When it comes to organizing, my mantra is everything in its place and a place for everything! I think that’s why I love these organizer baskets so much. They are perfect for any room in the house and help keep like things together in a stylish way. These ones with handles are awesome for sewing projects. Fabrics, notions, even smaller rulers and patterns can be grouped together and when you’re ready to work on them, grab your basket and sew!
These baskets are a quick project that will have you organized in no time.
Material for one basket:
- Exterior fabric, 2 pieces – 12 x 16 inches each
- Exterior quilting batting, 2 pieces – 12 x 16 inches each
- Interior fabric, 2 pieces – 12 x 16 inches each
- Interior fusible interfacing, medium weight, 2 pieces – 12 x 16 inches each
- Handles, coordinating fabric, 2 pieces – 4 x 8 inches each
- Handles fusible interfacing, medium weight, 2 pieces – 4 x 8 inches each
First make the handles. Secure the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric for each of the pieces of fabric for the handles.Fold each piece in half, wrong sides together, so they are 2 x 8 inches. Press.
Open up and fold a 1/4 each seam on each side lengthwise. Fold back so this piece is now 1 3/4 x 8 inches and finish by sewing down each long side, stitching 1/4 inch in from each side. Repeat with the second piece. On these handles I added a few extra lines of stitching for texture but they also add a little extra structure, too.
Next fuse the interior interfacing to the wrong side of the interior fabric.
Lightly press the quilting batting to the wrong side of the exterior fabric. If you wish to have a contrasting bottom piece (like in my photo at the top), create a 12 x 16 inch piece of fabric by sewing two pieces of fabric together (half one fabric and have the other). But using one solid colour will be just as awesome!
You can quilt the exterior of your basket at this time. I recommend at least doing a little bit of quilting – straight lines give a nice clean finish, or go all out and free motion quilt on feathers or other patterns! The quilting gives your basket a little extra structure and texture to your finished basket.
I find it’s helpful to attach your handles at this point. Find the centre of your exterior fabric along the top and then measure the handles out equal distances. Secure them in place with a scant 1/4 inch stitch.
Next, place exterior pieces right sides together, and then your interior pieces right sides together. Pin in place. Stitch around three sides (sides and bottom) on each section using a 1/2 inch seam.
To make the flat bottom of the basket which allows it to stand on its own, mark 3 1/2 inches in from the side and bottom of both the exterior and interior pieces on both sides.
Open up the bottom corners so that the seams match and the lines on the front and the back line up. If you are unsure if the lines you drew on the front and back are lining up, use a straight pin and stick through the fabric on the line to make sure it comes out on the other side on the line. Once these are lined up, pin in place and sew straight down the line. Trim 1/4 inch from the new corner.
Do this for both the exterior and interior corners.
Turn your interior piece right side out. Place the interior piece into the exterior piece so you are matching up the fabric right sides together. Pin together making sure your side seams match up.
Sew around the top using a 1/2 inch seam and make sure to leave a large three to four inch section open. Use this open section to turn your basket right side out. If your interfacing is stiff, it may take a little cajoling to get your pieces to turn out but take your time and just slowly work the fabric through the section you left open.
Press the top edges so they meet evenly and turn the seam on the part you left open in and press so the inside and outside line up nicely. Pin closed the section you left open. Top stitch all the way around the top using a scant 1/4 inch seam to finish off the basket and close the section left open to turn your fabric right side out.
As I mentioned at the start, these baskets come together quickly and you’ll be making them for every room in the house in no time! What are your tips for keeping organized? I’d love to hear them!