Today I want to share my experience with making tiny treasure baskets from a free pattern by Noodlehead. When I came across the idea I was immediately hooked and totally convinced that I need one. Or two. Or maybe even more. I think one of the main take aways is that you have to work very precise, cut the interfacings and fabrics as neat as possible. That way you will avoid inaccuracies at a later point and hence endless frustration. Believe me. I was there.
The pattern is made for the US market and suggests interfacings from the company Pellon, which is not available in Europe. It somehow remains unclear to me what type of Vlieseline interfacing is comparable to Pellon. Nonetheless I chose
Vlieseline S520 as heavyweight fusible interfacing and Vlieseline H250 as medium-weight fusible interfacing. You further need cotton fabric of your choice. Be sure to chose fabrics that are not too lightweight. And binder clips. A lot of them.
In a first step cut the heavy interfacings in a square by 38 x 38 cm and trace dart templates to each corner. Cut them out. I am usually a bit lazy when there is a way to make things more effective. This time I realised that you can easily use the cut heavy interfacing as template for the lighter interfacing by tracing around it. Fuse the interfacings on the wrong side of the exterior and interior fabric, respectively. Be sure to iron carefully and complete. Especially at the corners of the trace darts. If the interfacing is not fully fused to the fabric it will stick out later and will create poor corners.
By turning the exterior fabric with the heavy interfacing insight out it may help to clip the corners together. Even after carefully fusing the interfacing to the fabric it happens that they separate during the process. Start turning from the bottom and continue to the edges. Placing the assembled lining into the assembled exterior is probably one of the trickiest things to do. Honestly I don’t have a brilliant advice on how to align the top edges and corners in the most efficient way. Simply use your fingers and press the corners together. Use binder clips. It happened to me that even after cutting accurate the inlays didn’t fit and one side was a few millimetre longer than the exterior fabric. I solved the problem by folding the fabric carefully at one corner.
There are two ways on how to align the binding to the basket:
1) One way is as described in the instructions by preparing a binding, unfolding it again and sewing it along the first crease to the basket lining. After bringing it in place the binding will be folded over the top raw edge and wrapped over the basket exterior. The seam will be closed by using a hidden stitch.
2) I chose to cut a 5 cm wide stripe without making a binder. In a second step I sew it to the interior fabric by placing the needle of the sewing machine in 1,25 cm distance to the raw edge. That way you don’t need to sew along the crease, which can be poorly visible with some fabrics. After that simply fold it over the edge, wrap it on the other site and press the stripe in place just covering the previous stitching. Close with a hidden stitch.
What you need is patience and the ability to work precise. I value accuracy, but patience is certainly not one of my strength. However, I managed to make five baskets for all the toys lying around in the children’s room – trying to bring a little order to chaos.