My kids are messy. I can spend a day tidying, then within 5 minutes of them being in the house they’ve brought half their toys down and spread them across the floor then abandoned them 5 minutes after that. Because they hate me. So I stack them all up in little piles on the stairs to go back to their rooms whenever anyone is going upstairs (you’ll regularly hear my shout “TAKE your pile!!!!!” as they pound up for more crap). I thought I’d make some cute little baskets for them, so instead of taking a pile they can take their baskets back. And they look much nicer than piles of toys. It was a great concept. Except for one flaw. They now use these baskets to bring down even more toys than they could carry before. FFS.
But I do like them, and they were easy and very quick to make. I’m going to make more to store all my wool and fabric bits in. Wanna make one too? Read on friend!
You will need:
- 1 piece of 70cm x 45cm mint cotton canvas
- 1 piece of 70cm x 45cm yellow cotton canvas for lining
- 2 pieces of 30cm x 8cm yellow cotton canvas for handles
- 1 piece of 70cm x 45cm heavy weight fusible interface
1. Iron the interfacing to the reverse of the main fabric. Fold both the inner and outer fabric in half across the width, right sides facing, to create 2 rectangles measuring 35cm x 45cm. Pin along the narrow edges and sew with a 1cm seam allowance.
2. press out the seams. Fold the fabric so that one of the seams is in the centre, with the corner pointing out into a triangle. Make sure the seam is exactly in the centre. Measure 10cm up from the corner, along the seam and draw a line in pencil across the corner. Pin and sew along the line. Repeat for each corner on the lining and outer pieces.
3. Fold the sewn corners under so that they meet at their points. Pin and sew along the centre of the seam to secure the points to the base of the basket – you can cut them off if you prefer but this adds strength to the base.
4. Fold the handle pieces along the length, right sides together. Pin and sew along the long edge with a 1cm seam allowance. Turn out.
5. Turn the outer fabric the right way out and find the centre along the edge, between the seams. Mark with pencil. Mark again 6cm either side of this point and pin the ends of the handle at this point, with the edges of the fabric lined up . Repeat for the other side of the basket. Sew along the edge to scure in place.
6. Now place the outer piece inside the inner piece, with right sides together. Pin and sew all the way along the top edge with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving an 8cm gap for turning.
7. Turn the bag the right way out and insert the lining.
8. Now pull the lining up a little so that it creates a 2cm wide border around the top of the bag. Press, pin, then sew around the top.
And with that, your work here is done! Go and fill it with all your goodies.