Spring is here and that means a bit of organizing is in order. Let’s talk about a pretty storage solution!
I figure if I have to look at something everyday I want it to add to the loveliness in my home. There is no need for bulky plastic storage containers to be anywhere in sight when you have this burlap basket tutorial! Not only will you sew up some adorable storage solutions, but you can tackle this project as a beginner on the sewing machine.
Create a farmhouse style using the burlap and gingham fabrics, or personalize these with your own fun fabric choices. These baskets are “mid-range” on the sturdiness scale, so use them to contain light to medium weight items.
Let me show you how to do it!
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You can either follow along with the tutorial below, or you can download the BURLAP BASKET TUTORIAL PDF.
GATHER YOUR MATERIALS: ½ yard burlap, ½ yard gingham or other coordinating fabric (quilting cotton works well), ½ yard Pellon 809 Décor Bond Interfacing, thread, sewing machine, basic sewing supplies
CUT LIST: From Burlap cut: Two 14” X 8-1/2” pieces
From Gingham cut: Two 14” X 2-1/2” pieces, two 14” X 10-1/2” pieces
From Interfacing cut: Four 14” X 10-1/2” pieces
PLEASE NOTE THAT I DOUBLE-SEWED ALL OF MY SEAMS ON THIS PROJECT TO ADD STABILITY. I SUGGEST THAT YOU DO THE SAME.
Cut all of your pieces as shown in the CUT LIST above:
Pin and sew one burlap piece (14” X 8-1/2”) to one gingham piece (14” X 2-1/2”) together along one long side using a ¼” seam. Do both sets of same-sized pieces like this:
Iron those pieces open along the seams:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE PIECES SHOULD MEASURE THE SAME AS YOUR CUT GINGHAM PIECES (14” X 10-1/2”). TRIM DOWN TO SIZE IF NEEDED. YOU WILL HAVE FOUR PIECES OF THE SAME SIZE.
STEP FOUR AND FIVE :
Iron the interfacing on the wrong side of these four pieces. Be sure to have the “shiny” side of the interfacing towards your fabric, or you will stick the interfacing to your iron. Pay attention! Cut out 3-1/2” squares from each bottom corner of your interfaced pieces, as shown:
Turn your two gingham pieces right sides together and pin along three sides as shown. You will repeat this step with your burlap pieces as well. ON THE GINGHAM PIECES, LEAVE A 4” OPENING FOR TURNING AS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE. You need to leave this space for turning your basket right side out. Sew to the edges on the three pinned sides (using a ¼” seam) except for that one section.:
Take your open bottom corners and stretch them open and pin into place. Sew together using a ¼” seam. This creates the “bottom” of your basket. The picture below will give you some guidance:
Turn your burlap/gingham piece right side out. Leave the gingham piece as is:
Stuff the burlap/gingham piece into the gingham piece, as shown:
Pin along the whole top edge:
Sew along that top edge using a ¼” seam:
Your basket will look like this when you are done sewing the top edge:
At the bottom of the basket you will find that opening that you left unsewn. Pull the right side of the bag through that hole until it is completely turned through:
Whipstitch the opening closed. Stuff the gingham part of the basket into the burlap/gingham part until it fits nicely:
Topstitch 1/4″ seam along that top edge to add some sturdiness to your basket.
VOILA! You are done with your basket!
Storage solutions do not need to be something to hide. In fact we can create lovely spaces in our home with creatively made containers and baskets that draw the eye and add cuteness.
My hope is that you enjoyed this burlap basket tutorial. Please email me with any questions or comments!