I made this basket for the Crafty Detective Swap on Craftster, and I have to say that I had a hard time letting it go! I love the owl and deer fabric! I might be making another one for myself.
With some Laura Gunn (my fave designer!) Painter's
Canvas on the inside, it's a fun stash builder since it's a bit more
interesting than a solid and comes in great colors.
I like the quilting I did on this one, I stitched on
each side of the patchwork lines at the top (one walking foot-width
away from the line) and then through the middle section. I like the
additional quilting lines through the solid color at the bottom, I think
it adds some nice visual interest and texture.
The wonderful tutorial is found here:
says to use "fleece batting" but I just use my normal low-loft quilt
batting. I do recommend actually also using a layer of medium to heavy
weight interfacing with the lining, I normally do and I did not in this
instance and it was a tad flimsier than I would like. I also top stitch
around the top of the basket after pressing the lining to the inside to
get a nice line (make sure the handles are up!) as a very last step. (I
guess she does have you do this, but it's kind of easy to miss in the
When I previously made this I made larger sizes also, and recorded the measurements in this post if you want to do the same: