More Sewing: Nephews’ Fabric Baskets

O7 and I were recently in JoAnn’s, picking out some Easter craft supplies, when we spied this fabulous Marvel Comics fabric in the remnant bin.

Marvel breakout fabric

My nephews are moving into a new house (next door, but that’s another story) and seeing this fabric, which was basically Avengers fabric without calling itself as such, made us think that it would be fun to make something for their new bedrooms. The Avengers motif was perfect for J6, and then we spied Star Wars fabric which was spot-on for D9. We grabbed the remnant, then bought a half-yard each of three other prints: one Marvel, and two Star Wars. That was plenty to make one fabric basket for each of them.

I used the structured fabric baskets tutorial from Sew 4 Home, which is a really great website: lovely fabric porn and detailed tutorials, all rolled into one.

I followed the tute almost exactly, but substituted piping for the rickrack and omitted the handles. They came out nice, and the boys seemed to really like them.


The lining fabrics are the same themes as the exteriors, but a different print.

Fabric Baskets for nephews

Star Wars basket (with Clone Wars lining, as O7 chose):

Star Wars basket



Avengers basket:

Avengers basket

While the baskets came out pretty well, I was very disappointed with my sewing machine.  Not only did it grumble about the layers of fabric and batting, but the topstitching came out terrible.  And I can attest that the problem is not between the seat and the pedal, at least not this time.    I just had the machine tuned, so sadly  it may be time to shop for a new machine.

Who am I kidding?  I have already shopped for a new machine.  It should be here in a few days.