Welcome to another edition of Tutorial Tuesday!! (According to a number of readers) This post is LONG overdue. For ages, readers have been asking me to show them how I make my Large Quilted Scrap Baskets. (One of five sizes that I make for myself and for gifts!) I normally just provide the links I've used over the years:
However, my tutorial tester suggested that I use something a little less busy to see the steps easier, enter the 18.5" x 22" LIGHT Neutral basket panel shown below, which is closer to the size I normally use for my Large Quilted Scrap Baskets:
Lay the quilted basket panel out in front of you with the short sides on the top and bottom. Fold the bottom edge up even with the top (right sides together) and stitch the two sides. Note: This forms what looks like a laptop sleeve.
The next part of the process is to shape the basket. This is accomplished by "boxing the corners" using the following steps:
Suggestion: To get larger baskets to stand up properly (without stuffing them full of fabric scraps), stitch an eighth-inch or quarter-inch seam line up the full height of each of the corners. I haven’t done this, but one of my Bee mates recommends this.