I’m a big fan of Anna Graham’s (AKA Noodle-head) patterns. They are designed and written in such a way that you really do get the best possible finish which I really love. This is the Divided Basket which is available as a PDF on her website and is rated for an advanced beginner. This is a BIG basket which is great for storing all your sewing kit, or as she shows with her samples, as a cute fabric basket to store baby supplies.
I made this caddy as a gift for my Mum for her birthday. I’ve previously gifted her a Noodle-head Gather Cross-Body Bag and a Caravan Tote (that I made as a sample for a shop class), so here is another Noodle-head pattern to add to her collection!
The PDF pattern comes with full colour step-by-step photo instructions which give really clear guidance. Full size pattern pieces are included (9 pages) – you just need to stick some A4 pages together and cut them out.
The Divided Basket has a handy centre partition that keeps the contents nice and tidy. As I mentioned, it also has a big pocket across the front of the basket that is divided in two (you could divide it up further if you liked with additional lines of stitching). It is finished off with cotton webbing for the handles which I left plain. The pattern does give you the option to partially cover these with fabric which does look nice, but I didn’t think it was needed for this version.
Because of the divider, the lining is dropped into the finished exterior and the top edge is top-stitched. It isn’t possible to do the more typical finishing method of sewing the lining and outer right sides together, and then turning out through a hole in the lining. I used plenty of wonder clips along the top edge to hold everything in place and I’m happy with the end result.
The finished basket takes up more fabric than you might first expect – mainly due to the size, but also due to that nice handy front pocket that runs the width of the bag. So you’ll have to look past your fat quarters for this one!
- For the outer I’ve used an Art Gallery Fabrics Canvas – Millie Fleur Line Drawings Yellowed by designer Bari J. I love the brightness of the slightly acid-yellow and the delicateness of the floral design.
- The lining is from Anna Graham’s collection for Cloud 9 – Rainwalk.
- The divider and the front pocket binding are Robert Kaufman Architextures Crosshatch – Grey.
- The front pocket is lined with a remnant piece of pale blue chambray from a dressmaking project.
- The handles are our very popular webbing in silver (lots more colours available here)
One of the things I appreciate the most about Anna’s patterns is the detail she goes in to regarding what interfacing to use. The right (or wrong) interfacing can really make or break a project and I find it so frustrating when a pattern simply says ‘fusible interfacing’ or ‘medium-weight interfacing’. There are so many interfacing products available now it does really help for designers to specify a brand/product so you can try and get the same finish as them. Since I was using a fairly soft canvas I only used the fusible interfacing stated – Vilene G700 woven interfacing which is the equivalent product to Pellon SF101 given in the pattern. It is only just stiff enough…the basket does hold its shape but another time I might try Vilene H250 which would probably give a firmer/crisper finish.
Great pattern for a really good-looking and functional fabric basket. It is big enough to be useful – I’ve got about 30 dressmaking patterns in it here. Another winner from Noodle-head. I’m sure Mum will find plenty to fill it up with!
(I also made a tote bag out of this fabric as a sample for a recent class – you can see it here.)