Fabric Scrap Basket Pressing
As an aside to my Fabric Scrap Basket tutorial, I thought I would talk about how I get my sides so crisp and square. I press. A lot.
When I first finish sewing the basket together, this is what it looks like. Very rounded from the top. Not very “basket” like in the boxy sense.
First I start by folding the sides in toward the center and pressing with the iron along what would be the bottom edge. When I’m pushing the side into the center, I make sure to push it in only so much as to have the end of my sewing of the side be where the bottom edge is. I know, sounds confusing. Blow up the picture and see what I mean.
Then I fold the sides to each other and press the corner seam. Really well. On all four corners.
Finally, I lay it on its side and iron the sides to help with any wrinkles. This helps to give it a nice, crisp look. Some of it of course has to do with my using a stiff sew-in interfacing, but even with softer batting you should be able to have it sit a little more like a box with square edges, instead of round. Cause then that wouldn’t really be a box, would it.
Then of course you’re suppose to stuff it with all sorts of fun stuff.
…it’s so hard to get anything done with views like this sitting in front of me while I’m drafting and typing. Maybe it will rain tomorrow.
Just in case it’s a day or two before I post, I have to share my son and his scrap pile. Moments like these make three sleepless nights worth it. My little man is on the mend and I’m looking forward to a good half-way decent nights sleep tonight.
May 12, 2009 at 5:06 am
new pattern??? ooh!
sweet Brice! perhaps some day we will all have a flickr group: our boys who sew.
May 12, 2009 at 6:41 am
What a gorgeous photo of your little one . I forgot to tell you earlier I so love your little sewing machine .
May 12, 2009 at 10:21 am
Maybe I should try making a fabric basket… once I have finished swapping rooms…
The view is lovely, is that your backyard? I would be day deaming half the day away and then some. You son looks adorable! What a great place to have a sleep. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to sew, sew, sew and then just fall asleep, have a nice little nap like this, then wake up and sew some more?! :)
May 12, 2009 at 11:14 am
My son loves pulling down all my ribbons (and I have a lot…check it out at http://www.justformesewing.com/?pageid=28) throwing them up in the air and letting them rain down on his head. My older son loves sewing with my decorative stitches on a piece of fabric. They’re so fun!
May 12, 2009 at 12:29 pm
OMGoodness I LOVE the picture of your little one asleep in the scraps. LOL
Giddy for Paisley
May 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm
I can not believe you said you would like rain tomorrow. I want all the sun I can get right now, bring on the heat.
I am so glad Brice is feeling better. He is such a cutie pie.
May 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm
I will have to try and make one of these boxes. It would be so handy. Oh, My that is a sweet photo of your boy. Don’t you feel like that sometimes when you are working putting fabrics together? :-)
May 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm
it looks so great! I need to get some stiff interfacing so I can make one. looks great
Nanette Merrill and daughters
May 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm
Nice job christina. Pretty and functional.
May 12, 2009 at 11:30 pm
Thanks for the added instruction on the fabric baskets..they are still on my “must make” list! your son looks so sweet in that photo – what a cutie-pie.
May 13, 2009 at 7:11 am
I stumbled upon your blog via Chickpea Sewing Studio and I wanted to let you know that I really love your stuff/style! It looks all very well made with lots of love put into it. . I’ll definitely check your blog out regularly!
May 13, 2009 at 12:38 pm
My fabric baskets will never be as fab as yours. I’m a little allergic to the iron. ;P Love the little man stash. Hope all has been well with your. phew move over, work started, car bought, one guilty mummy one happy kid.
Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart)
May 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm
I love your basket! I need to learn how to make one of those, you did a beautiful job! And what an adorable photo of your son sleeping with the fabric! Made me smile…
October 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm
Sew I Did It Myself
February 22, 2010 at 11:44 am
How sweet… the little guy
Love the box/basket too
Who "NEW" Creations
November 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm
Your boxes are terrific, very clear instructions. Thanks for the tip. I am your newest follower.
Pretty Little Things
November 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm
this is great!
December 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm
I love these! I’m making some to house all my handmade xmas gifts this year. :)
May 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm
Great thing to keep in mind!! I like your crisp look!
Thanks for this and your basket tutorial!
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