If you're on Instagram (I am Craftygardenmom on there, come find me!) and follow any quilters or general sewers you have probably seen the long list of 1 Hour Basket photos. Seriously, everybody seems to be making one of these handy and quick little "baskets" these days!
And why not, because as everyone, myself included, can attest to it: they really do only take 1 hour to make from cutting to putting your stuff in it!
The hardest part of this project is the fabric selection. I have so many ideas of fabrics to use in future baskets, but decided to cut into some of my more "precious" vintage textiles for this. You probably don't know this about me, but I was once single. No kids. Living the high life of earning a working girl's salary (a pittance in terms of what I went to school for and what people starting out in my career make today), and had ALL KINDS of disposable income to throw around.
OK, not really, but looking back I think fondly of those days where my spending choices were basically rent, food, Happy Hour drinks, and sewing/quilting/garage-sale hunting/eBay shopping VS. a mortgage, diapers, baby food, kid food, school clothes, school fees, extra activities for kids, birthday gifts, more food, more clothes because they are weeds, replacing broken stuff, gas because I am now a taxi service, and a whole host of other things that make DH and I look at each other and ask how we got so stupid to not know when we had a good thing going.....in a joking way of course. Kind of. Sigh. Oh, the good ol' days.
Anyways, along the way of living my carefree, buy pretty much what I want life, I spent a LOT of time on eBay. Like, a lot a lot. (This was the dark ages before Etsy, Craftsy, and the plethora of similar shopping sites there are now.) I acquired a sizeable amount of vintage fabrics and textiles on eBay. Over the years I have sold quite a bit of it (back to eBay!), but I still have a rather large stash of some items I just couldn't bear to part with.
These 1950s barkcloth curtain panels are one item I would probably fight you to the death over,
they are so fabulous.
I wanted to use a vintage lining fabric too, but felt this new repro print from JoAnn Fabrics was a perfect compliment to the exterior.
It finishes about 7" deep, and 6" wide, so it holds a reasonable amount of stuff for a mid-size display basket. I decided to fill it with some of my more special yarn for now, and keep it in my storage unit.
I plan to make several more of these, and bless Instagram again, because many people have been making them in different sizes and posting their cutting measurements, saving me having to work all that out.
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