Loving Your Leftovers: Turn Your Pre-Cuts into a Quilted Basket

Now that spring has sprung, are you ready for a little reorganizing, refreshing, recycling, and repurposing? In Pre-Cut Patchwork’s March/April 2019 issue, Abigail Dolinger shares her solution for turning extra 5” and 10” squares into handy fabric baskets. Just think of all the things you can gather into these quaint quilted 7¼” x 7¼” x 7¼” catch-alls: tiny toys, cosmetics, snacks, tools, office supplies—not to mention quilting knick-knacks!

Such a nifty and useful little basket!

Such a nifty and useful little basket!

Got squares? Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 basket:

MATERIALS AND CUTTING

• 16 assorted print (5″) squares, cut into 16 (4½”) A squares
• 6 teal print (10”) squares cut into 5 (9½”) B squares and 1 (8½”) C square

From ¼ yard purple print, cut:
• 2 (3½” × 7½”) rectangles for handles
• 1 (2½” × 30″) strip for binding

Plus:
• 5 (8½”) squares of heavy, fusible interfacing
• 5 (9″) squares of quilt batting

ASSEMBLY

1. Join 4 assorted print A squares as shown to make 1 Four-Patch block. Make 4 Four-Patch blocks total.

Four-Patch Block Diagrams.

Four-Patch Block Diagrams.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, fuse interfacing to the wrong side of each Four-Patch block and teal C square.

3. Layer 1 teal B square (right side down), 1 (9″) batting square, and 1 Four-Patch block (right side up). Quilt as desired. Repeat for each Four-Patch block and teal C.

Quilt as desired! Abigail chose to quilt a pattern reminiscent of the 8-at-a-Time Triangle-Squares method; the purple thread complements the fabrics nicely!

Quilt as desired! Abigail chose to quilt a pattern reminiscent of the 8-at-a-Time Triangle-Squares method; the purple thread complements the fabrics nicely!

4. Center and trim each quilted Four-Patch block and teal C square to 8″.

5. Use a machine zigzag stitch to finish all 4 edges of each Four-Patch block and teal C square.

6. Fold 1 purple handle strip in half lengthwise; press. Unfold and fold raw edges to the center crease; press. Fold in half again so folded edges meet. Topstitch along both long edges. Repeat for the second handle.

Handle Diagrams.

Handle Diagrams.

7. With right sides together, use a ⅜” seam allowance to join 2 Four-Patch blocks, ending and backstitching ⅜” from the bottom edge. In the same manner, join all Four-Patch blocks into a row.

Basket Assembly Diagram 1.

Basket Assembly Diagram 1.

8. Align raw edges of 1 handle with top edge of last Four-Patch block, placing ends 1⅜” from the side seams as shown; baste. Repeat on the second Four-Patch block in the row.

Basket Assembly Diagram 2

Basket Assembly Diagram 2

9. Repeat the stitching process in step 7 to join the last Four-Patch block to the first Four-Patch block.

10. With right sides together, match bottom corners of Four-Patches to corners of the teal C (basket bottom). With a ⅜” seam allowance, sew Four-Patch bottom edges to basket bottom edges.

Abigail enclosed her seams using a serger. A zig zag stitch would also work.

Abigail enclosed her seams using a serger. A zig zag stitch would also work.

11. To finish the basket, sew binding to top edge, catching the handle raw edges in the seam. Turn basket right side out.

Now fill ‘er up!

Eileen Fowler

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