If you love to sew, but are don’t enjoy all the cutting out and prep, this wonderful new DIY fabric container kit is for you to learn how to sew a fabric basket. Everything you need to make a fabric container is included, plus Heart Handmade readers get an exclusive discount. Perfect timing for Christmas!
How To Sew A Fabric Basket | Perfect For Beginners
Denys & Fielding, a little British brand set up by two crafty sisters, has made it super easy to make fabric containers. In fact, this kit makes it so easy to create a fabric container for all your bits and bobs, it’s a project your kids could enjoy.
If you need a quick recap on instructions or find it easier to follow video, watch the short video the D&F girls have made via YouTube.
Each Kit comes with everything you need to sew a fabric basket, including:
- Sewing Needles
- Tape Measure
- Fabric cut to size. (you choose from their range of patterns, they do the prep work – perfect!)
- Complete sewing instructions with pictures – yay!
To sew a fabric basket, start by choosing the fabric you would like to work with to create your fabric storage container.
First Steps To Sew A Fabric Basket
- From your kit, take the two rectangle shape fabric pieces. Place the right sides together, pin into place and then sew along one of the two long edges, allowing for a 1/4 inch / 0.75cm seam.
- Open out, run your finger or thumb in between this new seam and then iron the seam flat.
- With the right side facing up and the longest edges at the top and bottom, fold the rectangle in half to create a square. Pin the side and sew a straight stitch. Allow for a 1/4 inch / 0.75cm seam. It doesn’t matter if you use a sewing machine or hand sew. You should now have created a fabric ‘tube’ with the right side of the fabric facing inwards.
How To Sew A Fabric Basket Base:
- Take the patterned circular shaped fabric from your kit. With the right side facing inwards, pin the circle into the opening of the tube, at the ‘pattern’ end. Once you are happy with the fit, sew this in place either on a machine or by hand. Hand sewing needles are included a part of the kit.
- Start at the seam you made in step 1 and make sure this seam is now flat.
- Take the contrasting plain circle material and pin in place at the opening of the tube at the ‘plain’ end. Once you are happy with the fit, sew this in place but leave a 5 – 8cm gap in the stitching.
- In this gap that you have created, gently pull the inside fabric through. By the time you have finished, you should have the right side of the fabric on the outside of your tube.
Sew A Fabric Basket – The Big Finish:
- Push the plain fabric inside the patterned fabric to create your pot. At this stage, you might want to give the whole thing a little iron.
Finishing touches: Adding your own style to your new storage pot.
- Pin & sew up the ‘gap’ with a neat, hand stitch.
- Now give the whole pot a really good press with the iron. Get the top edge of the pot as perfect as possible.
A Nice, optional extra when you Sew a Fabric Basket:
Sew a straight stitch or decorative stitch around 1cm down from the entire edge of your pot. You can use a straight stitch or a decorative stitch.
A nice hand sewn blanket stitch looks lovely here. Go for whatever you fancy! Remember, if you choose to fold down the top of your basket, it is the plain fabric side that will be on show here.
Add your plant, ribbons, cotton reels or whatever you fancy keeping in your new pot! Your finished pot should measure approximately 18cm diameter by 15 cm high.
Ready to get started and sew a fabric basket?!
Get cracking with a fabric container kit and enjoy saving £5.00! Simply use HeartHandmade5 at the checkout. The trickiest part is choosing from the range of colourful fabric prints. Happy Sewing!