Tuesday, 16 March 2010
No-interfacing Storage Basket Tutorial
As promised, a recipe for making washable stand-up storage baskets:
You'll need to cut 2 of each of these pieces (click on the pic to enlarge it to a readable size).
The measurements are in centimetres because that's the way I was brought up (sorry). A seam allowance of 1cm is included in these measurements.
This basket's base is 15cm wide, but you could make any size using this slightly haphazard formula, where x is the width of the base and y is the height of the basket. And 2 is cm and seam allowance. (Edit: Remember to include seam allowance in the height.)
Pieces cut, sew right sides together along these seams:
Sew the boxed corners of the linings by folding the pieces open, matching the side seams with the bottom seams, and stitching across:
Zig-zag the top edge of the smaller lining piece. Turn the smaller one right side out, the bigger one wrong side out, and put the bigger one inside the smaller one. Match up the corners and the side seams, then stitch them together along the top edge of the smaller one.
Hem the bottom edge of the outer sleeve piece, turning up 1cm all round and stitching it down.
Turn the lining pieces so that their right side faces out, and slide the outer sleeve over. Stitch together (right sides together) along the top edge:
Almost done, except for the fiddly part! Turn the whole basket inside out, pull the outer sleeve out, fold it down along the seam line, and topstitch along the top edge. (This makes sense when you do it - not so much in your head, trying to imagine it.) The topstitching isn't crucial, but makes the next step easier.
Matching up the side seams, pin the outer sleeve to the lining. Now stitch from the top to as far as you can get towards the bottom, on each corner. This is the fiddly part, by the way. Mark and pin in any way that seems sane to you: disappearing pens or chalk are good.
See the stitching on the corner? It doesn't go all the way to the bottom, but close enough. Measure the pockets, cut 4 pieces of card to fit, and slide them in:
If you used the same measurements I did, the card should be about 14 or 15cm by 11cm; cut slightly bigger than you think, and trim down.
There's a way to avoid the fiddly sewing bit, of course! Instead of sewing corner seams, sew the lining to the outer sleeve along the side seam lines. Then the bits of card need to look like this:
Still a sturdy basket, and almost just as neat.
Play around with heights and widths for different uses; make the lining and outer from the same fabric, just doubling the height measurement for the larger lining piece.
Let me know if you try this and if it all works sensibly. And if you think of ways to simplify the pattern, please do let me know!
You're welcome to use this tutorial to make things to sell, too. A link back here or a mention would be appreciated, but I do realise this isn't rocket science or gene splicing and I can't claim any great originality, except perhaps for the extremely washable nature of these baskets. And even then.... my mom (of course) had something like this, made in China when that was still an exotic thing.
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Oh wow. Thanks for blogging! I have just started a craft club with some creatively challenged friends here in Oslo and this looks like a great 2nd project for us!!
Love these and will have to try making them. I've needed an odd size basket for a bookshelf and this is the perfect project! Thanks for sharing!
I might just try making one!
And by the way, well done on writing such a clear tutorial. Tutorial writing is a fine art. :)
Love it. I will definately try it. I was wondering how you would make one that does not have a square base but is wider than deep.
oh, this is exactly what i've been looking for! i need to make some baskets for my nursery, and wanted to make them reversible and washable, and the interfacing kind didn't seem like they'd work. brilliant! thank you!
*sigh* I wish we used the metric system here in the US! Who knows why we are holding out... stupid inches! ;]
Thanks for the tutorial. I will definitely be bookmarking this!
Thanks Jesse, I will definitely try this!
Funny how the wire sculpture in the first picture actually looks like a doodle made on the image.
yay! I am so, so excited about this! Thanks so much for the very detailed details. =) You rock! I'll be linking.
Thanks so much for this Jesse. I am very tempted to try it out!
Thanks for sharing. Bookmarking!
Thanks for this tutorial, it realy roks!!!
I'm certain i'll give a try :)
Thank you for this - these look great I must have a go at making one.
