Here’s how to make an adorable, small hanging storage basket. It’s a handy little DIY storage basket to hang in a craft room for all your sewing supplies, in a child’s room to store pencils or crayons, on a kitchen utensil rack or wherever you need to store little items. The free sewing pattern is available to all new subscribers to AppleGreen Cottage who sign up at this link. The tutorial is easy to follow and a great beginner sewing project. Check it out!
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Hanging Storage Basket
This little hanging storage basket is a real treasure when it comes to storing small items. And since the hanging strap can open, you can hang it anywhere and remove easily.
Instead of just using a ribbon or making a wide hanging sleeve or a fixed loop, I opted for a hanging flap. It can be open and closed using a KAM snap. Just so you can simply detach it. Easier to move, attach anywhere and remove when you don’t need it anymore.
It makes a great DIY Valentines day basket gift, too!
SUPPLIES to Make a Hanging Storage Basket:
For the fabric basket alone:
- 2 pieces of 12×8 inch midweight cotton
- 12 x 8 inch of fusible fleece (or any other type of interfacing you prefer)
- coordinating sewing thread
- sewing machine, iron, scissors or rotary cutter+mat, pins, ruler
PLUS For the hanging strap (tutorial HERE)
- 1 piece of 6 x 2.75 inch (15.5cm x 7cm) midweight cotton or home decor fabric (same as the basket fabric!)
- another piece of cotton for lining – same size
- 1 piece same size fusible fleece (or any other type of interfacing you prefer)
- one set of KAM snaps pieces (4 pieces: 2 caps and a socket and a stud piece)
- KAM snap pliers (best get them in a set)
- an awl
DIMENSIONS – FINISHED ITEM: The hanging basket is 3.5″ wide, 2″ deep, 5″ tall (with top folded). The FINAL (straightened) hanging strap size is 2 inch wide by 5 inch long (when sewn in).
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To clarify, I’ve separated the two tutorials because they each have a lot of images. And if there are too many on one page, it would take forever for the post to download. And not a single blog reader wants that – that’s why I split them in two parts. Now let’s get back to sewing:
1) HOW TO MAKE the HANGING STRAP
GO TO: Hanging Strap Tutorial
2) HANGING STORAGE BASKET TUTORIAL
Hanging Storage Basket – Tutorial
0) Before starting this, make your hanging strap, using the hanging strap tutorial above. Done that? Great!
First, here’s a video slide-show for those of you who prefer video how-tos. Check it out here:
Now, on to the text:
Step 1 – Print pattern and cut fabric
Print out the template, then use it to cut out 3 main pieces: 1 piece from outer fabric (here stripes), 1 from lining fabric and 1 piece out of fusible fleece as interfacing.
Step 2 – Sew the Top
Using your iron and a protective piece of cloth, apply stabilizer to the wrong side of the outer fabric. (A sewing tip on this one is coming in one the next few weeks!)
Place the lining and outer fabric right-sides-together (RST), then pin to prevent the layers from shifting. Stitch using a 3/8 sewing allowance (= 1cm) along the top line.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/8. It will reduce bulk and make your basket look nicer.
Step 3 – Attach The Hanging Strap
Now spread the sewn piece face-up on the sewing table. We’re about to add that hanging strap! The how-to for making the strap and for attaching the KAM snaps is here at this link:
GO TO: Hanging Strap Tutorial
Now I believe you’ve made the strap, so let’s continue to attach it to the basket. Here:
Place the strap 1 inch away from the upper edge of the (future) basket. Make sure to have both the basket fabric face-up AND the strap/flap should have the outer fabric (here stripes) visible, i.e. facing up.
You want the KAM snap detail to show on the front, so pay attention to how the strap piece is placed. It needs to be like in the image: do you have the outer layer (here: stripes) visible? Good. Another option would be to hide the KAM snap to the back, but that would only make it look like a regular hanging loop/sleeve. However if you prefer that, sure you can do it.
Using a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance, stitch the flap in place. Then trim the seam allowance to 1/4″ (7 mm).
Step 6 – Fold and Sew the main Piece
Flip the strap over to the other side, and topstitch at 3/8 (1cm) or less, just enough to hide the raw end of the strap. Strap attached, yey!
Place the sewn piece face-up on the sewing table. Then fold it once again, right sides together, but this time putting both outer fabric fold onto itself, and lining folding onto itself. Like this:
Pin in place and then stitch around, leaving a 2.5-inch (~ 6cm) gap for turning in the lining. Once sewn, clip the corners on the seam allowance. You’ll never go back to the simple diagonal corner-cutting once you see this how-to.
Step 7 – Box the Corners
Box the corners. That’s 2 straight stitches on outer fabric (see image above), and 2 more on lining.
A few quick notes that might be just what you need:
- The basket is still turned right-sides together.
- Place one bottom corner on your table, so that the side seam is in the center. So, it’s folded.
- Now stitch across the triangle about an inch in. (blue dashed line in the image)
- Do the same on the remaining 3 corners.
Snip off the excess corner material.
Step 8 – turn right side out and close the gap
Turn right side out. Use a point turning tool or a stick (not sharp!) to push out corners. Press if needed.
Stitch the opening closed.
Tuck the lining in.
Step 9 – Topstitch
Then topstitch the top edge. Press for a nicer finish. Fold the top down, done!
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How To Use the Diy hanging Storage Basket
These hanging storage baskets can have tons of uses:
You can hang them on a door handle, a hook, a closet rod, or just about anywhere you can use some extra storage. They are perfect as key storage in your hall. A hanging storage basket like this one makes great storage for small items. Or hold your supplies in your craftroom.
You can use one as a take-along basket: throw in your necessities like phone, keys, tissues, usb key, and grab it as you leave the house. You’ll never forget anything! Or hang it in your car as a car caddy. And just an idea for the spring and those with a green thumb: they can hold a small flower pot.
Make tons of these hanging storage baskets, and hang them in sets to beautify your home. If – and when you do, post pics, I’d love to see what you make!
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