Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fab Fabric Baskets - tutorial as promised!

Warning!!! Lots and lots of photos and a very lengthy post!
Have tried for the past two hours to make this into some sort of fancy schmancy side bar linky thing - and failed so here it is - in full!!!

If you want to have a go at making some very simple and cute little storage baskets like these then read on......

These baskets can be made in any size - all measurements here make a finished basket that holds a 100g ball of wool very nicely :)

I used cotton canvas for the outer but any medium to heavy weight fabric such as hessian, denim, corduroy would do. It is lined with cotton gingham (Lucy!!!!!)

You will also need heavy weight iron on interfacing and, if doing applique, some Bondaweb or similar.

1. Cut two pieces of main fabric, two pieces of interfacing and two pieces of lining fabric 23cm x 25cm. If making a basket with a handle cut another piece of main fabric 32cm x 11cm (ignore that I have cut two handles in the photo below - I made a mistake ok?!!)

2. Iron interfacing onto reverse of main fabric pieces.
Tip: if you want a firmer basket you can apply two or more layers of interfacing.

3. Apply Bondaweb to applique fabric and trace design onto backing paper.

4. Iron applique pieces onto basket front piece.
Tip: don't stick your applique on too low down on the basket front as you will lose it when you make the gusset!!

5. Machine or handstitch around applique adding any detail as required.

6. Place main fabric pieces right sides together and stitch down both sides and along bottom edge.

7. Repeat step 6 for the lining fabric pieces but leave a gap, of approx 6cm, open in the bottom seam for turning.

8. Now to make the gusset of your basket. Open the basket out either side of the seams and flatten the corners using your fingers to help make sure the bottom and side seams line up.

9. Stitch across each bottom corner - I stitched this seam approx 3cm up from the corner tip - and then trim away excess fabric.

10. Turn the basket through so that right sides are facing outwards. Push firmly into the corners with your fingers to open the gusset out fully.

If you want to add a handle to your basket follow these steps.

11. a)Press one long side of the handle fabric into the centre (approx 2.5cm).

b) now repeat with the other long side - leaving a small gap of approx 3mm down the centre.

c) fold the fabric in half again lengthways and then press well with a hot iron.

d) topstitch down either side of the handle.
TIP: don't stitch it as wonkily as I did!!

e) pin the handle onto the centre of the front of the basket as shown. Take the handle round underneath the basket and up the other side, pinning to the top edge of the reverse side in the same way.
As the handle is quite short you will most likely need to fold the base of the basket so that it fits inside the handle.

12. The next steps are the same for the basket with or without a handle.

You should have the main basket fabric right side outwards now. The lining is still inside out at this stage.

Slide the lining fabric over the main fabric piece so that right sides are together. Line up side seams and pin the lining to the main piece all the way round.

13. You will need your sewing machine 'free arm' (i.e. without the tool box attached) for this bit.

Slide the basket onto the free arm and stitch all the way round the top of the basket.

14. Turn the basket through the hole in the bottom of the lining.

15.It should look like this once it is turned through.

16. Turn the seam allowance in on the opening at the bottom of the lining - finger press the seam.

17. Stitch this seam as close to the edge as possible.

18. Push the lining down into the basket, making sure you push it right into the corners.

19. Press and then topstitch all around the top edge of the basket.

20. If you want a squarer looking basket, iron creases down either edge of the gusset along either side and the bottom.

21. The finished article - phew!!!

Now that you've realised how much fun they are to make you may want to make one or two more.....

(These are going to be filled with treasures in Moogshouse :) )

....or more.....

These ones are going in my shop very soon.

I hope you have made it to the end ok!!

If you have any questions leave me a comment here and I'll try to answer them!

As this is not a 'new' design or idea for making vessels such as baskets or handbags then please feel free to use this tutorial to make as many as you like and even sell them if you want to.

Please do not use my applique designs, without prior consent, for items that you wish to sell.

I may now go and have a rather large glass of something chilled and white!!


Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Oh wow Mrs MM! You have done a fab job there! And WHEN?????? are the ones for us going in your Etsy shop???? They are brilliant!

I want to go and make some right now - but they just wouldn't be the same without those gorgeous designs on the m! You need to market those artistic children of yours!

Locket x

artisbliss said...

This is a very good tutorial, and I love your very cute appliques.

trashalou said...

Am feeling exhausted just thinking about making them, you must be completely cream crackered after writing all that. You clever ladies with your stitchy tutorials are an inspiration to us all!

marit said...

Thanks for the tutorial- the baskets are really cute, and I want to make a whole bunch of them! Your applique adds that very special touch.

twiggypeasticks said...

Thanks for sharing, they are lovely. The bee is so cute, will defo have a go at making one
Twiggy x

Lina said...

Fabulous! I'm guessing they're pretty stiff (ahem) due to very, very, thick interfacing? Love your applique too, just gorgeous all around. Thank you for going through all the trouble!

Thimbleanna said...

Very awesome Ms. Lesley! I LOVE those little appliques -- what an adorable technique!!!

Bethany Hissong said...

Lesley, this is a GREAT tutorial! You have me wishing I had fabric right now to sew one (and it's late!). Your appliques are so cute and I can think of so many uses for these baskets. I think you have a teacher in you ;)

est said...

thanks for the tutorial!! i love it so square!! :)

Jodie said...

oh poop i just put my rather over-excited commented on the previous post...... anyway it kind a went ...eeek...awesome....me tooo encore encore....You are wonderful.
kind of.

Kitty said...

Oh wow ... how clever are you? I'll tell you how clever you are ... you're as clever as a clever thing!

That was a fab tutorial, and is now officially bookmarked for me to 'have a go' at some point.

Thanks so much! :-D x

Gina said...

Fantastic tutorial Lesley - these will be perfect for displaying items at craft fairs etc (always a problem)Thank you for sharing that with us. Permission to use designs that Minx has already sent me? Please???
Gina xxx

Monkee Maker said...

Thanks for the great tutorial .... I think I need to have a go at some of those, although I fear mine may turn out MUCH more sloppily made than your creations. Did I ever mention that I'm a lazy sewist as well as lazy everthingelseist?

I could give you a tute about how to get your tute in your side-bar though ....


Stephanie Pettengell said...

Brilliant tutorial, it has made me want to go make some right now and stop doing sensible things like work! Thanks, thanks, thanks.


I like your storage baskets, and the tutorial is really detailed, only one thing missing, I can't sew! x

Kaz said...

Fabtastic tutorial Lesley, thanks soo much as I need lots of photos to refer to when I make stuff.

I love your applique too, so flipping neat n tidy!!

I hope you had something brown and sweet as well, you earned it.

Kaz xx

French Knots said...

Wow, wow, wow - great tutorial, very detailed. That must have been tons of work.
Did you put nail varnish on between photo 9 and 17??!
Very cute baskets.

Jane said...

Wonderful tutorial, now i want to try one. Jane x

Ali said...

What a comprehensive tutorial - must have taken you ages! Thank you. Love your appliqué boat especially.

Jennie said...

Ohhh I love the tutorial, it's fantastic. I am going to have a try at one of the bags when the kids are back at school!
Thank you!

Lissa Jane said...

thanks for the tutorial! I might even make these!

I'll be sure to come back and visit your blog, its fab!


Jenny said...

Lovely little bucket thingys and great tutorial-will have to put them on my to do list! Thanks for sharing:)

amandajean said...

thanks for the tutorial. they are adorable!

billie said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Very good explanation and so cute. Another great gift idea!

Katie said...

What a great tutorial! I can't wait to make some. I'm always amazed by the creativity I keep finding on the web. Great blog!!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Thanks for the tuitorial on the sweet little bag. I'm gonna make some of those. Yours are adorable. Love your appliques.

Rachael Rabbit said...

These are So adorable .....

autismtymz2 said...

Oh my goodness! Another Lesley who spells her name correctly, lol :)
Lovely blog :)

Have a beautiful day :)