How to Make a Fabric Divided Basket

How to Make a Fabric Divided Basket

How to make a fabric divided basket

I can’t get enough of these fabric divided baskets so I thought I would share this project with you.  It is a fun little project to make and so functional.  These divided fabric baskets come together quickly once you know how to make them so I urge you to make several.  I was inspired to create this project from some fabric I ordered from Joann’s.  For some reason it just seemed like the perfect project for these beautiful lemons.  I turned to Sewspire for the measurements and the size was perfect for what I wanted.  This pattern could easily be modified to make it larger or smaller if you like.

As I said, I purchased the exterior and lining fabrics from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores.  Spring is in the air and I just loved the lemons.  I ordered the fabrics online but you could head to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to get the perfect fabrics for your project. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.    

What You will Need: How to Make a Fabric Divided Basket

  • 1/2 yd exterior and lining fabric
  • 1/2 yd medium weight interfacing (optional)
  • Standard sewing supplies

Step 1: Cut Your Fabrics

  • (3) 6″ x 12″ exterior body panels
  • (2) 6″ x 6″ exterior body panels
  • (10) 6″ x 6″ interior body panels and exterior side panels
  • (2) 3″ x 8″ handles from either exterior or lining fabric
Cut your fabrics

Step 2: Create the first part of your inner cube

You will create two identical inner baskets.  Each inner basket uses five 6″ x 6″  panels.  I used my yellow lining fabric for my basket.  Take one panel and stitch it to the other panel right sides together along the right edge using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Stitch another panel to the first panel along the left edge right sides together.  You should have three panels stitched together.  This is the beginning of your cube.  

Sew right sides together
Sew down the left side
3 panel piece

Step 2: Create the Second part of your inner cube

Take one panel and place it right sides together with a second panel and stitch along the top again using a 3/8″ seam allowance.  

Stitch the top edges

Step 3: Add the second piece to the first

Place the second piece of two panels right sides together with the center panel of the first tri-panel piece that you stitched. Stitch from seam to seam.  You will notice that you have created a large “T”.  Take the side of the bottom panel of the “T” and place it right sides together with the side of the corresponding panel on the tri-panel piece and stitch from seam to seam.  You will see that the cube is taking shape.  Stitch the remaining sides right sides together seam to seam until the cube is complete.  Create the second cube exactly the same way.  Fold down the top raw edges by about 1″ and press. 

Add the two pieces together
Finished T
Stitch the bottom to the side
Sew the bottom edges
Finished cube
Two cubes

Step 4: Stitch the cubes together

Fold the top raw edge down 3/4″ and press.  Place the tops of the cubes together and stitch using a 3/8″ seam allowance. 

Turn under the raw edges
Stitch the cubes together

Step 5: Create the outer basket

If you are going to add interfacing now is the time to do it.  I added Pellon 808 to my outer fabric pieces to add a little structure because I was using quilting cotton.  Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for that process.  Create the outer basket using the rectangle pieces exactly the same way that you created the cubes except that you are creating a large rectangle. Start with a large rectangle and add the squares to either side and stitch as you did for the cubes.  Then stitch the two remaining rectangles together along the long edges. Continue on as you did before attaching the piece with the two long edges to the piece with the three panels.  Finish the rectangular box in the same way.  

Add square to rectangle
Add second square
Sew two rectangles
Add rectangles to 3 pieces
Sew the sides

Turn in the raw edges by 3/4″ and press.

Step 6: Create the Handles

Create two handles by folding the raw edges into the center and press.  Fold on half again and press.  Stitch along both sides of the handle pieces to enclose the raw edges.  

Step 6: Finish the Basket

Place the cubes inside the rectangle and pin or clip so that the edges are even all the way around.  Insert the handles at each end of the basket so that they are even on both ends.  Pin or clip in place.  Stitch along the top of the basket to finish it off and to secure the handles.  You have now finished your fabric divided basket.  

Add the Handles

How to make a fabric divided basket


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