How to make a fabric basket out of tea towels

These great little fabric baskets are a cinch to sew. I have used tea towels to make this super quick, but fabric also works well. You’ll just have to do some extra hemming.

how to make fabric boxes from tea towels - the Mummy & the Minx

I picked these sweet towels up from Woolies for $9 (for 3).


You’ll need:

  • Two tea towels that look great together
  • Thread
  • A sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Iron

How to make the fabric basket:

  • Fold one tea towel in half so that two shorter edges meet each other at the top. Sew both sides.  Leave the top open.  Repeat for the other tea towel.
  • This is the clever bit. Iron the fold at the bottom. Place one sewn seam so that it lies on top of ironed crease.  This will create a triangle.  Measure about 7cm in from the apex of the triangle. Pin. Put the ruler vertically against the pin and mark a straight line. Sew along that line. Do the same on the other side.
  • Turn inside out and you have a box. Repeat for the other tea towel.
  • Place the fabric boxes inside one another,  the wrong sides should be facing each other.
  • Fold down so that the inner box fabric creates a fold over the outer box fabric. You could sew the two boxes together,  but you don’t need to. Keeping them separate allows you to create a few and mix and match!

how to make a fabric basket from two tea towels

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You can use the fabric basket as storage or fill it with goodies for a lovely Christmas gift.

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