Baby Basket Cake Roundup.

All of the tutorials are finally finished for the baby basket cake and are linked below. All you have to do is click on the picture and it will take you to that specific tutorial. A few of you have had certain questions about some of the projects and I hope that I was able to help you work through them and you are still putting one of these gifts together. For those of you that have not started making one I will be putting together a FAQ page to help clarify any questions that have already come up and some other helpful tips to get you through making one of these. Yes, they do require a lot of time to make, but just remember not everything in the cake needs to be homemade. Use your imagination and pair some homemade and store bought items together. Or take a hole different route and buy some nesting baskets and fill those with homemade items. Remember a gift doesn’t always have to be homemade…it just needs to have a little thought put into it. And think outside the box (or basket in this case), it doesn’t have to be filled with stuff just for the baby.

Some other fun ideas for a basket cake would include:

Bridal Shower Cake: Fill it full of homemade dish towels, hand towels, an apron, cloth napkins and a table cloth, hot pads and hot mitts, use some kitchen gadgets to adorn and hang on the sides of the cake.

Birthday Cake: Fill it full of the birthday girl/or boy’s favorite items. Just remember to use large gifts that are lightweight.

Graduate Cake: Fill it full of necessities for a freshman’s first year at college. Add a bunch of fabric 3 ring binder covers, make some PJ’s, skirts or any type of clothing. Some pillow cases, sheets, or a throw blanket. How about some cute little hair accessories or some home decor items for decorating their dorm room or apartment. Again the ideas are endless.

Remember just have fun with it! Anyone would love one of these cakes whether they are homemade or not. Remember, its all about putting a little extra thought into a gift to make them feel extra special!

Baby Basket Cake Tutorial Links:
(click photo’s below)









**Reminder**

All of the tutorials listed above and all the tutorials shared on this blog are for personal sewing projects only! If you have any questions about this policy please contact me, thanks.

Vinyl Covered Trash Bag {tutorial}

Vinyl Covered Trash Bag Tutorial
(allow 2+ hours to complete)

Materials Needed:
*28″ x 24″ piece of cotton fabric (or whatever size you wish)
*1 yard iron-on vinyl
*1 set of plastic buckles or Velcro

You can purchase iron-on vinyl at Jo Ann’s and at most fabric stores. It is really easy to work with and you will love that you can turn any fabric into a laminated cotton by using this. Of course you can purchase an already laminated fabric, but i like making my own since it allows you to have more fabric choices.

Attach the iron-on vinyl onto the fabric per instructions on package. Once ironed on fold the fabric so that it measures 14″ x 24″.

Measure down 3″ from the top and cut off. These two pieces will become the handles of the bag.


Now measure in 12″ from the side and cut. You should be right in the middle. Now these two pieces will become the main pieces of your bag.

This is what your pieces should look like now.

Now take one of the large bag pieces and sew right sides together while leaving the top open. Repeat with the other piece.

Switch to a Teflon foot. It will make sewing on top of the vinyl side of the fabric much easier.


Once the sides are sewn together, square up the edges on the bottom of the bags to give them shape.

Trim excess fabric off.

Here is what your two bags should look like from the bottom now.

And on the inside.

Now it is time to make the straps. Take your two 3″ wide strips and cut them in half length wise.

Sew two of the strips together on the sides with right sides facing. Trim excess fabric off.

Turn right side out and top stitch down the sides of straps.

Now take one of the bags and turn it right side out.

Stuff the bag that is right side out into the bag that is wrong side out.

Gather your buckle or Velcro.

And attach it to one end of the straps.

Now you are going to place the straps in between the two bags like pictured below with the buckles on the bottom. Just make sure when pinning the straps in place that the buckles are facing in the correct position and will buckle once turned right side out.

I like to leave about 1″ hanging out of the top for a little added stability. Now sew all around the top edge while leaving an opening of about 2″-3″ for turning right sides out.

Turn right sides out and top stitch all along top edge while sewing the opening shut.

And there you have it. A cute little vinyl covered trash bag for the car.

