Divided Gift Basket Tutorial {Windham Christmas in July Blog Hop & Giveaway}

Giveaway closed, winner is Lori Smanski!
Divided-Basket-LabelSomehow, we’re already passed the half-way point toward Christmas! With all the get togethers and other events, a handmade gift basket would make a great Christmas gift or hostess gift. I modified my Bedside Basket tutorial to include a divider. It’s attached at the sides and bottom and is surprisingly easy to make. I was thrilled to get to play with these lovely silver and gold fabrics in the Glisten collection by Whistler Studios for Windham. Although my usual Christmas colors are brighter, I love the iridescent shimmer and simple color scheme. Perfect for some patchwork too. This tutorial is Fat Quarter friendly and scrappy. Supplies:

  • 2 Fat Quarters
  • 20 – 3 1/2″ Squares
  • 1/2 yard Fusible Fleece – such as Pellon® TP971F Fusible Thermolam® Plus
  • 2/3 yard Medium Interfacing – such as Pellon® 931TD Fusible Midweight
  • Coordinating Thread

Cutting Directions: Fat Quarter 1:

  • (1) 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ rectangle (outside bottom)
  • (1) 6 1/4″ x 11 1/2″ rectangle (lining divider)
  • (2) 1 1/2″ x 18″ strips (binding)

Fat Quarter 2:

  • (2) 6 1/4″ x 15 1/4″ rectangles (lining sides)
  • (2) 6 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ rectangles (lining bottom)

Medium Interfacing:

  • (1) 6 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ rectangle (lining divider)
  • (2) 6 1/4″ x 15 1/4″ rectangles (lining sides)
  • (2) 6 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ rectangles (lining bottom)

Read all directions before beginning. All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated. RST=Right Sides Together. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the lining sides and lining bottom piece before beginning.

Divided-Basket-1Arrange the 3 1/2″ squares into two panels of 5 squares across and 2 squares high. Divided-Basket-2Sew 5 squares together in a long row and press seams one direction. Sew a second row of 5 squares, pressing seams in the opposite direction. Sew together to make one patchwork panel. Repeat for second patchwork panel. Divided-Basket-3Position the bottom piece with 1/4″ of overlap on each edge square and sew to the patchwork panels. This is the basket body. Divided-Basket-4Place the basket body on a 15 1/2″ x 18 1/2″ rectangle of Fusible Thermolam, trim the side cutouts, then fuse. Quilt if desired (I quilted 1/8″ from each seam line, and a few straight lines across the bottom). Divided-Basket-5Sew the side seams of the basket RST, press seam open. Divided-Basket-6 Then, sew the bottom edge to the side seam to create a box corner. Turn the body right side out and set aside. Divided-Basket-7Fuse the divider interfacing to half of the divider piece, as shown. Divided-Basket-8Fold the divider in half, right sides out, and top stitch along the top, folded edge. Divided-Basket-9Place the two bottom pieces, RST with the divider in between, and lining up the 6 1/4″ edges. Then sew along the bottom with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Divided-Basket-10Press the bottom seams open and then top stitch the seams 1/8″ from the divider, on either side, making sure not to sew the divider in place. Divided-Basket-11Mark the center of the short edge of the bottom and the long edge of one lining side piece. Divided-Basket-12Sew the lining side to the bottom. Divided-Basket-13Repeat with the other side. We’re going to sew the sides in a similar manner to the outside of the basket, except the divider will be in the side seam as well. Divided-Basket-14Then, place the divider 1/2″ from the top of the short edge of one side seam, RST. Divided-Basket-15Then, place the other short side, RST, and sew along side seam, back stitching at top and stopping before the end of the divider, about 3/8″ from the bottom. Divided-Basket-16Then, fold the bottom edges in the same manner as for the outside of the basket, and sew. Carefully position the unsewn corners so that all the raw edges are caught in the seam allowance. It’s okay if it looks a little crooked, mine always do! Divided-Basket-17This is what one side of the basket with the divider sew in place will look like. Divided-Basket-18Sew the second side and bottom seam in the same manner. Divided-Basket-19Place the lining inside the basket, wrong sides together, and sew in place with a 1/8″ seam allowance around the top. Divided-Basket-20Join the binding into a single strip, then sew, RST, to the outside of the basket. Divided-Basket-21Fold the binding around the raw edge of the basket, and tuck the raw edge of the binding in, hand sew in place as for a quilt binding. Divided-BasketAnd there you have a fun, divided basket, ready for gift giving or using at home! These would be great for nurseries, bedrooms, and a bunch of other uses too! Windham is also generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of Glisten! To enter, to “like” their Facebook page , follow their blog with Bloglovin and comment on this post and telling ne what you would do with the bundle! We’ll choose the winners at the end of the blog hop! Giveaway closed, winner is Lori Smanski!

