So... I loved following Ayumi's tutorial, as I said the other day. The basket came out so cute and I will definitely be making more! I wanted to make some larger fabric baskets, too - so I sort of followed the tute at this link. More or less. Give or take. I may have colored outside the lines...
In the little basket, I just used cotton batting. For a basket that size, it was perfect. For a larger basket, I knew I'd need something a little stiffer, to help the basket hold its shape. For the large basket, I used some Soft & Stable my friend Donna sent me! (Thanks, Donna!)
|The pinning stage|
It was perfect! Easy to work with, soft to the feel, but even with this pretty tall basket, it looks GREAT!
Instead of turning the basket right-side-out through a hole in the lining, you stuff the lining in, turn the lining down 1/2 an inch, turn the outside down 1/2 an inch, then do some top stitching.
That photo gives a good look at one of those times I "go reeeeeally slowly", as mentioned in the previous post. I made great use of my #8 denim foot, a 90 needle, and my leveling bars, for those of you playing along on the home version.
I was posting little snippets of what I was doing on FaceBook as I worked, and mentioned batiks about ... a million times or so. Give or take. That led to a great question by my cousin Jill. She wanted to know what exactly is a batik? Is it different from regular fabric? I'm cutting and pasting my answer in, because I really can't come up with anything much better. LOL. "Batiks traditionally are from Indonesia, though they're made in other areas now. They have a higher thread count - a tight weave, if you will - and have almost a silky feel to them. They're traditionally hand-dyed, using a wax resist to add pattern. Usually are saturated colors... really, really gorgeous." That covers it pretty well. I thought I'd see if a photo would help show the difference! One of these is a batik; one is a hand-dye -- pretty, but not a batik.
Keeping in mind what I said above, can you tell which is the batik?
|Dave, Guide Dog for the Color Blind points out the batik|
Way to go, Dave! He knows the blue fabric has a tighter weave, a silky feel and is saturated with color! Dave has great taste, doesn't he? He was
Pretty cool. I do love the green in there, I just can't tell which one/s go or don't go.
For the medium basket, I decided not to add the handles - basically so it would fit on the shelf easily! I used batting on the outside and heavy interfacing in the lining. I think both were good choices for a basket this size - and frankly, this lining came out best of all three baskets. So there you go.
I did a little more quilting on this basket than the others.
I'm not sure why. I could do that twisty thing all day, though.
I love how it contrasts with the double line of top stitching.
I had a blast making these baskets and they're all hard at work on my new shelf. I will be making more for sure - I think they'd make great Christmas gifts!!
Thanks for reading!