I purchased a box of those plastic diaper bags from the dollar store to use inside of it. You can unbuckle the straps and put the buckles through the handles in the plastic bag to hold the bag in place. Its a great way to keep those plastic bags in place and from slipping especially when its going to be holding dirty diapers.



Embellished Onesies {Tutorial}

I’m still trying to finish up all of the tutorials for the baby basket cake. It is taking me a bit longer then expected, but luckily there is only one more to finish up. Once they are all finished I plan on doing a FAQ and a round up where I will link all of the tutorials in one spot. Then in the next month or so I’m looking forward to getting back to posting my weekly tutorials for Fat Quarter Friday. I have missed making those quick little projects and hopefully this will give me a head start on all those Christmas gifts on my list.
Embellished Onesies Tutorial
(allow 1 hour per dress)

We are going to start by making the little polka dot dress, but all of the embellished onesie require the same materials, just different amounts of fabric. I didn’t keep track of the exact measurements while putting the tutorials together so you are going to have to trust your own judgement and make it how you like it. I’m going to show you just a basic way of putting these together. Remember there is no right or wrong way to do it.

Materials Needed:

*Onesies (any size works)

*Large scraps of knit fabric about 30″ long and about 6 ” wide (these are the measurements I used for a newborn onesie. You will need more material if you are working with a larger sized onesie.)

*Smaller scraps for making the flowers and for the ruffles on the backside.

Start by measuring the distance around the onesie where you will be attaching the skirt on. I like to attach the skirt about 2″ above the top hem on the buttoned part of the onesies, but you can attach it wherever you would like. Now take your marking pen and draw a straight line around the front and back of the onesie where you want your skirt to be attached.

Measure the distance around the onesie where you made your straight line. Add 1 1/2 times to that measurement or even double it. Now cut your piece of fabric the distance just determined by the desired length. I like to cut mine about 5″ long. But again you can cut it whatever length you want. and if you cut it too long in the beginning you can always trim it down a bit later.

Now sew the two ends together with right sides facing. Sew all around the top edge and make it ruffle.

Pin the dress on so that the right side is right side with the onesie and the ruffled edge is lined up with the line you drew onto the onesie.

Sew skirt in place using a a zig-zag stitch. I like to slightly stretch the onesie while sewing the skirt on to give a little extra room for stretching.

Now take a little scrap piece of fabric about 16″ x 1 1/2″. Sew on the top edge to ruffle it.

Pin in place on the top of the onesie like so. Only make one complete circle with the ruffled piece right now.

Sew in place on the ruffled edge.

Keep wrapping the ruffled piece in the shape of a circle while sewing it as you go. Don’t worry about making it look too perfect.

Cut out some little circles to cover up the stitches in the middle and sew in place.

And there you have a cute little embellished onesie that only took a few minutes to make. Now for the next onesie all I did was cut out a little piece of fabric and sew it to the front of the onesie.

Then use a scrap piece of fabric that is 1 1/2 times the length of the back side of the onesies. Ruffle the fabric then zig-zag stitch the ruffled piece onto the backside of the onesies. Extremely simple, but so fun to do.

For the teal dress I made it just like the pink polka dot dress above but this time I cut the two pieces of fabric different lengths to give the skirt a little different look.

Cut one of the pieces about 1 1/2″ to 2″ wider then the other piece of fabric.

Sew edges together like on the first dress. Ruffle the top edge of both pieces of fabric.

Pin the two pieces of fabric together and repeat the same steps as above with the pink polka dot dress.




For the last and my most favorite embellished onesie I wanted to keep it simple with a big pink flower on the front and a cute little ruffle on the backside.

Cut out some flowers. I used two different colored fabrics for these but you can use whatever you have on hand.

Just pin your flowers in place and sew like below.

Then add the centers of the flowers.

Add a cute little ruffled piece to the backside.

So there you have some fun and easy ways to embellish those plain white onesies.

