Project Design Team Wednesday ~ Fabric Utensil Basket Tutorial

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 Hi everyone, it’s Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots! I am so glad to be back here to share another fun and easy tutorial for you. You will love how easy making these Fabric Utensil Baskets are that you can make a drawerful in no time. Hooray for getting all your silverware and other utensils organized for a day of baking and cooking in the kitchen.

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To make these Fabric Utensil Baskets you will need the following: (2) 7 x 13 inch pieces of fabric (per basket) (1) 7 x 13 inch piece of Pellon Craft-fuse (#808) or a cotton of poly batting iron and ironing board coordinating thread sewing machine.

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This is what the Craft-fuse looks like. You may also be able to find it on a bolt at your local fabric store too. One side is shiny and adheres to fabric when steamed with an iron.

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Before you begin this project, decide which fabric you will want on the inside and which fabric you will want on the outside. I am using the bright and happy

Extravaganza by Lila Tueller Designs. Isn’t it so pretty?!

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I decided that I wanted the pink geometric designed fabric on the inside.

Whichever fabric will be on the inside you will iron the Craft-fuse to the wrong side of that fabric following the directions for the Craft-fuse to adhere it.

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Next, fold each 7 x 13 inch piece of fabric in half lengthwise or hot dog style. Sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance on each short end.

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Next, fold each end in to form a triangle. Measure 1 1/4 inch from the tip and make a small mark. Sew a line down over this mark from one side to the other.

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Next, clip the tip off making sure not to cut into the line you just sewed. Each piece should look like the beginnings of a basket now.

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Next, place the outside fabric inside the inside fabric basket so that right sides are facing. Smooth out the corners and even out the edges.

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Now you will go around the entire edge of this basket using a 1/4 inch seam allowance making sure to leave a 2-3 inch opening for turning.

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The fabric utensil basket should look like this when you are done. Now you just need to flip the basket right sides out.

Smooth out each corner and neaten the fabric out before you top stitch around the entire top edge of the basket.

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If you like, you can pinch each of the corners on the ends and top stitch them as well. You could even stitch down the bottom length of each basket if you like a more boxy look. I stitched down the corners and the length of the bottom with the pink basket only and you can see below how the basket will end up much smaller in height then if you just sewed the corners or left them without any stitching.

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Now you can fill your baskets and straighten up your kitchen drawers…or use these beauties in your craft or sewing room to hold odds and ends! Thank you for having me today! I hope you have fun with this project and make lots of them. Please stop by and visit Smashed Peas and Carrots where you can find lots more sewing tutorial, crafty DIYs, and delicious family friendly recipes!

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