Welcome to Quilt For Lovers! Organize your home with easy-to-sew baskets that can be sewn from a fat room and in addition to being made by you, it is simply beautiful, will serve as a decoration and will keep your home organized… incredible isn’t it?!!
These folding baskets are easy to handle, quick to manufacture and don’t waste fabric each uses 2 quarts of fat! And they are perfect for keeping patterns, pieces of an ongoing project and pompoms too! In addition, these baskets are fully reversible.
The final dimensions are approximately 5 3/4 ” high, 5 3/4 ” wide and 7 ” long. It will be presented 2 different types of stabilizers (Peltex 72F and Soft & Stable), in addition to 3 different methods for finishing the edges. You can sew yours the way you want, they look cute regardless of the way you choose!
This basket was sewn with Peltex 72F (ultra-firm double-sided fusible stabilizer). Finishing the edges with a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine. It is firm and resistant, and the edges wear less than the one with straight edges!
ByAnnie’s Soft & Stable
This basket was sewn with ByAnnie’s Soft & Stable stabilizer. If you love this stabilizer; suggestion: replace the Pellon version, the Flex Foam 2, two-sided fuse, because, unfortunately, Soft & Stable does not come in fuse varieties. This basket is soft, but it is still strong enough to stand up.
Finishing the edges of this with a balanced 3-thread stitch on the serger (just a needle so you can turn the inner corners). It is a little difficult to saw the inner edges of the flaps (if you have to lift the knife, so as not to cut the bottom of the basket, the Juki MO-1000 serer allows you to easily raise and lower the knife in the middle of the project, so that there is no problem! ). It is recommended to end the edges this way if you are comfortable with your series.
Peltex 72F – Double-Sided
This one also has the Peltex 72F (because you might like the double-sided fusible stabilizer more) and finish the edges with a straight stitch. It looks really cute, but it wears out a little bit. If you don’t mind wear and tear, finishing the straight stitch is the fastest and easiest!
Are you ready to sew a lovely basket? Take 2 quarts of fat and get started!
How to Sew a Fold Up Baskets
You will need:
- 2 fat quarters of fabric
- an 18” x 20” piece of double sided fusible stabilizer (recommended: Peltex 72F or Flex Foam 2 Sided fusible)
- a fabric marker
- a sewing machine and thread (serger optional)
Cutting & Fusing:
1. Trim the fat quarters to 18” x 20”, to match the piece of stabilizer.
2. Smooth out one piece of fabric on the stabilizer and iron over it very lightly to secure the fabric to the stabilizer without fusing the other side of the stabilizer to your ironing board.
3. Smooth the other piece of fabric over the opposite side of the stabilizer. This time press slowly, with lots of heat and steam until the fabric is completely fused to the stabilizer.
4. Now turn back to the first side and press slowly and with lots of heat and steam until it is completely fused too.
Don’t worry if all 3 pieces (the 2 fabrics and stabilizer) are perfectly aligned at this stage. if they are off by 1/4” or less on any side, you will be able to trim everything to look right in the next step.
Trimming, Marking, & Sewing the Basket:
1. Trim your fused piece down to 17 1/4” x 19 1/2”. Cut away the side(s) that are unevenly fused first, and then trim it to the right size.
2. Using the fabric pen or marker (make sure the ink will disappear later), draw a line 5 3/4” away from each edge.
3. Sew straight lines along all 4 lines that you drew.
4. At the sides, cut right over your horizontal stitching lines until you reach the vertical lines. Stop cutting before you cut into the vertical lines.
This will make 3 flaps on each side.
5. Using the fabric marker again, draw horizontal lines on each of the 4 corner flaps. These lines should be 1 1/2” from the top and bottom edges of each flap and 1/2” from the sides.
6. These lines are cutting lines, so stitch around each one of them about 1/8” away from the line. Backstitch over your starting point to secure the stitching.
7. After sewing around each of the short horizontal lines, open them without cutting the seam. You can start with the rotary cutter and then finish carefully with the scissors.
8. Referring to the white dashed lines in the photo above left, trim the center side flaps.
Cut in about 3/4” away from the edge on either side, and then angle in to the corner. Do not cut the stitching.
9. Finally, finish the all the edges on the basket, including around the flaps. You can choose a straight stitch 1/8” from the edges as seen here, or you can zig zag over the edge.
Here you can see a short zig zag stitch that was very close (this is also called a satin stitch). Also use a zigzag stitch around the cut opening or you can twill at the edges.
This is the most complicated end, it is recommended to use only 1 needle (3 threads) and you should be able to lower the knife when approaching the inner corners.
To use the baskets, fold two corner flaps and teak the flap cut through the openings of the two at the same time. Repeat on the other side.
See too: Morning Star Block