Ruffled Baby Lovey {Tutorial}

Moving on with the last of the baby basket tutorials, today I’m showing you how I made this cute little ruffled baby lovey. These are becoming one of my favorite blankets to make. They are the perfect size for the car seat, stroller or for baby to hold and snuggle up to. They are super easy to make and take just a few hours to put together. This is one of those projects that uses up those little but long scraps or you can use a fat quarter pieced together.

Ruffled Baby Lovey Tutorial

(allow 2+ hours to complete)

Materials Needed (cut to the following):
*Long strips of cotton fabric that are 30″ x 3″ or use fat quarters and piece them together to make a 30″ x 3″ strip. I used four different fabrics, but you can use as many different fabrics as you want.

*One strip of cotton fabric that is 120″ x 5″ (ruffled edge). Again, you can use smaller scraps pieced together to make one long strip.

*One piece of minky fabric about 21″ x 24″.

Start by making sure you have the 8 strips cut out to the size of 30″ x 3″.

Take one of your strips and sew down the middle and make it ruffle with your sewing machine. This is a new little trick I just learned from the gals over at Simple Simon & Co. Set the tension on your machine to the highest setting and the stitch length to the highest setting. Trust me, once you ruffle your fabric this way you will never pull a thread to make it ruffle again. It is so much quicker! And looks neater and the ruffles are more uniform. But of course you can ruffle your fabric the other way by just pulling one of the threads to make it ruffle. By doing it this way you can get a more ruffled piece of fabric then just ruffling it with your machine. So its up to you here.

Repeat with the other 7 strips of fabric.

Take your iron and gently press on top of the ruffled pieces to press them flat. This will make it easier to sew together.

Now lay out the ruffled pieces into the desired pattern.

With right sides facing pin together the two fabrics that are beside one another. Sew in place. Unfold and gently press flat.

Lay your fabric pieces out again to make sure you keep the fabrics in the right order.

Pin the next two rows together and sew. Just make sure you are sewing on the correct side so that your fabrics line up correctly.

Press flat. Pin and sew the two last pieces of fabric together. Now you have the top of your lovey.

Press flat again.

Trim off any loose threads and neaten it up on the backside.

You should have this now.

Take your seam ripper and pull out the threads in the middle of the ruffled pieces.

Use the back of your seam ripper or an iron to fluff out those little marks down the center of the ruffled pieces.

Square up your edges and make sure they are straight.

Round the corners.

Top stitch if you want.

I just used the edge of my foot as a guide and top stitched both sides of each fabric.

Take your 120″ x 5 ” piece of fabric and fold wrong sides together. Sew all the way down the open edge of the piece to make a ruffled piece. **Make sure you use a 1/4″ sew seam here.**

Take the ruffled piece and pin it all the way around the top of the blanket. Where the two unfinished edges line up just fold each of the unfinished edges in opposite directions. Then place one on top of the other with the folded edges touching and sew in place. That way you will have a finished edge that is quick to do.

Now place on top of minky fabric with right sides facing. Place a few more pins in. I know this is a lot of pins, but it does make a huge difference.

Sew around outer edge with a 1/2″ sew seam while leaving at least a 2″ opening for turning right sides out.

Trim excess fabric.

Be careful of all the pins and turn right side out. Iron and sew opening shut.

Trim off all of the little threads.

And that is it! One cute little lovey for the baby!


Baby Basket Cake Bunting {Tutorial}


Baby Basket Cake Bunting Tutorial
(allow 1/2 hour to an hour)
Materials Needed:

*small fabric scraps
*1 package of bias tape or make your own

I used only 3/4 of a yard when making my bunting but you can make yours longer depending on how long you want it to be. I think it would be super cute to drape it around each of the tiers instead of just the bottom basket like I did. Once you have decided how long you want your bunting to be, top stitch the bias tape the entire length. Take and cut up your small scraps into all different sized circles, flower shapes and squares.

Layer the different sized pieces on top of each other to make the desired designs. Sew in place onto the bias tape.

Add as many circles and flowers that you want. Have fun with it!

