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At Sew4Home, there’s little time for the traditional R&R: rest and relaxation! Instead, we have our own definition; in our studios, R&R stands for: “Re-imagine & Renovate.” It’s all about putting a new spin on a favorite design, picking new fabrics, trims and notions to create a unique look. This week’s Put A Gift In It message is ideal for today’s basket pair. Wide and shallow, they are designed to be the perfect, easy-to-fill gift baskets. We provide cutting dimensions for both a small (apx. 8″ x 5″ x 3″) and large (apx. 10″ x 6″ x 4″) basket, which nest together for easy storage. Load one up with scrumptious treats or… pick out a few inexpensive items at the store and build your own custom-themed basket for a baby or wedding shower, birthday or housewarming. Wrapping up everyday items in a handmade basket, especially one the gift recipient can use again and again, turns the ordinary into something super special.

Our thanks to Fashionable Fabrics for sponsoring today’s R&R project and providing all the fabric. Owners Dennis and Tonia were one of the first to join us as a sponsor, seeing the potential of our loyal, savvy audience early on. We’re always thrilled to give this family-owned business a good word. They have a great selection, including many of our favorite designers; their customer service is fabulous; and they offer flat rate shipping of $4.95. Fabulous… and Fashionable all around.

And, thanks as well to co-sponsor The Ribbon Retreat for providing the ribbon and rick rack trim. We love Lanae and her great staff. They have a huge selection of ribbon for any purpose your creative little mind can dream up. And it’s not just ribbons there. The Ribbon Retreat + Fabrics has a huge selection of the hottest fabrics by Moda, Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Amy Butler and more.

We used the followig items from Fashionable Fabrics and The Ribbon Retreat for our new baskets: 

Large Basket Exterior:

Mod Century Triangle Sun Rays in Turquoise by Moda Fabrics

Large Basket Lining:

Mod Century Dots in Cream by Moda Fabrics

Small Basket Exterior:

Little Apples Sweater Check in Red by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics

Small Basket Lining:

Little Apples Leaves in Aqua by Aneela Hoey for Moda Fabrics

We used the following ribbon and trim for both baskets:

W-Heatwave 1½” wired ribbon in Red

1″ Grosgrain Ric Rac in Red

To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Deep Dish Candy/Gift Baskets, go to the original tutorial:

Deep Dish Candy/Gift Baskets

Our R&R baskets were sewn exactly like the original.

Hints and Tips

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

Mixing & Matching Colors, Patterns & Textures

Making the Right Fabric Choice


Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever

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