Fabric Storage Baskets

Hi,

It is convenient, practical and a need in every organized household- a storage basket. Today’s post is an easy tutorial on making a storage basket , make one for personal use or as a gift. The options to customize are limitless- from shapes, sizes to material choices. Let’s get started!

MATERIALS:

Main fabric/ shell fabric- 1 meter
Lining fabric- 1 meter
Sewing thread matching lining fabric- 1 piece
Interfacing (optional/ required if your shell fabric is thin)

TOOLS:

Circular object (I used a food plate of 12.5″ diameter and 38″ circumference)
Sewing machine
Measuring tape
Measuring scale/ ruler
Fabric pen/ white pencil
Pearl pins/ t-pins

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CIRCULAR BASKET:

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Step 1:-
Trace out the circle using the plate and add 1/2″ seam allowance all around. Next measure out the circumference of the plate (mine was 38″). Using this measurement as the length of the rectangle and your desired basket height (mine was 14″) as the width draw a rectangle. Add 1/2″ seam allowance all around. I added the seam in the rectangle drawing it self, this gave me a 39″ x 15″ rectangle. Check this picture to see how I lay both the basket pieces on the fabric.

Cut the same two pieces out of the lining fabric too. Attach the interfacing at this stage , if required.

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Step 2:-
First stitch the two shorter sides of the shell fabric rectangle together. Next pin one open side of the rectangle tube you just formed to the circular base. Stitch around the pinned circle. Repeat the same with the lining fabric. Now you will have two fabric buckets.

My shell fabric was prone to fraying and so I ran a round of no.4 stay stitches right after cutting it.  There might be certain areas where it bulks up but just adjust it into pinched overlaps.

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Step 3:-
With the right sides facing each other place the shell fabric bucket into the lining fabric bucket. Stitch around at 1/2″ (seam allowance). Leave about 2.5″ of un-stitched area to invert the basket.

While stitching around open up the existing seams to make them flat and avoid bulking.

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Step 4:-
Pull the right sides out through the opening, inverting the basket. Place the lining back into the shell and top-stitch at 3/8″, also closing the opening. Last, loosely fold the basket top at 1.5″

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECTANGULAR BASKET:

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Step 1:-
Cut out a rectangle of 22″ x 15″ (includes 1/2″ seam allowance all over) for a basket of  10.5″ height and 14″ width. Fold half lengthwise(as shown in first picture) and stitch the two opposite short sides.

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Step 2:-
Now using the ruler draw straight lines of 1.5 each from the middle fold and the side stitch line (not the edge of the fabric). Next place the seam onto the middle fold. Pin through the drawn line and make sure it crosses through the line at the back. Sew at the pinned line. This gives you a 3″ boxed corner for the base.

Repeat the same with the shell fabric.

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Step 3:-
With the right sides facing each other place the shell fabric bucket into the lining fabric bucket. Stitch around at 1/2″ (seam allowance). Leave about 2.5″ of un-stitched area to invert the basket.

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Step 4:-
Pull the right sides out through the opening, inverting the basket.

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Place the lining back into the shell and top-stitch at 3/8″, also closing the opening. Last, loosely fold the basket top at 1.5″

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You can place anything from clothes, toiletries, toys to craft supplies in these baskets. The basket will easily adapt around the shapes of the objects keeping even odd sized items in place.

Let me know your thoughts on the project. Happy organizing! 🙂