Drawstring Storage Basket

This little bag may not seem like much, but it is super handy for quick clean-ups! Aunt Sally just called and she will be at the house in 5 minutes for a visit! Quick, clean up all of little Johnny's matchbox cars!

Where is the perfect speedy hiding spot? these chic bags! They are cute enough that they can sit out in the open (and garner compliments as your visitor oohs and ahs that you made such a beautiful item) and the drawstring topper keeps prying eyes from seeing the mess inside!

The following instructions may be a tad difficult for a complete beginner seamstress, but this project is doable by beginners! Just take it slow and don't get frustrated, and you will do great!

What to cut:

  • 5 yards of your main fabric
    • Trim to one piece of 15 in. by 21 in. for the outside of the main basket
    • And two pieces of 18 in. by 4 in. for the handles.
  • 5 yards of your accent fabric
    • Trim to one piece of 15 in. by 21 in. for the basket lining.
    • And two pieces of 9 in. by 15 in. for the drawstring bag.
  • 5 yards stiff fusible interfacing
    • Trim to one piece of 15 in. by 21 in.
  • 5 yards cording

Assembly Directions:

  1. Follow instructions on fusible interfacing to fuse it to the wrong side of the large rectangle of main fabric.
  2. Fold over 0.5 inches along the two shorter edges of the rectangle, interfacing sides together, and iron.
  3. Fold in half, right sides together, so the folded edges meet at the top. Sew the two side seams.
  4. To create the basket’s base, hold the sewn piece in front of you with one of the seams facing you. Flatten the seam down so you have a pointed corner facing you. Measure 3.5 inches up from the tip of the corner along each fold, mark. Use a ruler to draw a line between both marks, pin in place. Repeat with the other side seam.
  5. Sew across the corner where you’ve pinned, trimming about 0.5 inches below stitching. Turn your basket right-side out.
  6. Repeat steps 2 through to 5 with the larger rectangle piece of accent fabric, but don’t turn right-side out. Tuck your lining into your outer basket and pin together around the top edge, lining up side seams.
  7. Take the other two rectangles of your main fabric and fold in half, lengthwise, right sides together. Sew along the length of the raw edge, creating a tube. Flip tube right-side out and press flat.
  8. Pin the ends your handles in place, sandwiched between your lining and outer layers, 4 inches from each side seam.
  9. Take the smaller accent pieces and fold over 0.5 inches along the two shorter edges of the rectangle, wrong sides together, and iron. Fold and iron over 0.5 inches one more time, encasing the raw edge with the second fold. Sew in place.
  10. Fold over 0.5 inches along the top edge of both pieces, wrong sides together, and iron. Fold and iron over 1 inch one more time, encasing the raw edge with the second fold. When sewing this edge in place, be sure to sew along the inside edge of the fold to leave enough room for the cording to slip through the tube.
  11. Pin the right sides of both of these pieces together, sewing along short edges. Do not sew the tubes that you created in step 10 closed.
  12. Iron seams flat, turn right-side out. Then tuck 0.75 inches of the bottom edge of your drawstring section between the lining and outer layers of your basket, lining up side seams. Make sure your handles are on the outside!
  13. Sew all the way around the top of your basket, topstitching along the edge.
  14. Add your cords. Thread the cords through the tubes that you made in step 10. Tie the ends of your cord together in a knot and trim.
  15. The end! Success!

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