Learn how to make a fabric basket with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is great for decorating and organizing the home.
Sometimes I just fall in love with a fabric, and I want to enjoy it in my home. I fell in love with this pretty floral fabric and all the different colors. It needed to be part of my regular decorations, so I make some fabric baskets with the fabric, and now I get to see it all the time.
I put some faux plants in the smaller basket for a cuter flower pot, and the larger one I use for organizing since it’s the perfect size. Get the free fabric basket pattern at the end of the post, and don’t miss the video that will help you make it!
What fabric should I use for a fabric basket?
This fabric basket is designed to be used with quilting cotton, but it can also be used with canvas for extra strength. Make sure to also use fusible fleece and fusible interfacing to give shape and stiffness to the fabric basket.
How can I make my fabric basket stand up?
If your baskets are turning out too soft, make sure you are using both fusible fleece and fusible interfacing. If that isn’t helping then get stiff fusible interfacing to use inside the basket. This makes the fabric basket a little bit harder to sew because the pieces are so stiff, but the basket will be much stronger.
What size of baskets does the pattern make?
The fabric basket sewing pattern makes two different baskets. The smaller basket is 6 inches in diameter and the larger basket is 10 inches in diameter.
What is a PDF sewing pattern?
A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.
I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!
How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?
Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.
Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.
Do you love to sew? Try one of these fun sewing projects:
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How to Make a Fabric Basket
- Free fabric basket pattern – get it at the end of the post
- Outer fabric: 1/2 yard of quilting cotton for one basket or 3/4 yard of quilting cotton for two baskets
- Inner fabric: 1/2 yard of quilting cotton for one basket or 3/4 yard of quilting cotton for two baskets
- 1/2 yard of medium weight (or stiffer) fusible interfacing
- 1/2 yard of fusible fleece
- sewing tools
- sewing machine
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Cut out two sides and one bottom of the outer fabric. Cut out two sides and one bottom of the inner fabric.
Cut out two sides and one bottom of the fusible fleece. Cut out two sides and one bottom of the fusible interfacing.
Iron the fusible fleece to the outer fabric pieces. Iron the fusible interfacing to the inner fabric pieces.
Place the side pieces of both fabrics right sides together. Sew each short end and backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Press the sides seams open. Stitch along each side of the seam to secure the seam allowance open. This also adds a little bit of strength to these seams to help the fabric basket stand up better.
Place the bottom right sides together with the sides. Pin and sew all the way around. Do this to both fabrics.
Turn the inner basket right side out. Place it inside the outer basket so that the right sides of the fabric are facing. Pin and sew around the top. Leave a 4 inch hole and backstitch when you start and when you stop.
Turn the whole thing right side out through the hole.
Push the inner fabric down inside the basket.
Roll the top seam with your fingers to push the inner fabric down inside. Press the top edge so that the hole is closed (with seam allowance tucked inside) and so that the top edge is nice and crisp.
Edgestitch around the top 1/8 inch from the edge. This will also close the hole when you sew over it.
Optional: add another row of stitching 1 inch from the top to strengthen it and show a nice place to fold the top edge down.
Get the Free Sewing Pattern here!
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather