I was inspired to make a basket/tray after browsing Harmien's blog. I walked the step in my head and came up with this simple tutorial. This piece can be washed if you remove the cardboard base.
Front fabric (optional)
Cardboard the size of the base
Ribbons (8 lengths)
Hard interface (optional)
Machine stitch the front fabric to your stitched piece, if you've given a generous allowance of linen, this step is not necessary.
This is the backing fabric stitched with a slit on one of the sides where we will slide a piece of cardboard to ensure the base is sturdy, also this allows the whole piece to be washed if so required.
With right sides together and aligned, slip the ribbons between front and back piece. Pin both the pieces together.
Again this is an optional step where if you prefer the sides to be more sturdy and upright, you'd want to iron on a piece of hard interface on all four sides of the stitched piece. Sew the piece on all four sides. Do not leave an opening for turning as we already have a slit on the backing fabric. Trim any excess fabric and the corners.
Turn it over and neaten the edges.
Slip the cardboard into the slit and into the pocket you've created with some excess fabric much like inserting a pillow into a pillowcase.
Tie ribbons together, trim if you wish.
And that's it, you have a completely washable basket/tray! :D BTW I've tea-dyed the stitched piece, it was just too white for me :)
Please feel free to leave me a comment should you have any queries, I'll answer them in my next post.
Happy weekend all!