I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of our household.
Please meet, The Fabric Basket.
Not only is he reversible, but friendly and useful too. Not to mention fast and easy to make.
Want one for your very own? Then let's get crackin'!
- 1 piece of outside fabric cut to 11" x 11"
- 1 piece of inside fabric cut to 11" x 11"
- 1 piece of felt cut to 11" x 11"
- 8 pieces of twill tape (or ribbon--whatevs), each measuring 5" long
- general sewing supplies
Step 1: Sew your felt together (optional)
I wasn't super careful and the zigzag went more to one side or the other in some spots, but it got the job done just fine. And now my felt is sewn together without the big lump of felt seam allowances. Always a great feature.
Step 2: Layer and pin
I lined mine up at 1/2" marks to make the next couple of steps easier.
Measure 2 1/2" in from one corner. Lay one of your ties (pieces of twill tape or ribbon) at the 2 1/2" mark, with about 1/2" of tie hanging off the edge of the fabric. Pin in place. (See above photo if that's confusing.)
Step 3: Sew around the edges
Step 4: Clip corners
Step 5: Turn and press
(I use a crochet hook to poke out the corners, but a pencil or chopstick would work too.)
Make sure to press the seam allowance inside your opening.
Step 6: Edgestitch
Step 7: Tie at corners
Do this at each corner.
And you're done!
Now the hardest part is just deciding which side you want on the outside and on the inside.
Well, that... and what to put in it.
Keys, sewing supplies, mail to be sorted, treats for a party...
This particular little basket was made with a very specific purpose.
And that purpose was Jahtzee. (a.k.a. "Yahtzee")
But we call it Jahtzee 'cuz we're cool like that.
Bryan and I have become avid Yahtzee players. We play at almost every meal that we eat together.
But sometimes Olivia is sleeping when we play.
And dice on the table can get a little noisy.
Also, the Yahtzee box is ugly. (Sorry Yahtzee people, but it's true.)
Now we have pretty Yahtzee storage. :)
It can stay out on the table and look pretty. Or it can be untied, collapsed, and stuffed into the ugly box for easy storage too.
What will you put in yours?
P.S. If you make one (or if you've made anything from one of my tutorials), please add a picture or two to the Flickr group! It's new and it's feeling a bit lonely. Pictures of your projects would make it happy. :)
Edited to add: For more great fabric basket/tray inspiration, check out these fun posts:
Happy fabric basket making!