February 18, 2019

Brooklyn Fabric Organize It Challenge!

Hello! Today is my stop on the Brooklyn Fabric Organize it Challenge! I was thrilled when Kelly Parker Smith asked me to create something with her gorgeous new Brooklyn fabric line for Sweet Bee Designs. I knew I wanted to make one of the quick and easy projects I shared on my blog back in December and decided to make the Little Things Basket using a pattern by Lou Orth of I'm Studio Lou. (You can download the pattern for free in her Payhip shop!) Since I had fat quarters of all 10 fabrics in the beautiful Brooklyn line, the only logical thing to do was make 5 little baskets. I had a lot of fun mixing and matching fabrics for the baskets and linings.

The pattern recommends Vlieseline S320 or Vlieseline G700. Since Vlieseline is a European product, I did a little Google research to find some comparable interfacings available in the US, and I ended up trying three different interfacings. Pellon SF101 made for the softest, squishiest basket but was too flimsy for me. Pellon Craft Fuse 808 made a very structured basket, but it was too stiff for my liking. I had just purchased some Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece, and that ended up being just right. (Just like Goldilocks but with interfacing!) The basket ended up being soft but still has some structure due to the thicker fleece.

These baskets are a really quick make. Since I cut all my fabric pieces prior to sewing, I was able to sew them assembly-line style which made for an even quicker project. These would be great little gifts for teachers or neighbors. (Hmmm....if start making a few here and there, I would actually have some little gifts ready to go by Christmas.) I'll probably make some more for door prizes for my quilt guild since they're perfect to use as thread/scrap catchers or for storing sewing supplies.

Thanks for stopping by! If you make one (or more!) of these fun little baskets be sure to share them on Instagram using the hashtag #littlethingsbaskets.


The joy of trying to get decent pictures in Omaha, Nebraska in February.

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