Sunday, 12 August 2012

Tutorial Tips: Spools and Buttons basket

For Kerry and I's latest pattern sets, we decided to use existing tutorials to incorporate the spools and buttons into.  Kerry had the brilliant idea of doing a button card with the buttons and then used it to modify and make one of Ayumi's organizer baskets.  You can read about the details and the how to that Kerry posted here
For the spools and button blocks I made, I decided to use them to make one of Ayumi's baskets.


The spools and buttons basket ends up slightly larger than the orginal basket of Ayumi's and seems to be a nice size.  I thought it was quite funny that as Kerry and I were emailing back and forth about the project each of us would make with our blocks from the Spools and buttons, that we each had decided we would mail our finished baskets to Ayumi before we knew the other was doing the same thing!
To make your spools and button basket, you will follow Ayumi's instructions for the basket, making these changes:

  • Choose 4 buttons and 4 spools and make those blocks.
  • Sew 2 buttons and 2 spools together, alternating them so you have a section for the back and a section for the front of the basket. (you will have to trim 1/4" from the top and bottom of each spool so they end up the same height as the button blocks).  The front and back section will each be 3 1/2" X 12".

  • cut your linen fabric 6"X12" 
  • cut your batting fabric 12"X12"
  • cut your lining fabric 12"X12"
  • when you get to the step where you box your corners, box them 1 3/4" from the point

If you end up making a spools and button basket or anything at all with our patterns, we'd love it if you added it to our Sew-Ichigo flickr group!


  1. I already adore this little basket of Ayumi's and with the buttons it makes it even more adorable! Thanks for the info.

    1. It is a lovely combo! Ayumi's basket pattern is so versatile


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