How to Sew a cute Fabric Basket! {from a free pattern}


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This fabric basket has been my stress therapy! Eight days ago hurricane Irma blew through the state of Florida. Let me tell you something, hurricanes are no fun. So much preparation goes on in the days before (and fear, to be honest). And then if you are lucky enough to be like us and only sustain minor damage – there is still a ton of cleanup that has to be dealt with afterwards. Along with power outages and broken A/C units (don’t ask).

Getting back to my sewing machine to make this fabric basket was such a relief for me – thank goodness! And thank goodness the power came back on because my sewing machine is not the treadle variety.

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When I was cleaning my sewing room before the storm, I came across this sweet sample charm pack of Gingham Girls fabric by Amy Smart for Riley Blake. The colors are so cheerful and happy that I couldn’t help but use it for my first project after the scare was over. My heart goes out to those who were’t as blessed as us after this storm or the one before it that hit Texas.

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I decided to sew up a free pattern from Amy’s blog (Diary of a Quilter). You can find the free download for the Fabric Basket Pattern here.

If you click over and see Amy’s fabric basket, it appears to be patchwork like mine – but her’s is cheater patchwork fabric, lol. I have absolutely nothing against cheater patchwork fabric, except that I didn’t have any! So I pieced together 6 charm squares for each side of my basket.

patchwork fabric basket with limes

Then I filled my new fabric basket with a bunch of fresh limes that someone gifted us after the storm – they had all fallen off the tree during the hurricane. Blessings!


Learn more about Amy’s inspiration for designing Gingham Girls here. The story will remind you of growing up in the 70’s with adorable pictures too! Here’s where you can get your own bundle of Gingham Girls fabric too. 🙂

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.


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  1. Barbara Gilbert says:

    My little key lime tree gifted me with lots of limes after the hurricane, too! Between my desire for key lime pie, and my grandson’s beloved limeades, they won’t last long. I’m glad you came the hurricane all right, as did we here in Ocala. Now – back tour sewing!

  2. Yes, hurricanes are scary and these two – Irma and Maria have been the scariest. So glad that you are safe. Clean-up UGH!!! I avoid that on a daily basis. More time to sew :-p

  3. Hi Caroline, I came across your site by accident and am I ever glad I did. So many wonderful sewing patterns and sewing tutorials. Thank you so so much. Ann

  4. Hi Caroline, it good to hear that you came through this latest storm without too much (hope!) damage. Yes, so many have suffered from hurricanes as well as tornadoes, wildfires, and floods. I can understand your delight to be able to return to your sewing love after the crisis was over. Nothing like a little power to run our machines! I have not seen this pattern before and really appreciate your sharing it with all of us.

  5. Kathy Rosendahl says:

    hi caroline, just started watching and I am loving it! love all your projects. thank you

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