Guatemalan Fabric Basket

Get Your Home Organized with Style

This time of year puts me in the mood to get organized.  Just ask my family.  I’m sure I’m driving them crazy with my sorting and decluttering. I teach high school, so for me, winter break is the really the best time to start my spring cleaning. I decided I needed a prettier place to store some of my shop supplies so I made some fabric baskets out of Guatemalan Fabric.  It’s 100% cotton and nice and sturdy, so it made a perfect storage container.  

It turned out so much better than I could have expected.  Maybe even too pretty for my shop.  I may have to just save them for my kitchen to use as bread baskets.  They are the perfect size and shape for rolls or a fresh baked baguette!

fabric basket
Fabric Basket
Fabric Basket

For this project I used 2 pieces of fabric that were not quite 1/2 yard each.  I made 2 baskets with opposite liners and outside fabrics. I also used a piece of fusible fleece interfacing.

For the outside fabric I used a piece that was 18 inches by 12 inches. The fusible fleece was the same size.  The liner fabric is 18 inches by 15 inches. But one of the great things about this project is your can adjust the sizes to just about any size you want for your own storage needs.

fabric basket pieces
folded in half

First, apply the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the main basket fabric.  Next, fold each piece of fabric good sides together “hot dog” style.  Each piece is 18 inches by 6 inches and 18 inches by 7.5 inches.

Pin and sew the short sides together.

Next step is to box the corners.  Spread the fabric open like shown below with the seam you just sewed centered. Measure up 2 inches and pin or draw a line across the corner.  

pin and sew
box the corners
pin the corner
box the corners

Sew across the corner that you have just pinned.  Then cut off the corner about a 1/4 below your sewing line.  Do this on all 4 corners.

cut the corner

I also squared off the ends of the outside fabric to make the basket a little more sturdy.  I just pinched the corners straight and sewed a line on each side.

square the ends
turn it inside out

Now you have 2 fabric boxes.  Turn the outside box, right side out.  Leave the liner box wrong side out and tuck it into the bottom piece. Line up your seams, fold over and then tuck under a small 1/4 hem so that you have a nice finished edge.

Top stitch all the way around the turned hem and all the way around the top edge.  And you’re done!  

Fill your basket up with goodies, snacks, fat quarter bundles, whatever needs storing and organizing!!!

top stitch at the top and bottom
Gorgeous Fabric Basket
Gorgeous Fabric Basket