A fabric basket seemed the way to go! I followed the tutorial I posted at this link, only didn't piece the outside. There was plenty of action in the fabric I chose - the same fab I used when I made my kitchen curtains. Here are some action shots:
The lining is the same fabric. Sometimes keeping things overly simple helps me get more done.
For the handles, I used two other coffee-themed prints:
The flip-side is coffee beans on vanilla. Mmm... vanilla coffee. Mmmm!
Where was I?
I did a bit of quilting on the outside of the basket, then started putting that together.
If you use a cotton batting with a tiny scrim to it, you can skip going fabric-batting-fabric and just go fabric-batting. Does that make sense? Just go batting side down when you quilt and spend a little extra time cleaning your bobbin area.
Box the corners:
And for the basket corner-boxing, I like to sew the seam open, like so:
It cuts down on bulk and makes your basket look tidier.
No, I didn't buy the Husky-brand screwdriver - it was given to me in honor of the Ao4. Here's the story: Years ago, there were some guys here to fix the control panel for our sprinkler system. They asked if I had a tiny screwdriver they could borrow. I gave them a screwdriver I kept in the Studio and jokingly said, "Don't break it!" Of course... they did. Ha ha ha. I assured them I didn't care; it was just a screwdriver. They brought me the one above the next day anyway. They said they couldn't find one in their company's signature color (blue) but maybe I'd like this one since it's a Husky. How perfect! I love it!
Moving right along ... here's one of the feet for the basket:
I like the feet.
Ayumi, who wrote the tutorial, has you put wrong sides together, then turn the whole basket right-side-out through a small opening in the lining seam. All that's left is to hand sew that up...
... add a little top stitching, et voilà:
This is probably the 4th or 5th basket I've made following this tute, and I just love it! So quick and easy - and cute! Almost too cute for table clutter. Almost.
Thanks for reading!