Learn how to make a large DIY fabric basket that is perfect for organizing! It holds all my throw blankets, toys, or even all the dirty towels.
We have a very specific space for our master bedroom hamper. It’s pretty small and regular hampers or laundry baskets don’t fit there. I realized I could make my own fabric basket in whatever size I wanted, and I’m sharing the tutorial so you can make one too!
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I love using my large fabric basket to store my throw blankets next to our couches. It looks so nice in our front room. It was so nice to be able to make my own fabric box to the exact measurements I need.
I also made another large fabric basket that I use as a hamper. It’s the exact size I needed for our weird storage spot. I love that I got to choose the fabric I love, and I even added a handle.
In this sewing project I used mediumweight fusible interfacing and double sided fusible foam. I like the foam better than fusible fleece because it is just a little sturdier while still being soft. The mediumweight interfacing was not stiff enough and I wish I would’ve used something stiffer. You can use your preference of interfacing to make the basket your way.
These DIY fabric baskets would make a great handmade gift! You could choose a fabric that reminds you of your friend or family member. You could make multiple sizes for nesting boxes!
These would be great for a back to school sewing project! Wouldn’t it be great to send off with your new college student?
DIY Fabric Basket
- 1 yard canvas fabric or other heavyweight fabric for outer
- 1 yard canvas fabric or other heavyweight fabric for lining
- 1 yard (36×54 inches) fusible stiff interfacing -I used this mediumweight interfacing* and don’t think it was stiff enough
- 1 yard double fusible sewable foam*
- Sewing tools
Measure the size you want for your basket. You will create your own pattern for the box using your measurements.
Cut out the plus shape from the inner fabric and outer fabric. Cut out the plus shape from the fusible foam interfacing and the stiff fusible interfacing.
Fuse the interfacing to the inner fabric and fuse the foam to the outer fabric.
The sections that are cut out will become the corners of the basket. Fold the fabric at the point and line up the two raw sides. Pin or clip it in place.
Do the same to all the sides of the outer fabric and all the sides of the inner fabric.
Sew the eight sides with a straight stitch and backstitch at the beginning and the end.
With right sides together insert the inner basket into the outer basket and pin the top edge together. Line up the four seams.
Sew around the top edge of the basket with a straight stitch. Leave an eight inch hole.
Turn the basket right side out. Topstitch around the top edge of the basket and sew the hole closed.
Now that the basket is finished you can fuse the foam to the inner fabric. Do this by carefully ironing the sides of the box while making sure the inner fabric doesn’t have any wrinkles.
Sew ribbon handles to the side of the basket.
Optional: I needed one of my baskets to be a little bit sturdier so I folded the top edge down one and a half inches and sewed it. It made the top edge nice and sturdy.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!