Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fabric Basket in Southwest Print & More Baskets With Decorative Stitches

I made a fabric basket from a free pattern that was offered through Craftsy, but when I went to look for the link for this free pattern, it was no longer there. I searched the web to see if I could find it elsewhere, but it was apparently taken down for some reason and the designer's website was no longer there either. Well this is the reason I copy tutorials and download patterns when I see them for free, because I have seen several *poof* disappear from the web. 

I have the directions for this on my computer and a good thing too, because on November 10 I am teaching how to make this fabric basket for my friend's birthday and a few other women are joining us. (I wrote this post before the class, so by the time you read this the class will have already happened). However, the basket itself is secondary to the teaching of using decorative stitches to create the basket exterior first and then because the basket is quick to sew together, that will be what we do after all the stitching is done. My friend has a machine that has 100's of stitches that she probably doesn't even know what they look like because she hasn't fully utilized her machine and she has owned this machine for a number of years now. I am sure a lot of you are the same way? Another woman in our group purchased a machine a few months ago and she needs to learn how to use her machine too. She is a beginner in everything.

I made several baskets using decorative stitches (I have 3 machines with decorative stitches) and I love being able to use my stitches to create something useful and beautiful too. But I wanted to make this basket using just fabric without decorative stitches too. I made this one in a Southwest print. (This one sold at the gift shop a few months ago).

Lots of photos of the decorative stitched baskets below the Southwest print one.
I quilted the exterior.

Inside is nice and roomy and this is a good size basket to hold Fat Quarters of fabric.

There are handles on the sides to carry the basket by. I liked these handles better than some fabric baskets where the handles stick up in the air. These are more subtle, but useful too.

Wide bottom of basket.

Side of basket where the handles are sewn.

Now for the baskets I made with decorative stitches. I made several completed baskets and for the class I have more in different stages of completion for teaching purposes.

I added buttons on the baskets for added bling. You can add yarn and rickrack and trim to couch too. Also hot fix crystals are another bling option as well as some hand embroidery too. I added French knots in brown along the green leafy stitch above. This is a closeup of the very last basket I made with the tan flower lining, the one that I gave to my friend.

Two baskets with the same lining fabric.

Roomy inside basket. Great for storing fat quarters as I mentioned before.

The other sides of the baskets.

More buttons and French knots.

The basket bottoms. I purposely made the stitches go on a diagonal so they would meet on the bottom and sides and go off in the other diagonal direction.

This one is a denim basket and because the denim is a darker fabric than the off white baskets, the thread colors, while they contrast, they do not pop as much as the lighter background fabric. 

The other side.

Bottom of basket.

I used a hand dyed fabric that I dyed myself for this basket. Lighter than denim and darker than the off white background, the thread colors do pop more here.

I used the same lining fabric as the denim basket. It was a nice fabric for both.

I did couch the turquoise rickrack on this basket using invisible thread. You can also match the thread or even contrast for a different look.

This one I gave to my friend for her birthday. The lining is different on this one. She likes Earth tone colors, so I chose mostly browns, greens and orange threads.

A pretty lining fabric too that is more neutral in color, with some gold metallic snowflakes.

See the kangaroo stitch and how it meets the anchor stitch? Well those 2 stitches are perfect for my friend because her eldest daughter is in the Navy and the younger daughter is going to college in Australia! The hot air balloon fabric is for Tara because she lives here in New Mexico.

Happy Birthday Tara!
Linking up to Elm Street Quilts Bag It 2017.
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  1. I have to do better at saving tutorials and patterns. I'm mostly good about pdf patterns I purchase by saving them to my computer and also to my external hard drive. For free tutes, I am guilty of just pinning the photo image to my pinterest boards with no explanation or title. I'll never have time to make a quarter of what I save this way and I can figure out the dimensions myself, but.... it would be easier to actually have the directions saved as well. Links often go *POOF*.
    I like how your decorative stitches are at an angle to the basket.

  2. Love, love, love these, Daryl! Stupendous looking, they are. I can't pick a fave out of the ones you've shown, but I do like the "buggy" interior fabric of the first white ones. Any idea how long it takes you to roll out the decorative stitches on something this size? (Changing out thread, deciding on the style of the stitching; it all adds to the time, I gather.) Oh, and how did the class go?

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU TODAY!! I LOVE MY BASKET!! These are adorable. The decorative ones are so much fun and I love that Daryl made mine with images of things I love. I took her fabulous class and loved it, Daryl is the best teacher I ever had for sewing. My machine for some unknown reason was unable to do decorative stitches that day so mine is not as fancy. It was fun to work with flex foam for the first time and I love how the baskets stand up. They are easy to make, the decorating is the best part. it was so interesting to see how they played out with different color fabric being stitched on. I would have only stuck to using white exterior fabric but after seeing the colorful ones Daryl made I will have to try that out as well. Great job and they are fun to make and even more fun to use. Have one from Daryl makes me feel like I own a designer basket.
    thank you Tara

  4. Every time I see your beautiful decorative stitching, I think it's high time I experimented more with those on my machine. I've done a little, but not much. I love every single one of your baskets, Daryl.

    1. I've featured your awesome baskets and your blog, Daryl.

  5. They are beautiful... For the ones with the decorative stitches, do you do them first then the straight lines, or the other way around? Love your creativity!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing these. I love the decorative stitching and your creativity!

  7. Hi Daryl,
    This is the most creative thing I have seen in ages! You have basically made your own fabric. How amazing and easy. I wish you were able to share the tutorial, too, as the basket itself is cool with fabric handles. They're there if you need them, but not noticeable if you don't. I would have loved to attend your class . . . and am wondering how it went? ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. WOW! How did I miss this post? I love your fabric boxes with amazing fancy stitches and fun buttons. These are great for organizing lots of different supplies in any room of the home. F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.

  9. Wow. Love the ones with the decorative stitches. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts Bag It!

  10. I'm with you. When I see a free pattern I may want to do, download and save! That way I don't have to go looking for it in the future. Great little baskets.

  11. What cute baskets but.....your machine stitching is what really makes them beautiful! I admit that I am one of those who has a machine and have never used all the fancy stitches on it. I normally do all of my sewing on my old vintage Singers that only do a straight stitch. You are so inspiring Daryl!

  12. Wow !! What a beautiful baskets, Daryl !! I love them.

  13. I love this basket size and style, and the way you've used the decorative stitches is really fabulous! Too bad the pattern isn't around anymore, I'd love to make one of these.

  14. Those are really wonderful. It would be hard to choose a favorite. Did you use the cotton threads or did you use the machine embroidery threads? The additions of the buttons and ric rac are perfect.

  15. Wow, these are just superb, Daryl! I am visiting from Connie's linky party. I keep saying I need to make baskets like these to organize small scraps, but somehow they all keep getting tossed (squashed down) into the one basket I use for this. Really like the side handles; the ones I made had no handles.

  16. I'm with your friend - I've only used a few of the many stitches on my machine, Daryl. I just ADORE your baskets - all of them!!! It's hard to pick a favourite. I know I've said it before, but I need to start experimenting.

  17. These are so gorgeous. I remember making a cushion after I saw your lovely bag with all the stitches and you have taken it to another level with these baskets.


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