Not only with it add a little extra special touch to the baby basket cake, it will also look so cute hanging in the nursery afterwards.

Flower Lovey {Tutorial}

It’s funny because when I first started making the baby basket cake I planned on making a few baby balls and little toys to stuff in the top tier, but once I made this sweet little flower lovey I knew that it was going to be on the top of the cake! I think it just works perfectly up there!

 

Flower Lovey Tutorial
(allow 2+ hours to complete. Finished size: 18″ x 13″)


Materials Needed:
* 1 package of bias tape
* 1 piece of fabric 18″ x 13″ (front of lovey)
* 1 piece of minky fabric 18″ x 13″ (back of lovey)
* 1 fat quarter or small scrap pieces of fabric (for the flower)
* 1 package of piping
* 1 large button
* 12″ of jumbo ric-rac
* One 46″ x 3″ piece of fabric for the ruffled piece. (I ended up piecing a few pieces together to make one long strip. Use up those little scraps here. You will never know it is pieced together once it is ruffled.)

Start by printing off the template. Click on the highlighted link below. Print template off there. I used the pointy flower petals for this tutorial but wanted to include some rounded petals as well. I foresee using these in the future.

Flower Baby Lovey Template

Cut out the template petal piece. Trace around it onto the right side of a small scrap piece of fabric.

Now take a piece of piping and line up the flat edge of the piping to the template marks you just made. Pin in place. The more pins the better!

Place another piece of fabric on top with right sides facing. Pin in place.

Change to a zipper foot and start sewing around the piping. Line up the rounded edge of the piping with the edge of your foot. Sew as close to the rounded edge of the piping as close as possible. You may need to redo the top part of the petals once you remove the pins. I also found it easier to remove the pins as I went along. Just take your time here. Once you get the hang of it, it is easy. You could also sew the piping in place on the first piece of fabric before placing the second piece of fabric on top. I just chose to sew the piping in place once. But do what works for you.

Trim off the excess fabric.

Turn right side out.

Now repeat 6 times or as many times as you want. Of course you could leave out the piping if you don’t like sewing with it. It takes a little getting used to, but once you have used it a few times its really easy and adds that little extra touch.

Now fold the petal in half and sew a little 1/2 circle at the edge of the petal like shown below. This will give your petal a little shape.

Repeat with remaining petals. Line up the petals to make a flower.

Play with the petals and your button to get the shape you like. My flower ends up being about 6″ across.

Now pin the flower petals onto your front piece of fabric.

Sew around the inner parts of the petals a few times. Make sure they are very secure, this is for a baby.

In the following steps the fabric is getting harder to sew because of the thickness. If that happens switch your foot height to zero. This will keep your foot off the fabric so tightly and allow you to keep sewing. This will make a huge difference, trust me.

Take your jumbo ric-rac and fold in onto the petals. Pin in place.

Sew in place a few times. Make sure all of the pieces get sewn down.

Sew button on. Then sew around the button again using the edge of the button as your guide.

Now lets make the little ruffle. Take your 46″ x 3″ and fold right sides together, sew down one side. Pull right side out and iron flat. Sew down the middle of the strip on a stitch length of 4 then pull one of the threads to ruffle the fabric.

Pin and sew ruffle onto lovey in desired location.

Pin front of lovey to backing fabric, wrong sides together. You can use a batting if you want to. I chose not to since this is for a little baby and I wanted to keep it lightweight for her to snuggle up with. Trim fabric pieces so that are even on all edges. Round the corners to make it easier to sew with the bias tape.

Pin and sew bias tape around outer edge of lovey.

And your finished!

Fold up the blanket and stuff it into the top tier of the basket making sure to leave the flower hanging out on top of the basket.

Knit Baby Hats {Tutorial}

Knit Baby Hats Tutorial

(allow 15-30 minutes to complete one hat)

Materials Needed:

*Small pieces of knit fabric or use outgrown baby clothes.

*Small pieces of contrasting knit fabric for the flower or a 30″ x 1/2″ piece of fabric for the ruffle.

