How to sew a DIY Fabric Basket or Fabric Tray

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Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Learn how to make these wonderful fabric baskets or fabric trays by watching our video. You can keep reading also for written instructions.

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This is a quick and easy sewing project and would be great for teaching kids to sew. These can be made in various sizes and either in square or rectangle shape.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

We used kam snaps in the corners to make the basket/tray shape. The snaps add a bit of decor to your fabric baskets.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Pick out two of your favorite fat quarters and make a basket today!

What you will need:

* 2 Fat Quarters
* Pellon 808 Craft Fuse (or similar)
* Kam Snaps
* Kam Snap Pliers

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

For this project, you will need to cut two pieces from the fat quarters and one piece of pellon. Please see size chart below for cutting sizes.

For the 6" x 6" x 2" (depth) tray (15 cm x 15 cm x 5 cm), cut your fabric 10.5" x 10.5" (26.5 cm x 26.5 cm).

For the 4" x 10" x 1.5" (depth) tray (10 cm x 25.5 cm x 4 cm), cut your fabric 7" x 13" (18 cm x 33 cm).

For the 8" x 8" x 3" (depth) tray (20.5 cm x 20.5 cm x 7.5 cm), cut your fabric 14.5" x 14.5" (37 cm x 37 cm).

To make a basket your own size, just take the size of your finished basket (ie. 5" x 9" x 2" finished size), add the depth of the box to each direction twice and then add a half inch for the seam allowances. So, for the 5" x 9" x 2" we add 5" + 2" + 2" + .5 = 9.5". Then we add 9" + 2" + 2" + .5" = 13.5 " so we would cut the fabric at 9.5" x 13.5" to make the 5" x 9" x 2" deep basket.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Fuze the pellon to the back of the wrong side of the outer fabric following the manufacturers instructions.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Place the fabrics right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam all the way around leaving a 3" - 4" (8 cm - 10 cm) opening along one side.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Don't forget to leave the opening.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Turn the fabrics through the opening, pushing out the corners to get nice pointed corners. Iron flat and turn in the raw edges where the opening is.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

The edges are folded in.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Sew a topstitch about 1/8" from the edge around the fabric. Sew over the folded in edges where the opening is to close the opening.

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Install the Kam Snaps on each corner. Fold the fabric in half so it's a triangle. Measure from the point to the depth of your basket and place a pin to mark. Using the pointed part of the snap, make a mark where you want to put the snap.

The pointed tool which comes with the Kam Snap Pliers can be used to make a hole in the fabric where you want to install the kam snap. From the outside put the pointed part of the snap into the fabric and then install the kam snap with the pliers.

Install all of the snaps on the corners. You will need one set of snaps at each corner (two caps, 1 socket and 1 stud).

To learn how to install the Kam Snaps, watch our video available here:

Fabric Basket, Fabric Tray

Snap each corner and then iron the bottom edges to get a crisp edge. Your fabric basket or fabric tray is complete!

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