the one-hour basket reviewed
The Fabric Basket from Trina is a very nice, tall and roomy basket made from quilting quality fabric that is quilted on the outer shell. The outer shell fabric is fused and quilted which gives it stability on the outside. The inside is also quilting quality fabric (which is rather thin) but reinforced with a medium weight stabilizer. The basket holds its shape nicely. The handles fold to the left and right in the middle of the basket. The inner and outer shells are connected at the top and flipped at the top.
|Fabric Basket Tutorial from Trina of "Will Cook for Shoes"|
Although the 1 Hour Basket was as published after the Fabric Basket Tutorial, Shelby assured me she has never seen this tutorial before today. My apologies. What is different in Shelby's tutorial? It is improved and a bit more thought out especially if you don't want to do a lot of quilting.
- the newer version is compact - overall dimensions make it shorter and longer.
- bottom base is slightly smaller.
- clears up the discrepancies for inner and outer shells (inner lining must be smaller to prevent puckering when top stitching the two shells together. The inside was sewn with a 5/8" seam allowance rather than 1/2".) The picture below shows this puckering on the original basket.
- changes the handle positions to the ends
- handles are longer and narrower
- uses home decor quality fabric (definite plus for stability)
- changes the base to be slightly narrower (square base pockets reduced from 3 1/2 inches to 3 inches)
- flips through the inner lining at the bottom rather than the inner shell at the top (a definite plus for the overall design)
- does not reinforce the inner lining to make a shell
Both baskets look amazing don't they?? I agree, the photos are great!
|Fabric Basket Tutorial from Trina|
|1 Hour Basket Tutorial from Kelby Sews|
|Fabric Basket Tutorial vs. 1 Hour Basket Tutorial|
So you can understand, these baskets were slightly modified by me when I sewed them together. Here is what I changed to each basket:
Basket from the Trina Basket
- Not quilted.
- No use of stabilizer on the inner lining to make a shell.
- Handles on the ends instead of side.
Basket from the Kelby Basket
- Sewed the handles like the first basket by folding in the center once and folding in again 1/4 on each side.
- Added cotton batting and quilted on the crease lines.
- No use of home decor fabric on outer shell nor on the inner lining.
I clearly like the second (improved) version better. But I think it all depends on how you are going to use the basket. If you are going to use it for holding diapers, I would clearly use the tutorial from Trina exactly as she wrote it, but I would flip through the top, because it makes for a better finish. I would also quilt it very tight for added stability. I think the handles on the front and back are just fine, but may need to be adjusted for your purposes. If you want a more decorative basket, I would pick Kelby's which proves to be a quick sew with little hassle. I would adopt the handle size and length from Trina's tutorial though. I think they look better short and stump. But keep in mind, both of these baskets take a while to sew. Make sure you read through the tutorials carefully to understand.
If you are interested in how I fine-tuned the basket for my Christmas gifts, stay tuned.....Part 2 will be posted tomorrow!
If you are celebrating Thanksgiving today, happy Thanksgiving!! I heard that the Carolina Panthers will be playing today! Yeah, go Panthers!! We will be celebrating our turkey day on the weekend when we have time to enjoy it, without the stess of work and school. Thanks for stopping by!