*Buttons

Print off the templates below. Make sure you click on the highlighted link and print the template off from the Scribd website. Tape the two pieces of paper together making sure that the lines match up perfectly. Trim extra paper if needed to match up the lines.
Knit baby hat template 1

Knit baby hat template 2

Use the template to cut out two pieces of knit fabric.

Pin right sides together. Sew around edges leaving the bottom open.

Trim edges. Searge edges if you want, but you don’t have to. Knit fabric will not fray. Searging just gives it a more professional look. I don’t have a searger, so I left mine as is. Fold the hat in half to find the middle. Measure 2″ down from the top of the hat. Draw a line. Repeat on the other side of hat.

Now refold the top of the hat so that the marks you just made are on the outer edge. Pin in place like so. You are now going to sew on top of the marks you just made. I sewed using a 1/4″ sew seam here. You are sewing here just to give the hat a little more shape.

This is what the hat will look like now.

**What you do in the next step depends on the size of the hat you are making.**

If you are making a 0-6 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 1 1/2″

for a 6-12 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 2″

and for a 12-24 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 2″.

Since this a 0-6 month sized hat, I folded the bottom of the hat up 1 1/2″.

Press and pin in place. Sew.

Turn right side out.

To make the flower cut 7 pieces of knit fabric into little circles.

Set up the circles overlapping like so. Just make sure that the middle circle is overlapping all of the other circles (petals) in the middle.

Pin in place.

Sew.

Make a button or use a button you have on hand.

Attach the button to the petals and through the top of the hat.

Inside of hat.

And the finished product.

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Now to make the ruffled knit hat.

Follow the same steps as above to make the hat. Cut a strip of knit fabric 30″ x 1 1/2″ wide. Sew ends together. Now ruffle the piece of fabric with your sewing machine. Work with the ruffled piece until it is the same length as the distance around your hat. Pin ruffle around hat about 1/4″ or 1/2″ up from the bottom of hat. Zig-Zag stitch ruffle in place. Attach a little button on the top of hat if you want.

And that is it.

They are so quick and easy to make you will never buy a knit hat again.

Plus it is a great way to use up those outgrown baby clothes.

Baby Wash Cloths {Tutorial}

So moving right along with our little baby basket cake…
Today I am going to show you how to make the little baby wash cloths. These wash cloths are by far the most used item in our household that I make. I just love them! For the tub I make them with a minky backing and for the kitchen I use a terry cloth backing. When making these for a baby or myself, I don’t usually add a flannel batting. You know, little wash cloths and little baby parts just go together better. But some people prefer a thicker wash cloth and that is fine, just use flannel as your batting. This is a great beginner project! So those of you that want to start sewing, then this is the one to start with. So grab that machine and some fabric and lets get sewing!
Baby Wash Cloths (8″ x 8″) Tutorial
(allow 15 minutes to complete)

Materials Needed:

*Small scraps of cotton fabric and minky about 9″ x 9″.

*Flannel scraps 9″ x 9″ to use for batting (optional). I prefer to make my wash cloths without the flannel just because my kiddo’s are little and they prefer little lighter weight wash cloths for their hands.

*Card stock to make an 8″ x 8″ template with rounded corners.

Trace around the template onto the wrong side of your cotton fabric.

Pin together the cotton fabric and minky fabric, right sides together. (If you are using flannel as a batting, layer it underneath the minky fabric now.) Sew directly on the marks while leaving a 1 1/2″ opening for turning right side out. Trim off excess fabric except at the opening.

Use your lint roller to remove any fuzzies and spray to remove your marks.

Turn right side out and iron flat. Top stitch around edge of wash cloth.


Pretty easy right?

Just in case you cannot tell by the photo, I made 15 of them. They are great to use in the tub, washing up after meal time or for cleaning those little heiny’s if you are a cloth diaper using momma.

