At the beginning of the month, I made a little basket, and attached a fabric origami butterfly to it. (This fabric butterfly is our Across The Pond Sew Along project for September.
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|Leaf 'n Linen Mini Basket by Susie's Sunroom|
If you would like to make this little basket, in linen or all quilting fabric, I made a tutorial to share with you. And it's free.
For easy printing, you can click HERE for a pdf file
|Leaf 'n Linen Mini Basket tutorial - for the pdf file click here|
This cute little basket can be a big helper around your sewing machine or cutting table or in other parts of your house ...
Finished dimensions - 6 " w x 4 1/2 " h x 2 1/2 " d
For easy printing, you can click HERE for a pdf file
Leaf ‘n Linen Mini Basket Tutorial SS04
By Susie’s Sunroom 2014
Create a cute little basket that can be a big helper around your fabric cutting and sewing machine areas…
Finished size: approximately 6 “ wide by 4 ½ “ high by 2 ½ “ deep
You will find this mini basket is FQ and “scrap friendly”. You can easily piece scraps together to make the outer and lining fabric pieces. I used leftover linen for my outer fabric.
Seam Allowance: ¼ “ unless otherwise stated
Main (linen) fabric- outer: 1 Fat Quarter linen material or cotton or scraps (I use Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen blend)
Lining Fabric- inside: 1 Fat Quarter or scraps
Leaf or another embellishment: Scrap fabric ( 10 “ wide by 3 “ tall )
Fusible Interfacings (providing stiffness to basket) –
¼ Yard Pellon Shape-Flex Woven Fusible SF101
¼ Yard Pellon Fusible Fleece FF987
Leaf shape pattern - a simple leaf shape, for instance ( approximately 3 ½ “ tall by 2 “ wide). A leaf template , for tracing, is on last page of tutorial. (page 9). You could make any kind of leaf or add a butterfly…
Denim/Jeans needle - I use this needle on anything with several layers and fusible fleece.
Cutting The Fabrics:
Main fabric- outer: Cut 2 linen fabric- 8 “ wide by 5 “ tall
Lining fabric- inner: Cut 2 lining fabric- 8 “ wide by 5 “ tall
Handles- Cut 2 lining fabric- 1 ½ “ wide by 4 “ tall
Leaf/ embellishment - Cut the leaf fabric- 2 – 5 ” wide by 3 “ tall
Interfacing- Cut 2 - ShapeFlex SF101 - 8 “ wide by 5 “ tall
Cut 4 – Fusible Fleece FF987 - 8” by 5 “ tall
**Interfacing note: I put Fusible Fleece FF987 on all four pieces, to make the basket stiff for holding objects. You may choose to use less **
Leaf template- trace the leaf shape onto freezer paper (or use the template of your choice). Cut leaf shape out.
Step 1: Iron the interfacings onto the fabric-
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, ironing to the wrong side of fabric :
Main fabric- outer piece: iron 1 - SF101 interfacing to each main linen fabric piece wrong side. (Note: after these pieces cool, you will be ironing the FF987 fleece on top of the SF101 interfacing.)
Then, secondly, iron 1- FF987 fleece piece on top of the SF101 interfacing, on the wrong side of fabric of each main fabric piece.
Lining fabric- inner piece: iron 1 FF987 fleece piece on the back of each lining piece wrong side.
Step 2: Quilt the outer fabric and the lining-
Quilt these basket pieces… a little or a lot, according to your preference. Quilting can help make the little basket a little stiffer. My suggestion:
Quilt the outer main linen fabric with some simple straight lines on the diagonal. ( I use a Clover Hera Marker to crease the lines before I sew them. These lines show up well on the linen w/ interfaced backing.)
Mark the center line… at 4 “ . Find the 2 ½” center point on this line, and use a ruler and Clover Hera Marker to make a crease to the top corner. Do the same on the opposite side. Quilt lines about 1 “ apart to make this “V” shape , that is, to echo a “V” shape. Quilt down the center line first, from the top to the bottom.
Next, quilt, as desired, the outer main linen fabric pieces .
Quilt the lining pieces - simply making one big “X” , from corner to the opposite corner. (You can add more quilting, as desired.)
Step 3: Make a leaf and handles:
For my leaf :
The leaf embellishment inspiration for my basket : I love the look of a “Zakka Style” leaf. My very basic leaf shape and embroidery comes from the book, ” Zakka Style “ (compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale. ) The pattern design is in the Nesting Boxes design- by Laurraine Yuyama page 108.)
You can use the leaf template ( at the end of the tutorial p. 16 ), change it , or make your own embellishment shape for your basket. This leaf template will give you the approximate size. For example, add a fabric butterfly.
(See my blog - http://susiessunroom.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-fluttery-september.html for directions.)
To make a leaf applique: Lay the 2 leaf fabric pieces right sides together (RST). Pin the leaf template on top of the fabric, on top of the fabric (wrong side up.)
Sew all around the leaf template, using small stitches . (Sew closely to the template’s edge without sewing on the paper.)
Cut about ¼” away from this stitching, creating the ¼” seam allowance.
Separate one piece of fabric from the other, by “pinching” the fabrics apart in the center area. Carefully, cut a little slit, just long enough for you to pull the Right Sides of the leaf fabric out through this slit. I like to use a chop stick to help push the fabric out through the slit and to turn out the leaf shape. Iron with steam to flatten out the leaf. The slit will be the bottom, unseen side.
