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- Outer fabric: a cotton fabric with some body is ideal for the stability of the basket. We think Shweshwe would be perfect.
- Interior fabric or lining: also a patchwork type cotton fabric is indicated, even if it is not as rigid as the exterior.
- Thermo-adhesive interlining: thicker than what we normally use for garments, its thickness is proportional to the stability it will give to our work. If we do not want a flimsy basket without presence, visit the fabric store!
STEP 1 Cutting and preparation
The dimensions that we are going to see in the tutorial are for a basket with a final size of 20 cm wide, 11 cm deep and 17 cm high. Depending on the rigidity of the chosen materials, we can dare with taller or less wide designs, as well as play with the length of the handles. Before venturing to cut into fabric, it is worth trying the chosen size with sheets of paper, to see if it convinces us.
- Cut the necessary pieces for the body of the basket: 2 rectangles 34 cm wide and 25 cm high in outer fabric, inner fabric and heat-adhesive interlining.
- Cut the handles: 2 rectangles 10 cm wide and 26 cm high in outer fabric.
- Be careful with the position of the cut in directional prints!
- Place the heat-adhesive interfacing on the inside of the outer parts of the basket.
It is always advisable to use a cloth to avoid adhesive transfers to the iron or board. In my case, for the pieces to be well welded, it was necessary to apply steam for a long time, exposing my skin to an unappetizing extra moisture. Next time I won’t forget to open a window!
- If you work with patterns, it is advisable to write “up” on the inside of the outer parts of the basket (above the interfacing) to work more relaxed.
STEP 2 Prepare the handles
- Fold each handle piece in half with the wrong sides facing and mark with the iron (without pressing too much).
- Unfold the piece (we will have the center marked).
- Fold each of the two sides to the center without the ends reaching the center line.
- Iron the folded sides to seat.
- Fold in half, so that the previously folded sides meet.
- Iron with vitality to leave the piece of the handle very compact.
- Sew on the side of the folds with a straight stitch about 3 mm from the edge.
STEP 3 Sew the body of the basket
- Face the two outer fabric pieces of the basket.
- Sew a straight stitch on the sides and bottom 0.7 cm from the edge.
- Face the two pieces of fabric inside the basket.
- Sew a straight side stitch 0.7 cm from the edge.
- At the bottom, leave an opening of about 10 cm in the center, stitching in the back on each side.
- Mark the base on both the outer and inner fabric piece. To do this, we will draw a square 6 cm high and 6 cm wide from the edge of the fabric.
- Cut the squares along the line.
STEP 4 Sew the base
- Join the base of the outer part on one side and the inner part on the other.
- Face the base lines and use the seam alignment as a guide.
- Sew with a backstitch 0.5 cm from the edge, securing at the beginning and end.
- Turn the outer piece from the right side, carefully removing (scissors away) the corners.
STEP 5 Add the handles
- Pin the ends of the handles on the outside 5 cm apart.
- Place the inner part of the basket facing, making the sides coincide.
- Pin the top.
- At this point, the handles are trapped between the outside and inside, like a sandwich.
- Sew the upper part of the basket with a straight stitch 0.7 cm from the edge.
Since this is a seam that starts and ends at the same point, it will be helpful to use the free arm function of the sewing machine.
- Through the opening that we leave on the inside (lining of polka dots) we will return the basket from the right.
STEP 6 Final backtack
- Stretch the basket in its entirety.
- Pass a small backstitch through the right of the opening on the inside, securing at the beginning and end.
- With the iron, seat the upper part of the basket, making sure that the inner fabric remains in place.
- Backstitch the top edge to secure.
And we already have our little basket ready to house our favorite sewing tools, cosmetics, underwear or seasonal jewelery. Needless to say, it is ideal to complement a special gift or decorate a corner in the beach house.