How to Make a Decorative Fabric Basket.

Fabric basket filled with cotton reels.

You will need: two pieces of complimentary fabric. I’ve used our ‘Beige Polka Dot’ cotton canvas, ‘Summer Meadow Pink’ cotton fabric, and a piece of Bosal In-R-Foam fusible foam stabilizer (all available in our online shop). Coordinating thread and use of a sewing machine and iron.

Start by deciding how big you want your basket to be. In this tutorial my basket was made using the following measurements:

Pattern measurements for a fabric basket.

Using a water-soluble fabric pen start by drawing out your shape on the bosal foam and cut out. Then place it onto the back of the fabrics and draw around the foam then add a 1 cm seam allowance and cut out. You can now erase your pen lines.

Fabric and interlining for a fabric basket.

With right sides together pin and sew the fabrics together with a 1 cm seam, leaving an opening down one side. I left a 10 cm opening. Trim off the excess at the corners.

Sewing fabrics together.

Turn your fabrics right sides out through your opening.

Turning fabrics right side out.

Iron flat and turn in the seam allowance on the opening.

ironing fabrics flat

Place your foam inside the fabric bag. Make sure it’s all lying flat and then iron flat so that the fusible foam bonds with the fabric.

Inserting the fusible foam stabilizer.

Sew up your opening. Then sew the base of your basket. You can see that I sewed a 16.5 cm by 11.5 cm rectangle base.

Sewing the base of the basket.

Now pinch one of your corners and pin in place. Repeat for all four corners.

Pinning the corners for the basket.

Finally sew a seam at right angles from the top of the basket to the base to create the walls and corners.

Sewing the corners to make the fabric basket.

It’s that easy!

The finished fabric basket.

Now all you have to do is fill it and enjoy.

Decorative fabric basket filled with apricots.

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