Scrappy Scrap Basket. The Why? I often use scraps of fabric as an on-going leader-ender project. I have a bin of scraps within easy reach of my sewing machine and select a couple of scraps to stitch together each time I start or finish chain piecing patchwork units. On the other side of my sewing machine I have a basket ready to receive the stitched leader-enders as I snip them off the strings of chain pieced units. When the basket is full to over-flowing I know it’s time to press the seams of the leader-enders before throwing them in the box ready to become bigger units in a scrappy patchwork quilt 🙂
I’ve made several of these baskets and love just how scrappy a Scrappy Scrap Basket can be! For this tutorial I made a basket not only from fabric scraps but also interfacing scraps and wadding scraps. Funny how I still have loads of scraps…
It’s Week 4 of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 blog hop and I’m very happy to be sharing this Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial as a contributor to Swan Amity Studio’s annual event.
Scrappy Scrap Basket. The How?
- Ten 2½” x 5″ rectangles of fabric (outer sides of basket)
- Two 2½” x 10½” rectangles of fabric (outer base of basket)
- Two 1¾” x 10½” rectangles of fabric (outer top of basket)
- Two 4½” x 6½” rectangles of fabric (tab handles)
- Two 10¼” x 8″ rectangles of fabric (lining of basket)
- Two 10″ x 7¾” rectangles of medium weight interfacing
- One piece of wadding 11″ x 22″
- Top stitching thread
Note: Use ¼” seam allowance unless directed otherwise; reinforce start and finishes of all seams with reverse stitching.
Step 1: Basket Outer
- Stitch together the 2½” x 5″ rectangles along their long edges to make the basket back and front each measuring 5″ x 10½”. Press seams open or to the darker fabrics.
- Stitch the 1¾” x 10½” rectangles to the upper edges of the basket back and front. Press seams open.
- Stitch the 2½” x 10½” rectangles to the bottom edges of the basket back and front. Press seams open.
- Apply iron-on interfacing to the reverse sides of the basket back and front pieces.
- Lay the back and front pieces side by side on the strip of wadding. Baste using spray or pins.
- Quilt both using a design of your choice (I used a walking foot to quilt a twisted ribbon design and echoed the seam between the vertical rectangles and the horizontal fabric at the top of the basket).
- Trim away the excess wadding so the basket’s back and front each measure 8¼” high by 10½” wide.
- Boxed Corners: Place the basket back and front right sides together. Mark a 2¼” square in the bottom corners.
- Stitch the sides and bottom seams together – back stitch at the start and end of each seam and across the marked lines.
- Cut away the bottom corners along the marked lines.
- Pinch the two open edges of a cut corner together, aligning the bottom seam with the side seam.
- Stitch the open edges of the boxed corner together making sure to back stitch at the start and finish of the seam.
- Repeat with the opposite corner.
Step 2: Tab Handles
- Fold a 4½” x 6½” rectangle in half – short edge to short edge – to find the centre and press along the fold. Open out the rectangle and fold both short edges to the centre crease. Press and then fold edges together along the centre crease to create a 1″ x 6½” tab.
- Top stitch 1/8th inch in from the edges along both sides of the tab.
- Fold the tab in half. Centre the open edges against the top of a side seam of the outer basket – right sides together. Using an 1/8th inch seam allowance baste in place.
- Repeat to make the second tab handle.
Step 3: Basket Lining
- Lay the two lining rectangles right sides together and mark 2¼” squares in the bottom corners ready to make boxed corners.
- Stitch the side seams starting with a ¼” allowance at the top edge gradually moving to ½” allowance at the marked line. Reverse stitch at the start and beginning of each seam.
- Stitch a ¼” seam along the bottom edge leaving a 3″ opening to turn the basket right sides out. Reverse stitch at the start and finish of each seam.
- Cut away the marked corner squares.
- Make boxed corners in the same way as those made for the outer basket.
- Press open the side and bottom seams.
Step 4: Create the Basket
- Place the outer basket inside the lining, right sides together.
- Align the side seams and pin or clip together the top edges of the basket outer and lining.
- Stitch together using a ¼” seam all around the top edges of the outer basket and lining.
- Turn the basket right sides out through the opening in the lining.
- Carefully roll and finger press around the top edge of the basket.
- Top stitch ¼” around the top edge of the basket.
- Machine or hand stitch closed the opening in the lining.
Of course, this basket pattern can be adapted in many ways depending on the shape and size of the scraps you use. It would be possible to use a stitch & flip method to attach strips of fabric to the wadding or to make the basket sides using a Crazy Patchwork technique. If you choose to make a larger basket I’d recommend using two layers of wadding or a foam interlining to make sure the sides are rigid enough to stay upright.
If you have any queries about this Scrappy Scrap Basket tutorial please do get in touch 🙂 Don’t forget to follow the link to the home of the Summer Scrap Elimination 2021 project at Swan Amity Studios where you’ll find Swan’s scrap elimination tutorials and links to other contributors of this years blog hop.