Tiny Fabric Baskets

The other day Jenny over at Elefantz posted a tutorial on making cute little fabric baskets.


I was immediately smitten and I HAD to make one! No…two! Three!


The first one was easy. Too easy. Is there even such a thing as too easy? Yes, because it makes one careless. It was so easy that I decided to NOT follow the pattern for the next one.

I decided that it was too much trouble to sew a binding onto such a tiny little basket. It would be so much easier to attach the wrong side of the lining to the outside of the basket, and then turn the whole thing inside out. Which I did, and which worked reasonably well considering I was making the whole thing up as I went along.


So then I decided that it would be fun to make a basket with a fussy-cut band around the center. Which I did, and which worked…sort of. But the lining was too small to do the “sew-and-flip” liner thing. Which meant I had to do a binding.  And then I made the binding too narrow. Argh. Not so good. I was too sure of myself. Cocky. You see what happens when things are too easy? Crookedness happens!009

I’m going to keep at it…I’ve got a few more ideas. I’ll let you know.


The first one was the best. Maybe I’ll go back and follow the directions next time.


They are so sweet! What would you store in one?

update: I made the little sewing machine basket as a gift, and couldn’t bring myself to give it in that crooked condition…so I fixed it!

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About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!
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6 Responses to Tiny Fabric Baskets

  1. michelle says:

    good on you for fixing the sew machine fabric basket you were gifting. I HATE ripping out but when I do, I always feel better afterwards as I learn as I do it. These are cute, now I want to make some too.

  2. Gorgeous! Oh, and you used some Petal fabric…sweet. 🙂

  3. citricsugar says:

    Those are cute, Nita! I didn’t think of doing one for my makeup brushes but I might have to now. 🙂

  4. Joyce says:

    So cute. Who makes the sewing machine fabric?

  5. piecefulpeg says:

    Those are adorable! I have drawers full of stuff that could be held in little baskets like that, nail stuff, makeup, pens and pencils, corn cob holders. Oops, I see a sewing session coming on!

  6. They are very sweet. Practice makes perfect. They would make lovely gifts with nail care things in or anything else fir that matter.

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