Hey everyone! Wowza, this has been my longest time of blog absence so far! But no worries, everything is fine with me, I have just been super busy with my job at DaWanda,with university stuff and most importantly, with enjoying the first summer days. :) Nevertheless, thanks again to those of you who sent me e-mails, worrying if I was ok and telling me you were missing my blog posts. This made me incredibly happy! :)
So here I'm back with a new DIY for how to sew a fabric basket, yayy!
This basket is great for storing controllers, phones and tiny gadgets on a TV table or for putting toys or even bread on your breakfast table inside.
Supplies for sewing a fabric basket:
- A piece of cardboard for the pattern
- A sewing machine
- Hot iron and ironing board
- Scissors, pins, a measuring tape and a ruler
- Optional, but very useful: a roll cutter and a cutting pad
- Fabric according to the sizes of the pattern, twice for the inside and twice for the outside
- Voluminous interfacing (which has a sticky surface) two times according to the sizes of the pattern
First of all, use a piece of cardboard to draw the pattern. You don't need to print this one out (it only has approximate size proportions), better make your own ones with the measurements given above.
Sew your own fabric basket:
Once you have prepared your pattern, use it to cut out the pieces of fabric: two times the fabric for the outside, two times fabric for the inside and two times the interfacing. Then you have six pieces of fabric of the same size. Iron the outter fabric (floral).
Also iron the inner fabric (dotty). Then take the outter fabric and iron both pieces each onto a piece of voluminous batting. It should have a sticky surface which connects both layers while ironing. Then you only have four pieces left: two times the inner fabric and two times the outter fabric with the interfacing on the back. Then take the two pieces of inner fabric and turn them right sides facing each other. Also do the same with the outter fabric.
Next, use your pins to pin the layers together. Then take your sewing machine to sew the left, right and bottom edges onto each other. Afterwards, use your pins to attach the right side to the bottm, seams meeting in the middle.
On the first photo you can see where the seams of side and bottom meet. When you put your basket onto the table, it should now look like on the top right photo where you can now slightly recognize the future shape of your sewing project. Then also attach the left side to the bottom and close the opening.
Again, make sure that the seams of side and bottom meet and close the opening with pins. Then it should be looking like on the lower left photo. Use your sewing machine to close both openings, leave a seam allowance of 1cm.
Now you can really recognize your basket to be. Next, do the same steps with the inner fabric and turn it into a basket as well.
As a next step, put the outter basket into the inner one, right sides facing. Make sure that the seams are at the same places and then connect the top edge with pins.
After having pinned both layers onto each other, you can now top-stitch and thus connect the inner and outter fabric. Make sure not to sew completely around, because you will need an opening to turn the basket inside out as it is indicated by the pins on the lower left photo. Now turn it inside out through the opening.
Iron the top edge, use pins to fix it and then top-stitch along the whole top edge in order to make it look neat and in order to close the opening.
That's it, you're done! :) Apart from folding the top edge over, you could also turn the basket around the use the other side (the dotted one) for the outside. :)
Well, I use it for storing the TV remote, cosmetics, a notebook and my phone. What would you use it for?
Happy sunny Sunday!