I made this basket for my mum using Anna from Noodlehead’s divided basket pattern. Mum likes red (a trait I inherited), so I chose a Philip Jacobs print that features a big red flower and lined the basket with a red spot.
I used some of my Matilda’s Own bag batting, left over from the knitting bag, in place of the combination of interfacing and wadding suggested in the pattern. It gives a lovely finish, but its rigidity combined with the shape of this particular basket made the project a little less manoeuvrable under the sewing machine’s foot. I managed it, but it was trickier than it needed to be. It would have been simpler if I had used the materials Anna suggested in her pattern, I am sure.
I think next time I will make the handles a bit longer, or sew them on the long sides, or something. And I definitely will not buy polyester webbing. I did that reluctantly because it was exactly the right shade of red, whereas the cotton webbing was too dark and dull. I only narrowly avoided a disaster; I was a whisker away from melting the webbing with a hot iron. Phew! That was close! The pattern gives options for both webbing and fabric handles.
I think this is the last of the hand-made Christmas presents I have to share. Hurrah! I can start posting what I have been working on since Christmas!