craft tutorial :: make simple spring baskets


last week had me itching for some spring sewing. i sewed the curtains for the junebug's room, and was debating with myself whether to start with some garment sewing. but i was surrounded by running kids and had no chance to retreat to my "studio" (a small room in the basement dedicated to writing, sewing and making music). so i stayed in the living room and grabbed some leftover fabric to make something. i ended up making super simple spring baskets. you see, i love patterns, and i love taking out the ruler and measuring something and making sure it fits. but what i like much more is just diving into a project without much thought. if you are like me, or would like to try it out, all you need is the following:

- 2 square pieces of spare fabric (fat quarters should work well)
- something square that you can trace in the middle of the fabric (see below)
- a pencil to trace it
- some scissors to cut a "plus" shape


after you have cut out your shapes, pin the four courners together as seen below and sew. turn one basket piece right side out but leave the other basket piece left side out and place them into each other.


next, you need a piece of bias tape (or make one yourself out of a strip of fabric, that's how i made my second basket seen in the first picture) and pin it to the top of the basket to "close" it up and finish it off!



i think these simple spring baskets are perfect for bread or bread rolls, to put toys in or to prepare a little gift. i admit, i just put the above gift basket together for the photo, but wouldn't that just make a lovely present?

happy spring crafting!


5 comments:

Kim Corrigan-Oliver said...

These are so cute, I love them. Thanks for the tutorial, can't wait to make some.

simona said...

These are cute looking, and they'd make such great gift baskets as you're showing on the last picture! I also love how they're collapsible, just in case you need to store them away for a while.

Kim Corrigan-Oliver said...

I made two of these to use as Easter baskets, love them! Sharing on the blog tomorrow with a link back here :)

Rebecca Ossipow said...

Thanks for the easy instructions, perfect for a beginner sewer like me! Can't wait to try. Gotta love things that are both stylish and functional.

Rebecca Ossipow said...

Thanks for the easy instructions, perfect for a beginner sewer like me! Can't wait to try. Gotta love things that are both stylish and functional.

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