Sewn Stash Baskets
To make one basket:
- 1/2-yard of Globalweave Block Printed Fabric from India in Green Leaf
- 1-yard Amy Butler Quilting Solid. I used Coral for the journal pictures, and Okra, Lime, and Olive for the baskets in the picture above
- 1-yard of Pellon Midweight Stabalizer
- 100% cotton thread in color 3010
- Valdani Embroidery Thread in color 139 (to match the linen)
The bottom of this bag is a 12-inch circle. If you have a large compass or circular template feel free to cut your circles using them but if you don't here is a simple way to cut a 12-inch circle:
Using a pencil draw a center dot where the circle's center will be. Using a ruler draw a mark 6-inches from the center. Using the center dot as an axis move your ruler an inch to the right and draw another mark, 6-inches from the center. Keep turning the ruler like the hands of a clock and marking 6-inches from the center until you make it back to the first mark.
You will have a dotted 12-inch circle!
Cut out the circle.
In this manner cut out a 12-inch circle of the Amny Butler Quilting Solid, The Blockprinted Linen, and the interfacing.
In addition to the circles, cut a 12-inch by 36-inch strip from the solid, linen, and interfacing. You will have six pieces all together.
Sewing the Panels
Pin the three circles all together in the following order: interfacing, linen with its right side facing up, solid with its right side facing down. In other words, the linen and solid will have their right sides together and the interfacing will be on the bottom of the stack.
Pin all three of the long strips together in the same order.
With a 1/2-inch seam allowance sew the three circle pieces together, leaving a 4-inch gap unsewn. Backstitch at the beginning and end of this seam
With a 1/2-inch seam allowance sew the three long pieces together along three sides, leaving one of the short sides totally open as shown above. Backstitch at the beginning and end of every seam.
Turn the panels right sides out through their openings. The interfacing should be on the inside and the right sides of the fabrics should be on the outside.
Press the raw edges of the open side of the long piece a 1/2-inch to the inside of the panel.
Press the circular panel flat, tucking in and hiding the raw edges as you do this.
Pin the bottom long edge of the long panel all along the edge of the circle panel, right sides together.
When you are pinning make sure to go through all of the layers of the panels.
The long panel is longer than the diameter of the circle so you will have some extra at the beginning and end as shown above.
Slip the sewn short side of the long panel into the open short side. Arrange the sewn side inside the open side so that they are parallel to one another and perpendicular to the bottom pinned edge. You may have to fold the corners of the sewn side to get it to fit neatly.
Pin these sides together as shown above.
Using the embroidery thread and a small running stitch sew all along the edge of the pinned bottom.
The stitches should be small and even and will end up being fairly invisible.
Once you've sewn around the bottom sew the side seam together in the same manner.
You're all done! You can fold the top edge down if you want the solid color to peek through.
The basket should be stiff enough to stand up on its own but soft enough to fold.