Easy DIY Fabric Basket

I saw a tutorial for this Fat Quarter-Sized Fold Up Basket a few weeks ago and decided to give it a whirl last weekend.

The tutorial was really easy to follow. I’m not sure if Caroline of Sew Can She made it up herself or just passed it on through her blog, but the way it gets cut and folded together is both complex and simple at the same time. It blows my mind how people come up with this sort of thing. I would definitely recommend following the tutorial linked above, but here are some photos and thoughts about my process below.

Not being a quilter, I had to google what the dimensions of a ‘fat quarter’ were (18″ x 22″ in case you didn’t know either). I have lots of fabric I can cut to that size, so I went with this upholstery fabric I found at Goodwill 5 years ago. The fusible stabilizer I ended up using is Pellon Flex Foam. This was mostly because it was available to ship from Amazon, but also because I can make three of these baskets with the one piece that I bought.

I am grateful to say that I have a pretty nice sewing machine, but because I’m not a quilter, I don’t have the opportunity to experiment with too many of the stitch options. For this project I went with a lattice stitch for the exterior edge. It took a lot longer and used a lot more thread than if I had just done a zig-zag stitch, but it was fun to mess around with my options a little bit.

I started with a 1/8″ straight stitch around my cut lines, but ended up adding a small zig-zag stitch to keeping the fraying to a minimum.

The best thing, for me, about the finished box is that it’s the exact size needed to store sewing patterns. Making a few more of these will definitely come in handy for the 100 vintage patterns that I recently acquired.

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