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Collapsible Baskets
Collapsible Baskets

Recycle cardboard boxes into these adorable collapsible baskets. Perfect for catch-all's on your desk, or for mail holders by the front door.

Created by: Holly Hickman

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Level: Intermediate

Janome Supplies Required
Any Janome Sewing Machine
Zigzag foot A
Blue tip needle 75/11
Leather needle


Fabric and Notions Required
1/3 yd. Fabric A (for outer box covering)
¼ yd. Fabric B (for box lining)
Thread in color to match fabrics
Chipboard, cardboard, or any heavy weight card stock you can recycle

Cutting Instructions
From Fabric A
Cut one strip 7 ½” x 43”; subcut into one 6 ½” x 33” piece and one 7 ½” x 10”
Cut two strips 1 ¾” x 34” for binding

From Fabric B
Cut one strip 7 ½” x 43”; subcut into one 6 ½” x 33” piece and one 7 ½” x 10”

From Cardboard
Cut four pieces, 6” x 3 ¼”
Cut two pieces, 6” x 9 ¼”
Cut one piece, 6 ½” x 9”

Note: All seams are ½” (seam allowance is included in all cutting measurements).

Sewing Instructions
1. With right sides together, fold 6 ½” x 33” piece of Fabric A in half and stitch up side.

2. Turn right side out and press. Repeat with Fabric B.
3. With wrong sides of fabric facing, place Fabric B inside Fabric A. Stitch around bottom.

4. Stitch a line to create a vertical seam. From this seam, measure and mark at intervals: 9 3/8”, 3 ½”, 3 ½”, 9 3/8”, 3 ½”, and 3 ½”. Stitch a vertical seam at each mark.

5. Pin 7 ½” x 10” piece of Fabric A onto the walls you just made to create the box bottom. Align corners of Fabric A piece with vertical stitches on wall and stitch together.

6. To create binding, fold 1 ¾” x 34” piece of Fabric A in half lengthwise. Fold in half again. Repeat to create two binding strips.

7. Pin first binding strip around bottom and stitch to box.
8. Insert cardboard pieces into slots created by stitching in box wall.

9. Using leather needle, stitch second binding strip to top of box, encasing the cardboard pieces.

10. Lay 6 ½” x 9” cardboard piece on wrong side of 7 ½” x 10” piece of Fabric B. Fold edges of fabric over cardboard and stitch on all sides.

11. Insert fabric-covered cardboard piece into bottom of box, fabric side up.

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