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Saturday, 29 December 2018

Scalloped Edge FQ Baskets

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
Scalloped edge fabric basket for my Tim Holtz fat quarters...
Fabric baskets are one of those rites of passage projects for beginner sewers. You can find free patterns for baskets of all kinds virtually everywhere. Some are super easy and simple, and some — like the one I'm featuring today — are surprisingly stylish.

In terms of making basic "run of the mill" fabric baskets, I haven't been prolific at all. As with most things that I sew these days, I need to see something unique and/or unusual before I take the cover off my sewing machine.

When I saw this basket deep in the archives of SewMamaSew (a tutorial courtesy of Sherri at ThreadRidingHood, the very same lady who produced the fabulous Sunny Glasses Case), I instantly knew I had to make one... or maybe even two.

Why? Because I had a use for it.

My lovely Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fat quarters were hidden in plastic bags in my sewing room closet. I really believe that a fabric stash needs to be more or less out in the open and visible in some way in order to inspire. So my solution was to make one of these baskets out of those fat quarters and then store some others of those fat quarters in it.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
The basket is relatively small but can hold at least ten fat quarters...

In the photo here, you can count ten fat quarters.

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As you can tell by its name, this basket is notable for its scalloped edge. The fold-over edge is not only scalloped along the bottom, but also along the top, which really gives it distinction and style.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
Another angle...

Two fat quarters are needed to make this, although you will have plenty of fabric left over for your "large scraps" pile afterwards. The project also calls for some sort of interfacing and some quilt batting. I used Decor Bond and fusible fleece instead and it worked out fine.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
Yet another angle...

Just as an FYI about how the fabric is used, one of the two pieces that you'll cut for the scalloped edge will not be visible on the finished project (it's the underside of the edge that's folded over onto the body of the basket), so if you have some other (i.e., plain) fabric that you can use, by all means.

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As you might guess, the scalloped edge will require some careful sewing to ensure that the curves are curvy and the points are pointy, but if you're up to the task and aren't in a rush, it's not a difficult project.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
View of empty basket...

If you want a practice project to try sewing scalloped edges before you take on this basket, I recommend some fabric flowers.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
Another view...

The two Eclectic Elements fabric selections used here are French Script and Symphony. May I say again how much I love this collection???

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
View of the base...

Do you ever specifically sew something as a gift for yourself? This one was actually a Christmas present for me; I ended up doing the sewing the day after Christmas, but it was cut and prepped the weekend before.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
This basket sits on a 4" square bottom...

The tutorial comes complete with a set of templates for the scalloped edge and the basket body. You'll also need to cut a couple of 4" squares of fabric (plus interfacing and batting) for the base.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
View of interior...

There is also an option for incorporating a carry handle, which would make it a terrific choice for an Easter basket, if you want to think that far ahead! (Easter 2019 is the third week of April.)

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs

So did I make another? Of course I did, since I had more fat quarters to store.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
My second scalloped edge basket!

This one went much faster than the first; I whipped it up in a couple of hours.

Scalloped Edge Basket crafted by eSheep Designs
Second basket holding the remainder of my Eclectic Elements FQs...

The scalloped edge (and inner lining) is made out of the same Tim Holtz Symphony fabric; the outer body fabric is from the pillow case that I used for the back of my quilted hanging file organizer project.

And here are the two baskets together.

Scalloped Edge Baskets crafted by eSheep Designs
Not often I make a second one of anything!

If you want to make your own, here are the applicable links. The tutorial is here; the PDF templates here.

Oh and of course, all of the best in 2019 to each and every one of you reading this!


  1. I love fabric baskets! Those are great and so are your fabrics!
    I looked and saw I went from 20 patterns on Craftsy down to 6. 5 of them are free patterns. I saw that some designers only had 1-10 patterns. Some withdrew their stuff altogether after Craftsy chose to only keep 1-3 of their patterns. Since NBC bought them and they are in the broadcasting business, I suspect they are doing more videos that can be sold. Oh well it's out of our hands.

  2. My Eclectic Elements fat quarters are hidden in plastic bags where no one can see them. Good on you for displaying some of your stash - proud of you for joining the ranks of those of us with fabric stashes:-) :-) :-) Seriously, I love your new baskets, both the fabrics used and the scalloped design. Happy New Year, Rochelle.

  3. Beautiful little basket and will be making a few of those. Love the Eclectic Elements fabric.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Hope you enjoy making your baskets.


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