How to Make a Fabric Mini Basket

We can never have enough storage and when it comes Christmas season, a handmade storage basket makes the best gift. Add personal charm with sewing machine embroidery faster than ever.

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Finished basket size =  5″ x 5″ x 5 1/4″

Materials to make a fabric mini basket:

  • Download the Fabric Mini-Basket Rose Template
  • 2 (two) 5 1/2 inch square of cream solid fabrics
  • 2 (two) 5 1/2 inch square of printed fabric
  • 2 (two) 6 x 5 1/2 inch rectangles of print fabrics for pockets
  • 1 (one) 20 1/2 x 6 inch rectangle of print fabric for lining
  • 2 (two) 6 x 6 inch square of print fabrics for bottom
  • 1 (one) 20 x 5 inch rectangle of fusible batting (medium weight)
  • 1 (one) 30 x 2 1/2 inch strip of binding fabric
  • 2 (two) 3 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle of fusible interfacing
  • Stabilizer
  • 28-weight gray thread for machine sewing (or gray embroidery thread for hand embroidery)
  • Your sewing machine
  • Open embroidery foot (BERNINA Open embroidery foot #20/#20C/#20D)


  1. Download the Rose Pattern for the Fabric Mini Basket above. Transfer the rose on the cream solid fabric centrally using a fabric marker.

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2. Thread the sewing machine with the 28-weight gray thread and shorten the stitch length to 0.7mm. Attach an open-toe appliqué foot (BERNINA Open embroidery foot #20) to see better. Place a piece of stabilizer on the back. 

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3. Using a regular straight stitch, sew around each letter. Sew the rose pattern on the remaining cream solid fabric following the same steps.

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Making basket units

      4. Fuse 3 x 5 1/2 inch fusible interfacing on the wrong side of 6 x 5 1/2 inch pocket fabric matching one side. Make two and fold in half.

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      5. Place a pocket atop of 5 1/2 in print fabric. Sew the embroidered piece and the pocket unit together. Make two.

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6. Sew all the basket units together matching short raw edges and press seam one side.

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7. Sew the 20 1/2 x 6 inch lining fabric to the basket and fuse 20 x 5 inch fusible batting on the wrong side of the basket unit.

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     8. Topstitch 1/8 inch from each seam line between side panels and pockets.

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     9. Fold in the lining, press well and pin the top raw edges.

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10. Fuse 5 1/4 inch square fusible batting on the wrong side of 6 inch square bottom fabrics centrally. Sew two 6 inch square bottom fabric together, right side facing, with 3/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a 3 inch opening for turning. Turn right side out and press well. The bottom should measure 5 1/4 inch square. Hand stitch opening closed.

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Assemble and finish

11. Pin the bottom unit and the basket unit in place and hand stitch to assemble. Use 100% cotton Quilting thread for sturdy finish.

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12. Sew the binding to the top edge of basket and fold the binding over to the back of the basket and then hand stitch in place to finish.

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13. Embellish the pocket with labels if you have one. Attach the handles using eyelet tool.

Originally from BERNINA WE ALL SEW

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