This simple fabric basket tutorial is perfect for beginners. Sew a fabric bin to hold fabric scraps and thread or organize your desk. I love sewing projects that use pre-cut fabrics, but I often have a handful of leftover pieces that I don't know what to do with. That's why I designed this easy basket that you can sew with 10” layer cake squares!
This is a great starting point if you're new to sewing. You just need to sew simple, straight lines, and the materials for these baskets are inexpensive and easy to find.
To make 1 basket, you will need:
- 4 squares of fabric 10” x 10”
- 2 squares of iron-on fleece or other iron-on interfacing 10” x 10”
- coordinating thread
Pair your fabrics together so that 2 fabrics are the inside of the basket and 2 are the outside (just for now since the basket will be reversible). Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of a pair of fabrics (it doesn't matter which ones). Place this pair of fabrics right sides together.
Cut squares in the corners
Cut 2 1/2” squares from the bottom corners of the fabrics.
Cut squares from the corners of fabric pieces without interfacing
Place the other set of fabric right sides together and also cut 2 1/2” squares from the bottom corners of these two fabric squares.
Tip: These 2 1/2” squares are the same size as another pre-cut fabric – Mini Charms! You can remove the interfacing from the back (if necessary) and use these mini charms for another project, like my Patchwork Potholder.
Press the top edges
Press the top edge of the four basket pieces onto the wrong side 1/2”.
Pin the side seams
Place each pair of fabrics right sides together again. Pin.
Sew the side seams
Open the top folds and sew only to the side and bottom edges of each pair (do not sew around the cut corners). Use a 1/4” seam allowance. Press the seams open. Repress the folded edge at the top of each basket piece if necessary.
Pin the bottom corners
Flatten one side of the basket against the bottom with the seams aligned to form the bottom corners. Pin.
Sew the bottom corners
Sew on the bottom two corners with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Make the lining
Repeat these steps with the unlined fabric pieces to make the lining.
Pin or clip the exterior and lining together
Place the bottom of each piece with the corner seams and bottom seams aligned. Clip or pin the corner seams together on each side (separately).
Tip: This step will ensure that your basket liner and the exterior of your basket are glued together so you don't get a baggy bottom!
Sew the corner seams together
Sew the corner of the lining and the outer corner together, stitching all the way through the corner seam above the previous seam.
Sew the seams on the other side as well.
Repeat on the other side of the basket so that the liner is attached to the outside of the basket along the two bottom corner seams.
Nest the basket pieces together, wrong sides together
Pull the liner up and around the outside of the basket. Align and clip (or pin) the top edges together, matching the side seams.
Topstitching around the edge
Sew around the top edge of the basket, 1/8”-1/4” from the top edge.
If your sewing machine has a free arm, you can use it to help you sew around the top outside edge.
How to Sew the Top Edge Without a Free Arm on Your Sewing Machine
If you don't have or prefer not to use a free arm, you can sew around the inside top edge of the basket.
It's fun to turn down the cuff so all the fabric is visible!
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