IN­CREASE THE MEA­SURE­MENTS AND YOU CAN SEW YOUR­SELF JUMBO STOR­AGE BAS­KETS TOO! PRE­PAR­ING THE POCK­ETS

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Take one of the mesh 7in x 2½in pieces and en­case one of the long edges in elas­tic. Hold in place with bind­ing clips and sew along the edge of the elas­tic with a 1/8in seam al­lowance. Re­peat with the se­cond mesh piece (Fig A).

5

Care­fully fuse the heavy weight in­ter­fac­ing to the wrong side of all your cut pieces of main fab­ric, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions.

6

Place one of the mesh pan­els on top of a main fab­ric 7in x 3¼in piece, align­ing the bot­tom edges. Hold in place with bind­ing clips and sew in place along the three raw edges with a / in seam al­lowance (Fig B). Re­peat the same process for the se­cond pocket.

7

Take the re­main­ing fused main fab­ric piece and use a re­mov­able fab­ric marker to mark 3in from all four cor­ners on the long edges (Fig C). Place a mesh pocket on top, RST, so the bot­tom edge of the pocket is be­tween with the marks you just made. Clip in place.

8

Re­peat with the se­cond pocket, lin­ing the bot­tom edge up with the op­po­site marks (Fig D). Sew along the clipped edges us­ing a ¼in seam al­lowance. 9

Mark a line ¼in from the edge on ei­ther side of the main panel, as shown in Fig E. Trim these ¼in seg­ments away from the main panel (Fig F). Open out and gen­tly press the pock­ets open (Fig G).

10

Fold the top right hand edge you trimmed in step 9 in towards the right hand edge of the top mesh panel. The ver­ti­cal right hand edge should now line up with the hor­i­zon­tal top edge. Clip in place (Fig H).

11

Sew along the side edge us­ing a ¼in seam al­lowance and clip the cor­ner. Re­peat for the three re­main­ing cor­ners to form a bas­ket shape.

12

Ap­ply the medium weight in­ter­fac­ing to your lin­ing fab­ric, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions. Mark a 3in square in all four cor­ners and trim away (Fig I). Clip and sew your lin­ing into a bas­ket shape, fol­low­ing the method out­lined in steps 10–11, leav­ing the last cor­ner un­sewn by 2½in (Figs J and K).

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Turn the lin­ing right side out and place in­side your main piece so they’re RST. Align the top edges and clip in place, be­fore sewing around the edges with a ¼in seam al­lowance (Fig L).

14 Gen­tly turn the bas­ket right side out, through the open cor­ner seam of your lin­ing. Close the seam with a cou­ple of hand stitches and give the bas­ket a care­ful press. Com­plete the bas­ket by top­stitch­ing along the top edge for a neat fin­ish.

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