Make sure to check out the other great Christmas tutorials on the Windham Blog this week! Happy sewing!

Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Embroidered Hoop Ornament

Embroidered-Hoop-OrnamentMerry Christmas and welcome! This is our final last-minute gift idea, and these truly can be made at the last minute {I made one yesterday and gifted it before the glue had fully dried!}.

You’ll need:

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-1First, fuse interfacing to the back of your 5″ square, if desired. Then embroider whatever you’d like! If you’re new to embroidery, check our our Embroidery 101 page for stitch tutorials and other information.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-2Here’s what the back of mine looked like when I finished. Now, let’s cover those stitches!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-3Cut a 3″ square of the backing fabric, fusible fleece, and wonder under. I found it worked best if the fusible fleece was a tiny bit smaller than the fabric and the wonder under.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-4Place the Wonder Under paper side down, next, layer the fusible fleece with the fusible (dotted) side up, and finally, place the fabric on top, right side up. Fuse all three together and let cool.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-7Take the embroidery out of the hoop, do not press it, we will use the hoop mark as a guide for placing our backing.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-5Use the inside embroidery hoop to draw a circle on the fabric. Make sure you draw around the outside of the hoop.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-6Cut along the drawn line. Then tear away the paper backing of the wonder under.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-8Fuse the backing circle to the wrong side of the embroidery piece, using the hoop mark as a guide.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-9Place the embroidery back in the hoop. To get the hoop nice and snug, I used some needle nose pliers to turn the clasp a couple extra times.

Trim the extra fabric to about 1 1/2″ larger than the hoop. I carefully folded some of the fabric around the hoop and creased it with my fingernail as a cutting guide.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-10Put a bead of glue around the inside of the hoop and stick the fabric down as you go around. The great thing about the Tacky Glue is that it holds the fabric in place after a few seconds of pressing.

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-11Continue around the whole hoop and you’re done! I think the back is almost as cute as the front!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-12Add a string for hanging and a cute ribbon and you have a great ornament for gifting or for your tree!

Embroidered-Hoop-Ornament-13And here are 3 of the 4 I made {I didn’t take a photo of the last one because I ran out of time!}. I hope they’ll be loved! And, one of our ornament recipients was a guy, so I grabbed some cinnamon sticks that I happened to have {lucky!} and made this cute star, you can find the tutorial for it here.

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with  your families and we’ll be back with some fun new things soon! As always, thank you for your kind comments, we so appreciate your taking the time to visit! Blessings to you and yours! xo

Last-Minute Gift Tutorial: Patchwork Tote

Today I am sharing a small tote that can be made quickly, easily and last-minute.


It measures 8 3/4″ tall by 8 1/4″ wide,   has two handles with binding and is fully lined.  I made my little tote with Riley Blake Christmas Basics. I love the colors of it and the cute little snowmen too!! The lining is also a Riley Blake dot, one of my favorites, they are included in a lot of low volume bundles!! Cute!!

Now for the supply list:

I used 8 different fat quarters for a variety of prints. From the fat quarters you will need:

16- 2.5″ x 5″ squares (body)

8- 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares (body)

2- 11″ x 2 1/2″ pieces (handles)

1- 24″ x 2 1/4″ piece (binding)

For the lining:

1- 21 1/4″ x 10″ (You may also lay your patchwork piece on your fabric and cut your lining exactly the same size, because with seam allowances it will be the same.)


1- 20 3/4″ x 10″ (body)

2- 11″ x 2 1/2″ (handles)


1- 21 1/4″ x 10″


Cut your squares from the fat quarters, sew them in this pattern using a 1/4″ seam allowance. (Begin by sewing them in horizontal rows and then into one piece). You will make two of these, a front and a back. I ironed the seam allowances to the darker fabric in each row and then pressed the seam allowances open after the rows were joined together.


Fuse interfacing to the wong side of the front and back piece.


