New things are exciting, and a bit intimidating too! One of my secret swap partners asked for a fabric basket so...I had to try one. I used the tutorial by the uber talented Aymui here.
The tutorial called for 2" squares but I made mine 2 1/2" and instead of two rows, I used 3. This is the first time I have worked with both linen and interfacing. The linen was a bit loose, but I just used a bit of starch. The interfacing.....ummmm, I don't really care for it. Perhaps I was using the wrong kind. It was Pellon 987, which I see now, says fusible fleece. When I went to set it to the linen, it didn't adhere. One of my girlfriends said that maybe I got a bad batch. Bummer :( Anyway, I just topstitched a little more and it worked out just fine.
I left my hole to turn it inside out on the side of the lining, per the tutorial and I think I will always do it that way. It works well and I like that when you look down in the bag (because we do that so often right?) it is a continuous piece of fabric, with no seam at the bottom.
Here is the finished creation! (with Max looking on)
I used 1" gray on top, 5 1" printed strips and a 7" gray on the bottom.
Mission accomplished, it is bigger, but I think the handles may be a bit small (perhaps I should have made them wider) but I do like where they are. It still seems smaller but it will fit some projects. Also, perhaps I need some stronger interfacing for larger projects because this bag, although larger, seems droopy to me.
It is a sense of accomplishment to finish a project I have never done before but I will have to read up on interfacing/fusible fleece and the ideal projects for both. Do you have any tips?