Cloth Diaper Wet Bag {Tutorial}

Now that we all know how to make the round nesting baskets for the baby basket cake it is time to start filling them with handmade goodies! One of my most favorite items that I bought for my first child and still use all the time is my diaper wet bag made of PUL fabric. If any of you use cloth diapers one of these bags is a must. These bags are also great for wet or soiled clothing. I keep one in the diaper bag at all times and I also have one in my beach bag. I just wish I would have thought to make one of these sooner. I spent about $45 dollars for two of them about 4 years ago. I would say that they only cost me about $5.00 per bag to make. So worth the $5.00 if you ask me!

What is PUL fabric? PUL fabric is a polyester/ polyurethane laminated knit fabric. It is a waterproof fabric and is used for cloth diapers and mattress covers. PUL fabric can be hard to find but I found a large selection of it here. There are also a few on-line diapering stores that carry PUL fabrics.



Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Tutorial

(allow about 1.5 hours to complete)


Materials Needed:

* 1 fat quarter or a large scrap piece of cotton fabric

*1/2 yard PUL fabric

*two 12 inch zippers

*switch to a small needle and when pinning fabrics in place try not to use too many pins. The more holes pinned into the fabric the more of a chance it will leak a little.

When working with PUL fabric the laminated smooth-shiny side is the waterproof side and will be used on the inside of the bag. The softer side will be on the outside of the bag and will be referred to as the right side of the fabric in this tutorial.

Cut the following:

* 1 piece of fabric 9″ x 13 1/2″ (pocket)

* 2 pieces of PUL fabric 15″ 13 1/2″ (bag)

* 1 piece of fabric 4 1/2″ x 2″ (tag)

Take the 4 1/2″ x 2″ piece of fabric and fold it as if you were making bias tape. Then top stitch down the middle. Gather your piece of fabric and one of the 12″ zippers. Take the piece of fabric and pin the zipper in place on the top of the fabric. The right side of the zipper will be touching the right side of the fabric. Sew in place using a zipper foot. Fold side down flat and top stitch edge. I would not recommend ironing it may ruin the PUL fabric underneath.



Now take one of your pieces of PUL fabric and place it right side up. Now place the piece of fabric on top so that the bottom edges are even and right sides are facing up.

Now make a little mark where the middle of the zipper lines up onto the edge of the PUL fabric underneath. Make marks on both sides.

Now draw a line across connecting your two marks. The line will be used as a guide for sewing your fabric pocket piece onto the PUL fabric.

Now line up the right side of the zipper to the top of the line you just drew. Note** The right side of your fabric will be touching the right side of the PUL on the shorter side of the PUL fabric.

Sew zipper.

Fold fabric pieces down flat. Try the zipper to make sure it works. Now you have the front of your wet bag finished.

Gather the other piece of the PUL fabric and your 12″ zipper. Pin the right side of the zipper to the right side of the PUL fabric. Sew zipper.



Fold PUL down and top stitch.

Now take the piece of PUL that has the zipper sewn on and line it up so that the top of the zipper lines up with the top of the other piece of PUL fabric, right sides facing. Sew zipper in place. Then turn right side out and top stitch the piece of fabric that you just sewed the zipper onto.

Now pin the two pieces together and trim if needed.

Take the tag and pin it on the top side of the bag just below the zipper or place it on the side of the bag. It’s your choice where you want to put it. Sew sides and bottom of bag. Take your time the PUL fabric is a little slippery and will move a little bit.

Now square off the bottom edges to give it shape. Just make sure that you grab the fabric pocket piece with the front of the bag when sewing the corner edges. If not, it will give you a funny looking edge.

Turn right side out and now your finished!



You will love these little bags!







**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects…not to sell in your etsy shop. You may link this to your blog and use any photo’s. Just please be kind and give credit where credit is due. I put a lot of time into my designs and tutorials.**

Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me. If you make one using this tutorial, please add it to my flickr group. I would love to see it!

Round Nesting Baskets {Tutorial}

So are you all ready to start sewing your Baby Basket Cake?

