How to Sew a Fabric Bread Basket – Free Tutorial

How to Sew a Fabric Bread Basket – Free Tutorial

How to Sew a Fabric Bread Basket – Free Video & Written Tutorial

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Tara Reed holding baguette in Paris

I recently went to Paris and fell in love with the floppy fabric bread baskets filled with delicious french bread. Of course my son asked what I was doing as I studied the construction of the basket but wasn’t surprised when I told him I wanted to make some when I got home from my fabric.

I had a few goals in mind when creating this fabric bread basket tutorial: I want it to be an easy and relatively quick project that will be great for beginners, make a wonderful gift or be something to sew and sell.

how to sew cloth bread baskets - free tutorial

I had a few goals in mind when creating this fabric bread basket tutorial:

I want it to be an easy and relatively quick project that will be great for beginners, make a wonderful gift or be something to sew and sell.

If you are a quilter these baskets are a great way to all those quilt batting scraps you have around.

When finished, these bread baskets can be used with either fabric showing and look really cute if you fold the top down a little to have a cuff of the interior fabric. If your bread or rolls are warm, let the fabric cover the top to keep the heat in.

When they get dirty just throw them in the wash! These would be great for cookies as well.

IMPT NOTE: If you want to be able to use these in the microwave be sure to use everything that is 100% cotton. (fabric, batting, thread, etc)

how to sew cloth bread baskets - free tutorial

I went to my sewing supplies and decided to give my Lori Holt circle rulers from Riley Blake Designs a try. I will never cut a circle with scissors again if I can help it!

I was able to make perfect circles easily with my rotary cutter when I put the fabric and ruler on a rotary cutting mat (also from Riley Blake Designs – by Sue Daley). You will need to turn your fabric without moving the ruler so a rotary mat or small cutting mat you can move on your workspace is needed.

This tutorial uses the Christmas prints from the Monthly Placemat Program I designed for Riley Blake Designs. Of course bread baskets aren’t just for Christmas so use whatever fabric suits the season, your decor or your fancy!

Here is a video tutorial showing you how easy cloth bread baskets are to make. Below it you will find step-by-step instructions with photos as well.

SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
00:00 Fabric Bread Basket Tutorial
00:06 Supplies
01:19 Cut your fabrics
02:25 How to cut the perfect circle
04:23 Quilt the bottom
04:38 Sew the sides
05:22 Clip sides to bottoms
07:26 Sew sides to the bottoms
08:27 Sew 2 pieces together
10:56 Final touches
12:00 Ideas for use
12:29 Get the free template

How to Sew a Fabric Bread Basket – Written Tutorial

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE PDF OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: CUT YOUR FABRICS

I made bread baskets using both a 6″ and 9″ ruler that I had on hand. You can also get a template to print and use as a pattern. Here is what to cut for each of those sizes.

For 9″ round bottom: (shown in this tutorial)
CUT: 28 3/4″ x 11″ from each fabric
CUT: 9″ circle from each fabric and 1 circle from batting or fusible fleece (fig. 1)
(optional: for a more structured basket use fleece on the sides as well as the bottom)

For 6″ round bottom:
CUT: 19 1/4″ x 8″ from each fabric
CUT: 9″ circle from each fabric and 1 circle from batting or fusible fleece
(optional: for a more structured basket use fleece on the sides as well as the bottom)

For other sizes:
If you want to do another size, cut your fabric the length of the circumference of the circle + 1/2″. I just googled “what is the circumference of a 9″ circle” when determining fabric sizes.

I then put the circle of a piece of fabric and held the fabric up to decide how tall I wanted the sides to be – very scientific I know, but it works!

cutting a circle of fabric with circle ruler and rotary cutter

figure 1

STEP 2: QUILT BOTTOM FABRIC & SEW SIDES

Place batting or fusible fleece to the wrong side of one of your fabric circles and QUILT as desired. (fig. 2)
With right sides together, FOLD each long strip of fabric in half matching the short sides and SEW with a 1/4″ seam.
PRESS seams open.

quilt bottom fabric to batting

figure 2

STEP 3: SEW SIDES TO BOTTOMS

FOLD each circle in half and mark the edges at the fold.
FOLD the opposite way and mark so you have 4 marks, equally distributed around the circles. (fig. 3)
FOLD each long piece so the seam is on one side, mark the other side. (fig. 4)
MATCH the seam and the mark you just made then lay flat on your workspace. Mark the 2 folds so you have 4 marks, equally distributed around the side fabric.
Right sides together, PIN or CLIP the sides to the round bottom, first matching each of the 4 marks and then easing the side fabric to the edge of the circle. (fig. 5)

figure 7

make 4 marks evenly around the circle

figure 3

make 4 marks evenly around the sides

figure 4

pin or clip bottom to sides

figure 5

STEP 4: SEW TWO PIECES TOGETHER

Right sides together, place one fabric inside the other, matching the side seams.
PIN or CLIP tops together. (fig. 6)
SEW with 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a few inches open to turn. (fig. 7)
TURN right side out and PRESS top edge.
TOPSTITCH 1/8″ from the edge.

pin or clip top edges and sew

figure 6

sew with 1/4" seam

figure 7

That’s it! So cute and easy. The part that takes the longest is pinning or clipping the sides to the circles. I decided to make a few for gifts so I did all my clipping while watching tv to make it seem less tedious.

These aren’t JUST for bread! Use them for cookies, as a gift bag, even add some pizazz to your poinsettia! The 9” is perfect for a 6” potted poinsettia.  This would be a great hostess gift that they can keep on the plant or use as a bread basket. So many things you can do!

I’d love to hear how you will use these (leave a comment!) and see what you make (tag me if you post on social media). 

Happy Sewing!

🥖🧵 Tara Reed

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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

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