Friday, June 14, 2013

Kona Club Challenge - Quilted Fabric Basket by Tabatha @ Bending Pins

Tabatha  from Bending Pins took the Kona Club Challenge this month. Tabatha used the colors we sent out in September 2012 for Kona Club and made this fun and useful Quilted Fabric Basket. Make one of these to store all your sewing supplies and pretty up your home using this great tutorial! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the fat quarters used in this project! 

Quilted Fabric Basket


Tabatha & Cookie
I started sewing clothes as a teen, as many did in home ec class then attended Champlain College and the Ottawa School of Art in the fine arts of painting, printing and sculpting. My mother taught arts and crafts at our local summer camp, and taught me how to knit and crochet. My father is also very crafty, his main passion is wood working but has also dabbled in stained glass and leather work. I'm the only child of three who has inherited my parent's love of creating. Quilting is a relatively new passion which started a year and a half ago, following in the footsteps of my paternal grandmother, who was, in my opinion, a master quilter. I can only hope to live up to her talents one day.

Baskets can be used for a plethora of tasks, I like to use mine to transport items that need hand finishing from my sewing room in the basement, to the living room on the main floor, where I can hand sew while watching T.V. I also use my quilted baskets to hold magazines or even so that items in my car don't roll around or get lost.
For this example, I used 5 log cabin blocks 10 & 1/2” x 10 & 1/2” and 5 improv blocks. You can use any 5 quilt blocks you like or simply cut 10 pieces of fabric, 5 pieces for the exterior and 5 pieces for the interior.





** PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE CUTTING FABRIC AND SEWING **
(Once you know how this goes together, you may wish to change your fabric and there are construction options.)


You will need:

Supplies: 

Exterior Fabric (or quilt blocks) Interior Fabric Quilt Batting (I used cotton) Quilting Ruler Rotary Cutter & Mat Sewing Machine & Thread Scissors

Fabric:
  • 5 quilt blocks measuring 10 & 1/2” x 10 & 1/2” for the exterior.
    I made mine with Kona Cotton - Citrus, Mulberry, Kumquat, Turquoise and Eggshell
  • (~ OR ~ 5 pieces of exterior fabric measuring 10 & 1/2” x 10 & 1/2”)
  • 5 pieces of fabric 10 & 1/2” x 10 & 1/2” for the interior
  • 10 pieces of cotton batting 10” x 10”
  • 50” x 2 & 1/2” (non-biased) binding

Instructions:

1. Lay your 10 & 1/2” x 10 & 1/2” blocks out in a cross formation and, with right sides together using a 1/4” seam, sew each arm onto the center block.

Blocks

Press seams open.

Blocks Sewn


Trace onto Batting



2. You can cut your batting in 2 ways:

a) Placed your sewn blocks onto the batting and traced around them. Then draw a second line 1/4” in from your original line and cut out the batting.
b) Cut out 5 separate pieces of batting 10” x 10” and pin or spray baste leaving 1/4” seam allowance on outer sides. You can cut muslin to complete the quilt sandwich, this will help your basket be a little more stiff and stand up.



Quilted


3. Quilt your basket any way you like. Since I haven't free motion quilted in a long time I decided to have some fun and quilted a different pattern on each side. Sadly I'm quite rusty and need more practice!


4. Fold your piece in half right sides together, so that your middle square is folded on the diagonal and the attached squares match up and should look like this:

Sides 1 copy

Sew a 1/4” seam on the outer edges only. 

 5. Open basket and fold in the opposite direction, sew the outer edges only.


Sides 2


Turn inside out and you have one basket complete! 

 6. Repeat steps 1 to 5 to make the interior of your basket. You may choose to quilt the interior of your basket as well but if you don't, make sure a bit of the batting is caught in the side seams so it doesn't slouch down inside when your basket is complete. Quilting the interior of your basket will make it a little more stiff.

7. Optional: to make your basket even more ridged, you may opt to cut 5 pieces of firm, thin stiff foam to insert between the outer shell and lining. 

8. With wrong sides together, slip your interior into your exterior basket. Baste together using a 1/8" seam.

9. Here's a quick and easy way of attaching your binding (bias or not) to your quilt: Press all your binding in half length ways. To join binding pieces on a bias, take one strip, open and match lower corner to meet opposite edge creating a triangle, press. Run a thin bead of Elmer's School Glue close to the folded edge.


