Fabric storage baskets tutorial: The perfect gift for Christmas, a baby shower or birthday. And what to do with those left over squares.

18 September 2018 Coombabah QLD 4216, Australia

Storage baskets are my kind of thing. I love being organised. Fabric storage baskets are even more my kind of thing. You know how much I luurrve fabric. Combine fabric and storage and I'm in heaven. Sad, but true. So, when the new baby in our family came home, I knew her mum would need storage. With babies comes the need for stuff, lots of stuff and with stuff comes the need for storage. Lots of stuff = lots of storage. Hence, it was time. Time for fabric and storage to unite to keep all those nappies, wipes, creams, soaps, burp cloths and, and, and ... in some sort of order.

You'll have noticed there's a bit of a llama theme happening in the baby things I've been making lately. Llama receiving blanket and now llama storage baskets. But aren't they the cutest llamas ever?

These baskets have got to be the easiest gifts you can sew in not very much time. And who wouldn't be happy to receive a beautiful fabric storage basket as a gift?

I wanted decent size square baskets that could hold a decent amount of baby stuff, so I used the width of my fabric to determine the size of my storage baskets.

My fabric was 110cm (43") wide.

From that width I wanted to make two square baskets, so I needed to buy a length of fabric equal to  half the width of my fabric. That is, I needed to buy 55cm (21½").

To be safe, I bought 60cm (27½") of my gorgeous llama fabric and my geometric lining fabric. The  super stiff fusible interfacing I bought was 51cm (20") wide, so I need 1m (39½").

Huh!?! I hear you say.

So, what do you need?

60cm (21½") of two complimentary fabrics 110cm (43") in width
1m (39½") stiff interfacing 51cm (20") in width (I used fusible interfacing)

(This allowed me to make two baskets 24cm (9½") square with 13cm (5½") sides.)


Let's get started.

Square up the fabrics.

Firstly, remove the selvages from both fabrics. 

Fold the fabrics in half width-wise and cut through the centre fold.

Fold each piece diagonally, and remove any excess.

You will now have four perfect squares of fabric.
(If your fabrics were not the same width, make sure all four squares are the same size.)

My pieces ended up being 53cm (21") square.

Square up the interfacing.

Mine was 51cm (20") wide , so I cut two 51cm (20") squares.
(A little smaller than I would have liked, but it will still work.)

Create corners.

Cut 14cm (5½") squares from each corner of main fabric, lining fabric and interfacing.

For my main fabric and lining fabric, I folded each square in half then in half again so that I only needed to cut one 14cm (5½") square through four layers of fabric.

Fuse interfacing.

Place your interfacing onto your lining fabric, if necessary cut the interfacing so that it is around 1cm (½") smaller than the lining fabric at the four edges that will be the top of the storage basket.
(This will allow you to easily turn over your seam allowance later on.)

If you are using fusible interfacing like I did, iron your interfacing onto the lining fabric.

Form corners.

On main fabric, fold right sides together, line up corners, pin and stitch with 0.6cm (¼") seam.

Once all four corners are stitched, turn right side out, push corners out and iron. This will form the outside of the basket.

On interfaced lining fabric, fold right sides together, line up corners and stitch with a slightly larger seam allowance. (I moved my needle one spot to the left.) This will allow your lining to fit snuggly inside the main fabric basket.

Leave wrong side out, push corners out and iron. This will form the inside of your basket.

Place lining basket inside main fabric basket. Wiggle until seams line up.

Turn top edges of main and lining in about 1cm (⅜"). Pin or use magic clips to hold firmly in place.

At this point, you could add handles to the top edges, but I chose to make a simple basket.

Top stitch, using a slightly longer stitch length than normal, around the top of the basket.

I found this easiest to do from the inside of the basket and using my left hand on the base of the basket to hold it in position on my trusty Bernina.

And you are DoNe!
Fabric storage baskets complete and ready to be gifted.
Look at all that llama loveliness!

Ready to hold all the necessities for this amazing step-grand daughter.

But ... then there is the problem of those left over squares from the corners.

So, if you're crazy like me,
 you cut a few more squares the same size from coordinating fabrics,
 stitch them all together,
edge it, back it, bind it
you've made a llama covered quilt for the new born as well.

With her name quilted into the top.

Let me know how you go making fabric storage baskets,
and maybe even quilts from the leftovers,
 for your loved ones and friends.

Catch up again soon.

 Kennie kitten has taken to resting in the drawer of my cutting table while I sew. As you do.

Latest Instagrams

© Libby's Lifestyle.. Design by FCD.