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How to Make a Fabric Storage Basket

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Inside: How to Make a Fabric Storage Basket

Fabric storage baskets are a great way to organize your scraps and stash. They are also a great way to use up some of your scraps.

This tutorial will show you how to make a fabric storage basket using a patchwork quilting technique. However, you can also make them out of a single piece of fabric and eliminate the optional quilting. 

I recommend you use a single fabric color theme to make a series of baskets to hold your scraps. For instance, use red scraps to make a basket that will hold your red fabric scraps, use blue scraps to make a basket to hold your blue fabrics, etc.

finished fabric basket

Materials

Fabric Storage Basket Tutorial Supplies

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Fabric Storage Baskets Tutorial

Step 1: Cutting Instructions

Fabric Storage Basket Tutorial - sampler

Basket Exterior Cutting Instructions

  • Cut one piece of fabric 18″ x 22″ for Basket Exterior. This can be from a fat quarter or a patchwork piece you create. See Patchwork Option below for ideas.

Patchwork Option:

Straight cut a variety of fabric pieces in different widths and randomly piece together in a manner that is pleasing to your eye. Trim down to 18″ x 22″.

Pro Tip: I find the Stripology Ruler the perfect tool for cutting strips that will be pieced together. You can stack several layers of fabric together making it really fast to cut a variety of strips. Feel free to cut strips in a variety of sizes to give your patchwork a unique look. 

Basket Lining Cutting Instructions

Cut one piece of fabric 18″ x 22″ for Basket Lining. 

Note: The Basket Lining is designed to wrap over the top about 1/4″ to give the appearance of binding. If you prefer to have a wider “binding”, cut your fabric piece to 18.5″ x 22″. If you are using a fat quarter as your lining piece you can also trim down the top edge of the basket 1/4″ once it is constructed. Either method will give you the appearance of a wider binding.

Flexible Foam Cutting Instructions

  • Cut one piece of single-sided fusible flexible foam 20″ x 24″. 

Step 2: Quilting Basket Exterior

Quilting Fabric Storage Basket Tutorial
  • Fuse the flexible foam interfacing to the wrong side of the Basket Exterior fabric. Note: To quilt a diagonal design, mark from corner to corner to create a starting line. Turn and mark from the opposite side corner to corner. Use a guide to quilt 1.5″ apart using a 3.5mm stitch length.
  • Quilt the Exterior Fabric to the Flexible Foam. This will make your basket a little stiffer and it will make it sit more upright and slouch less.
  • Trim down to 18″ x 22″
  • Zigzag around the perimeter. This makes it easier when you’re putting everything together.
  • With right sides together, fold the fabric in half matching up the 18″ sides. Stitch together with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Step 3: Making the Bottom of the Basket

  • In order for the basket to have a flat bottom you will need to create a pleat for both the Exterior and Lining fabrics. To do this, fold the bottom corner of your basket so it creates a triangle in the corner. Make sure that the triangle is centered with basket bottom. Pro Tip: Pressing the bottom edge flat will help you line up the seam for making your pleat.
Fabric Storage Basket Tutorial Pinned Corner
  • Pin the corner. Using a water erasable pen, make a mark 2.5” away from the corner. Draw a stitching line and then stitch across to create a pleat.
Fabric Storage Basket Tutorial - marking corner
  • Clip away the triangle, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance. Be sure to remove the markings.
Fabric Storage Basket Tutorial Trimmed Corner
  • Repeat on opposite Exterior corner.

Step 4: Make the Lining

Note: See Step 3 for image examples.

  • With right sides together, fold the Lining fabric in half matching up the 18″ sides. Stitch the two side seams together with a 3/8″ seam allowance.
  • Pin the corner and with a water erasable pen, make a mark 2.5” away from the corner.
  • Draw a stitching line and then stitch across to create a pleat.
  • Clip away the triangle, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance. Be sure to remove the markings.
  • Repeat on opposite Lining corner.

Step 5: Finishing the Basket

  • Press under a 1/4″ hem on Basket Lining.
pressing a hem
  • Insert Basket Lining wrong sides together into the Basket Exterior. Be sure to line up the side seams.
  • Fold over the turned hem 1/4″ and pin or clip to hold.
  • Stitch down 1/8″ from folded edge.

Pro Tip: A little bit of basting glue will help hold this in place.

Binding the edge image

Step 6: Fill Your Basket

The finished size of this fabric basket is approximately 12″ W x 6″ D X 8″ H. This makes it the perfect size for wrapped fabric on comic book storage boards, fat quarters, or leftovers project scraps.

finished fabric basket

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12 Comments

  1. I love it ! This will be great for many things! Can’t wIt to get started! I can put cookie cutters, tea lights , so many great uses! Thank y!ou!

  2. This basket is perfect for little girls to put things in. I will be making 2 for my twin grand daughters and 1 for my grandson to put his precious items in. Thank you

  3. The cameo and script fabric, what line is that? Am I correct that it is Bridgerton, or is it a different book? And where can I find it? Thank you kindly. Love this project by the way, it’s lovely.

  4. Thank you for such a great pattern. I will be making several of these! Additionally, thank you for your blog and ideas. It’s been great to see and provide challenges for me.

  5. Do you use either fusible foam OR Peltex? One or the other? Looks like you used fusible foam only. Can’t wait to make a couple. Thank you 😊

  6. Such a cute basket, will have to make one for my grandaughter. Could you please come up with one this size but with a cover, please. It is very dusty where I live in the middle of a field. Especially at plantIng and harvesting times. So I must keep everything covered or it becomes dusty. Thank you.

  7. Thank you so much for such a great tutorial! This has been just what I needed to use up my scraps (fabric AND foam), practice my free motion quilting and organize my sewing space! What more could we ask for??? I have made 4 and I know there are many more in my sewing future!

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