Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sewing a fabric basket out of scraps/Ein Stoffbehälter aus Resten

The idea of sewing storage bags out of scrap fabric is not new - but still brilliant, and I wanted to try that out. As you can see, I even added some pockets to the outside, which can hold pens and all sorts of tools.

The only thing you need is fabric and/or scraps which you sew together, maybe on a larger piece of waste cloth - and some kind of batting: in this case I recycled an old mat from my ironing board, but instead of buying new interlining you could f.e. make use of a worn-out sweater, a towel or a thin blanket - or several layers of fabrics you want to get rid of :-).

A pair of old jeans would make a wonderful big basket for toys or even fire wood, I think!

Anyway, you should end up with a rectangular piece of scrap fabric, fold it in the middle and sew the short ends together to receive a kind of broad pocket.

The trick about producing a basket or a bucket out of this is to sew a seam in a right angle across the edges to achieve a bottom - this is also often used to get that third dimension to bags of all kinds.

If you feel you need a solid pattern to do this, you can buy one from one Etsy (one example is designsmayamade, who makes them out of burlap and with handles) - and if you just want the buckets without having to sew yourself, I suggest you visit the shop of roxycreations.

(German summary: Mir gefällt die Idee sehr gut, aus Stoffresten auch Behälter nähen zu können - Behälter kann man ja immer brauchen. Der Trick ist, einfach die Ecken großzügig im rechten Winkel abzunähen, um einen Boden zu bekommen - ähnlich wie auch bei Taschen aller Art.)


Elizabeth said...

If I only became friends with my sewing machine but I'm very glad you have two beautiful baskets.

Johoanna Boykin said...

They are beautiful baskets. I have plans to make many of these to store mostly craft supplies in.

wollkisterl said...

Die Behälter sind wirklich sehr schön, und vor allem sehr praktisch. Man hat ja immer so einen Kleinkram, denn man in so Behälter verstauen kann.

Sara Lechner said...

wieder eine brauchbare erinnerung für die liste von sachen, die ich machen will. sie schauen toll aus!

Zebra said...

Ja, stimmt, für's Feuerholz wär das was! Dann wäre auch endlich das Problem gelöst, wie ich verhindern kann, dass die weiß gestrichene Wand und der Untergrund durch das Feuerholz immer wieder schmutzig werden. Also: Erstmal eine Tasche nehmen, Feuerholz rein packen, dann die Wand neu streichen und freuen!
Danke für die Idee und liebe Grüße,

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

I'm so glad you like my baskets and feel inspired to make some yourselves, too! Yes, it's true - there is always some stuff to put in it ... :-)!

Thanks for commenting again, girls - it's just wonderful to have you around!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

These are great! And speaking of sewing projects, have you checked out the free patterns and projects over at

Anneli/Bockfilz said...

Thank you very much for your comment on my scrap fabric basket posting and also for the link you gave me! I'm always happy to receive links to interesting projects like that!