Here is guest post from my friend Vivian. We used to work in the newspaper business together and she has moved on and opened Avenue fabric studio in Victoria, B.C.
I used to be terrified to get behind a sewing machine, but Vivian has helped me through my fear and taught me the basics and even how to hem my jeans.
I hope you enjoy her post. Here it is:
DIY Easter Basket
Why spend money on an Easter basket when you can make a beautiful and practical one from fabric for less than a toonie?
I made several of these for an Easter window display in my shop. I also made some without handles for two of our 12-year-old girl students. Without handles the baskets can hold make-up, combs, whatever you want.
Here’s what you need:
.25 metre fabric by 45 inches (45 inches or 115 cm is a standard fabric width)
.25 metre fusible interfacing
For bottom: Cut 2 circles, 6” in diameter from fabric. I used a bowl as template.
Cut 2 circles slightly smaller, say 5.5” in diameter from interfacing
For sides: Cut two pieces 6” wide by 18” long from fabric
Cut the same from interfacing, but again, slightly smaller.
For handle: Cut two pieces 4” wide by 10” long from fabric. (I forgot to put this piece in the photo!)
Cut the same 4X10 pieces from interfacing, but again slightly smaller.
If you don’t have a bowl exactly 6” in diameter but have something else round but smaller or larger the trick is to cut the sides 3 times the diameter of the circle. Mathematically, it should be 3.14 but I find 3 works just as well.
Using a hot iron on steam and with a damp cloth, press the rough side of the interfacing to the wrong side of the pieces. (With fabric the wrong side is the plain side.) Do each one! Press for 15 seconds, lift, and press again. If your cloth gets dry, wet it again.
Fold the ends of the two individual side pieces together and sew a ½ inch seam along the edge.
You are not sewing the two sides as one at this point! You are sewing the two side pieces to make two tubes.
Pin round bottoms to two tubes you’ve made from the sides.
Sew the bottoms to the sides – individually.
If the side piece ends up being a bit bigger than the circle don’t worry about it, just tuck it in to make a slight pucker and sew over it as you sew the circles to the sides.
Sewing circles to the sides is tricky because as you sew you hold the fabric with your left hand and are constantly guiding the fabric with your right. But you can do it!
Fold the lengthwise edges of the handle over ¼ inch on both edges of both pieces.
Once the edges are pressed under place and pin the two handle pieces together, wrong sides together.
Sew a seam down each length to create the handle. Don’t worry about the end of the pieces as that will be hidden in the basket.
Pin the handle on opposite sides of one of the side/bottom pieces, with the handle tucked around the bottom of the piece.
Tuck one side/bottom/handle piece inside another side/bottom piece, right sides together. Pin and then sew around the top of the basket, leaving a 3” space to turn the basket inside out. Once sewn and turned inside out and with one side bottom inside the other (this makes it a lined basket) either hand stitch or machine stitch the opening closed.
Avenue fabric studio is at 108, 1841 Oak Bay Ave. Victoria, avenuefabricstudio.com, 250.590.4254.
You can buy fabric, sew by the hour, or take a workshop at avenue fabric studio.