Saturday, August 04, 2007

Basket/Tray Tutorial

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.

You'll need:

Stitched piece
Front fabric (optional)
Backing fabric
Cardboard the size of the base
Ribbons (8 lengths)
Hard interface (optional)

Step 1

Machine stitch the front fabric to your stitched piece, if you've given a generous allowance of linen, this step is not necessary.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

With right sides together and aligned, slip the ribbons between front and back piece. Pin both the pieces together.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Turn it over and neaten the edges.

Step 6

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!


  1. Wonderful tutorial!
    The cardboard idea is one that I thought I'd do if I ever chose to do one too. Great job!

  2. How lovely, and thanks for the tutorial ;)

  3. This is such a lovely finish! Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. That looks really clever. Much too difficult for me though as I don't own a machine. xx

  5. This is great! The basket looks wonderful and thanks for the tutorial.

  6. That sounds quite easy and definitely looks beautiful.

  7. Anonymous10:47 am

    Nice tutorial! Thank you :)

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  9. Great tutorial, BJ. Must try to make one, one of these days.....

  10. Another great finish with a wonderufl idea. Thanks for the tutorial but looks a little complicated to me.

  11. What a very beutifuk basket!!I love this design,too.And I could understand how to make it!Thank you!!

  12. Anonymous5:45 pm

    Fantastic tutorial, Barbara! Very clever using that cardboard base, must try that next time! Glad I was able to provide a little inspiration... :o)

  13. Congratulations to the lovely basket and thank you for the description how to do one.

    Ulla in the north of Sweden

  14. Anonymous2:10 am

    Wonderful! Thanks Barbara, I'll add it to the list on the finishing blog :)

  15. You have been stitching so many lovely things Barbara - I'm sure you have made the recipients very happy with your wonderful gifts.

    Love this basket and thank you for your great tutorial. Now that is something I'm really going to have to try.

  16. Thank you for this tutorial, I've been wondering how to make one of these.

  17. Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm pretty lousy with sewing machine but will give a try.

  18. I received one of these baskets as an exchange and loved it. I am so glad that you put this tutorial together and really like the idea of the cardboard insert.
    Thanks so much, I look forward to trying this out!

  19. I made one of these using your tutorial (which is fantastic without it I'd never be able to make it!) I even used Amitie to do it but I have a question, how do you keep your fabric (stitched piece) from puckering?