since it’s summer break I’ve been in the sewing mood, so today I have another easy sewing project to share with you guys: reversible fabric baskets. I did a post similar to this 2 years ago, which you can find here. Back then I only gave you some links to some tutorials, but now I decided to make my own. I hope you enjoy!
What you need:
- 2 different fabrics (enough to cut two 13″ x 13″ squares from each fabric)
- (fusible) interfacing (enough to cut two 13″ x 13″ squares)
- sewing machine & matching thread
- pins or clips
- Trace out 13″ x 13″ squares onto your fabric and interfacing. You will need two squares of each of your fabrics and two squares of interfacing. If you need to, make a pattern from cardboard. That usually helps me, because I can trace around it with a pen, which helps me cut out the pieces neatly.
2. After tracing your squares, cut out all of the pieces. I used pinkish fabric for the one side and blue fabric for the other. I ended up with two pink squares, two blue ones and two squares of interfacing. Each should be about 13″ x 13″.
3. Now iron the interfacing onto two the wrong side of two fabric squares. Make sure to iron it onto two of the same squares. I ironed mine onto the back of my blue material, but it doesn’t matter which side you chose. You don’t necessarily need to use fusible interfacing. If you are working with non-fusible interfacing skip this step.
4. Once you have attached your interfacing, it is time to lay the two matching squares good side to good side and pin/clip three of the four sides, as shown above. If you are using regular interfacing, just lay out one square of interfacing, then one fabric square (right side facing up), the other fabric square (the right side facing down, so the right sides of the fabric are facing each other) and lastly your second square of interfacing, basically creating a fabric sandwich 🙂
5. Next, sew along the three edges you have just pinned/clipped together and cut off any excess material. Then repeat with the other fabric, only that the other one shouldn’t have interfacing.
6. After having sewed along three sides of both squares, it is time to trace out 3″ x 3″ squares in the corners you have just sewed.
7. Then cut them out. Don’t worry, you have to cut through the seam you have sewn earlier.
8. After cutting out all four squares, open up the squares and line up the opposing edges and pin/clip. Do this to both sides of each fabric. Then sew along the pinned/clipped side.
9. After sewing all sides your basket is almost done and should look like in the picture above. One of the sides should be sturdy since you have inserted the interfacing (my blue side) and the other should be slack (my pink side). Unlike in the picture only flip the sturdy side to the good side, leave the other one flipped inside out.
10. Now, fold in about half an inch of the raw edge of the outer fabric (blue) and fold out half an inch of the raw edge of the inner fabric (pink) and press with an iron. If necessary, you can pin the edge temporarily.
11. Next, place the inner fabric into the outer “basket”, wrong side to wrong side. Make sure the seam of the inner and outer fabric are together. Then pin/clip the top edges around the whole basket and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
12. You are done! I made two and just flipped the one around to make two opposite colored baskets. You can fold down the top of your basket as far as you want to have a taller or shorter basket.
I love this project because it takes less than an hour and you can be creative with your color combinations. These baskets are also great to give away since you can put any gift inside and the recipient can use them for anything, such as holding magazines and books or even scarves or sewing utensils.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know in the comments which basket you prefer. The blue one with the pink trim at the top? Or the pink basket with blue trim? I personally do not know, but since they are reversible I can switch them around every once in a while 🙂 Till then!