The tutorial for Binder Buddy is finished and published to my YouTube channel!!! This is a scary but exciting journey, and I hope you all love it! This is a very beginner friendly pattern, however, it is made with vinyl or cork because the edges are exposed. Don’t be afraid, my testers all used a domestic machine!!!
Today I am going to show you how I make these adorable fabric baskets! They can easily be made in different sizes, but for the sake of simplicity I am just going to give you the measurements for my most used size and style…medium size with vinyl bottom! A huge bonus to these (besides being cute) is that they have a stiff base but they are also completely washable!
***This is my own pattern. It took a lot of hours and many failures to get to this point. I am happy to share this tutorial for free but I do ask that you send people to my blog to get this pattern themselves. Feel free to sell and share your baskets, but credit me or my blog whenever it is possible. Thank you so much for your support!
Now that we are through the boring stuff, let’s have fun!!!
Gather your supplies:
2 pieces main fabric and 2 pieces interfacing 5.5″ x 12″
2 pieces vinyl 4″ x 12″
2 pieces lining fabric and 2 pieces interfacing 9″ x 12″
1 piece of Peltex 4.75″ x 5.75″ plus interfacing that is cut a little wider (this will make more sense in the picture below)
Cut all of your fabric, vinyl, interfacing and Peltex. Iron your interfacing onto the fabric pieces and set aside. You do not need interfacing on the vinyl. For the Peltex interfacing, I cut a strip that is a little wider than the piece of Peltex, wrap it around and then iron. Cutting it wider allows you to sew it into the seams so it cannot shift.
Take your lining pieces and place them right sides together. You will sew around both sides and the bottom, but make sure to leave a hole at the bottom that’s 4ish inches for turning. I like to draw a line so I don’t accidentally forget.
Next we will make the 5″ box corners. Reach inside and press the corners out to make a triangle. I use a quilting ruler to mark a 5″ line across the triangle. Stitch right over that line. Cut the triangles off, leaving about 1/4″ to the side of your seam. Set the lining aside.
Line your vinyl up with the bottom of your main fabric, right sides together and stitch.
This is the part where I change to a teflon foot. If you don’t have one, tissue paper on top of your vinyl helps with the topstitching too! If you lengthen your stitches when topstitiching on vinyl things will go a lot smoother!
Flip your vinyl down and topstitch. When you are done, remember to change your stitch length back!
Place the outside pieces right sides together and stitch around the 3 sides. When I use vinyl, I like to start by matching up the vinyl on both sides then clip the rest of the way around. Sometimes seams don’t end up perfect and you can trim from the top or bottom if you need to and you will never notice…but you will notice if the vinyl isn’t lined up!
After you have sewn those pieces together we will make the 5″ box corners the same way we did for the lining.
Take your Peltex wrapped in interfacing and clip it onto the bottom of the outside piece you just made. You are going to stitch just to the outside of your seam…don’t go inside your seam or you will notice it once the basket is completed. Trim the ends off.
Flip your main piece right side out but leave your lining inside out. Place the outside piece inside of the lining, so that they are right sides together. Stitch all the way around the top.
Pull the entire basket through the hole you left in the bottom. After you have all of the corners pushed out, close up the hole.
Now you want to push the lining down into the main piece and topstitch around the entire top edge.
And your beautiful yet practical fabric basket is done!
Once you get comfortable with the steps, this pattern is easy to adjust so that it suits your needs…just don’t forget to remeasure for the Peltex!!! I have made larger baskets, smaller baskets, teeny tiny baskets (I don’t recommend that!), added handles, made them with all fabric and even made them taller so you can flip the top down. Here are some of my favorites!
I hope you loved this tutorial! Thank you so much for joining me!