Sew the two panels together. Press seam open.


Layer the long panel with the flannel  and quilt 1/4″ from each horizontal seam line. Trim anything that is uneven on the sides but leave approximately 1/4″ of flannel above both the top and bottom.


Fold patchwork piece in half and sew along both sides using 1/4″ seam allowance.


Press seams open and sew along each side at the bottom, to create corners. I sewed right below the last stitching line that I quilted from the front.


Trim the corners 1/4″ below the sewn line.


The outside will look like this when you turn it.


Sew the lining piece the same way as you sewed the outside patchwork piece, make the corners the same and this time do not trim away excess at corners, tuck them under the lining at the bottom. Place the lining inside the outer patchwork body.


Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the two handle pieces. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise and press.


Fold the pieces right sides together and sew 1/4″ along the long edge. Press seams’ open.


Turn the handles right side out, I use a safety-pin for turning. Press the handles flat with the seam allowance in the middle of the back. Top stitch 1/4″ along each long edge.


Place the handles seam side out 1 1/2″ from the center seam on the front. Do this on both sides, stitch them in place.


Place folded binding on outside along the top edge with the raw edge facing the top of the bag leaving two tails at the beginning and the end that are not sewn for joining later. Sew with a 1/4″ seam.  Join the binding in the same way you would for a quilt. You may trim off excess flannel at the top to about 1/8″ inch. Turn the binding to the inside and either stitch by hand or machine. I usually do this by hand because I like that process!! On the outside of the bag sew a seam just above the binding for each handle to secure the handles, this will also keep them from flopping over! You will be able to see that in the photo below.


Now you are all finished with your patchwork tote and are ready for filling it up with goodies. I found that a pattern and a small stack of fabric fits nicely inside. I also think it would be fun to fill with some fun treats for a child in a long car ride. Snacks and toys would fit perfectly. Or under the tree with a special gift would be nice. What ever you decide, I hope you enjoy your little tote.

Have a great weekend. I am sure it is going to be a busy one for most of us. I have lots of things to finish up before Christmas!!

Quilty Fun 1st Birthday Celebration!!

Happy 1 year Birthday to “Quilty Fun”, Lori Holt’s adorable book!!


This is the block that she designed for the celebration, such a fun idea. It is the cutest, as is everything she makes!!


If you would like to make your own birthday block you can go here for the cutting directions. And if you would like to purchase Lori’s book go here!! This book is filled with many adorable projects and you can learn so much from her. I never thought I would be able to sew such tiny things until I started sewing using her method!! Here is the link for party central!!

Have a great day!  I have a little secret for choosing these colors, my granddaughter  will be celebrating her 1st birthday in just a couple of weeks and this is going to be for her birthday celebration. Lori helped make Lydia’s birthday just a little bit cuter!! Thank you!!

Felt Animal Cookies {Sewing with Children}

This contributor post is written by Susi from Lilla Luise.


Hello everyone!!!

This is Susi from Lilla Luise again :) As we were sewing some pasta for our outdoor play kitchen last month I thought we totally should have something for our sweet tooth too, right? So what about making some super easy but oh so cute felt animal cookies? Summer is still in full swing so I am sure most of you can still do a lot of outdoor playing and hopefully “play-cooking”!


To make your very own felt animal cookies you need to find some favorite animal cookie cutters (or any other shape, really, but we thought animals were the cutest choice).

We will also need scraps of felt, some beads and sequins, embroidery floss and a sewing machine.


First of all place your animal cookie cutters on your scrap of felt and trace around it – we will need one cookie shape cut out and another piece of felt that is slightly larger than the cookie shape you just cut out.  Stitch on beads and sequins – you can skip this, but it really makes them look super cute – sprinkle-style, you know?! Make sure you don’t get too close to the edge otherwise you will have a hard time to sew around the cookie (been there, done it, learned from my mistake ;)).


Once you are done with the embroidery part place your decorated cookie shape on top of the larger bit of felt and sew all the way around it with a sewing machine, pretty close to the edge.



Last thing to do is cutting carefully around it and tadaa, you are done!

Here is our selection of cookies…camels, turtles, elephants and swans.


Here is my little Miss in deep concentration, stitching on her little “sprinkles beads”.




And here she is proudly presenting her new felt animals cookies.


I hope this little tutorial is fun for you and inspires you to make your own felt animal cookies!