Linen Fabric Basket Tutorial
If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that I love linen. Actually, I have an obsession with linen.
Therefore, I am always looking for projects in which I can use this awesome fabric. Have you seen my linen apron, linen summer top, or my linen beeswax wraps?
Well, here’s another little project: linen fabric baskets! They are not complicated to make for intermediate sewers. And you can finish them in one afternoon!
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What you need for your linen fabric baskets:
Obviously, you will need linen fabric. I love and am using this particular linen blend that is actually a tablecloth from Ikea. But you can use any linen you like – or even other fabrics! Stiffer, heavier weights are better but I’ll talk about that in a moment.
I kept my linen basket in one color but this would be fun in two-tone or two different fabrics.
Next, you might need some iron-on interfacing. If you’re using a light weight fabric such as cotton, you should use heavy-weight interfacing. Also, if you’re making a very small basket, it might stand up on its own but as you’re making them bigger, you’ll definitely want the interfacing. For thicker fabrics you can use light-weight interfacing. If you’re using a super heavy-weight fabric you might not need it.
Of course, you’ll need regular sewing supplies such as good scissors, a measuring tape, a long ruler, thread, pins, and ideally a sewing machine, even though you could theoretically sew this by hand.
How to make the linen basket:
Cutting the linen fabric:
This is how I like to start this project. I try to find a plate, bowl, or any other evenly round object that is a good size for the bottom of this round basket.
Now, using a pencil, trace the outline of this round object onto your fabric 2 times and cut it out WITH about ½ inch seam allowance.
Next, we’ll have to use some math. Don’t worry, I am not a math wizard at all. If I can figure this out, you can, too!!
We need to calculate how wide our side panels will have to be. For that, measure the diameter of your round bottom and multiply that by 3.14 (the pie number).
In my case that was 18 cm (7 inches) x 3.14 = 56.5 cm (22.2 inches). The last number is your length. To determine the height, find out how high you want your basket to be and add some if you’re like to fold it over. In my case, I went with 25 cm (9.8 inches).
So the 2 pieces that I cut were 27 cm (10.6 inches) x 58.5 cm (23 inches).
When cutting, though, always make sure to add about ½ inch seam allowance on all four sides!!
Next, cut 2 rectangular and 2 round pieces the same size as your fabric from the interfacing (confession: I didn’t have enough for the round pieces, so I didn’t do that). Iron on the interfacing according to the instructions.
Once you have ironed on the interfacing, fold the rectangular pieces exactly in half with the wrong side facing out. Mark your seam exactly where it should be and pin it in place. Sew the seams of the rectangular pieces.
This is the only tricky part of this project: attaching the round pieces to the straight pieces. With the wrong sides facing out, begin pinning the round piece of fabric to the opening of your sewn rectangular pieces (that look a bit like tunnels).
Then, carefully sew them into place. As you are sewing the bottom to the side, periodically pull the fabrics straight (this might make more sense once you actually do this). Repeat with the second set.
Turn one of your sewn pieces right side out and place it into the other piece. Make sure to align the seams – it just looks neater that way.
Pin the tops of the sides together but leave a generous opening.
Sew the pieces together, making sure to not sew the opening shut.
Now gently pull the insides of the sewn basket out. Stuff one basket into the other. Neaten the top seam and fold in the parts that you haven’t sewn yet. Pin everything in place and sew a finishing seam. And that’s it!
Ikea linen-blend table cloth: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/vardagen-tablecloth-beige-20287831/
Heavy weight interfacing: https://amzn.to/37Fux0B
Light weight interfacing: https://amzn.to/3mkQaHq
Please let me know if you have comments or questions!
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