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Harvest Home Basket.

Form meets function with this charming embroidered storage basket. It's perfect for holding laundry or corralling patio supplies.

MATERIALS

+ 1/2 yard of 56"-wide striped outdoor fabric

+ 1/4 yard of coordinating 56"wide solid outdoor fabric

+ 2 1/4 yards each of coordinating fabric (lining) & at least 56"wide headliner foam

+ Paper-release adhesive tear-away stabilizer

+ 5"x12" rectangle of mediumweight interfacing

+ Thread: coordinating all-purpose, bobbin & embroidery

+ Needles: hand sewing & size 80/12 embroidery

+ Point turner

+ Embroidery design (Approx. 3.94"x5.35"; see "Design.")

PREPARE

* From the striped fabric, cut two 7'/2"x56" strips for the upper and lower panels.

* From the solid fabric, cut one 8"x56" strip for the center panel and two 21"x12" strips for the handles.

* From the lining fabric, cut one 21"x56" rectangle for the main panel, two 2 1/2" x 12" strips for the handle lining and two 18"-diameter circles for the basket base. Designate one base as the exterior base.

* From the headliner foam, cut two 21"x56" main panels and two 18"-diameter circle bases.

* Fuse interfacing to each solid fabric handle wrong side following the manufacturer's instructions. Designate as the exterior handles.

EMBROIDER

* Install the embroidery needle into the machine. Thread the needle and bobbin with matching embroidery thread.

* Mark the horizontal and vertical centerlines on the solid center panel.

* Hoop a piece of paper-release adhesive tear-away stabilizer with the paper side facing up. Score the paper along the hoop inner perimeter. Remove the paper to expose the adhesive. Mark the hoop centerlines using a removable fabric marker.

* Position the center panel right side up over the hooped stabilizer, aligning the fabric and stabilizer design centerlines; finger-press to secure. Place the hoop onto the machine.

* Embroider the design. Remove the hoop from the machine and the stabilizer from the hoop. Trim any jump threads.

* Carefully tear away the stabilizer from the design perimeter.

CONSTRUCT

Use 1/2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

* Stitch the center-panel upper edge to the upper-panel lower edge with right sides together; press open.

* Repeat to stitch the lower-panel upper edge to the center-panel lower edge. Designate as the exterior panel.

* Position the foam main panel over the exterior-panel wrong side; baste the perimeter.

* Repeat to baste the foam bottom to the exterior bottom, the remaining foam main panel to the lining main panel and the remaining foam base to the lining base.

* Fold the exterior panel in half widthwise with right sides together; pin. Stitch the short edges; press open.

* Repeat to stitch the lining main panel, leaving a 4" opening for turning.

* Align the exterior base and exterior main panel with right sides together; pin. Stitch, clipping into the basting stitches as needed to fit the curved edges together.

* Repeat to stitch the lining main panel and base.

* Insert the lining into the exterior basket with right sides together and aligning the seamlines; pin. Stitch the upper edge.

* Turn the basket right side out through the lining opening. Hand stitch the opening closed using an invisible stitch.

* Topstitch 1/2" from the upper edge.

* Select a 4.0mm stitch length. To secure the exterior to the lining, stitch in the ditch along the exterior panel upper and lower seamlines (A). If needed, roll down and pin the basket upper edge to reach the lower-panel seamline.

* Position one exterior handle and one lining handle with right sides together; pin. Stitch the perimeter, leaving a 2"-long opening for turning.

* Turn the handle right side out through the opening. Push out the corners using a point turner. Press flat, and then topstitch along the perimeter.

* Repeat to construct the remaining handle.

* Position each handle on opposite sides of the basket exterior; pin. Stitch each handle short end with a centered square with an X inside the square to secure.

tip

Always test stitch the design on scrap fabric for best results.

DESIGN

Built-in design from the Brother PE 770 machine, available at ibroidery.com

Hand Stitch Help

Learn how to create an invisible hand stitch.

* Fold the opening seam allowances toward the wrong side; press.

* Thread a hand sewing needle with button/craft thread; knot the end.

* On the inside of the fold, bring the needle to the surface at the opening beginning point.

* Insert the needle into the first folded edge and make a small stitch on the fabric surface.

* Insert the needle on the opposite folded edge directly across from where the needle came out of the first folded edge. Take another small stitch on the folded fabric surface.

* Continue to create stitches in a zigzag pattern from edge to edge (1).

* Starting at the top and working down, pull the threads together to close the opening. Knot the thread; trim.
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Author:Springer, Bianca
Publication:Creative Machine Embroidery
Date:Sep 6, 2019
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