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Fabric Basket Tutorial: Make Storage Baskets Quickly

A tisket, a tasket, I made a fabric basket!  I am sharing all the details in this DIY fabric basket tutorial so that you can make one too.

diy fabric basket tutorial- how to make a fabric basket

It all began one day while I was browsing through the fabric section in Hobby Lobby.  Per usual I found a few things I liked, including this duck canvas that makes me think of mountains.

I thought it would make a fun tote or basket and eventually settled on making it into a basket.  It’s not exactly square, it’s somewhere between a square and a circle.

diy fabric basket

The finished dimensions of the basket are about 11 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 9 inches tall.

I’m using it to store some of my sewing supplies, namely some of my fluffier fabrics like my terrycloth.  But you could use it to store any number of things like toys or books.

For the fabric basket tutorial you will need:

  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the outside of the basket (I used this one)
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the inside lining of the basket
  • 3/4 yard of firm fusible interfacing
  • 1/2 yard of cotton webbing for the handles
  • thread, needles (I used heavy duty ones because of the thick interfacing and canvas), and sewing machine

DIY Fabric Basket Tutorial:

Step 1: Wash, dry, and cut your fabric to size.  You will make the following cuts:

  • 2 rectangles of 20 inch X 13.5 of the fabric for the outside of the basket
  • 2 rectangles of 20 inch X 13.5 of the fabric for the inside lining of the basket
  • 2 rectangles of 20 inch X 13.5 of the interfacing
  • 2 9 inch pieces of the cotton webbing for the handles
diy fabric basket materials

Step 2: Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric that you are using for the outside of your fabric basket.  Use a press cloth so that you don’t get any adhesive onto your iron.  Do this for both pieces of the outside fabric.

the stiff interfacing
ironing
the fabric with interfacing

Step 3: Pin the two pieces of outside fabric together with the right sides together.  Sew along the sides and bottom, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge.

lines showing where to sew

Step 4: Press the seams open.  This is a little hard with the stiff interfacing but press them a little.

arrow pointing to the seam

Step 5: Hold the outside fabrics with the open side down.  Then pinch the bottom seam and side seam together.  Push it flat.  Lay a ruler across the corner, making a triangle.  Draw a line across the bottom of the triangle where the width is 7 inches.  Trace along the edge of the ruler.  Sew along this line.  Repeat for the other side.

pressing the seam in
arrow showing where to sew
the lines sewn

Step 6: Cut off the triangle corners.

triangle corners cut out

Step 7: Turn the outside pieces of the fabric basket right side out.  Take one of the pieces of cotton webbing.  Pin one end 2 inches from the center seam.  Pin the other end 2 inches from the center seam on the other side.  Sew the handles into place, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge.  For extra strength I sewed back and forth a few times.

adding the handles to the basket

Step 8: Now to make the lining for the inside.  Lay the two lining pieces together with the right sides facing.  Pin and sew along the edges, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge BUT leave an opening in the bottom unsewn.

lines showing where to sew
the pressed seam

Step 9: Press the seams open.  Then repeat step 5 (pressing seams together, drawing the line at 7 inches, pinning, and sewing across, trimming off the triangles) with the lining. 

the lining

Step 10: Put the outside part of the fabric basket into the lining part of the basket.  Pin and sew across the top of the basket, sewing 1/2 inch from the top.

lining up the tops
where to sew along the top

Step 11: Use the hole in the lining to turn the basket right side out.  Pin the hole in the lining closed and then sew it shut.

turning it right side out
pinning

Step 12: Tuck the lining into the basket and iron it nice and flat.

diy fabric basket tutorial- how to make a fabric basket
fabric basket sitting on a table

Now you can make your own fabric basket!  How did you like the fabric basket tutorial?


Yield: 1 basket

DIY Fabric Basket Tutorial

DIY Fabric Basket Tutorial

Use this step by step tutorial to make this DIY fabric basket tutorial to make baskets for storage.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost depends on materials

Materials

  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the outside of the basket (I used this one)
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the inside lining of the basket
  • 3/4 yard of firm fusible interfacing
  • 1/2 yard of cotton webbing for the handles

Tools

  • thread
  • needles (I used heavy duty ones because of the thick interfacing and canvas)
  • sewing machine
  • pins

Instructions

  1. Wash, dry, and cut your fabric to size. You will make the following cuts: 2 rectangles of 20 inch X 13.5 of the fabric for the outside of the basket 2 rectangles of 20 inch X 13.5 of the fabric for the inside lining of the basket 2 rectangles of 20 inch X 13.5 of the interfacing 2 9 inch pieces of the cotton webbing for the handles
  2. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric that you are using for the outside of your fabric basket. Use a press cloth so that you don’t get any adhesive onto your iron. Do this for both pieces of the outside fabric.
  3. Pin the two pieces of outside fabric together with the right sides together. Sew along the sides and bottom, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge.
  4. Press the seams open. This is a little hard with the stiff interfacing but press them a little.
  5. Hold the outside fabrics with the open side down. Then pinch the bottom seam and side seam together. Push it flat. Lay a ruler across the corner, making a triangle. Draw a line across the bottom of the triangle where the width is 7 inches. Trace along the edge of the ruler. Sew along this line. Repeat for the other side.
  6. Cut off the triangle corners.
  7. Turn the outside pieces of the fabric basket right side out. Take one of the pieces of cotton webbing. Pin one end 2 inches from the center seam. Pin the other end 2 inches from the center seam on the other side. Sew the handles into place, sewing 1/4 inch from the edge. For extra strength I sewed back and forth a few times.
  8. Now to make the lining for the inside. Lay the two lining pieces together with the right sides facing. Pin and sew along the edges, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge BUT leave an opening in the bottom unsewn.
  9. Press the seams open. Then repeat step 5 (pressing seams together, drawing the line at 7 inches, pinning, and sewing across, trimming off the triangles) with the lining. 
  10. Put the outside part of the fabric basket into the lining part of the basket. Pin and sew across the top of the basket, sewing 1/2 inch from the top.
  11. Use the hole in the lining to turn the basket right side out. Pin the hole in the lining closed and then sew it shut.
  12. Tuck the lining into the basket and iron it nice and flat.

Want more DIY sewing tutorials?  Check out my sewing page.

DIY Fabric Basket Tutorial

Sundae

Monday 22nd of May 2017

Hi! I love the basket! I'm a mom of 4 boys though so I'm wondering if this is at all washable? Hand or machine maybe? Thx!

Cat

Monday 22nd of May 2017

I have not tried washing it yet. I'll have to let you know once I do.

Val

Monday 22nd of May 2017

Love your blog! I'm very new to sewing and am trying to learn from blogs and videos. I'm planning to make your basket when I develop better sewing skills in a couple weeks, but would like to make it with the handles to the side like in a tote, rather than a basket. Would that be possible? Thanks!

Cat

Monday 22nd of May 2017

Yes, you can easily modify how you do the handles. Happy sewing!

Anne

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Great basket! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that features your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=92089 --Anne

Cat

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Thanks!

Beth Newman

Thursday 16th of March 2017

You are SO very talented friend. This is amazing.

Cat

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Aww, thank you!

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