I ENJOY YOUR BLOG EVERY MORNING WITH MY COFFEE. JUST ABOUT THE ONLY TIME DURING THE DAY I ACTUALLY SIT FOR A WHILE- THAT IS UNTIL I CRASH IN FRONT OF THE TV AND KNIT. LOVE THE BASKETS, THANKS FOR SHARING
I'm in awe at your incredibly neat step-by-step drawings.
This is great! I keep meaning to make some fabric storage totes for my craft room
Love it!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
Thank you very much for the wonderful tutorial jezze!!!!
cant wait to make it soon. Lovely fabric too!
I have been looking everywhere for a tute like this, thank you sooooo much. Now I can make some for my bookcase.
Ooooh I've been looking everywhere to BUY some of these, but couldn't find the exact shape. Now I'll be making a load, thanks! Xx
LOVE this! Saw it on HowAboutOrange. I've been desperately wanting some baskets to hold all of my bathroom crap, but didn't want to go wicker or plastic. I see a project in my future!
so funky!! i love the print. maybe you can use the scizzor print on the box as well?
dit sal so cute lyk!! op die nate.
Fantastic tutorial-now to get to sewing those fabric storage boxes :)
Thanks for measurements in cm.
Really: THANKS! :)
Brilliant, thanks for this, I'm going to have a go this afternoon.
I love this! This tutorial is so timely and wonderful as I just bought new shelves to keep some of our ever increasing clutter and now fabric boxes to keep them in. Thank you for being so generous!!
I've been working on a fabric storage tote pattern- yours is so much better! I'll be trying it out very soon =*)
I linked to your tutorial on my little bloggette: http://mamela316.blogspot.com/2010/03/mals-closet-craft-tote.html (let me know if that's not okay) Thanks!
wow!! this is brilliant. thanks heaps for it. I am going to try it out right away. love your instructions, your pics and you have a new follower.
BTW NEVER apologise for using metric measurements, most of the world uses them and they are more logical oce you make the adjustment.
Hello, i really want to thank you, for showing your process of print making, and other crafting methods. I like your designs. I have one question if you kindly can answer. I have been meaning to do some stencil printing on cotton. In my country fabric paints are expensive and fabric mediums are much harder to find. Can i just use acrylic paint mixed with vinegar(as a mortar)? Do you think the colors survive machine-wash? Thank you so much for your time and answer in advance. Ezgi
I can't say with any certainty, so the best thing is going to be for you to experiment, I'm afraid. Acrylic paint doesn't wash out easily, but can make the fabric hard - and it's these hard bits that show wear and washing badly. Are there any silkscreening businesses near you? Small T-shirt printing companies might be willing to sell ink, and it's pretty similar to fabric paint.
Thank you for your quick answer :) I will try it and let you know if it worked. Thanks for the silkscreen ink advice, though. I think I also might buy them online. They are much budgetable. Thank you so much again. Ezgi.
Great tutorial, I might whip some of these up for storage in my son's bedroom, thank you!
Another great idea! These look much cleaner and more modern than the round variety. Thanks for sharing!
lovely illustrations you have!
Thank you! And for making them in cm's especially! Nice to "meet" a fellow Capetonian, even though we're in NZ for a little while. I do miss CPT. Thanks for the tute. Can't wait to try it out!
Great idea, but I'm a little confused. You say to turn the lining pieces right side out, and then slip the cover over that, and sew wrong sides together. Not possible if the outer piece is placed over the right side out lining pieces. Seems like the outer piece should be placed inside the lining pieces, wrong sides together, then flipped out over the lining pieces, and topstitched down. The cardboard is placed up under the outer pieces, right?
Sorry if I'm totally off here, I'm trying to wrap my head around it! This is such a great idea for baskets and I want to try!
Whoops! Looking at my drawings (which are much more accurate than my written instructions), I think you're right. It should read 'Right sides together' - I've fixed the text. Thank you!!!
This is amazing. I'm going to have to make these for some clutter keepers! Appreciate it greatly!
