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Sewing Bee Fabrics Tutorial
Make Your Own Fabric Washing Basket

Sew your own fabric washing basket with our step by step free sewing tutorial

I decided it was about time to upgrade the messy pile of washing on the floor, so it was time to make baskets!

What you will need:

Outer and lining cotton (approx. 1- 1.5m each) I used Michael Miller's nuts for dinner fabric
The stiffest fusible interfacing you can find
7oz wadding

How to make it:

First, you need to decide how big your basket will be. Mine are about 30 x 30 x 40cm minus a cm or 2 lost to seams.

Cut your base square 30xm x 30 in your 2 cottons and interfacing.

Cut out 4 rectangles 30cm x 40cm from each cotton and from the interfacing.

Fuse the interfacing to either the inner outer cottons. I made the mistake of picking up sew-in interfacing so it made my life harder as it added another layer that wanted to move!

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics materials

Sew the base of each rectangle on to your base square in each cotton, by turning them right side together and sewing your seam.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics lining pinned

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics sewing seam base

You should have 2 separate pieces now - 1 lining, 1cotton (plus interfacing).

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics lining laid out

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics nuts for dinner laid out

I then cut my wadding to size. To cut down on wastage, I split it between 1 going down the full length of the 2 rectangles and base square, then 2 more rectangle pieces. If you are wanting to quilt it to your basket, then now is the time to do it. I just treated mine as stuffing and added it later.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics cut out wadding

Keeping them separate, you need to sew up the sides. Lift 2 rectangles up and pin these right side together, then go ahead and sew your side seam. Repeat on the other 3 corners. I find I get stabbed by pins far less if I only pin 1 edge at a time. Now repeat on your other fabric.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics side seam inner

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics side seam outer

You should now have 2 basket shapes. Turn your outer layer the right way out.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics inner and outer baskets

If you haven't quilted your wadding, pop that in next. I used a few stitches sewn by hand along the joins of the wadding and dipping into the side seams to hold their position.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics laying in wadding

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics fixing wadding

Then put your lining layer inside (still inside out) so the pattern is on the inside.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics adding liner 2

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics adding liner 1

Now wiggle and jiggle it all until all your seams line up. Pin all layers in place. You may want to use a quilt basting spray between your layers to help hold the top half still as you sew.

Sew around the top of your basket. You can either do this as an overlocking stitch or top stitch near the edge. However, a walking foot or roller foot would be useful to use if you do to help keep your layers moving through the sewing machine at the same speed.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics sewing top together

I then used left over material to make extra wide binding, which I cut about 3 inches wide. I didn't cut on the bias, so I used pinking shears for the edges. I pressed the sides under, then pressed in half.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics make your own bias binding

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics fold bias binding

I lined the centre fold of the binding up with the edge of the basket and sewed down in place. Usually I prefer to use a binding foot on my sewing machine, but because the wadding was not quilted it made the material very bulky so it would not go through as easily.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics attatch bias binding

To hide the ends of the bias binding, what I did was to leave about a 3 inch tail when I started (never start on a corner!). When I hit near the end, I left about 3 inches unstitched, and cut my binding with a few inches to spare. I lined my tails up with right sides facing and pinned approximately the length I thought was left. I straightened the edge of the basket to check, then adjusted to the exact amount needed. Sew a seam in your binding tails where your pin was, then trim off the excess. I tend to use pinking shears to make the join more durable.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics how to finish off bias binding

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics hidden end bias binding

Now simply lay your bias binding back over the edge of your basket and stitch down.

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics hidden seam bias binding

It's now ready to test out!

 

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabrics finished

I made one night scenery for dark colours and one day scenery for lights!

washing basket michael miller squirrel tutorial sewing bee fabric laundry

We hope you enjoy our tutorials and love hearing what you think so please leave us a comment or send me an email to [email protected]

Happy Sewing!


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