Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Tisket, A Tasket....

May...brings a new  Across The Pond Sew Along Project
Join in with this month's fun project !

May has arrived, and it's time to tell you what Amy , of Amy Made That!   has chosen  for this month's sew along project.

The project:  Baskets  

I don't know about you, but I LOVE baskets!!  They rate right up there with my faves....  mug rugs, tote bags, and pouches!!  

I not only adore baskets, but actually use them around my house.  I'll share  some tutorials and directions for  a few different baskets with you during May.

I made this Fabric Basket     Tutorial by Ayumi @ Pink Penguin
This is a little Fabric Basket, made with linen and  my scraps.  Ayumi wrote a great tutorial at Pink Penguin blog.  

The inside
After I made this basket,  I decided to change the dimensions to make another one to hold Whiskers' cat treats.  It is more of a square, and holds 4 pouches of treats.

"I'd like this one now, please....."

The cat treat  basket

One day, I saw some blogs showing how to make a string block.  I thought it would be cute  to make a small basket with string blocks.  

3 Mini string block baskets  (across the front ) ....(the  Pink Penguin basket is in the middle back )

Making  a mini string block basket: 
 I combined  the tutorials of  Ayumi @ Pink Penguin
and   Sukie @ Sukie ( .  Sukie made a great  tutorial to show how to sew  a string block (into a mug rug.)  
What you need:
  • 4-  4" x 4"  pieces of copy paper   (for the foundation.)  
  • Scraps-  1" x 6"  strips    (about 8-10 per block)  Cut them ahead of time
  • 2- 1 1/2 " x 8 1/2 "   fabric  for top border
  • 2-  5" x 8"  lining fabric
  • 2 -  1 1/2 " x 6 "  fabric for handles
  • 2 -  5" x 8"  Pellon FF987  for string blocks  (fuse on after tearing paper away from block)

These mini string block fabric baskets are good for holding my cutting threads and scraps

Three mini string blocks and the Pink Penguin fabric basket

These are just a few ideas for baskets.  I will have more ideas coming up in May.  
Amanda  @  The Patchsmith   and Amy  @  Amy Made That!  will be sharing their basket projects and other creative ideas this month, too.  Hop on over to see what they are making !

If you want to see baskets made by our Across The Pond Sew Along group members, hop on over to the Flickr group  .  We'll have a thread going so you can ask questions and get more basket ideas and share your experience.  We LOVE seeing what you make with us!!

By the way, if you need a gift idea for Mother' s Day,  Amy and Amanda's  blogs have lots of patterns that would make beautiful Mother's Day gifts for the special moms, sisters and aunts in your family!  

A-Tisket, A-Tasket,
Won't you make a basket....

I'm off to my sewing room!


  1. Cool! I'm looking forward to finally make one.

  2. Lovely baskets! Thank you for sharing some tutorials with us as well :)

  3. I am soooooo copying the idea of keeping pet treats in a pretty basket! Ayumi's tutorial is inching to the top of my must-make list!

  4. You have been so busy Susie - the string baskets are perfect storage and it goes without saying that I love the patchwork on Pink Penguin's basket too.

  5. Perfect - on my way to make strings.

  6. Great baskets, Susie!! I have made several of Ayumi's fabric baskets and LOVE them. It's one of my top five favorite tutorials. I never thought about making one for a treat basket for my cats. Great idea!!


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