Stair Basket Sew Along – Day 1 – Gearing Up!

26 June

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!

bird basket

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.


One of the hardest things to find for this project is the plastic canvas that is used to create the internal frame of the basket.  Here’s what we are hunting:

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 and I am sure there are other sources online as well.  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:

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!



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10 Responses to “Stair Basket Sew Along – Day 1 – Gearing Up!”

  1. Liz S. June 29, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Sarah, the stair baskets are fabulous…
    …iI have to add it to my wish list.!!

    • Sarah June 29, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

      Thanks Liz! I hope you can join us in making one starting July 14th. It’s always more fun to sew together!

  2. Donna C July 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Just purchased your pattern from Craftsy and will be joining with you in the sew-along! This looks like a great project.

    • Sarah July 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      Thanks, Donna! I am so glad you are going to join in. I will be setting up a Facebook group if you want to join and chat along as well. I will post when it’s set up.

  3. Donna C July 13, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    Thanks Sarah! I made your “Petals Cosmetic Bag” today from your free pattern on Craftsy. It came out really well… your directions are impeccable! The only change I made was to add a vinyl lining; I think it helps to keep the bag clean on the inside. It’s a gift for my boss who’s turning 60 tomorrow so I hope she likes it!

    • Sarah July 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      Oh, that’s great – I hope she loves it (I’m sure she will). Good call on the vinyl inside, that’ stuff is awesome! I should add that to the pattern because I think people forget about it. I know I do!

  4. Suzanne October 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    Your stair-baskets are awesome. Do you sell them?
    If so, how can I get one without having to make it myself? lol

    • Sarah October 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

      Thanks so much! I do sell them on Etsy but am a little backed up right now so I dont’ have any listings up. I would be happy to email you once I am caught up if you would like one.


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