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Fabric storage basket (John Scott’s Sewing World episode 1)

John Scott – 03/03/20

Did you manage to catch the first episode of John Scott’s Sewing World? If you did, you would’ve seen the beautiful fabric storage basket, and with this project, you’ll be able to recreate it! It’ll make the perfect piece of storage for your craft room, so try it out! It would also be ideal in an office or to give as a gift.

You will need:

  • Fat quarter of fabric
  • One contrasting fat quarter for the lining
  • Fat quarter of Threaders fusible fleece
  • 1m of either lace, ric-rac or crochet trim
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic sewing kit

Step 1

Cut out:

  • 5 x 6.5″ squares of the outside fabric
  • 5 x 6.5″ squares of fleece
  • 5 x 61/4 inch square of co-ordinating fabric for the lining

Step 2

Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of all your outside squares. Making sure your fabric is the right way up, lay out four of the squares in a row. Using a 0.25″ seam and with right sides together and raw edges even, sew together adjacent pieces along the side edge from the top to about 1/4” from the bottom of the side. Join the first and the last squares together in the same way. Press the seams open. These will form the sides of your cube.

Step 3

With right sides together and raw edges even, pin the last square to the bottom edges of the cube sides. Stitch all the way round, pivoting with the needle down at the corners. The unstitched part at the bottom of each side seam will open to fit the base at each corner.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the lining without adding the fleece. Leave a 3″ gap in one of the lining sides for turning through.

Step 5

With right sides together, place the outside panels inside the lining. Match up the seams and stitch all the way round the top edge. Turn through to the right side using the gap in the lining. Hand stitch the gap in the lining closed.

Step 6

Add lace or ric-rac trim at this point. Sew the trim in place about 1/8″ down from the top edge.

Tip: these can be made in a variety of sizes by adjusting the size of the square.