Thank you everyone for your patience in waiting for this tutorial.
My head is behaving itself today which has put a big smile on my face. Must be all those lovely prayers and kind thoughts that helped to send that migraine on it's way. Thanks!!
Firstly I'll answer a question I was asked about the interfacing used. In the first set of baskets I made last week I used a thin fusible interfacing - this is lovely when you want baskets that sit snuggly together and they are only holding soft, light items such as fabrics, threads, or ribbons etc.
Due to my needing a basket to hold my pegs (for hanging clothes inside during this tropical wet season) I decided to try a firmer fusible interfacing earlier this week. As you can see it sits with more rigidity...
I also pulled in the sides with a stitch at the top to keep it even firmer. My pegs are held quite happily in their new home.
NOTE: You can make these baskets any size you want. Choose the base size you want and add 1", then add the height you'd like the sides to be, double it, and add 1/2 inch.
So, a base of 5" square with sides of 4" high, would mean you'd need 5 + 1 + 4 + 4 + 1/2 = a square of 14 1/2".
Today, in this tutorial, I am using the firm fusible interfacing again because this basket was destined for the bathroom to hold Blossom's lotions.
Let us start...
You will need
* 2 x 15 inch squares of fabric
* 1 x 15 in square of fusible interfacing (if you want a softer basket use thin interfacing)
* 1 x 3" x 6" piece of scrap fabric
* ribbon for handle, and bow
Take the fabric you intend using for the outside of the basket and fold it over diagonally, corner to corner.
Cut a 4" square from the corner.
Turn it over diagonally again and take another 4" square from those corners.
It should look like this...
Do the same with the remaining fabric lining and the interfacing.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer (main) fabric with a warm iron.
Fold the outer fabric diagonally, right sides facing, and stitch along the outer sides with a 1/4 " seam...
Fold it back in the opposite direction and stitch along the remaining two sides with a 1/4 " seam.
This is your outer basket.
Repeat this process (without interfacing) on the fabric you have prepared for the basket lining.
This time, however, you need to stitch your seams slightly wider than the 1/4 " you did on the outer basket. This will mean the liner fits perfectly in the basket without any puckering.
You only need make the seam a tiny bit wider...
Place the finished liner inside the outer basket, right sides facing each other.
Fold the corner seams in opposite directions and pin in place...
Sew around the edges with a 1/4 " seam, leaving a wide opening along one side.
Turn your basket right side out. (This is much easier with thin interfacing, but I had no trouble with the thick stuff either - just need to go slowly and iron down all the sides once more as they tended to crease.)
Fold in the opening, and press with a warm iron. Pin whatever you are using for the small handle in position, then topstitch around the edge of the basket with an 1/8 " seam...this will secure the closure of the opening so no need for slipstitching it closed. Much easier!
Your basket is finished, now let's make the bow!
You will need a piece of fabric 3" x 6"...
Fold it in half horizontally and stitch around both ends and a short way into the bottom edge. Trim the corners, being careful not to cut through the stitching.
Turn it right side out and press in the open seam.
The way this bow is made means you do not have to slipstitch the opening closed - can you see that I love to make things easier!?
Make conertina folds in the bow, keeping the still open seam at the very bottom (it will be covered by the centre wrap later)...
Place a stitch in the centre to secure.
Wrap some ribbon or fabric around the centre and stitch closed at the back.
Attach in place on the front of your basket with thread that matches your lining.
Here is Blossom's new lotions basket - she'll be surprised to see it when she come home from school today! I haven't told her I was making it, so you're seeing it before her. :-)
I'll share the flower tutorial another time.
Hope you're having a lovely day - February is almost over and with March comes the promise of Autumn down here in Australia. Luverly!!!