Hello, WeAllSew fans! My name is Melissa Mortenson and I’m the girl behind the Polka Dot Chair Blog. I’m also a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs and have a line of sewing and quilting patterns.
I’m always losing my scissors and seam rippers while I’m sewing and thought it would be nice to have a small hanging basket to store them. I liked how my basket turned out so much that I made two of them. I’m going to show you how to make the smaller of the two baskets today and will include the pattern sizes needed to make the larger basket as well. These baskets are just the right size to hang on a pegboard to store small accessories.
Materials to Make Embroidery Hoop Hanging Baskets
For Small Basket:
- 2 pieces of fabric 7″ x 7″ for basket outside
- 2 piece of fabric 7″ x 7″ for basket lining
- 2 pieces of Shape-Flex Interfacing 7″ x 7″
- 3″ Embroidery Hoop
- 1/2 yard of ribbon
- Fray Check
- Basic Sewing Supplies
- For Large Basket
- 2 piece of fabric 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ for basket outside
- 2 pieces of fabric 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ for basket lining
- 2 pieces of Shape Flex Interfacing 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
- 4″ Embroidery Hoop
All other supplies as noted in the Small Basket listing.
Apply the Shape Flex interfacing to the wrong side of your two basket outside pieces. Follow the directions on the package to do this. Cut a 1″ x 1″ square out of the bottom two corners of the following pieces:
2 Interfaced Basket Outside Pieces
2 Basket Lining Pieces
Stitch the two basket outside pieces together along the side and bottom sides. Do not stitch in the square.
Press the seams to one side.
Pinch the bottom corner of the basket outside piece so that the cut edges line up with each other. Stitch. Repeat for the other bottom corner.
Repeat the exact same steps to create the basket lining piece.
Turn the basket outside piece right side out.
Slip it into the basket lining piece, the right sides of the fabric will be facing and the side seams will be aligned.
Stitch around the top of the basket, leaving a 2″ opening in the front of the basket.
TIP: If you remove the arm from your sewing machine it will be easier to stitch this top seam.
Turn the piece right side out and press.
Topstitch along the top edge making sure to catch the opening in the basket as you sew.
Cut a piece of ribbon to 10″ long (or longer if you want your basket to hang lower). Finish the ends with fray check and tie the ribbon around the embroidery hoop inside piece using a simple slip knot.
Place the sewn basket INSIDE of the embroidery hoop outside piece leaving about 2″ of the basket above the hoop. Fold the fabric over the embroidery hoop. Slip the embroidery hoop inside piece (The piece with the ribbon) inside of the basket and align it with the embroidery hoop outside piece. Adjust the fabric as necessary to get an even gather and tighten the embroidery hoop.
That’s it! You can now hang your basket on your favorite hooks.