I've tried making this with paper, as a little practice run before trying with my precious fabric. I'm stuck at the part where you say this:
'Turn the lining pieces so that their right side faces out, and slide the outer sleeve over. Stitch together (right sides together) along the top edge'
I don't expect you to help me, but I was wondering if you'd consider taking more photos of your finished product to help us see the inside? My brain isn't functioning right now and I can't work out how it all comes together in the end :(
OK I worked out the part I was confused about. I had forgotten about the 'outer sleeve' piece, so I thought I'd suggest something to make this tutorial even easier to understand :)
Maybe you could draw the diagrams in colour so that each piece of fabric is a different colour or pattern. So when people read the tutorial they can see which piece is where. Or maybe I'm just really stupid and I'm the only one who would benefit from that :)
It's really difficult to make this with paper by the way lol because it's not pliable like fabric. Anyways, thanks for the tutorial :)
I'm glad you figured it out in the end! Adding colour to the pics is a skill I still need to learn, but it's a good idea, and I'll have to give it a try.
Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to have a go making these tonight, what weight of fabric would you recommend?
Anything that's not very lightweight should be fine; I used a mediumweight cotton, and upholstery weight should work well too.
Thanks for such a prompt reply! :)
These are super cute and I love the print you used! Amazing! :)
I made 4 boxes using your pattern & they can be seen here:
Hi I have been going to make these for a few years now! And finally today made them! :) Will make some different sizes down the track! I found the instructions easy and I'm not a great sewer!! Thanks so much!! I hope to blog it tonight!!!
Hi! I just finished my first basket from this pattern, and I have to say I LOVE it! You did such a good job writing this tutorial! It only took me about 30 minutes from start to finish, so I KNOW that there are more of these in our future :)
I love this idea. It's super cute and super practical. I just have a major question... What do you mean by card? I'm not well versed in the fancy terminology for things when it comes to sewing and the only card I can think of is card stock paper or cardboard. (Neither of which seem washable in my opinion.) Can you clear this up for me please?
(And after I get my blog up and running, I would really like to feature this tutorial, if that's OK with you.)
You can use any thickish cardboard - it doesn't have to be washable because you can take it out before washing. The card simply slips in and out of the pockets you make on the sides of the basket.
(I'd love it if you featured the tutorial - thank you!)
Thank you for posting this. I have already made three of them. Really easy pattern, great directions. Thanks again
Ok, it took me a while to figure out some of the steps (I was confused as to what part was lining and what was outer sleeve, etc) but I LOVE this! Now that I've figured it out I will quickly make loads more! Thanks so much for posting such a useful tutorial!
Fantastic tutorial-now to get to sewing those fabric storage boxes..
Thanks for sharing..
Thank you for this tutorial. I made my own version from only two pieces. Visit my blog to see some pictures (my blog is in finnish).
I love it that you said the pattern was marked in cm, because that's the way you were brought up. It made me smile. Here in the US, over 40 years ago, they were telling us were going to use it too. They should have switched then and made it easier for all in the world. Shouldn't be a problem if we know how to use a ruler.
i made your boxes yesterday and loved them. i will try and make some different sizes tomorrow . will let you know how they came out . cannot post pictures as printer and camera on the trash pile
Hi, thanks for posting up this tute! I am a newbie at crafting, so am gonna try this out soon.
Just wanted to ask a question about the linings; is there an intended purpose for the shorter lining of the two? Am trying to get my head around that.. :)
The idea is that there should be no raw edges left exposed, so the shorter lining is for the inside of the basket and the longer one for the outside, if I remember correctly. It has been a while since I made this - but give it a go with a paper mock-up, and you'll soon get your head around it!
Thanks for the great idea!
I just made one with old used fabric to try and the instructions are perfect! Thank you so much for such wonderful instructions!
This is a great tutorial cannot find storage for all the toys in the right size! so why not make them... one question though the sides of this are stiff but not the base? Can a fabric covered insert just be stuck in there or have you got some sneaky way of adding another pocket for the bottom too that I missed?
