Well, let's get started!
First of all what you will need:
1 fat quarters of fabric
1/3 yard of another fabric (which will include fabric for binding)
batting, can be scraps
pattern (can be found on the right side of this page under 'Links to my patterns') you will need to make two copies for a couple of pieces overlap
All seams are sewn with 1/4 inch seam allowance.
You will need to cut out the following pattern pieces of each fat quarter and batting:
Now put together the outside fabric with the batting like this:
|To sew the next diamond to the triangle you will need to set it up like this (above) and sew along the edge.|
|It will look like this|
|When all are sewed together it will look like this.|
|Fold the length in half and sew the last triangle to the first diamond.|
|It will look like a crown.|
Now, you will add the bottom square. Match up the points of the square to the seams where the triangles are sewn to the diamonds. Keep the straight of the square to the straight of the triangles.
|Sew from point to point turning your work with the needle down at the next point.|
Now you should have something like this:
Do the above directions for the lining:
Now you have two pieces, the outside of the basket and the lining ready to be put together.
|Put the lining inside the shell.|
|Match up the points and valleys (inverted points).|
|Cut fabric strips for binding|
|Fold in half with wrong sides together.|
|Sew to the point. Stop at the point with the needle down.|
|With needle in the down position pivot your work to follow the next edge.|
|Sew to the inverted ("valley") and put needle down again and pivot to go "up" the next diamond.|
|Pin where the two actually meet|
|Sew together in a straight line.|
|Trim off excess.|
|Again, fold in half with wrong sides together and sew in place to the basket.|
|Now the first step of adding binding is done.|
|Fold binding over the edge and hand stitch down.|
|As you do make sure to shape points at the top of each diamond.|
Measure from one inverted point (valley) to the one on the opposite side, adding inches to make the length you desire. Cut fabric this length by three inches wide.
Cut batting the same length by 3/4 inches wide.
|Fold one side to the center.|
|And then the other side, but folding raw edge under.|
|Pin in place|
|Sew with decorative stitch on each side or just with a straight stitch down along the edge.|
|Place right side of the handle to the inside of the basket just below the edge at the binding seam. Stitch across.|
|I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! Make some for any holiday with any fabric.|
By the way! I nearly forgot to mention that if you would like to bind your basket like I did in the very first picture with the blue binding. You will finish this way (I am sorry I do not have pictures, so I hope you can understand the following.): Layer each piece for the diamonds, triangle, squares together; wrong sides of fabric together with the batting in the middle. Follow the part of the tutorial that sews the triangles and diamonds together but sew all layers to the outside. Do the same for the bottom square. Make binding––you will have to make it very long--cut several pieces and sew them end to end. Fold in half length-wise, wrong side together. Sew the sides first starting at the top to the bottom of each angle. Fold binding over the edge and hand stitch down. Now do the square bottom and then the top edge. Again fold the binding over the edge and hand stitch down.
If you have any questions please ask. Write me to the email address in the "About me" section. Thank you for reading. I hope you make this basket and have fun with it.
I will be putting up another tutorial soon!! God bless!