I LOVE going to Goodwill because there are so many hidden treasures there. For example, I found this awesome roll of cloth for only $10! What a steal! Since I have so much of this fabric I thought making cloth baskets, bags, etc out of it would work so well, after all, who doesn’t love color coordination? In this post, I will walk you through how I made a simple cloth basket design.
- Fabric (for both outside and lining)
- Sewing machine
- Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
- Self healing cutting mat
- Iron and ironing board
- **Optional – hair tie/elastic
STEP ONE – Cut the Cloth to Size
First, using the scissors or rotary cutter, cut the fabric to the following dimensions. Feel free to make the basket larger or smaller to your needs! I think having some of the same patter in different sizes would be adorable decor.
Using these dimensions the basket came out to be about 6 in. tall, 5 in. in length and width.
STEP THREE – Sew the Seams of your Fabric
Next, fold your outer layer in half with the out-facing side in. I recommend pinning together each side to avoid the fabric sliding around. Then, sew the length of each side, but keep the top open.
Next, sew the bottom seems. I recommend using the iron to spread and flatten the seam for an even sew. I’ll be honest, this is the most difficult part to keep straight. Pinning the edges together will help!
Repeat this process with the inner lining as well.
STEP THREE – Attach the Two Fabric Layers
IMPORTANT! For this step your outer layer should be inside out and your inner layer should be outside in. This will make sure that when you turn your basket out, the correct sides are showing.
See picture. You can see the outer layer had the seams facing out while the inner layer has the seams facing in.
Next, sew around the outside seam, connecting the two fabrics together. Make sure to leave a small area open to allow for turning the basket. Depending on how you want to use your basket, you can fishes with a hidden seam or use the machine. Since my basket will be hung, I used the machine since it was faster.
Finally, turn out the hem for the final look on this simple cloth basket design!
**STEP FOUR – Optional, add a Hanging Elastic to your Cloth Basket
I liked the option of turning this into a hanging basket. I took a small hair tie and attached it to the back of my basket. It’s small enough that it goes unseen if I have the basket sitting, but its durable enough that I can use it as a hanging basket.
I attached this hair tie by cutting it, placing it under the hem, and then sewing it in place.