Sewing a Fabric Basket

A fabric basket is a great way to develop your sewing skills, learn new techniques, and make a pretty organizer. Follow these instructions to sew your own unique handmade fabric basket!

Handmade Fabric Basket

MATERIALS

1/2 yard cotton fabric for exterior, 1/2 yard coordinating cotton fabric for lining, 1/2 yard of fusible fleece to give the basket structure and help it to stand up

CUT exterior 18" x 22", lining 18" x 22", fusible fleece 18" x 22"

CUT exterior 18" x 22", lining 18" x 22", fusible fleece 18" x 22"

PREP Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the exterior fabric following the manufacturers instructions. (You will need an iron for this step.)

PREP Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the exterior fabric following the manufacturers instructions. (You will need an iron for this step.)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fold the 22" length of the exterior fabric in half with right sides facing, pin along each side, and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat with the lining piece.

1. Fold the 22" length of the exterior fabric in half with right sides facing, pin along each side, and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat with the lining piece.

2. Using a 3" square of paper as a guide and tailor's chalk (or pencil), draw a square on each bottom* corner of the exterior fabric (front and back sides). Repeat with the lining fabric. Note: Align the paper guide along the seam. The *bottom is the folded edge.

2. Using a 3" square of paper as a guide and tailor's chalk (or pencil), draw a square on each bottom* corner of the exterior fabric (front and back sides). Repeat with the lining fabric. Note: Align the paper guide along the seam. The *bottom is the folded edge.

3. Along one side seam, pinch each corner of the squares drawn in Step 2 and pull apart to get the triangle shape pictured above--this should measure to be a 6 inch line. Pin down and sew along the line. Trim the triangle 1/2 inch from the seam. Repeat with the other corners on the lining and exterior.

3. Along one side seam, pinch each corner of the squares drawn in Step 2 and pull apart to get the triangle shape pictured above--this should measure to be a 6 inch line. Pin down and sew along the line. Trim the triangle 1/2 inch from the seam. Repeat with the other corners on the lining and exterior.

4. Turn the lining right side out and place inside the exterior so that each piece is right side to right side. Align the side seams and pin in place then pin a few more sections along the top edge. 

4. Turn the lining right side out and place inside the exterior so that each piece is right side to right side. Align the side seams and pin in place then pin a few more sections along the top edge. 

5. Sew the lining to the exterior and be certain to leave a 4" opening to turn the basket right-side-out. 

5. Sew the lining to the exterior and be certain to leave a 4" opening to turn the basket right-side-out. 

6. Once the basket is turned right-side-out, press the top edge with an iron and then topstitch. A topstitch seam will help to define the top edge and also will close the 4 inch opening.  

6. Once the basket is turned right-side-out, press the top edge with an iron and then topstitch. A topstitch seam will help to define the top edge and also will close the 4 inch opening.  

Handmade Fabric Basket
Handmade Fabric Basket

You have finished making a handmade fabric basket! Nice job! This fabric basket is reversible! You can fold over the top edge or leave as is.

Summer Sewing 2015 - Learning, Making, and Having Fun!

We had a great summer of sewing! Lots of students participated and made amazing projects! Best of all, they fell in love with sewing!

We love to sew at Sew You Studio!

We offered a variety of workshops for kids & teens, girls & boys. Students developed their sewing skills by trying out new techniques and learning how to construct garments, blankets, bags, doll clothes, and more!

If you were wondering what kids are capable of making, check out the photos below of their amazing work! It's impressive!

If your child is interested in learning to sew and making fun things, our FALL 2015 CLASSES are now scheduled. Sign up now because we only have a limited number of seats available!

 

SUMMER SEWING PROJECTS 2015

(Click on the pictures to scroll through each collection.)

DOLL CLOTHES

Dresses, skirts, bags, headbands!

 

SHORTS & TANK TOPS

Summer wardrobe staples! The shorts have side seam pockets and the tank tops are finished with bias tape!

 

SUMMER DRESSES, ROMPERS, & BAGS

Pretty sundresses and satchel-like bags. . . perfect for staying cool or a visit to the pool!

 

TEEN DRESSMAKING

These dresses were made using the teens' favorite dresses. We made a pattern for each dress and recreated a beautiful new favorite dress!

 

SEWING FOR BOYS

Boys sew too! These boys made very creative projects including shorts, belts, wallets, a vest, and a mouse!

 

DRESSMAKING

This series taught girls how to construct a dress. Once their dress was finished, they made skirts!

 

MY HANDMADE PICNIC

Students made picnic blankets that folded into bags for easy carrying and placemat rolls. 

 

SEW FUN

A chance to sew fun and creative things!

We look forward to teaching your child how to sew. We hope they can join in on the fun this Fall!

 

Sewing Tip: Connecting Bias Strips

Cutting bias strips from fabric is not very difficult but sometimes sewing them together can be a challenge. I have found that the most fool-proof way to sew together strips of bias tape is to:

 1) Cut the ends of each strip straight and overlap with fabric right side to right side. Mark a diagonal line from top left corner to bottom right corner and pin. The overlap is what makes this method easy and successful!

