Hello! I am so happy you are here. Whether you are sewing along with me as I post these tutorials, or have stumbled across them after the fact, I hope you feel free to post comments and questions. I am here to help!
This pattern, The One-Trip-Up Stair Basket, is easily my favorite project because it makes my life easier and I just wouldn’t want to live without it!
Today’s installment is about the supplies and fabrics you will need for your basket. Below there is information on how to find the plastic canvas sheets you need and an item to add to your shopping list that isn’t in the pattern. The actual sew-along posts will start on July 14th – that will give you some time to gather everything you need!
If you don’t have a pattern, you can get one here.
This is plastic canvas and we need the 22-1/2 x 13-5/8″ Ultra Stiff Plastic Canvas Sheets – 7 Mesh. I find them locally at Hobby Lobby and they have them Hobby Lobby online as well. They they are more expensive online (why, i don’t know), plus you have to pay the shipping.
Recently, someone told me about this source. I purchased a whole slew of these and bought enough to qualify for free shipping. If you can’t get some easily and inexpensively, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I can ship you some. They are $1.27 each plus shipping. I have enough for 25 baskets and I should have them around the first week of July. The frame is the last part of the pattern so there is plenty of time to track some down.
The pattern calls for 3-5 sheets and I would suggest going with 5 – it makes the basket all but indestructible. If you only have 3 – that is ok. The one I have in my house only has 3 and it has been with us for about 5 years!
Another supply you should consider getting are these:
These are 1/8″ cable ties. It doesn’t matter how long they are but they do need to be the tiny 1/8″ wide ones. I found that using these to build the plastic canvas frame instead of the yarn called for in the pattern, makes the frame even stronger and more stable. They are cheap and can be found at home improvement stores and even places like Walmart.
Fabric: For me choosing fabric can take as long as making the project!
You can use just about any fabric but you should avoid something incredibly thick if you plan on adding the pockets. I have used all sorts – from regular ole’ quilt weight cotton to outdoor fabric – to stuff was so industrial, I don’t know if it was technically even fabric (never again!). My favorite is a medium weight home dec fabric. I get alot of them here: http://www.warehousefabricsinc.com/
To get some design ideas – check out the stair basket gallery.
If you find your fabric before the sew along officially starts and want to cut your fabric, I have a different way of doing the handle than I put in the pattern. I think I prefer the new way and will show it in the tutorial. If you want to try it with me, cut your handle pieces at 2 1/2″ wide instead of the 2″ that it instructs in the pattern.
Well, I think that’s it for now! The sew-along posts will start on July 14th! Let me know what questions you have!