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Re-imagine & Renovate: Structured Fabric Task Baskets

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The fabric basket. I think we could post a tutorial for one of these every day and people would still clamor for more. They can be used in any room in the house for any number of storage solutions. Depending on the fabric you choose, each one you make is a custom statement. That's the idea behind our Re-imagine & Renovate series (R&R): to take another run at a favorite project with new fabrics, new embellishments and new uses in mind. Today we're R&R'ing our original Hello Kitty® sewing basket in a nostalgic combination of ticking stripes and vintage print cottons. 

The interior fabric we chose is Storybook Classics and Playtime by Windham Fabric. This adorable collection features reproductions of vintage children's book illustrations. The sweet little motifs were the perfect compliment to the bold ticking stripe we selected for the exterior. There's a wonderful selection of Playtime at Fat Quarter Shop.

Fabric and Other Supplies

You'll notice the two ticking fabrics we chose are non-traditional colors: apple green and orange. We love the fact that so many fabric manufacturers are doing some of their own R&R work, bringing back classic fabrics in new sizes and modern colors. This woven ticking is from James Thompson and comes in a baker's dozen of fun colors in a ideal canvas weight. We found the entire collection at Hawthorne Threads

The attention to detail in this basket design is what helps make it so versatile and gives it such a professional look. The wrap around pockets are lined with the interior cotton fabric. The soft yet stable structure is thanks to Pellon's heavyweight fusible interfacing. Precise edgestitching provides a crisp finish all around. And, coordinated rick rack along the top edge adds a pop of color and dimension.

We've shown the baskets today as cheery way to tidy up the playroom (Mary Poppins would be proud), as a new baby gift basket, and once again as a handy sewing basket.

Each basket finishes at approximately: 10" x 6" and is 6" deep.

To Re-imagine & Renovate your own structured fabric task basket, click the link below to go to the original tutorial (which also contains the pattern and steps to make a little kitten-head pincushion):

Hello Kitty® Sewing Basket & Pincushion

The construction is the same as the original except we used rick rack as the top accent trim rather than lace. 

Hints and Tips

As we always mention when it comes to finding fabric, If you love a fabric, get it while you can. Because, like fashionable apparel, popular fabrics come and go; at some point, even the most amazing fabrics are no longer in stores or online. You can check your favorite fabric source to find out if they have it in stock or can get it for you. You can try Googling the fabric name along with the designer's name or the design house. Prints from older collections can also sometimes be found on Etsy or eBay. 

Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:

How to Mix & Match Designer Fabric Collections

How to Create A Fabric Palette

Tips for Mixing Prints

Making the Right Fabric Choice


Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Debbie Guild



Comments (3)

Momo said:
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I just finished a third one, which is for my new baby grandson and the third child of my youngest son.  Since he will be named after my middle son who wears a mustache, I appliqued one on the long pocket.  It makes everyone smile! 

Dawna said:
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Actually this is just what I need. My knitting is all over the place a couple of these would neaten that all up. I saw the Hello Kitty one and though I love Hello Kitty it wasn't for me. Honestly I didn't need one then. But today I see this and it's perfect. Thanks for re-imginating for me! I need an idea I go to you guys. Even though I have been sewing for 40 years I still love your ideas. Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees so to speak and you guys show me the forest. Thanks

mwlipari said:
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I made four of these this summer in material that matched other organizing items I made for my sewing room. They hold a bunch of stuff!