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams, Connecting Bias Strips

2) Sew together - there is no need to backstitch, but you can if you want to.

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams, Connecting Bias Strips
Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams, Connecting Bias Strips

3) Trim the seam allowance to about 1/4 inch and press open.

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams, Connecting Bias Strips
Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams, Connecting Bias Strips

4) Trim the extra fabric pieces that stick out or leave them. The bias tape is now ready to be used in your sewing project!

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams, Connecting Bias Strips
Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams, Connecting Bias Strips

I made this bias tape for the casing, facing, and straps in this cute romper! Come learn how to make it in our Kids' Summertime Sewing class, Sundress/Romper & Sling Bag!

More sewing tips, techniques, and suggestions can be found in our Behind the Seams section.

 
Source: http://www.sewyoustudio.com/blog/2015/5/17...

Sewing Tip: Green Light, Red Light

Simple Sewing Tip for kids (and adults too!):

Kids love to sew but sometimes they feel nervous or unsure about where to start and stop sewing. When sewing a project that requires special sewing instructions, e.g. leaving an opening for turning, use straight pins to mark where to start and stop your seam. 

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams: using straight pins as guides

Green and red pins are great visual markers to guide you in knowing where to start and stop your seams. This is a great tip for kids but also a helpful one for adults!

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams: Green Light, Red Light - using straight pins as guides

If you don't have green and red pins, you can double up the pins or turn them in the opposite direction to help you know where to start and stop.

Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams: Straight Pins as Guides
Sew You Studio | Behind the Seams: Straight Pins as Guides

You can find more sewing tips and tricks in our special section called Behind the Seams! Happy sewing!

 

Letterpress Love at Sew You Studio!

We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to Sew You Studio! Our beautiful letterpress!

Our letterpress was moved into the studio last week, just in time for printing some fun Valentine's Day cards!

Sew You Studio | Moving the Letterpress to the Studio

To give her a proper presentation, we are hosting an open house this coming Friday, February 6. Join us for demonstrations and hands-on activities! We will also be featuring a local business, Le Petit Gateau, who will be serving delicious cookie samples. They will also be selling delectable pastries and taking orders for Valentine's Day!

Please stop by and get a chance to print out a card for your sweetheart and learn about our upcoming workshops!

Let us know you are coming by signing up on our Facebook events page (link below)!

Love Letters - A Letterpress Event

Sew You Studio - 3795 Grove Street, Denver, CO 80211

Friday, February 6, from 6-9pm

"p" is for pretty. . . pretty stitches!

Do you know how to place the bobbin in your sewing machine for even and pretty stitches?

If you have a sewing machine with a bobbin case that looks like this:

Sew You Studio | Sewing Machine with a Drop-in Bobbin

. . . then you have a drop-in bobbin sewing machine.

To get the prettiest stitches on a drop-in bobbin sewing machine, all you have to do is remember that "p" is for pretty stitches. As shown in the illustration below, the thread should wrap counter-clockwise around the bobbin. When you hold the bobbin between your fingers, the thread will hang on the left side and it will all look like a letter "p". 

"p" is for pretty stitches!

"p" is for pretty stitches!

Drop the bobbin into the machine just like this every time you sew for pretty stitches!

Memorial Quilts: Getting Started

In 2015, I will be working with The Colors of Healing program at Children's Hospital Colorado. It is a bereavement program for parents who have experienced the loss of a child. I have a personal connection with this group as my oldest daughter died unexpectedly in 2005, she was 6 years old. I have found The Colors of Healing to be a good support program. I look forward to being able to share my skills in sewing as an aid in the process of healing heavy hearts.

Sew You Studio | Memorial Quilts: Getting Started

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Below are some simple suggestions for getting prepared to make a quilt block* for a memorial quilt. These suggestions are for the families who will be participating in the quilting workshop day at Children's Hospital but are helpful for anyone interested in making a memorial quilt.

*A quilt block is made when pieces of fabric are sewn together to make a square/rectangular shape. The quilt block can be used as is for a simple project or you can make multiple blocks that will make a quilt when sewn together.

We will begin on a small scale by making a decorative throw pillow cover or a wall hanging. By beginning with a small project, I believe the process will seem more approachable especially if your heart is hesitant or you think your sewing skills are limited. After making your first block, you will have a better understanding of how to expand the process to make a quilt, if you desire. 

Let's get started. . . 

MATERIALS For the Memorial Quilt Workshop, you will need fabric (see below). We will provide other materials which include: thread, sewing machines, sewing tools, cotton or wool batting, cotton fabric for the back of the quilt block, interfacing, and a pillow form. If you have your own, feel free to bring them along!

FABRIC To begin, find some clothes, blankets, or fabric items that you would like to use. Think about why that piece is meaningful or important to you and also how you can use it with other fabrics to create a unique design. I suggest you consider your fabric choices so that they tell a story. If you find a fabric that you think may by difficult to work with, bring it along! We will do our best to make it work.

