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With the weather turning warmer, I find myself getting the urge to spring clean. I can’;t think of a?better way to organize?my?belongings and show my love of sewing by making pretty baskets! These fabric containers measure?8-1/2″; W x 5-1/2″; W x 6″; D, have optional handles, and are just the right size for storing fat quarters, rolled fabrics, notionsburlap pillow cover diy, and more. They also make great boxes?for gift giving—just fill with goodies, wrap in cellophane, and tie off with a pretty bow. Best of all? It’;s a fat quarter friendly project!

From fat quarter, cut a 15″; x 18″; rectangle. Fold rectangle?in half (so that it measures 9″; x 15″;) and place the Fabric Template on each corner on the fold. Using your water soluble marker, trace and remove the squares from the material. Repeat for second fat quarter.

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You will find that when you open up your fabrics, it is now in the shape of an “;H”;.

If you would like for your basket to have handles, cut 2, 5″; x 9″; rectangles from the exterior fabric as well as from the mid-weight fusible interfacing. After cutting, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the material, following manufacturer’;s directions.

From the Timtex\Peltex cut a 14 1/2″; x 17 1/2″; rectangle. Fold in half (so that the interfacing measures 8 3/4″; x ?14 1/2″;)?and place the Timtex\Peltex?Template on each corner on the fold. Using your water soluble marker, trace and remove the squares from the material.

Center the Timtex\Peltex on the wrong side of the exterior fabric and fuse. You will find that the interfacing is smaller than the fabric—this is intentional.?The excess bulk of the interfacing is already removed (so your edges will look crisp and your?basket?will have a professional looking finish), but should still be long enough that it will be caught into the stitching while sewing.

With right sides together, fold the exterior fabric in half so that it looks like a “;T”;. Sew the sides of the basket?only (the area to sew has been highlighted).

“;Box out”; your corners, by bringing the center, bottom edge of the basket?to meet the side crease. Sew across this area. Repeat for second side.

Turn the basket right-side out and press creases in place (bottom &; side edges).

Repeat the steps above to create the lining.

Fold in 1/2″; on each short edge of handle and press.

Fold handle in half, lengthwise. Open up fold and bring raw edges to meet crease.

Refold the handle and sew around all the edges of the strap. Repeat for second handle piece.

Place handle on side edge of basket exterior so that the top of the strap is 1 1/2″; down from the basket’;s top edge and outermost handle edge is 1/2″; from the center seam.

Using the?existing topstitching as your guide, sew around the handle, creating a 1″; square. Repeat for second set of handles. (To add extra handle support, you can add an ‘;X’; to the center of your square.)

With right sides together, place exterior basket inside lining, matching seams and raw edges. Sew around top edge of basket, leaving a 5 -6 ”; opening for turning.

Turn basket right side out through the opening on the top edge. Press and topstitch along upper edge.

We love the centuries old tradition of delivering a small basket of flowers or sweets to neighbors on May 1st. This year, in lieu of baskets, we created water-tight kraft paper cones with the help of Ziploc? bags. We can also picture these little beauties hanging on the chairs at your next garden party. The blooms will stay fresh for days right in their sweet packaging.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner…..only about 2 weeks away!

Hello everyone, lately I’ve been sewing quite a number of shirts and blouses. I get a great deal of satisfaction from sewing shirts. Especially, ones for the men in my life. My son’s shirt has been the latest project on my cutting table along with one for myself and my husband. But, what got me to thinking, is when my mom asked for help making a shirt dress. She had problems sewing the patch pocket and asked me to help.? Now, the funny thing here, is that my mom taught me to sew. What is it I can teach an old pro like her. She quickly reminded me, that she didn’t know everything, but what she did know, she taught me, and I would have to do the rest. She taught me the basics, and now I am honored to teach her a little of what I have learned since the beginning. I decided to share with you this tutorial I wrote for my mom. It is a continuation of a lesson she taught me many many moons ago, since my first patch pocket. This tutorial is the outcome of our fun sewing visit.