One Hour Baskets

The finished basket.
The finished basket.

I am in love with this quick and simple sewing project!  All you need is two fat quarters, batting, a sewing machine and an hour, and you will have a cute fabric basket, which is great for corralling all sorts of bits and pieces.

My basket line-up.
My basket line-up.

In my craft/blog room reno, I decided I wanted a shelf of these baskets to hide projects and supplies.  $20 and five hours later, I have a shelf of coordinating baskets.  One has ironing hams, another has scraps I am going to use to make another basket.  I have supplies for potato bakers in one and supplies for a cute hot pad in another.  The last has silk for a pocket square.

This is the lining for the soft basket. I ordered it from Joann.com.
This is the lining for the soft basket. I ordered it from Joann.com.

For the pattern for the 1 Hour Basket Tutorial, go to Craftsy.com and search for the pattern which is by Hearts and Bees.  It cost $1, and is really easy to make.  It would be a pretty simple beginner sewing project.

Fat quarters and scraps are perfect for this basket.
Fat quarters and scraps are perfect for this basket.

There is another pattern, Sturdy Fabric Basket, by lillyella stitchery that is free.  The great thing about this pattern is that it gives you a formula for making a basket in an exact size you want or need.   This pattern uses a rigid stablizer, whereas the other pattern uses a batting, which makes it soft-sided.  You can choose which is better for you.

Lining fabric and outer fabric with batting attached.
Lining fabric and outer fabric with batting attached.

I like to organize projects with these, use to keep like items together (like buttons, toys, socks, bobbins, or thread), and use to hide things (like the backup roll of toilet paper on the back of the tank).

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If sewing isn’t your thing, you can still have a fabric basket.  There are several for sale on etsy.com for $20-25.

Sewing the lining and outside together.
Sewing the lining and outside together.
Almost finished.
Almost finished.
Top stitching keeps the lining inside the basket.
Top stitching keeps the lining inside the basket.

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