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How to Make a DIY Fabric Basket with Ties: A Step-by-Step Sewing Tutorial

Updated: Jan 14

Keep your space organised with this handy fabric basket. The sides tie together with ribbon giving the basket a fancy finish. Use this basket to keep your cosmetics, toiletries or even sewing tools tidy, or why not fill with goodies and give as a gift to a friend or loved one?

For the lining fabric, I’ve fussy cut the fabric so that the design is central. If you’re using a fabric with a feature, you may want to cut your fabric in the same way.

I’ll link the fabrics I’ve used here –

Finished size – 8" x 6.5" x 2.5"

What you’ll need:

13.5” x 11.5” outer fabric

13.5” x 11.5” lining fabric

13.5” x 11.5” fusible foam (I’ve used bosal in-r-foam)

80” ribbon

50” lace trim (optional)

Use 1/4" seam allowance throughout.

  1. Cut 3" squares from each corner of the outer and lining fabric.

2. Use the lining as a template to cut the same shape from the fusible foam. Adhere the foam to the wrong side of the lining.

3. Cut the ribbon into eight 10" strips. Pin to the side of each cut out corner of the lining, 1/4" from the top edge. Make sure the ribbons are facing inwards.

Sew in place.

4. Pin the outer fabric right sides together to the lining, sandwiching the ribbon in between. Make sure all ribbons are facing towards the centre.

Sew around the entire edge, leaving a turning gap in one side.

5. Snip the points off each cut out corner, careful not to cut into any stitches. Cut into each point of the cut out corners in the seam allowance to help when turning, again, being careful not to cut into any stitches.

Turn right side out through the turning gap and press.

6. Top stitch around the entire edge, closing the turning gap as you sew.

7. Sew along the bottom of each of the sides, this will help the basket to take shape.


8. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner, 1.5" apart on the base using an erasable pen or chalk. Sew along each line to quilt.


9. Sew the lace trim to the inside and outside of each side along the top to decorate.

10. Tie each ribbon to create the basket shape. Trim the ribbons if needed.


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