Friday, 22 October 2010

Oilcloth baskets


Fabric sample books are great for small projects, and if you can find one with plastic-coated fabric, so much the better. This could be the quickest sewing project ever: oilcloth doesn't need hemming.

The swatches from the book were already all the same size, with pinked edges. I cut out squares from each rectangle, more or less like this...


... and sewed up the seams and the corners like this:




Done in about 15 minutes!

(Use a thick needle, like a denim needle, and set a long stitch length.)

10 comments:

Yardwork said...

Oh, I didn't know you don't have to hem! I made outdoor window covers with laminated cotton and hemmed - oh well! One thing I learned from that is that if you have to sew with the plastic side towards your presser foot, it helps to put a small piece of masking tape on the bottom of your presser foot so the plastic will glide through- otherwise, it sticks. those are nice patterns - love the black outlined pears!

Floh said...

Great project! Thanks for the hint with the thick needle and stitch...

heleen said...

That is beautiful oilcloth! Great idea to make baskets of it, they are always useful. Cute doggy as well.

L'Atelier said...

they are really cool!

Diana Ferreira said...

Love it! Thanks

Anairam said...

Nice project! I also love sample books - but I must say, you have a pretty nice one there! The ones I get usually contain pretty dreary fabrics - beiges and pastels, etc. I use them to practise embroidery stitches ...

Danya Ristić said...

These look great (and hello Emile)!

Ghislaine BRUNO said...

Very creative and neat baskets ! I love the idea. Just my two cents : I would not cut the corners, just sew the bottom seam and then fold the corners and sew them. It adds rigidity to the whole. I hope you can understand what I wrote... :-)

Anonymous said...

Do you know where I can find nice oil cloth. I can only find mooi kitchen table type stuff.

Four adults, two children and one bathroom said...

I loved this, thanks, I've been looking all over for exactly what you've posted. This will help heaps.