This handy fabric basket was featured in our May Keep In the Loop newsletter. It is a great beginner project. I love it because it is so versatile. You can make it any size and customize it for anyone. Try an animal print, or hot pink for a teen diva or bright colors for kids.
Recently I taped a segment for America Sews with Sue Hausmann and I showed 3 sizes in coordinating Amy Butler Fabrics. Even the camera man thought they were cool!
The instructions are on our website, but here are a few things I learned while making these that may help you, too:
-When sewing the back and front together, sew with the fleece side up, that way the feed dogs will grip the underneath fabric and there will be less shifting.
– If you use a metallic thread, be sure to use a new size 14 or larger needle or a special needle for metallic threads. I always find that going up a needle size eliminates most problems with metallic thread.
– Multi color Dual Duty XP General Purpose makes a great accent on the ribbon, especially if you select a stitch that mimics the design in the fabric. This is what I did for the baskets shown on America Sews.
About the Author
Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.