Two Tips for More Polished Fabric Baskets and Bags

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Make Linings Fit Better and Openings for Turning Disappear!

If you’ve ever made lined fabric baskets or a lined bag you may have discovered that sometimes the linings don’t lay smoothly. That’s not surprising, since they’re usually cut the same size as the outside.

The solution is to taper the lining slightly so it fits better inside the bag or basket. Quick, simple and you’ll have a more polished project once it’s completed.

Two Tips for More Polished Fabric Baskets and BagsPixie Baskets. Get the free tutorial here.

Another issue that sometimes crops up, and not just with bags and boxes, is that the open edges of a turned project don’t always fold nicely inside. It can be hard to make that opening look just like the seam on either side when the edges don’t want to turn under neatly.

Two Tips for More Polished Fabric Baskets and Bags

There’s also an easy solution for that. Simply turn 90 degrees and sew straight to the outside edge on either side of the space you’re leaving open for turning. (Once the project is turned and the edges of the opening pressed into place, use this hand stitch to close the opening.)

Both solutions are explained in an article by Chris from Made by ChrissieD. Neither solution takes much extra time and both will produce nicer finishes, whether for linings or for projects that are turned.

Click here for the “2 Sewing Tips You Need To Know” article.


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