Flo­ral Fab­ric Bas­kets

Annie's Weekend Sewing April 2019 - - Front Page - De­signed & Quilted by Chris Malone

These three bas­kets are so use­ful and dec­o­ra­tive at the same time. They are easy to make and can be styled to fit any room.

Skill Level:

Con­fi­dent Be­gin­ner

Fin­ished Sizes

Large Bas­ket Size: 151/2" x 121/2" x 6" Medium Bas­ket Size: 111/2" x 10" x 5" Small Bas­ket Size: 91/2" x 71/2" x 4"

Ma­te­ri­als

Ma­te­ri­als listed make one set of three bas­kets (large, medium and small).

Scraps each green, or­ange, red and

blue tonals

1/ 3 yard blue dot

3/8 yard yel­low dot

5/8 yard red dot

11/2 yards ivory tonal

11/2 yards bat­ting

1 each (11/2") red and or­ange but­tons

Black No. 8 pearl cot­ton thread or

em­broi­dery floss

Tem­plate ma­te­rial

Thread

Ba­sic sew­ing tools and sup­plies

Project Notes

Read all in­struc­tions be­fore begin­ning this project.

Stitch right sides to­gether us­ing a 1/4" seam al­lowance un­less oth­er­wise spec­i­fied.

Ma­te­ri­als and cut­ting lists as­sume 40" of us­able fab­ric width for yardage.

Cut­ting From each blue and or­ange tonal:

Cut 1 (4" x 41/2") C rec­tan­gle.

From blue dot:

MAKE IN A Cut 1 (10" by fab­ric width) strip. FT E Sub­cut strip into 2 (10" x 14") small bas­ket R lin­ing N rec­tan­gles, 2 (21/2" x 9") small bas­ket han­dle O strips and DAY 1 (41/2" x 51/2") B rec­tan­gle. N

From yel­low dot:

Cut 1 (17" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 2 (12" x 17") medium bas­ket lin­ing rec­tan­gles, 2 (21/2" x 9") medium bas­ket han­dle strips and 1 (41/2" x 51/2") B rec­tan­gle.

From red dot:

Cut 1 (22" by fab­ric width) strip. Sub­cut strip into 2 (16" x 22") large bas­ket lin­ing rec­tan­gles and 2 (21/2" x 9") large bas­ket han­dle strips.

From ivory tonal:

Cut 1 (22" by fab­ric width) strip.

Sub­cut strip into 2 (16" x 22") large bas­ket A

rec­tan­gles and 2 (21/2" x 9") bas­ket han­dles.

Cut 1 (12" by fab­ric width) strip.

Sub­cut strip into 2 (12" x 17") medium bas­ket

rec­tan­gles and 2 (21/2" x 9") bas­ket han­dles.

Cut 1 (10" by fab­ric width) strip.

Sub­cut strip into 2 (10" x 14") small bas­ket

rec­tan­gles and 2 (21/2" x 9") bas­ket han­dles.

From bat­ting:

Cut 2 (16" x 22") large bas­ket rec­tan­gles.

Cut 2 (12" x 17") medium bas­ket rec­tan­gles.

Cut 2 (10" x 14") small bas­ket rec­tan­gles.

Cut 6 (21/2" x 9") bas­ket han­dle strips.

Com­plet­ing the Bas­kets Large Bas­ket With Flower & But­ter­fly

1. Baste a same-size bat­ting rec­tan­gle to the wrong side of the two A rec­tan­gles by hand or ma­chine, about 3/16" from the edge. Quilt a 1" ver­ti­cal grid on both pieces, or quilt as de­sired.

2. Cut a 3" square from the bot­tom cor­ners of each rec­tan­gle as shown in Fig­ure 1. 3. Pre­pare tem­plates for the flower petal and leaf, us­ing pat­terns pro­vided.

4. Trace the petal pat­tern six times onto the wrong side of the red tonal. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 2, fold the fab­ric in half with the right sides fac­ing and the pat­tern on top and pin to a bat­ting scrap. Sew all around on pat­tern lines, leav­ing open at the bot­tom straight edge. Cut out 1/8" from the seam; trim the bat­ting close to the seam and clip the curves. Turn right side out and press edges flat.

5. Ar­range the petals in a tight cir­cle about 23/4" from the top edge and 5" from the left edge of one of the quilted A rec­tan­gles as shown in Fig­ure 3.

6. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 4, at­tach the flower by stitch­ing three lines up each petal us­ing red thread. Sew the red but­ton to the flower cen­ter.

7. Trace the leaf pat­tern two times onto the wrong side of the green tonal. Fold the fab­ric in half with the right sides fac­ing and the pat­tern on top and pin to a bat­ting scrap. Sew all around on pat­tern lines. Cut out 1/8" from the seam, trim the bat­ting close to the seam and clip the curves. Cut a slash where in­di­cated on pat­tern through the top layer of fab­ric only as shown in Fig­ure 5. Turn the leaf right side out and press the edges flat. Whip­stitch the cut edges of the open­ing closed.

