easy fabric baskets

If you like super quick sewing projects, this post is for you.  These little baskets take only about 20 minutes to make.

I started with the Tidy Tray tutorial at The Sewing Republic, which is a very simple project.  You basically sew a square and then sew the corners together to create a little basket.  I didn't change much, but did take a few shortcuts.   First, I substituted fusible fleece interfacing so I wouldn't have to pin much.  Also, I didn't mark full lines on the fabric and eliminated the stitching on the bottom of the basket.  I just marked little dots equal distances in from each corner, and then folded the square on the diagonal to make the dots meet up.  Sew a straight seam perpendicular to the finished edge, and you're done!

Then I experimented with making larger baskets with deeper sides.  I didn't like how much the corners stuck out, so I folded them in onto the sides and then stitched them down.

The original squares on these two nesting boxes were 12.5 inches and 8.5 inches.  I marked each corner at 2.5 inches before sewing and folding.  I think they are cute - like little folded fabric boxes.  So simple, and seriously quick.  They are perfect as a little catch-all to hold spare change, jewelry, or whatever else you need to keep contained!


25 comments:

dana said...

oh how fun! great fabric choices. love it!

Jessica said...

I love how you used that silver pleather on the outside! I never would have thought to do that, but it looks so good.

Alissa said...

can you tell me who made the lining fabric? And did it come in other colors?

homemade by jill said...

the lining is Amy Butler Lotus Wall Flower. It is an older print, and sometimes harder to find, but it does come in several colors.

lindsey said...

gotta try it!

thanks for sharing :)

Kristi said...

This is so cute! Imagine the possibilities! You're so talented.

Audrey said...

Love it! I am just starting to sew more and was curious to know how you accumulated your fabric collection. Do you buy fabrics for individual specific projects or do you buy things you like and keep them to use at a later date? Just trying to get an idea of how to start a collection without spending tons of money!

Jessica & Tracie said...

How incredibly adorable! I too LOVE me some Amy Butler!! I've been looking for something to hold our go to hair supplies (since i like to keep them in the living room for quick morning hair fixes) like detangler, a brush, comb and baggie of hair ties! I think this fits the bill perfectly!


Love and Hugs, Jess

evamarie said...

I'm curious where you got the outside fabric, I love it! (zusjeb.blogspot.com)

Jake n Kait said...

Thanks Jill! These are great, I've seen them on the web (and wanted to make one for my hubby on his nightstand) SO appreciate the tutorial! (yours are the best)

bethanndodd said...

Too cute (and fun)! Gotta make some :) Thanks!

Strictly Sewing said...

Where do you purchase the pleather? Cute project. Thanks.

Katie said...

I made some fabric baskets similar to this a couple of weeks ago--they really are so easy! I love how yours turned out. Totally rad.

Our Little Bubble said...

those are great! I might even be able to pull one of those off.

Ana @ Don't Fear the Ripper said...

This is a great tutorial, thank you! I am making some fabric coasters and these would be a great container!

Katrina said...

I love the fabric colors you used.

Laura said...

Oh, these baskets are so cute! I'll have to make some for my kids since they are constantly trying to sit in the baskets and squish them.

Janel said...

Ah ha! Now I know what I'm making my sister for her birthday gift! Thanks!

Larissa said...

super. thanks for sharing!

Ashley Ez said...

Cute! My husband has two of these in leather that we purchased for a few dollars on sale. His corners are snaps, so you can store it flat, I guess.

Never thought about making some cute girls trays for myself! Thanks!

Sarah said...

These are genius! I changed them up a bit, though. I decided to serge off the edges so they would fit into a little "cubby" area. I used fabric glue to cover pieces of cardboard to reinforce the inside of each basket. I included them in my homemade play kitchen and linked to you at http://tysonandmiles.blogspot.com/2011/04/play-kitchen-finally.html.

Have a great day!
Sarah

Laura said...

I posted this for my readers over at my blog, Bling of the Day, yesterday. Here's the link in case you want to see: http://blingoftheday.blogspot.com/2011/06/fabric-catchall-diy.html
I credited you, of course!
- Laura

cropmom66 said...

I am not much of a sewer, but I think I could handle this!! Going to give it a try!

Anonymous said...

This is to Audrey who wants to get fabric but not spend a lot. I get lots of material from thrift stores ! Sometimes you can actually get large pieces of two and threee yards for as little as a dollar or two ! I always pick it up immediately and stash it for a later use, for if you 'go back after it' it will be gone. Also, have you considered old sheets at thrift stores? There's a LOT of yardage there for 50 cents to a dollar! Material acquired this way is cheap and you can have a large stash in no time to 'play' with !

lilmisskatie said...

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