One of our most popular sewing tutorials, is our Gathered Round Basket. The little fabric basket is a fun scrap buster project. The baskets can be used for all sorts of things - for holding supplies in the craft room; storing items in a bathroom or bedroom; holding stationery supplies; and for packaging gifts.
We have had a number of requests to make the Gathered Round Basket in different sizes. Here it is in three sizes - they nest inside each other when not in use.
For each basket you need three circles, consisting of:
- outer fabric
- fusible wadding, such as parlan or pellon
- lining fabric
plus a rectangular strip for binding, that is 2 1/4 inches in width.
We used fabrics from the Pirouette range, by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit from XO Gigi Fabrics.
Small Basket - cut the circles with a 6 inch diameter; binding strip 2 1/4 inches x 12 inches.
Medium Basket - cut the circles with an 8 inch diameter; binding strip 2 1/4 inches x 14 inches.
Large Basket - cut the circles with a 10 inch diameter; binding strip 2 1/4 inches x 18 inches.
To construct the baskets, follow the instructions in our original tutorial .
When gathering up the basket, the small basket should have a circumference of 10 inches (i.e. all around the outside of the basket); the medium basket a circumference of 12 inches; and the large basket a circumference of 16 inches.
The little baskets are fun to make and are so useful. With Easter around the corner, they would look great filled with chocolate eggs.
For complete instructions, follow our Gathered Round Basket Tutorial.
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