Inside: How to Make a Baby Doll Basket with Binding
You many remember back in January I mentioned that I was in Florida for a week. I was traveling there to meet up with my daughter and her family who were escaping the Newfoundland winter. Because we were all traveling by plane it makes bringing gifts for my granddaughter difficult. It’s not like I can put a toddler bike in my suitcase. What’s a grandmother to do?
That’s when I remembered seeing this Baby Doll Basket Pattern. Since I’d sent my granddaughter a Stella Peach Baby Doll (affiliate) for Christmas, I thought a baby doll basket would make a great companion gift. And, it would be easy to squash into suitcases for travel to and from Florida.
As far as the ePatterns go, this one is well-written and the steps are well thought out. If you are looking for a similar gift idea then you will like this pattern.
There were only a couple of changes that I made and I wanted to show them to you in case you decide to make this pattern, too.
1. The Handles
The pattern calls for high loft batting for the basket AND the handles. For the basket the high loft batting is perfect; however, I thought the batting would make it difficult to sew the bias tape to the handles so I substituted regular quilt batting. It didn’t alter the outcome in any way. I also think the flexible foam interfacing would work really well for this entire pattern. The foam interfacing is used in my Tiny Town Tote Pattern and the structure is similar.
2. Attaching the Binding
I want to first say that this is an excellent pattern. Everything about it is well-thought out, it’s beautifully drafted, and the steps are clearly explained. The step-by-step photos clearly show what needs to be done. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to make something like a baby doll basket.
However there is one area that I did differently, that is the method used for attaching the bias tape. Since bias tape is a significant part of this pattern, one wouldn’t want to lose her religion over this step which is why I’m showing you a second option which I’ve broken down into simple steps.
Currently, the pattern calls for you to place the bias tape over the raw edges, pin in place, and stitch down. I know many people attach bias tape this way, but there is another method I want to share. That way, you have a couple of options. Best of all, this alternate method works any time you need to attach bias tape to almost anything.
And, I feel like I can comment on this because I’ve attached (literally) 50 thousand yards of bias tape to aprons I was selling on Etsy from 2008 – 2011. I learned this method the old fashioned way ~ I was
traumatized taught by a pseudo-Nazi Home Ec teacher who insisted upon perfection.
Here’s my pattern alteration and tips on how to attach bias tape.
1. Cut the correct length of Bias Tape. No brainer here, just make sure you have plenty of bias tape for your project. If you want to make your own, check out this tutorial: Learn How to Make Your Own Bias Tape
2. Press open one of the folded sides of the bias tape. Leave the other edge folded.
3. From the folded edge create a triangle by folding up the raw edge of the end. Match the top edge to the side edge and press. Doing this will nicely finish where the bias tape overlaps.
4. Pin the right side of the bias tape to the wrong side of the fabric edge. In the case of the Baby Doll Basket this will be the inside of the basket. Pin the raw edge of the bias strip to the raw edge where the fabrics come together. Use lots of pins.
Continue to pin in this matter around the entire edge of the Baby Doll basket until you get back to the start.
When you get back to the start you will come to the folded triangle. Overlap the raw edges about 1″ and pin to hold. Cut away excess bias tape.
5. Stitch on the fold line. This should be about a 3/8″ seam allowance for the Baby Doll Basket. This takes a little patience to sew. Be sure to go slowly. I didn’t have any problems, but I took my time.
6. The next step will be to press the bias tape open. Press the bias tape flat away from the sewn edge. Press the seam towards the bias tape.
7. Fold the bias tape over the raw edge and press. Pin around the entire opening. Notice how nice it looks where the bias tape overlaps.
8. You will now be sewing down the bias tape on the outside of your baby doll basket. This stitching will show, so carefully stitch down near the edge of the bias tape. The bias tape will now be secured twice. Use this method for the doll handles and the edge of the baby doll blanket.
Fill with your favorite baby doll.