Binding-Fold


Open a second piece of binding and lay on top of first piece overlapping sightly, press to set glue.
Center folds and edges should all match.


Binding-Overlap


 Unfold and sew along crease.

Binding-Sew

Binding-Open
 

***BEFORE TRIMMING*** this is a little hard to explain but I'll do my best. If you look at the photo above, you need to separate the fabric to the right of the needle after sewing. Glue will have seeped into the seam allowance so you need to release it from the fabric in order to press your seams open. The beauty of Elmer's School Glue is that it's non-toxic and completely washable/soluble with water!


Binding-Pressed Open


Once you've sewn all your binding together, re-press in half to make flat (do not make a second fold). Starting 1/4" - 1/2" from the end of one side, align the raw edges of your basket with the raw edges of your binding & pin or glue if required. Sew binding on 3 sides of basket ending 1/4" - 1/2" from the beginning of the first side. Lay your basket flat on your ironing board with the binding face up, open and extend one side of your binding. Fold the binding end over onto itself leaving 5" between the end of your sewing and fold, press.


Binding-attached-fold



Match the crease you just created with the edge of your binding with the edge of the binding, run a thin bead of glue close to the folded edge.


Binding-attached-matchcrease copy


Align binding so that it is flat and even with raw edge of basket. Overlap other end of binding so that it lays flat and raw edges are even with raw edges of basket. Press to set glue.

Binding-attached-overlay


Open overlapped binding and press again. Ensure you have a good bond between the two bindings. It's awkward sewing so the glue really aids in keeping the pieces together without shifting. Unfold binding and sew on crease.


Binding-attached-Open


 Before trimming tails, ensure your binding is neither too long nor too short. Trim tails.

Binding-attached-trim
 

 Refold binding, press and complete sewing   

Binding-attached-sew


Press binding away from basket, fold over raw edge and attach to the other side so all raw edges are enclosed by binding. Secure binding using a zig-zag stitch, straight stitch or hand sewing.

And you're done! 


Hand Sewn Binding



Giveaway!

You could win 4 fat quarters of the Kona Cotton Solids Tabatha used to make her Quilted Basket! 
Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win.

Tabatha chose the colors we sent out in September 2012 to our Kona Club Members!

If you are no-reply blogger please leave your email id in the post.
We will leave the giveaway open till Tuesday June 18th, 2013.
Winner will be announced Wednesday, June 19th.
Good luck everybody and enjoy making your very own Quilted Basket! 

70 comments:

KaHolly said...

Cute basket! One can never have enough!

Lisa in Port Hope said...

Thanks for the great tips! I need to make a basket to hold washcloths in the bathroom, this should work well.
ljridge4511 (at) Gmail ( dot) com

M-R Charbonneau said...

Fantastic basket, Tabatha! What a great use of those colours. Great job with the tutorial too.

elle said...

What a wonderful basket! Very clear and well documented tutorial! thanks

Maartje Quilt said...

What a nice colors! I love the basket and will certainly sew one for my daughters. Your tutorial is so clear, that will help a lot. Thanks.

Maartje Quilt said...

What a beautiful basket with those nice, cheerful colors. Thanks to your clear tutorial I can sew baskets for my daughter! Thank you very much

coryna blasko said...

What a great tutorial, Tabatha!
Nice clear photographs and well written instructions.
Love the crisp and vibrant colour choice too!
I am definitely inspired to make one (or more) of these baskets.
Thank you for providing this lesson. Kindest regards, Coryna

sharpie said...

Fun fun! Thanks for the chance!

alli b said...

Great tutorial. I have been putting off making a fabric basket for ages because I couldn't quite figure them out. Now I have no more excuses with your straight forward instructions.
Just need to pull my fabrics now and make a fabric box for my daughters toys.
Thanks for the giveaway as well.
allisonbright{at}gmail{dot}com

BaggyQueen said...

Thank-You so much. Great tutorial.

Debbie Rogowski said...

I love this basket, it just seems better than most I've seen. Thank you!

Regina said...

Love the tute and the results. One can never have too many solids. Pick me, Pick me!

BizyStitches said...

Love the box/basket. It can be used for so many things. Thanks for adding all the pictures.

Deanna said...

Love how you've quilted over the solids in white. At first I thought you had used some printed fabrics, but you didn't! The quilting completely changed the look of the solids.

vwlady said...

