Hints for Handy Fabric Baskets

This handy fabric basket was featured in our May Keep In the Loop newsletter. It is a great beginner project. I love it because it is so versatile. You can make it any size and customize it for anyone. Try an animal print, or hot pink for a teen diva or bright colors for kids.
Recently I taped a segment for
America Sews with Sue Hausmann and I showed 3 sizes in coordinating Amy Butler Fabrics. Even the camera man thought they were cool!

The instructions are on our website, but here are a few things I learned while making these that may help you, too:

-Use a fusible fleece. It gives the basket more shape.
-When sewing the back and front together, sew with the fleece side up, that way the feed dogs will grip the underneath fabric and there will be less shifting.
– If you use a
metallic thread, be sure to use a new size 14 or larger needle or a special needle for metallic threads. I always find that going up a needle size eliminates most problems with metallic thread.

– Multi color Dual Duty XP General Purpose makes a great accent on the ribbon, especially if you select a stitch that mimics the design in the fabric. This is what I did for the baskets shown on America Sews.

Have fun!

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