March 22, 2013

Fabric Baskets

Woo hoo!

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) partner asked for a largish fabric basket and this just wasn't going to cut it.  I believe she would like to put her current projects in it so I had to try this again and make it bigger.

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?


  1. I'm completely clueless when it comes to interfacing. I only use fusible fleece and medium weight interfacing..

    But these look really great ! And I agree, you feel a sense of accomplishment when you make something you've never made before ;)

  2. Interfacing is so confusing, even with all the bits of samples they gave us at Sewing Summit I still get my numbers all mixed up and buy different ones each time. Fusible fleece works pretty well with more of a batting feel. Some fabrics just don't like to adhere. When I'm doing a lot of FMQ or stitching I just use cotton batting scraps lately and like that just fine. Congrats on trying new things. I used that tute and loved it also. You've got a lucky partner.

  3. I have no idea about the interfacing, sorry! But I love these bags!


  4. My sisters and I have made well over 300 bags and we always used the fusible fleece on the inside and the outside of the bag. It definitely makes it more sturdy and able to stand up on its own. You could use the lighter weight fusible fleece on the inside of the bag. We also fused the pockets. And we did some quilting on the inside and outside of the bag after fusing, but before assembling. Your handles in the bottom bag do need to be longer, I think. We featured two different lengths. A shorter length for the person who likes a "hand bag" and longer for the person who prefers shoulder length. We also put a fusible in the handle which made them sturdier. We did not use the interfacing as we were satisfied with the fusible fleece. You will have to use your walking foot to make it easier.
    Love your blog, which I found following the April Showers Mug Rug.


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