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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern


Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern
 This cute basket and tray combination is perfect for on your side table, in your sewing workspace, or for gift giving. Both projects utilize a fun curved dart for construction and are quick and simple to make. Customize to your heart’s desire with patchwork, appliqué or hand stitching!


Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern
 Approx. Finished Dimensions:
Tray: 8” x 6” x 2-1/2” tall, Basket: 10” x 10” x 4-1/4” tall

Notes Before You Begin
- Read through all of the instructions before beginning.
- All of the seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise noted.
- Press seam allowances open unless otherwise noted.
- Width of fabric (WOF) is equal to at least 42” wide.
- Right sides together has been abbreviated to RST.
- Remember to measure twice and cut once!

Cutting Instructions 
From Fabric A, cut:
one 15” square for Basket
one 8-1/2” x 11” rectangle for Tray
From Fabric B, cut:
one 15” square for Basket
one 8-1/2” x 11” rectangle for Tray
From Fabric C, cut:
one 2” x 27” for tray binding
one 2” x 37” for basket binding
From stiff interfacing:
one 15” square for Basket
one 8-1/2” x 11” rectangle for Tray
From medium-weight interfacing:
one 15” square for Basket
one 8-1/2” x 11” rectangle for Tray
From leather (non-fraying faux leather):
two 1” x 4” rectangles for tray tabs
two 3/4 ” x 8-1/2 ” for basket handles

Instructions
Prepare: Make Binding
1. Fold binding strip in half lengthwise WST. Open and press raw edges to center crease (or
use bias tape maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions). I fi nd that spray starch works great for nice crisp edges.
 2. Fold in half again and press. Now you’ll have 1/2”-wide double fold binding!
Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern
 Step 1: Prepare Pieces
1. Using dart templates, trace darts onto wrong side of each corner of each piece on non-
fusible side of interfacing pieces.

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern
 2. Cut out darts from both the mid-weight and stiff interfacing pieces.
Dart Template

align Dart Template to each corner

Step 2: Fuse Interfacing
1. Fuse stiff interfacing to wrong side of lining pieces.
2. Fuse medium-weight interfacing to wrong side of exterior pieces.
Step 3: Sew Darts
1. To sew darts, fold the fabric RST at each corner, aligning interfacing.
Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern
 2. Sew along next to interfacing being sure to backstitch at beginning and end of dart. You’ll be sewing right next to the interfacing, but not through it. Repeat for all other darts.
3. Trim dart seam allowance to 1/2”. Carefully clip into the point of each dart with a sharp scissors up to, but not through, the stitches. Press seams open.
Step 4: Assemble & Bind
1. Turn exterior piece right side out.
2. Place assembled lining into assembled exterior, WST. Clip together with binder clips. It will take a bit of fi nessing to getting the top edge of the lining and exterior to align. Use your fi ngers to press the curved darts of the lining in to meet the darts of the exterior.
3. Unfold binding and align long raw edge with top of tray/basket, right side of binding RST with tray/basket lining. Fold over short end of binding to the wrong side by 1/2” and fi nger-press in place. Align folded end near one corner seam and pin binding in place.

Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern
 TIP: I typically only pin at the starting point when sewing on the binding and not anywhere else. I fi nd that it’s easier to adjust the binding as I go along without the use of more pins or clips.

4. Sew binding in place along top edge of tray/basket by sewing along the fi rst crease of binding. Overlap binding when you reach the starting point, trim any excess binding.
5. Refold binding over top raw tray/basket edge, wrapping over to tray/basket exterior. Press binding in place, just covering previous stitching, and pin in place. Sew binding in place by hand using a hidden stitch.
Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern
 Step 5: Install Leather Tabs/handles
1. Punch holes in each end of leather piece with leather hole punch. Punch hole in tray/
basket sides. Note: Basket handles were attached 2” from each corner seam. Tray tabs were installed centered on both of tray’s shortest sides.
2. Install rivets per manufacturer’s instructions.

Templates
Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern
Copyright 2016, Robert Kaufman
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Bag Basket Tutorial and Pattern


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