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Sew Amazing Hanging Storage Baskets!

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Have you ever wanted to sew your own hanging storage baskets? Well, anything with fabric, I’m your girl! Here is a hanging storage basket tutorial that is really, really easy. Trust me.

This hanging storage basket tutorial is fat quarter friendly too! I used 2 fat quarters for each basket – one for the exterior and one for the lining. I grabbed an easy wooden curtain rod kit and painted it white and was good to go – easy! (source below)

UPDATE: This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing. Find it here. The blog post below is totally free to read, print, and sew! Just hit control +P on your computer to print. The PDF download for $2 is totally optional.


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I wanted my hanging storage baskets to have cute labels, so I stitched pieces of inexpensive chalkboard fabric on the front.


The fat quarters I picked were from the new Hayden collection from Ink & Arrow Fabrics. I love the pretty florals, whimsical dots and chevrons, and fun dragonflies. All in gorgeous shades of green, turquoise and purple. Swoon!

Are you ready to make some hanging storage baskets???

Hanging Storage Baskets Sewing Tutorial:

To make 1 hanging storage basket, you will need:

Tip: 4 storage baskets fit great on a 48” rod, like this one I grabbed at Lowes and painted white.


Cut your fabric and fusible fleece:

From each fat quarter, cut:

  • 1 rectangle 13” x 21”

  • 2 tab strips 3” x 7”

From the chalkboard fabric, cut:

  • 1 strip 3” x 7”

From the fusible fleece, cut:

  • 1 rectangle 12” x 20”


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How to prepare the fabric pieces:

1. Choose one of the large rectangles to be the hanging storage basket exterior. Center the fusible fleece on the back and press to fuse.


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2. Fold the exterior rectangle in half with the shorter edges together. Mark and cut 1” tall x 1 1/2” wide rectangles from the corners at the fold. (see images above)

Repeat Step with the 13” x 21” lining piece.


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How to Sew the Basket Hanging Tabs:

1. Place two 3” x 7” tab pieces right sides together (one exterior and one lining) and sew the long edges together with a 1/2” seam allowance. Repeat for the second hanging tab.

2. Turn each tab right side out and press flat. Topstitch along each long edge using the edge of your presser foot as a guide.


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3. Open the exterior piece flat. Fold each hanging tab in half and pin the raw edges to the exterior piece as seen above.

Note that the hanging tabs are placed  on one of the shorter sides (which will become the top edge of the basket), 2” away from the corner.

4. Baste the hanging tabs in place 3/8” from the edge.


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Attach the chalkboard label:

1. At the opposite end of the exterior piece, from the hanging tabs, adhere the piece of chalkboard fabric using spray basting adhesive or a simple glue stick.

The chalkboard label should be centered and 1” away from the edge.


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2. Sew the chalkboard label in place 1/8” from the edge:

Tip: I used a ‘bean stitch’ to make it extra cute! This is that stitch that goes back and forth and sews three times for each stitch.


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How to Sew the Hanging Storage Basket together:

1. Fold the exterior piece right sides together again (shorter edges matching). Pin and stitch the sides together with a 1/2” seam allowance.

Press the seams open.


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2. Box the corners by flattening the side of the basket against the bottom. Sew the opening closed with a 1/2” seam allowance. Repeat on the other corner.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 above to sew the lining sides and box the corners.


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3. With the basket exterior inside out and the lining right side out, pin the lining inside the basket exterior all around the top edge. The right sides of the fabrics should be facing each other. 

Leave an opening between the two hanging tabs.

Tip: I like to use double pins to mark where I should start and stop sewing. Just a friendly reminder for myself so I don’t have to un-pick an opening. 🙂


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4. Sew around the top edge with a 1/2” seam allowance. Remember to leave an opening between the hanging tabs.


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I like to press the edges at the opening back before turning the basket right side out. It makes sewing the opening closed neater and easier.


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5. Topstitch around the top edge of the hanging basket, using the edge of your presser foot as a guide. This will close the opening at the same time.


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Use chalk to write on your new hanging storage basket, and then make lots more using my free tutorial!

Big thanks to Ink & Arrow Fabrics for sending me beautiful Hayden fat quarters for this project. Make sure you ask for them at your local quilt shop!


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4 Comments

  1. Lara Trottier says:

    This is so cute and just what I need, simple I’m going to do two sets of hanging tabs though and put some velcro on it so they can hang from the bottom of the metal bunks.

  2. Judy Powell says:

    Found this hanging basket by chance and just had the best time putting one together and it looks fabulous. I am going to make a set of them for my granddaughters to hold books, etc. and help keep them in order. Thank you so much for the fabulous pattern. You are very talented.

  3. Milady Peters says:

    Thank you for the cute basket! It’s perfect for bedroom TV remotes so they won’t keep getting lost in the covers. Like Lara, I made the straps hanging tabs that secure with KamSnaps so it will hang from the wrought iron headboard.

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