I made this project for the Gifty Galore Quilt Along Group. It’s from the book Fun Home Accessories and is perfect for using scraps! I loved the look of these baskets from the very first time I saw them. They add a fun combination of texture and color. The fact that they are useful is a nice bonus! The small one is designed for a pint canning jar to fit inside, holding it rigid. I keep it right beside my sewing machine so that my stiletto, pencil, and scissors are within easy reach.
The instructions are for four different sizes of lined baskets: 8” x 7”, 7” x 6 ½”, 6” x 6”, and 3 ½” x 6” (finished sizes). I chose to make the smallest and largest. Osnaburg is not something I work with a lot, but I love its rough, primitive texture and neutral color—it really sets off the pop of color from our summer batiks.
These went together fairly quickly. (I did get stuck by pins a couple of times while sewing the bottom of the small one so beware! You don’t want blood spots on your project!) I didn’t do the curved cutting and piecing described in the book but still was able to get a bit of a wonky look by cutting the strips at odd angles. You can choose to turn down a cuff as I have done, or leave the sides straight up. I have noticed that with use the large basket doesn’t like to ‘sit up straight’; it tends to bend over at the batik strip since it is a lighter weight fabric. If I made another one I would experiment with something to stiffen the pieced strip to help it hold its shape better.
These would make great gifts for a variety of ages since it is so easy to personalize the look for any individual or décor by simply changing fabrics.