Organizing Tote Basket Tutorial
(Allow 3-4 hours to complete)
* cotton fabric about 1 yard
*fat quarter of flannel fabric or light weight stabilizer
*1/2 yard of terrycloth, fleece or medium weight stabilizer
*70″ of bias tape or make some if you have enough fabric.
Cut the following from the cotton fabric: (Make sure you letter each piece of fabric as you cut them out. It will make assembling the organizer much easier.)
A: 6 pieces at 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (sides and bottom of organizer)
B: 4 pieces at 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (sides of organizer)
C: 2 pieces at 9 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (side pockets)
D: 1 piece at 7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (side pocket with slots)
2 pieces at 17″ x 3″ (handles)
Cut the following from terrycloth, fleece or medium weight stabilizer:
A: 3 pieces at 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (sides and bottom)
B: 2 pieces at 7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (sides)
Cut the following from the flannel or lightweight stabilizer:
1 piece at 7 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ (stabilizer for the pocket with slots)
2 pieces at 9 1/2″ x 5 1/4″(stabilizer for the longer pockets)
You will need about 70″ of bias tape. You can either buy some bias tape or make it yourself. I had plenty of fabric so I made my own bias tape.
For now you will be working with just the following pieces: the bias tape, the 3 pieces of flannel, 2C pieces & 1 D piece.
Fold one C piece in half, wrong sides together with the 9 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of flannel folded in the middle. Iron flat.
Cut off a 9 1/2″ piece of bias tape.
Unfold the bias tape. Place the top edge of the bias tape onto the folded edge of the fabric.
Sew bias tape on. If you are using homemade bias tape, do not sew in the ditch, sew in a little bit. If you are using store bought bias tape line up the shorter side on the top edge and sew in the ditch.
Now fold bias tape up.
And over, then fold edge raw edge under.
Sew bias tape as close to the edge as possible.
Here is what your first finished piece will look like.
Repeat with the other C piece and 9 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of flannel. Once that is finished, repeat the same steps but with the D piece and the 7 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of flannel. Your three finished pieces should look like this now. These are going to be the pocket pieces on your organizer.
Take the D pocket piece that you just made and measure how wide you want your slots to be. You can make them as wide as you want, depending on what you will be using them for. I made my slots 1″ apart with one larger slot. Make sure when you are making your marks that you figure in for the 1/2″ sew seam on both sides of the pocket.
It’s hard to see, but I started by measuring in 1/2″ and then measured 1″ for my slots. I ended up with 6 slots and one of them was a little larger due to my measurements.
Take a marker and draw your lines down vertically. Gather a B piece of fabric and place the pocket piece on top of the B piece of fabric. Pin in place and sew down the vertical lines to make your slots.
Your pocket piece should look similar to this one now.
OK, this is where the lettering of each piece of fabric comes in handy. Gather three pieces of A, one piece of B and the B pocket piece, along with all of the terry cloth or medium weight stabilizer. Lay out all of your pieces like so with the terrycloth or medium weight stabilizer underneath each of the pieces of fabric shown. Pin the 2 pocket pieces C (C pocket pieces are the ones that you just made above with the bias tape) in place on top of the two side A pieces like below. Make sure the bottom of the C pocket pieces are even with the bottoms of the A side pieces.
Now, working with the A pocket piece and the A bottom piece pin right sides together.