Pin leaf onto the front of one of the linen main fabric pieces. (Make sure the slit is face down on the linen.) Place leaf so it is near the center, and at least 1 inch down from the top edge and at least 1 inch up from the bottom.
Now, have some fun! Change your thread to a color that will contrast with your fabrics , and create veins on your leaf. I sewed a center line first, “up and down” the leaf, and then some added veins to the left and right sides of the leaf.
To make the handles: Iron both handle pieces- fold lengthwise Wrong Sides Together (WST) , creating a center fold line. Open it up.
Fold one 4 “ raw edge side to meet this center fold line . Iron .
Fold the other 4” raw edge side to meet the center fold line . Iron.
Now, fold both of the 4 “raw edge sides to meet at the center fold again, and then fold one more time to make the handle strip. There will be no raw edges, and it will now measure at 3/8” wide. Sew along the 4 “ side (where the folded edges meet.)
Sew along the 4 “ side where the folded edges meet
Step 4: Sew the outer linen pieces together, and the lining pieces together-
Outer linen basket pieces- Place one main linen fabric piece with the wrong side facing up. With a pencil, mark off a 1” by 1” square in the bottom left and bottom right corners (on the wrong side. ) Cut a 1 “ by 1” square out of the left bottom corner. Cut the right bottom corner square out ,as well. Set this piece aside. Cut the two 1” by 1” squares from the bottom corners of the other main linen fabric piece in the same way.
Place one main linen fabric piece right side up. Place the other main linen piece right side down onto this piece. (RST). Pin together. Set aside for now.
Lining pieces- you will be cutting out the bottom corner 1” by 1” squares in the same way for the lining piece…
Place one lining piece with the wrong side facing up. With a pencil, mark off a 1” by 1” square in the bottom left and bottom right corners (on the wrong side. ) Cut a 1 “ by 1” square out of the left bottom corner. Cut the right bottom corner square out ,as well. Set this piece aside. Cut the two 1” by 1” squares from the bottom corners of the other lining fabric piece in the same way.
Place one main linen fabric piece right side up. Place the other main linen piece right side down onto this piece. (RST). Pin together.
Mark approximately 3- 4 “, on the bottom seam of this lining piece. We will not be sewing stitches here. This will be the turning out opening. (See below photo )
Sew on machine: Outer main linen fabric piece- Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the left side seam , and then the right side seam of the outer main linen fabric pieces. (Don’t sew where the “box” used to be, yet.) Reinforce the stitches at all of the edges .
Next, sew the bottom edge on the outer main linen fabric piece . Put this piece aside for now.
Lining piece- Sew the lining pieces together in the same manner…. Sew the left side seam , and then the right side seam. When sewing the bottom seam, make sure to leave the opening for turning ! (see the diagram on bottom of page 8 .)
Shaping the basket:
Now we will be sewing the bottom open corners together, to make the bottom box-like in shape. Separate the layers ( where the 1 “ square was cut out from ), so that the side seam aligns with the bottom seam, and the corners line up. Pin this, so that you can sew across this opening section. This will create a seam about 2 “ long . Do the same for the other bottom lining corner.
Take the main linen outer piece, and sew the corners closed in the same manner, creating the box-like shape in both bottom corners. Now your little basket will sit flat.
Check that the lining fits into the outer linen basket piece:
Now is a good time insert the lining piece inside of the outer linen piece , as a “test” to see that the top edges are the same size. Match up the raw edges, and pin roughly in place. (It doesn’t matter if the pieces are right side out or not in this test step.) If the lining is too large, you can simply make the adjustments needed so that the seams match up exactly.
(A wider seam allowance sewn at the top of the bigger piece may be needed to even the pieces up.)
Sew the handles onto the outer linen basket:
Turn the outer linen piece right side out. Pin one end of handle (RST) ½ “ to the right of one side seam. Pin the other end of this handle (RST) ½” to the left of this side seam. (They are pinned 1 “ apart, and will extend about ¼” over the raw edge .) Baste in place with 1/8” seam allowance.
Now pin the other handle in the same manner on the other side of the basket. Baste in place with 1/8” seam allowance.
Sew the outer and lining basket pieces together:
Turn the outer linen basket piece wrong side out again. The handles should be now inside, laying flat against the linen. Turn the lining piece right side out now. Place the lining piece inside the outer linen piece, so that they are facing right sides together. The handles will be sandwiched in between the outer and inner pieces. Align the seams and raw edges around the top edge, and pin in place.
Sew together the inner and outer basket along the top edge with ¼” seam allowance.
Turn basket inside out, so you can see the opening in the lining piece, and pull the bag out through this opening.
Keep pulling until the right sides are all out.
Now we need to close the opening in the bottom of the lining. Turn under the seam allowances at the opening and pin this opening shut . I press this seams to make it easy to sew by machine. You can sew by hand as well. Neatly sew right sides together along this opening.
Topstitch along the top edge of basket:
Push the lining into the basket, so it lays flat against the bottom and all sides. You may need to gently “coax out” the box corners in the bottom a little. Press along the top edge , and pin in place, making a crisp, neat edge for the top of the basket. Topstich all around with 1/8” seam allowance. Start at a side seam , at the handle. Take your time and go slowly in the thick areas, to make it neat.
Your “Leaf ‘n Linen Mini Basket” is all ready to use!
Leaf Shape Template:
“ Leaf ‘n Linen Mini Basket Tutorial SS04 ” is an tutorial
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I would love to see any Leaf 'n Linen Mini Baskets that you make with my tutorial!
You can send them to Legato1958@aol.com . Let me know if I can post your picture on my blog!
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