HOW TO MAKE… FAB­RIC BAS­KETS

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MA­TE­RI­ALS

1.5m (591/ 8") white printed cot­ton (Fab­ric A) (we used Dash­wood Stu­dios New Hori­zons in Mo­saic from www. plushad­dict.co.uk) 1.5m (591/ 8") pale pink printed cot­ton (Fab­ric B) (we used Dash­wood Stu­dios New Hori­zons in Map Points from www.plushad­dict.co.uk) 1.5m (591/ 8") stiff iron-on in­ter­fac­ing Match­ing sewing threads Tai­lor’s chalk If the term ‘stor­age hacks’ sets your pulse rac­ing, then stand by for the fab­ric bas­kets of your dreams. With their con­trast­ing prints and rolled cuffs, this lit­tle-and-large duo have a look-pretty-any­where qual­ity and they’re rev­ersible. A bit of canny fold­ing gives them a square-based struc­ture, which keeps them look­ing neat and feel­ing roomy.

Pack yours with craft sup­plies, toys or maybe even laun­dry. FYI: the smaller bas­ket is just the right size for stash­ing what­ever craft project you’ve left lan­guish­ing be­side the sofa. Sorted.

Large bas­ket

01 Press both fabrics be­fore start­ing. Mark out a 95 x 59cm (373/ 8 x 23¼") rec­tan­gle on both Fabrics A and B, then cut them out with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance. If the pat­terns are direc­tional, bear in mind the shorter mea­sure­ment will be the height of the bas­kets.

02 Us­ing the fab­ric as a tem­plate, cut a piece of iron-on in­ter­fac­ing. Po­si­tion the in­ter­fac­ing rec­tan­gle with the shiny side fac­ing, then place the Fab­ric B rec­tan­gle on top of the in­ter­fac­ing, right side (RS) up and align­ing the edges. Press to seal the two lay­ers to­gether.

03 Next, fold the fab­ric and in­ter­fac­ing piece in half along the length, with the fab­ric sides to­gether and align­ing the short edges. Po­si­tion the folded edge to the left, then pin the op­po­site edge and the bot­tom edge, leav­ing the top edge open. Re­peat this step with the Fab­ric A rec­tan­gle, RS to­gether. Sew the pinned edges us­ing a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam al­lowance.

04 To cre­ate the base of the bucket, flat­ten out one of the cor­ners of the Fab­ric A piece, align­ing the seams to cre­ate a point. The side seam should be run­ning in a straight line away from you.

05 Mea­sure 12cm (4¾") up from the point of the cor­ner and draw a line hor­i­zon­tally across the seam. Pin along this line and sew. Re­peat Steps 4-5 to make a sec­ond cor­ner.

06 Trim the cor­ners, 1cm ( 3 /8") from the stitch­ing. Re­peat Steps 4-5 with the Fab­ric B rec­tan­gle.

07 Turn the Fab­ric B piece RS out, then tuck the Fab­ric A piece in­side it, wrong sides ( WS) to­gether, and align­ing the edges of the base and the seams.

08 Fold the top raw edges of the fabrics to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8"), pin­ning the folded edges to­gether as you go. Sew us­ing a 0.5cm (¼") seam al­lowance.

09 To cre­ate the cuff, fold the top edge of the bas­ket over by ap­prox­i­mately 2cm (¾"), then fold it over again by about 7cm (2¾").

Small bas­ket

10 Re­peat Steps 1-9, this time cut­ting Fabrics A and B and the iron-on in­ter­fac­ing into 63 x 42cm (247/ x 16½") rec­tan­gles. When you 8 reach Step 5, mea­sure 7.5cm (3") up from the cor­ner points to mark the line, and at Step 9, fold the top edge of the bas­ket over by ap­prox­i­mately 2cm (¾"), then again by about 5cm (2") to cre­ate the cuff of the bas­ket.

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