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Sew sturdy fabric baskets

You can never have enough storage at home.

Fabric baskets are ideal to store craft or sewing supplies, bathroom accessories, stationery, small toys and even for flowers in a waterproof pot. In this tutorial I will show you how to sew sturdy fabric baskets in three sizes. 

Fabric storage baskets with Brother Innov-is F550 sewing machine

Materials needed

Refer to the table and image below for the fabric, interfacing and paper you will need for each size basket.

Fabric and scissors with Brother Innov-is F560 sewing machine

Download the table for fabric, interfacing and paper needed


Equipment needed

  • Sewing machine with sewing thread
  • Pen 
  • Scissors 
  • Fabric clips 
  • Ruler 
  • Iron and ironing board  
  • Marking pen or chalk 
  • Point turner  
  • Webbing for handles (optional)

Tip: old cushion covers, tote bags, curtains, jeans, tablecloths or even quilts can be upcycled into baskets. Have a look around the house or thrift store to see what you can use! 


  • Sew all seams with 1.5cm seam allowance, unless otherwise stated.
  • Sew all seams with straight stitch and stitch length set at 2.5, unless otherwise stated.

How to

Step 1

Iron the outer and lining fabrics (1a and 3a) onto the corresponding interfacing pieces (1b and 3b).

Grey and white fabric being ironed

Step 2

Fold the now interfaced outer fabric with short edges aligning. Find the centre and mark on the interfacing side. Repeat on the other long side.

Hands folding fabric and stabiliser in half

Step 3

Align the short edges of paper rectangle A and crease the fold in the middle.

Place the long edge of the paper against the long edge of the fabric, aligning the crease in the paper with the centre mark on the fabric and draw around the sides with a pen. Repeat on the opposite long side of the fabric.
Hands drawing around paper rectangle on fabric

Step 4

Cut out rectangles from the fabric.
Scissors cutting rectangle out of fabric

Step 5

Fold the outer piece in half along the long edge, matching the short edges and secure with fabric clips along short edges.

Fabric folded and secured with clip

Step 6

Sew the folded outer fabric along the left and right short edges. Mark the left and right corners of the folded bottom edge with a pen. 
Hands marking fabric with pen

Step 7

Press the seams open.
Seam on grey fabric pressed open with fingers

Step 8

To close the openings (gusset), match the end of the side seam to the mark you made on the bottom fold. Match the raw edges and secure with clips. Sew and trim the edge to about 0.5cm. Repeat on the other side.

Tip: if you haven’t sewn a gusset before, we have a quick YouTube How To here.
Layers of gusset on fabric pressed together with hands

Step 9

Sew across the open side seam, at the top edge of the basket. This will keep the seam allowances open and lying flat.
Sewing with Brother sewing machine over seam allowance

Step 10

Turn the outer part of the basket right side out and shape the corners well. Use a point turner.
Hands turning fabric basket to right side

Step 11

Repeat steps 1 – 9 with the lining fabric (3a) and fusible interfacing (3b).

At the top edge, fold 1cm over to the wrong side and press.

Hem being pressed into white fabric with iron

Step 12

Repeat steps 1 – 4 with medium weight batting or foam stabiliser (2) and paper rectangle B.

Fold it into a basket shape and push it into the outer part of the basket.
batting layer inserted into fabric basket

Step 13

Insert the lining and shape the corners well, using a point turner.
Lining inserted into fabric basket

Step 14

Fold the pressed edge of the inner basket over all other layers (approx. 2 cm).

Now you could sew the edges together, but I chose not to do that - this way you can take the basket parts apart and wash them separately if needed.
Lining being folded to outside over edges of fabric basket


If you want, you can attach handles. To do this, position webbing on the side of the basket, fix with clips and sew.
Handles being added to fabric basket

I wish you a lot of fun tailoring and sewing!

Missredfox with her sturdy fabric baskets

 I can’t wait to see what you make! Remember to tag in Brother on Instagram and Facebook, and myself too!

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