Fabric Storage Baskets


Autumn has officially arrived and before the winter kicks in I thought I’d organize my sewing room by focusing on all the fabric scraps that I have accumulated over the years.

Until now I have been stock piling all my fabric scraps either in plastic bags or boxes, but while looking for some project ideas on what to do with my fabric scraps I came across Mary Martha Mama’s fabric basket tutorial and thought this would be a good place to start. Not only can these baskets use up fabric scraps, but they are also more ecological than plastic bags and are much prettier.

My first basket was exactly the same measurements as in the tutorial (35cm x 50cm). I used a batik cotton canvas fabric with a white cotton lining.

Batik fabric basket
White canvas lining

The only addition I made was top stitching the top edge of the basket to keep the lining down. I really like how the top looks like it has a piping.

Webbing straps and topstitching

For my second basket, was a little taller, 50cm x 50cm basket. The fabric was an assortment of cotton fabric scraps I had. I assembled it the same way as the first one.

It’s too bad the fusible interfacing seemed not to adhere fully to the fabric, but no big deal it is to store fabric scraps, after all. Not my favorite version, but it’s functional.

Sewing Room fabric scrap basket

And finally, I had this scrap of outdoor upholstery fabric that I love. I used it to sew seat cushions for our terrace some time ago (I have yet to share the project) and have been holding on to this last piece for a worthy project.

For this basket a sewed the original size (35cm x 50cm). The rigidity of the fabric makes this version hold it’s shape well. The lining is an assembly of white canvas fabric scraps.

Leaf fabric basket with yellow webbing handles

(I also used a scrap of this fabric for my small traverse bag).

Fabric scrap lining

I love these baskets. They can be used to store all sorts of items and can be made in many sizes. Why not an assortment of smaller baskets for bathroom storage. Additionally you can pop them in the washer when necessary.

I will definitely be making more of these ?


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