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Okay, now that you have your five panels cuts lay out your side, front and back panels in front of you and you could put your bottom panel just to the side for now, okay. Make sure that the bottom edge of your panels is facing you, okay. This is actually a good exercise too anyway just to make sure you’ve cut your fabric properly, all right. You never could have really notice too much because you’ll only going to see a little bit coming over the side of the basket but it might matter.
For me, I have a vertical print and I want the vertical print to look vertical on the outside of my basket, okay. So keep that in mind. With your bottom edges facing you, measure up from the bottom edge 1 quarter edge on each side and make a mark, okay. So basically real simple just so I’ll illustrate what I'm saying. Take your tape measure and along the side edge from the bottom edge measure up 1 1/4 inch and mark, okay. Do that on both sides, both side edges and do that for each panel, okay. once you’ve done that, you’ll take 1 side panel and 1 back panel, it really doesn’t matter you’re going to lay 1 panel right side up and the other panel right side down.
So basically you’re laying this together, right sides together and align 1 side edge as if your basket is not square you will notice that both side edges cannot be lined up. so you’re going to align the top, bottom edges and 1 side edge and you’re going to sew a ¼ inch seam for these two pieces. Now, when you get to the quarter inch mark that you just made you’re going to stop.
So, instead of sewing from top edge to bottom edge you’re going to stop before you give the bottom edge a quarter inch, okay. In fact, it’ll probably be easier if you start at that quarter inch mark and just sew up all the way to the top edge, okay. Whatever direction you decide to sew your basket liner, it needs to be the same for all pieces. So, if you sew from the bottom t the top you can make sure that you sew all seams bottom to top, okay, and then of course the opposite, it's true as well if you go top to bottom all seams should g top to bottom, okay.
So, for your first set, again put them together right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam along that aligned side edge and making sure that you leave a quarter edge at the bottom. And then you’re going to repeat this for all pieces. You’re going to unfold this once it's sewn and ley the next piece right sides together aligning the side edge so your quarter inch seam stopping a quarter inch from the bottom until you have basically 1 piece going around. Once you get to that point, I’ll show you how to press the seams and then we’ll move on t sewing that bottom piece, okay. So go ahead and sew those side and front panels together, all side, front and back panels together and I’ll see you in the next part of this video.
So, before we go ahead and attach the bottom piece let's go ahead and press your panels so that it's just a little cleaner and easier to work with, okay. I like to press my seams towards the bigger piece. In front of me here, let me get this arranged a little better, I have this small piece over here and a big piece here. And I'm just going to press the seam towards that bigger piece, just like that. And then I'm going to press the rest of it here just so I can get out any wrinkles r creases so it's just a little cleaner. And then I'm going to move this a little bit and then press the seams towards the big as well. So you’re going to have two seams pressed towards one piece, okay. And then I’ll repeat that for the other side. This is my bigger piece; I’m going to press this seam towards the bigger piece and then the same for the other side. It's not really going to matter truly, which side yu press your seam just as long as you press the seam. Makes everything looks cleaner, it sets the seam just a nicer project all together. All right, now here the tricky part you might see that but you’re going to pin your bottom piece now to these bottom edges, okay.
So, you can start with one corner and I highly recommend you use some straight pins in this project and again you’re still working with the right sides pointing in and the raw sides pointing out. And you’re going to align your bottom piece along all four edges and corners pinning as you go, okay. so once you have all four edges aligned and pinned, you’re going to sew a quarter inch seam all the way around and that’s the reason why we had left this piece open because otherwise it would’ve been very difficult for you to sew that corner, okay. Now that corner seam is open you could actually sew and your corners will be easier to sew and unfold nicely. Okay so, again take your bottom edge, align it along all four edges and pin, take this t the machine and sew a quarter inch around all four edges, all right.
And then when you’re done I’ll show you how to handle the top edge and you’ll be all really done. So get pinning, sew and I’ll show you what mine look like in just a minute. I still have the basket liner wrong side out and I’m going to show you how to finish off these raw top edge. You’re going to fold down the top edge about a quarter of an inch and then again about a half of an inch. And you’ll want to probably use some straight pins to pin these in place. And you’re folding to the wrong side of your fabric, okay. That’ll keep the front part nice and clean. And you’ll just repeat this several times going around the top edge, folding it down a quarter of an inch and then about half of an inch all the way around.
No, I'm not using a tape measure right now in front of you but you may want to use a tape measure to make sure that your edges are even going around the edge. You may find it helpful to press this before you stitch it, it's up to you and the fabric that you’re using. Once you have it pinned all the way around, you’ll take it to your machine and sew around the top edge closed to the bottom folded edge, not the top folded edge but this bottom folded edge that you’ve folded under a quarter of an inch. You’ll sew that to secure the top edge and then we’ll turn everything right side out. Okay, we are all done sewing. Take your basket liner which is still wrong side out and lay it inside of your basket and simply take your top edges and fold them over the edges of you basket.
And that’s it. I'm Jenny T with SimpleSewingProject.com