|Left over half-square triangles... that I really like|
and I've loved baskets since forever
not sure where the black ribbon came from??
I did it the easy way... two 5-1/2 inch squares of fabric sewn with 1/4" seams, right sides together around the OUTSIDE edges of the fabric; and then I cut those pieces from corner to corner (X) so I ended up with four HST's... I really love this method. So quick and easy.
I figured I would make a bottom piece to match, and put some toweling or something underneath to make it a bit softer...
And then it happened... another brainstorm hit. (Actually I love when this happens..) I have two black (can you believe it?) dish cloths, brand new... well never been used anyway, from the dollar store... so I 'spent' 50 cents.
|If you peek on the sides of the basket (above) |
you can see the construction
I centered the folds and pinned to follow the curve of the basket, and smoothed it out a bit by using the appropriate sized dish (put upside down on the fabric corners) for my rotary cutter to follow. My dish cloths had a mesh backing, so I could either peel it off and not use it, or leave it on the dish cloth and use it. I left it, [it was a bit stiff, and helped the dish cloth keep it's shape--like interfacing would] and I stitched around the edge of the mesh to hold it in place, since I just cut away the serged edges that were holding it in place. I quartered my HST strip and pinned it to the dish cloth, and stitched a 1/4" seam so that it would work with my 'quilt pieces'.
I had a few ideas for making pockets for the outside of the basket, and making the basket liner reversible, but 'simple is better' won out. I finished the edges with strips of black fabric (people must think everything in my house is black! lol) and added a piece of ribbon on all four quarters to tie it in place. I love it.
Now I'll be able to find my tools in style :D
I guess it's back to finding the dining room table again! Wish me luck!