Let’s start things off by making the round nesting baskets, after all those cute baskets are what make this a cake. Now I made templates (below) for all of you to use. Just click on the highlighted link above each template and it will bring you to Scribd where you can print the templates. For those of you that have never used Scribd before it is really easy to use and just let me know if you run into any problems. I also want you to realize that these baskets may sound small but they hold a lot of goodies, trust me! So if you want to make a smaller cake, just make your baskets smaller. You can do that by shrinking the size of the templates. Just keep in mind that if you do shrink the size of the baskets you will also have to re figure the length of each piece of fabric cut which is easy to do. Just take a tape measure and measure all around the circle and then just add 1″ for the sew seam allowance. And of course you can make your own templates at home by using a protractor and bowl. Just make sure the distances and between the three circles are evenly spaced or you will end up with wonky baskets not stacking perfectly.

Round Nesting Baskets Tutorial
(allow 2+ hours to complete)
Below are the links to the three templates that you will need for the bottoms of the baskets. You will want to print all three pages off and tape them together so that they make a complete circle. The circle should line up perfectly with just some minor trimming of the boarder on the paper. Once taped together, start by cutting out the large circle. Then use the large circle to cut out your two pieces of fabric and one piece of batting. Then cut your template into a medium sized circle and cut out your two pieces of fabric and batting. Repeat with the small circle. That way you only have to print off one copy of each. 

Round nesting basket template 1

Round nesting basket template 3

Materials Needed:
*1 1/2 yards fabric (I used two different fabrics just because I didn’t have enough fabric for the inside and outside of baskets, but you can use just one fabric.)
*1 yard batting or stabilizer (I had to use insul-bright because that is all that I had on hand, but it worked great.)


**To make things easier for you, keep the pieces of fabric and batting cut out organized by basket sizes.**

 

Cut the following from the cotton fabric:

Large 11 1/2″ basket: 2 pieces 38″ x 6 1/2″ & 2 large round pieces by using template above.

Medium 9 1/2″ basket: 2 pieces 30″ x 6 1/2″ & 2 medium round pieces by using template above

Small 7″ basket: 2 pieces 23 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ & 2 small round piecse by using template above

 

Cut the following from batting or stabilizer:

Large 11 1/2″ basket: 1 piece 38″ x 6 1/2″ & 1 round piece by using template above

Medium 9 1/2″ basket: 1 piece 30″ x 6 1/2″ & 1 round piece by using template above<

Small 7″ basket: 1 piece 23 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ & 1 round piece using template above

We will start by making the large 11 1/2″ basket. Gather all of the pieces that you cut out for the large basket. Now take one round piece and one 38″ long piece of fabric, along with the round and 38″ long pieces of batting.

Place the 38″ long piece of fabric right side up on top of the batting. Now fold the two edges together so that the fabric is right sides facing. Pin in place on edge.

Sew edge and make sure you backstitch. Now place the round piece of fabric right side up on top of the round piece of batting. Place a few pins in the middle of the circle. These are just to keep the two pieces together while you pin them the onto the tube in the next step below.

Pin the circle piece with the tube you just made together, right sides facing. Take your time and use lots of pins. This will make it easier to sew. Sew edge.

Your basket should look like this now.

Now take the remaining two pieces of fabric. Remember I used two different fabrics to make each basket.

Make a tube with the 38″ piece of fabric by sewing the edge together.

Pin right sides together. Sew. Your piece will now look like this.

Turn right side out and carefully iron the edges of the circle. Pin the two baskets together by placing right sides together.

Sew, but make sure you leave a good 3″ opening for turning right side out.

Turn right side out.

Iron edges flat.

Top stitch around top edge two times.

Now repeat the same steps with the medium and small basket pieces.

**Please feel free to use this tutorial for your personal sewing projects…not to sell in your etsy shop. You may link this to your blog and use any photo’s. Just please be kind and give credit where credit is due. I put a lot of time into my designs and tutorials.**

Any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me. If you make one using this tutorial, please add it to my flickr group. I would love to see it!

 

See you in a few days with a tutorial so we can start filling your baskets!