Basket Case!

By Judith
 on May 9, 2020

I've been making a lot of baskets lately!


Some were for my next free tutorial (remember my Scrappy Hexie Basket?  Well I'll be releasing the pattern for this one as a free tutorial very soon).


And some were just an excuse to have fun with teeny pieces of fabric!


Improv scrap baskets


These baskets are only 4.5" and 6" tall and are 'improv. pieced'.  This means your pieces of fabric aren't pre-cut to a specific size, rather you just keep adding pieces until you have a section that can be joined to another section.


Improv scrap baskets


Improv. piecing for small projects is the perfect way to use up tiny pieces that are too small for English Paper Piecing or regular piecing patterns.


Improv scrap baskets


To give you a sense of scale, my smaller basket is holding large spools of 50wt Aurifil thread.


Improv scrap baskets


I create my baskets with an inset base with piping.  I think the piping gives the basket more definition and shape.


Improv scrap baskets


And the structure is provided by the heavy sew-in vilene that the exterior is quilted on to.


Improv scrap baskets


I can think of a tonne of uses for these cute baskets, not least filled with goodies and gifted to loved ones!


Tune back soon to hear all about my free Hexie Basket YouTube Tutorial!

(And now there's a mini tutorial on how to make these improv.pieced versions of my Hexie Baskets here.)

Happy sewing!


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