A personal example is choosing the Barney t-shirt my daughter liked to wear and then matching other pieces of her clothing/blankets with the color purple to accent the t-shirt. 

DESIGN I will be teaching you the basics of constructing a quilt block and will review some basic designs. If you have an idea in your mind about how you might want to layout the fabric items that you select, draw it out! If there is a story behind your choices, write it out! Creating your ideas and dreams on paper is a good way to begin the memorial quilt process. You may stick with your design or you may change your mind. Either way, it can be helpful so that your quilt block is special and unique. If you do not have any design ideas, don't worry! We will be happy to guide you along! I am certain you will find inspiration by looking through your child's items. 

CUTTING After you decide on a design plan, you will be ready to cut your fabric. You may feel very emotional about cutting the clothes and blankets that belonged to your child, it's natural. This may be a difficult process but it may also be a very freeing process. Here is a link to a piece written specifically for the emotional side of making a memorial quilt: Emotional Considerations for Memorial Quilting.

You want to make the most of the fabric you have. Most often you will want to cut clothing pieces at the seams but sometimes you will keep the seams intact. It will all depend on the design of your quilt block and how much fabric you need. The most important thing to remember is to cut the fabric bigger than you need so that you have enough for your quilt block design.  If the clothing item has a special character or pocket or section that is important for you to use, cut at least one inch around that specific area. We will be guiding you through the process of cutting at our workshop day. There is no need to pre-cut your clothing/blanket/fabric selections.

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Those are some basic suggestions to consider before getting started on creating a memorial quilt. At the Memorial Quilting Workshop Day, we will be guiding you through the process of preparing your fabric selections for a quilt block. Please come to the workshop with your special clothing/blanket/fabric items. We will also teach you basic sewing skills so that you can put your quilt block design together. Some parents will only get as far as the design process and some may actually make a pillow/wall hanging! The pace will be different for everyone but my hope is that you will find some peace and healing as you create a memorial quilt.

Happy New Year!

We had a fantastic 2014 and look forward to a wonderful 2015! 

Sew You Studio | Happy New Year 2015!

2014 was filled with great students, fun classes, and exciting changes!

-I enjoyed working with many fantastic students, kids and adults, who made great projects! It was especially exciting to see the progress and skill development of the students who participated in the Sewing School series. As a teacher, it is such a good thing to see that your students are learning and even better to see them enjoy the process of learning!

-We offered a variety of classes: one-time Sew Fun projects, Sewing School, summer camp classes, Sew Together (parent & child), Sew Giving, gift-making classes, and craft classes.

-In August, our studio space doubled+ in size because we moved into a larger studio next door! Having more space means we can spread out and work with ease. It also means we can offer a bigger variety of project classes and parties.

2015  -  We look forward to the year ahead! Our class offerings will continue to include sewing lessons in a series, one-time sewing project classes, and craft classes. Sew Giving will continue to share handcrafted goodness and instruction with local organizations.

Some new additions include more after school enrichment classes, regular sewing gatherings, sewing classes for boys, and blog posts with sewing tutorials and techniques. We are finalizing a very exciting addition that does not have to do with sewing but is all about creativity and fun machinery. I can't wait to share details about this new addition soon!

As always, we are so grateful for the continued support and interest of our students and their families. 2015 is going to be a great year and we look forward to sewing and handcrafting with you! 

Handmade Gifts, made just for you!

Have you ever received a gift that was made just for you? Isn't it so special! What about a gift made by a child? Even more special, wouldn't you agree!

If you're looking for unique and thoughtful Christmas and Holiday gifts, how about making gifts? At Sew You Studio we are offering a few GIFT classes during the month of December. The classes are for children but Mom or Dad are welcome to join their child to make some handmade gifts too! Your creations can be given to family, friends, teachers, and the special people in your life. 

Here is a list of some of the gift-making classes we have on our calendar for December (click on the photos for more details). We would love to have you join us in making special gifts that say I made this just for you!


Source: http://www.sewyoustudio.com/classes-for-ki...

Sew Giving November: Stockings

The Sew Giving project for November was to make stockings.

We had a great time making stockings to be used for "The Stocking Project". This is a program that gathers essential items such as toiletries and food for low-income seniors and adults with disabilities that live in Jefferson County Colorado. The stockings are a small gesture of kindness and love especially for those who may not have others to visit them or celebrate Christmas with.

The 5th graders at my kids' school donate toiletries and handmade stockings towards this project so it was a great opportunity for Sew You Studio to help out through our Sew Giving program! We had twelve 5th grade girls and their moms and grandmas participate. In just two hours, we made and prepared over 10 stockings and will have about 20 to donate to "The Stocking Project". We are thrilled to have been able to contribute towards this giving program!

Sew You Studio | Sew Giving November 2014
Sew You Studio | Sew Giving November 2014
Sew You Studio | Sew Giving November 2014
Sew You Studio | Sew Giving November 2014