I am going to use stiff foam from a craft store instead (I've used it before to make dolls furniture) because I don't think cardboard will withstand the wrath of a child at play! Am loving the washableness!
I'm afraid I don't have a sneaky way to add a pocket to the base! I didn't think of stiffening the bottom, as mine just stand on a table, and don't get moved around a lot. But I think just popping a fabric covered insert in the bottom should work. If you come up with a nifty way of doing it, please let me know!
I made your basket and I love it! I also used your formula to make a bigger one and I found that there is an error. On the sides of the linings you have "y" but it should be "y + 2" to also account for the seam allowances. I noticed that before I cut my pattern out so not a problem for me.
Thanks for this tutorial.
This seems simpler than a couple of other fabric box tutes I've seen, so I'm going to Pin it and try it. I have some plastic canvas that I got at a garage sale or something to use instead of cards. A little stiff and totally washable!
Joy: Thanks for that! I've edited the tutorial with a note about seam allowance.
Holly U: Plastic canvas will be perfect!
Okay, I made one last night from scraps as a test. Having cut my fabric wrong, I can clarify for those who have a specific look in mind: The smaller liner is the base, and only seen from underneath. The larger liner lines the entire inside of the box and the rectangle is seen on the outside. So you could even use three separate fabrics, depending on the look you want. And if you do use plastic canvas, whipstitch the bottom of the opening so the canvas stays secure and you can just throw the whole thing in the laundry when needed.
Thanks for posting this follow-up, and for clarifying how the bits fit together.
Just finished making this!!!!
only took a few hours! what a great little project! so happy with it :)
Love these baskets and think I will make a few for teacher gifts this year. Thanks!
this is a really nice idea. I wonder how if I want to make a rectangle basket. your pattern was for a square basket right? what if i want to make a basket with a different width. ex: the size of the basket will be 11cm x 5 cm wide with 5cm height. how should I measure the pattern size? thanks a bunch!! :)
Mine was square, but it's essentially the same as making a bag.... I might be confusing things here, but if you look at my first diagram, you'd replace 17cm with 11cm, and 7.5cm with 2.5cm, and 32cm with 13.5cm. Then don't forget to add seam allowance!
Does that sound as if it will work?
Love this tutorial so much, thank you so much for sharing it! <3
Made my first version yesterday and I love it! I also found a way to insert a bottom piece of cardboard without additional sewing in case anyone else like me want a ridigd bottom with minimal work =) http://www.notonlyquilts.com/2013/03/interfacing-free-storage-basket.html
Can't wait to make more in other sizes! =D
The instructions are clear and very easy to follow. I'm starting this project now.
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I think I've got it after reading a few times. It would help to identify which piece is the lining earlier. Also use location words like "the corner at the bottom", "not sewn all the way down to the base"
Thanks for this tutorial but I must be pretty stupid as I am really confused about:
"Turn the smaller one right side out, the bigger one wrong side out, and put the bigger one inside the smaller one. Match up the corners and the side seams, then stitch them together along the top edge of the smaller one."
Then you say:
"Turn the lining pieces so that their right side faces out, and slide the outer sleeve over. Stitch together (right sides together) along the top edge"
This would be impossible surely as the smaller piece is right side out and the bigger one is wrong side out so they could never be both right side out!
Is it me?
I would be really grateful if you or anyone could tell me how to do this as I would really like to make this basket but I realise this is 10 years old so I probably won't get a reply: )
Not your fault at all, it took me a while to figure out what the problem was.
"Turn the lining pieces so that their right side faces out" if you consider the lining pieces as a single unit. This does sort of require that you know what their position in the final construction is, sorry.
It should probably say something like: "Turn the lining pieces so that the right side of the bigger piece faces out."
Now I understand, thank you! I can get on with making one - or some- tomorrow. : ) Many thanks for a great tutorial - easier than the ones I have been looking at and thank you for still reading and replying to comments 10 years later!
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