8. Place the leaves be­tween flower petals as shown in the photo and Place­ment Di­a­gram. At­tach the leaves by stitch­ing vein lines us­ing green thread.

9. To make the but­ter­fly, re­fer to Fig­ure 6 and fold the B rec­tan­gle in half, right sides fac­ing, so it mea­sures 41/2" x 23/4" and sew the raw edges to­gether, leav­ing a 2" open­ing on the long edge. Trim cor­ners and turn right side out through the open­ing. Fold in the seam al­lowance on the open­ing and hand-stitch the folded edges to­gether to close.

10. Thread a nee­dle with a dou­bled strand of match­ing thread and sew a run­ning stitch up the cen­ter of the rec­tan­gle as shown in Fig­ure 7. Pull the thread to gather tightly and wrap the thread around the cen­ter twice be­fore knot­ting in the back. Do not clip the thread.

11. Re­peat Steps 9 and 10 us­ing the or­ange tonal B rec­tan­gle, fold­ing it to a 4" x 21/4" rec­tan­gle and clip­ping the thread af­ter knot­ting.

12. To as­sem­ble the but­ter­fly, re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 8, place the larger yel­low set of wings above the

12" 12" or­ange wings, over­lap­ping slightly. Use the still at­tached thread to wrap around the cen­ter of the two wings un­til they are held to­gether se­curely.

13. Place the but­ter­fly to the right side of the flower as shown; mark the top cen­ter of the but­ter­fly with a pin and re­move the but­ter­fly. Trans­fer the an­ten­nae pat­tern to the bag front and ma­chine-stitch over the lines twice with black thread or stitch by hand with pearl cot­ton or em­broi­dery floss.

14. To at­tach the but­ter­fly, place the wings at the base of the an­ten­nae and use black pearl cot­ton or em­broi­dery floss to make sev­eral stitches over the cen­ter of the wings, cov­er­ing the thread.

15. If de­sired, use the same thread to quilt a loopy line from the but­ter­fly to the flower with a large run­ning stitch.

16. Pin the bag front and back to­gether, right sides fac­ing, and stitch the side and bot­tom seams as shown in Fig­ure 9; press seams open.

17. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 10, fold the bot­tom seam to the ad­ja­cent side seam, match­ing seam lines, and stitch a 1/4" seam. Re­peat on the other cor­ner to make the boxed bot­tom. Turn bas­ket right side out.

18. To make the han­dles, place the red dot strips right sides fac­ing to ivory strips and pin each to a bat­ting strip as shown in Fig­ure 11. Sew on the two long edges. Trim the bat­ting close to the seam and turn right side out. Press the edges flat and top­stitch 1/4" from the long edges.

19. Re­fer­ring to Fig­ure 12, pin the ends of each han­dle 1" from the side seams of the bas­ket with the red side down. Stitch across to hold.

20. To make the lin­ing, cut a 3" square from the bot­tom cor­ners of the two lin­ing rec­tan­gles. Sew the side and bot­tom seams as in Step 16 but leave a 5" open­ing on the bot­tom seam. Box the bot­tom cor­ners as in Step 17. Do not turn right side out.

21. Slip the bas­ket in­side the lin­ing, right sides to­gether, match­ing the side seams, and pin and sew all around at the top. Turn bas­ket right side out through the open­ing in the bot­tom of the lin­ing. Fold in the seam al­lowance on the lin­ing open­ing and slip-stitch the folded edges to­gether to close. Push the lin­ing in­side the bas­ket and press the top edges flat.

22. Top­stitch around the top of the bas­ket 1/4" from the edge to fin­ish.

Medium Bas­ket With Flower

1. Fol­low Steps 1 and 2 for the Large Bas­ket but make the cutouts 21/2" x 21/2".

2. Fol­low Steps 3–8 for the Large Bas­ket flower, us­ing the or­ange tonal fab­ric and or­ange but­ton and po­si­tion­ing the flower about 2" down and 41/2" in from the left edge.

3. Fol­low Steps 16–22 for the Large Bas­ket us­ing the yel­low dot lin­ing pieces to com­plete the bas­ket.

Small Bas­ket With But­ter­fly

1. Fol­low Steps 1 and 2 for the Large Bas­ket but make the cutouts 2" x 2".

2. Fol­low Steps 9–14 for the Large Bas­ket but­ter­fly us­ing the blue dot and blue tonal fab­rics and po­si­tion­ing the but­ter­fly at an an­gle with the top cor­ner about 11/2" down from the top edge and 51/2" from the left edge.

3. If de­sired, use the black thread to quilt a loopy line from the but­ter­fly to the left side edge of the bas­ket front with a large run­ning stitch.

4. Fol­low Steps 16–22 us­ing the blue dot lin­ing pieces to com­plete the bas­ket. l

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