I had a bit of free time on Sunday and since I’m such a wild and crazy girl I found something new to sew! These fabric baskets caught my eye. I followed the tutorial by Fabric Mutt. Let’s be clear when I say I “followed” the tutorial I mean that loosely. I have a problem with following directions. My life would be easier if I would fix that.
If you follow her tutorial you will be golden. This is a great project to use up some fabric scraps since each fabric piece doesn’t need to be bigger than 8″ long. You will also need twill tape or ribbon. I used ribbon because twill tape meant a trip to the store which wasn’t going to happen. Also, batting, basting spray and muslin are needed. I decided to make four baskets at once because sometimes it’s just easier than dragging everything back out to make more later.
I love fabric! Look at this cute retro kitchen fabric! I used this for my daughter’s basket since she is a little foodie.
This basket is for my mom since she just got honeybees and is becoming a bee keeper! Kerry bought these fabrics for me while we were in Captiva from Three Crafty Ladies!
These are the fabrics for Kerry’s basket. She always gets one of my “test projects”. Sometimes they are good….sometimes not so much.
Lastly, these are the fabrics for my basket….which is now Rose’s basket. Funny how that happens.
Keep in mind when starting this project that the baskets are small. By small I mean tiny. This is one part of the directions that I skipped over…the part where is clearly says the finished size is: 2″ x 3″ x 4″ . Should I have also realized that when the pieces of fabric were so small? Yes. Yes I should have. But tiny is always adorable so keep going…they are worth it!
Start by piecing the exterior accent piece to the main exterior fabric. Lesson learned the hard way…I picked my favorite fabric of each group as the main exterior fabric thinking that would be the most visible. I was wrong. Next time I will use my favorite fabric as the interior piece.
Please follow Fabric Mutt’s detailed instructions because I tend to take the shortcuts. Technically you should fuse the wrong side of the exterior panel to the batting and then quilt it. I left out the fusing part because I’m lazy. If you would like for yours to be perfectly straight I would fuse it. I quilted all four baskets differently because frankly it’s more exciting.
Put the two exterior pieces right sides together and sew all the way around three sides leaving the top 8″ side open.
This is where the swearing entered the scene. I can never ever box corners evenly. Again, refer to the expert at Fabric Mutt because I destroyed this process over and over. My tutorial is pretty much telling you what not to do. Sorry.
I was supposed to measure and draw a line at three inches. Yeah, I thought I did that. One looked like three inches another ended up being much shorter. On two of the baskets I think I cut more than three inches and they look more square. Square is putting it kindly…they really are screaming to be bowls. (sorry Mom and Kerry)
Looks like I need to replace my fabric pen but you can see a faint purple line. Sew there and then cut the seem 1/4″ from that.
Your basket (or bowl) will start to take shape. You can add the ribbons on the sides at this point. I added them on two baskets but then I was wondering what in the world they needed handles for. I left them off of two of them….but after seeing the finished products I kinda like them with the useless handles. (Again…I should have just trusted the instructions)
The muslin fabric should be used to line the interior fabric. Again…I didn’t have basting spray and we all know I hate the store so I threw out the step of lining the interior. Yet another wrong move because I think the interior fabric would have had more weight to it which would make it sturdier. Sew the interior piece like you did the exterior except this time the bottom will have a 3″ opening in addition to the top being open. That way you can turn the basket.
Box the corners like the exterior. Put the exterior basket inside the interior fabric so the right sides are touching. Line up the seams and sew all the way around the basket. Turn the basket through the 3″ opening.
Sew the opening closed and push the interior fabric down. Top stitch around the top. I had to press all of the corners to try to make mine more into baskets vs bowls. Some cooperated more than others.
All in all this was a very quick project and I like the results. I learned everything that I did wrong so next time they should look better and I should swear less. Rose liked hers and so did my Mom so it was all worth it. Kerry…I’ll bring your bowl to you on our next trip! I would like to try to make bigger versions of these one day. Send me pictures if you make these!