leaving a 2" opening as shown above.

Trim your corners.

Flip right side out and poke the corners out with something long and skinny like a pencil or chop stick.

Iron flat so that the opening is folded in enough to match the rest of the square.

Quilt the layers together. I just did some basic straight line quilting.

Measure 2.5" from each corner in both directions and pin. This measurement resulted in the very short basket shown in the photos. If you would like a deeper basket pin farther from each corner.

Line up your pins on each corner and sew straight down, as shown above.

It will look like this when pinned and after you sew it.

Then, pull your corners flat against the side and stitch down.

There you have it!
If you want it bigger, use larger fabric squares.
If you want it deeper, pin farther from the corners when creating your edges.
If you want it sturdier, put some paper stock or something stiffer against your interfacing when you sew it shut.

Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, you did a great job! I wish I had a sewing machine...maybe one day I will get one and learn how to use it. Such a great gift idea too! Visiting from NE Bloggers!
    Karen @ Karen's Soiree


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