How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall – Sewing for Beginners

(links in this post to Amazon are affiliate links – I will earn a small commission if you click and purchase but your price remains the same)

I love these baskets because you can make them in any size you need AND flatten them for easy storage.

JUMP TO THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall in 3 sizes

SUPPLIES

Fabric Basket Cutting Chart

CUT the fabric and batting based on the chart above.

If you are making a basket with 2 fabrics and not creating the turkey block, SKIP TO STEP 2.

FUSE the batting onto the wrong side of one of your fabric squares, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

STEP 1: MAKE THE 15″ TURKEY BLOCK

fall fabric basket - supplies
How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall - trim turkey placemat to 10" square

figure 1

SUPPLIES FOR LARGE TURKEY BASKET

Fabrics and Codes refer to the fabrics shown, from Riley Blake Designs. Ask for them where you love to buy fabric.

  • November Placemat Panel (PD12420-NOVEMBER)
    • CUT a 10″ square from the placemat panel, centering the turkey. (fig. 1)
  • Brown November Text (C12421-BROWN) (fig. 2)
    • CUT (2) 10″ x 3 1/4″ strips* to go across the top and bottom of the square
    • CUT (2) 15″ x 3 1/4″ strips* to go on the sides of the square
    • CUT (1) 15″ square (for the back)

* I usually cut 1/4 – 1/2″ longer and wider and trim to size as I sew the opposite sides on to ensure a well squared result.

  • Fusible Fleece Fusible Fleece (I used Pellon 987F)
    • CUT (1) 15″ square
How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall - pieces

figure 2

SEW the top and bottom strips of fabric on the turkey square. (fig. 3)

If you cut slightly larger sashing pieces like I do, TRIM sides even with the turkey – so the fabric is 10″ wide. (fig. 4)

SEW to other 2 sides onto the turkey block.

TRIM block to be 15″ square.

FUSE the fleece onto the back of the turkey square, following manufacturers instructions.

sew on sashing - How to Sew a Fabric Basket

figure 3

trim to size - How to Sew a Fabric Basket

figure 4

STEP 2: SEW YOUR FABRIC SQUARES TOGETHER

Place your fabrics right sides together.
CLIP or PIN together.
SEW around the outside using a ¼” seam allowance and leave 3-4” open for turning. (figure 5)
TRIM corners to reduce bulk.
TURN right side out and iron flat, folding in the raw edges.
TOPSTITCH around the entire square 1/8” from the edge.

For a more professional look, match your bobbin thread to the main color of the bottom fabric and your main thread to the top fabric.

sew fabric together with 1/4" seam

figure 5

STEP 3: SEW FOLD STITCH LINES

SEW the length of the square on all 4 sides (figure 6) Sew the same distance from each edge as the height of sides of the basket noted in the second column of the cutting chart.

For example, if you cut 15” squares of fabric, the sides of your basket will be 2½” high so sew 2½” from the side of the basket square, on all 4 sides. (see figure 4 – dashed lines are stitch lines)

How to Sew a Fabric Basket for Fall

figure 6

STEP 4: ADD THE SNAPS

Using the stitch lines, mark where your snaps will go.
PLACE a snap piece on the fabric that will be on the inside of your basket, so it is just inside the edge. (KAM Snaps are shown here) 
Use a hem gauge or ruler and determine how far from the edge you need to poke the hole to install the snap OR where you will sew the snap on, depending on the kind of snaps you choose. (figure 3)
MARK the same distance to the side of the stitching in all 8 corners. (figure 4)

fall fabric basket - adding snaps

figure 7

How to Make a Fabric Basket

figure 8

INSTALL the snaps per manufacturer’s instructions. (figure 9)
Once you’ve installed all 4 snap sets you simply snap each corner and your basket is ready! (figure 10)

fall fabric basket - snap placement

figure 9

fall fabric basket with snaps

figure 10

Love to learn from videos? Watch below!

In this video you will learn how to make fabric baskets with 2 pieces of fabric. You will also see how to use KamSnaps.

SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

  • 00:04 Materials list 
  • 02:48 Sew pieces together
  • 03:27 Turn & Press 
  • 05:18 Topstitch and side stitch lines 
  • 08:00 Add Kam Snaps

 

These baskets would also be cute made with orphan quilt blocks.

If you make and share any on social media be sure to tag me – I’d love to see what you create! (My social media links are at the bottom of the post)

🍁 Tara Reed

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

See more of the Monthly Placemat Panels and coordinating prints

 

Materials Used in this Project:

Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.  It’s one of the ways I support my site.

Sewing Projects for Thanksgiving – Placemat Panels to Sew

Sewing Projects for Thanksgiving – Placemat Panels to Sew

November and Thanksgiving Placemat Panel

Part of the Monthly Placemat Program by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

If you are looking for Sewing Projects for Thanksgiving that are great for beginners and seasoned sewists alike then you are going to love the first in a 12 month series of placemat panels I’ve created for Riley Blake Designs.

Thanksgiving Placemat Panels to Sew by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

The panel includes 11″ x 18″ designs to make 6 placemats. There are 3 with artwork and 3 with art and quotes: Fall is my favorite color, Happy Thanksgiving and Live in Gratitude.

Hand painted watercolor leaves, pumpkins, a cornucopia and a Thanksgiving turkey in rich fall colors will make these perfect for your autumn table.

I don’t usually remember exactly when I paint something but I will always remember when this turkey came to be. I painted him on Thanksgiving Day 2020. We were all locked down because of Covid so instead of cooking a turkey I decided to spend the day painting one. I love how he came out! See the many layers of the painting in this 13 second video.

autumn placemat panel by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs
fall fabrics by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

Just because they are designed as placemats doesn’t mean that’s all you can do with them. That’s the beauty of sewing, so many options. Use the designs for quilts, pillows, wall hangings and more.

Ask for the Monthly Placemat Program by Riley Blake Designs where you love to buy fabric.  Happy Sewing!

🦃 Tara Reed

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

See more of the Monthly Placemat Panels and coordinating prints