For my basket, I used our beautiful waxed canvas fabric in Charcoal for the exterior. For the lining and handles I used some adorable fox-print home dec fabric that my sister gave me. It is a pretty light-weight home dec fabric, just slightly heavier than quilting cotton. I also used a scrap of linen for the pocket binding and some black cotton webbing for the handles.
Since I was using waxed canvas for the body of the basket, I chose to skip the interfacing and fusible fleece. You can't fuse anything to waxed canvas, and usually waxed canvas is stiff enough on its own for a smaller project like this. I did interface the pocket divider, and if I were to make another basket (which is pretty likely) I would also interface the lining. Nothing too stiff- it could just use a bit more oomph. I also placed a piece of plastic embroidery mesh in the bottom of the basket for extra stability. I didn't sew it in place or anything, so it might slide around, but I don't see this basket having a very active lifestyle so I think it will be OK. As you can see from the pictures, my un-interfaced basket stands up and holds its shape quite nicely-- one of the many great features of waxed canvas!
The pattern for this basket was very easy to follow, and I was able to sew my basket with no trouble at all. This basket utilizes the drop-in method for installing the lining, which I generally don't use because I find it hard to get a really nice finish. This time was no exception-- my topstitching is far from perfect on this basket! Next time I might try my usual method of sewing the exterior and lining together with right sides together, then turning them right side out through a gap in the lining.
All in all, I'm very happy with my basket! I think it will be great for wrangling knitting or art supplies. Anna of Noodlehead gives these baskets away as baby presents (she has some lucky friends!) I have to say that these would be the perfect baby shower gift, filled with some diapers, wipes, and other necessities. I'll be keeping mine for myself though!
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