I've had my eye on fabric baskets for a while. They are so cute (and useful) but I've always been a bit shy because I don't trust my actual sewing skills - which can be much different than quilting skills.
I decided to finally dive in last night, using this tutorial from Pink Penguin. (Incidentally, her whole site is fabulous - lots of great tutorials.) The fabric I used part of a Moda Dark Chocolate Bar kit I bought a couple of months ago; specifically, Luna Notte by 3 Sisters. I used all shades except the black...just couldn't get that one to work to my taste.
It's a very simple basket - a 6 x 2 square patch and some linen. Here is the outside piece, pinned to the batting. It felt weird to not use basting pins, but I pushed through. Literally - right though the fingertip a time or two. *sigh*
I was able to use some scrap batting from my grandma's quilt (which is still being bound, btw). I used some scrap muslin for the lining, even though the tutorial calls for fabric. I tried different fabrics from my stash, but none were really screaming at me, so I stuck with the muslin. So, I got it all pieced and attached, then came the hard part...
I hate pushing projects out through tiny holes. I even busted some stitches during this. I think I'm just not patient enough. But...as with most projects...the final piece is quite worth it. Here she is making her debut as a K-cup holder for my coffee machine.
And here she is making her debut as an office worker. :)
Still not sure where her final home will be, but I can see so many uses that I'm going to make more. On the future ones, though, I think I'll be adding some interfacing for a bit of stiffness. Anything with any weight to it will collapse the basket. Right now, I'm thinking she'll make a great candy dish for my desk...full of lots of dark chocolate. Appropriate, don't you think?