Very cute! I can see making this for my grand-daughter to keep her "treasures" in! Thanks for the tutorial & chance to win.

lbk said...

Such a colourful and useful basket. You are a very talented lady! Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! =)

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giddy99 said...

Love the basket, and how each side is quilted differently! :)

Heather said...

This is a useful project and a great way to practise machine quilting designs. Thanks

Linda said...

HI! HOW NEAT IS THIS BASKET!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING INSPIRATION+A GREAT GIVEAWAY TOO!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Heather said...

love the little basket! It'll be a perfect way for me to work on my free motion quilting.

Shelley said...

Love this Idea!!

Sara said...

Love the color selection! I have many baskets and love having another idea. fantastic!

Carla G said...

Thank you for the great tutorial for the basket!! :) And thanks for the a chance to win the fabric too! :)

Colleen said...

Thank you for the tutorial - great explanation for the binding, that will be useful for all my bindings. And, the basket is something I plan to try.

Margaret said...

What a beautiful basket and great tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win

Cecilia said...

Thank you for the great instructions for your beautiful basket. I will definitely have to make some.

roxanne said...

I love the basket!! I'll try it.
Thanks for the giveaway, too!

Sallie said...

Cute basket - I love solids! Thanks for the giveaway!

Nancy said...

Awesome tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win.

:)

CLS said...

What am awesome project!!!

Lolly Challice said...

I love Sew Sisters and Kona cottons!

shemie said...

might just have to try this project ;-)

Karrie Smith said...

I love the basket! Thanks for the chance to win so I can make it's twin!

Magsie said...

I love this idea. I usually buy baskets to put my fabrics, or scraps in.
Now I have to try making my own baskets. I love the Kona fabrics.

fiberchick said...

LOVE IT!!!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Love these baskets! And would some wonderful solids to make them! Thanks!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Love these baskets! And would some wonderful solids to make them! Thanks!

teachpany said...

Really cute! Thanks.

barbara woods said...

thanks for the chance

Mary Maxwell said...

Thank you for the basket pattern and inspiration. Can't wait to try it out. Also thanks for the giveaway.

Anita E. said...

Now ain't that something!

Kathy Elamon said...

What a cute idea and great way to throw scraps in while cutting!

Kathy Elamon said...

What a cute idea. Perfect for throwing your scraps in while cutting!

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Great tutorial and lovely baskets!

Mimi said...

Love the modern look!!! Thanks for all the great tips and tutorial!

Cindy said...

What an awesome basket. I love how it looks quilted too. Great idea.

Janarama said...

Thank you for the great tutorial. Love the basket.

ELIZABETH CROSS said...

A cute Idea , something my granddaughter could make for herself, she might even use it for her own fat quarter collection.

Emily C said...

Beautiful blocks. Love how simple this basket is to make. And so easy to substitute any block you want.

Maureen said...

What a sweet basket! Great tutorial as well. Thanks for the chance at the give-away.
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

Gill said...

Great basket! I shall definitely be making one (or more!)

heart of charnwood said...

Great tute Tabatha, as always :o)

Glenda said...

Very oretty and I love the colors this is done in.

Helen Bazinet said...

Great job on the information on the sewing of the project. Love the brights, would love some.

Kelly T said...

Great tutorial - I just have to make some baskets now. Thanks for the opportunity!

B Greene said...

What a great project - thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

BaggyQueen said...

Love Kona Cottons.Thanks for the great tutorial.

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Angela said...

Lovely baskets - will have to try making them.

Amanda Rose said...

What a beautiful tutorial! I've made a few smaller ones before.

Amanda Rose
http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com
amandarosecochrane@gmail.com

Kathy Boice said...

Cute baskets for our quilting "stuff". If you cannot reach me by the google account, then try midwayfarms@huges.net

hthnoord said...

Looks so easy! Great instructions. Thank you for sharing.

yklynne said...

What a great idea. Love the colours too!
yklynne@me.com

Liz said...

Looks wondeful! Love the bright colours.

Julie Vanderhoek said...

Wonderful tutorial! This will be fun for my group!! I think it would work using a layer cake and just adjust the batting size! How easy! Thank you!!!!

terry ellis said...

What a great basket. Your tutorial looks really easy to follow. Thanks

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haddie said...

WOW that's great thanks for the tips and tutorial....

Sew Gramy Sew said...

I know the winner is already picked, but I just wanted to say that I am going to save this pattern to do at a later time. Thanks for sharing.