WIP Wednesday: I Remembered!

I should probably just quit while I’m ahead since I finally remembered WIP Wednesday on an actual Wednesday. Amazing times, my friends. Of course the week I remember is the week I can’t show what I’m actually working on since it’s a long-term gift for someone I know reads the blog. Alas. Instead, here’s a picture of a recent finish:

After hearing Tanesha talk about, and knowing it was a free pattern at Craftsy, I gave the 1 Hour Basket a shot.  It took me 43 minutes, but bear in mind that I’ve made A LOT of bags and baskets over time.  I saved the most time by fusing my exterior fabrics to the fleece, and then laying them right sides together and cutting the 3″ gusset notches before sewing.  This also enabled me to stay stitch the end of each stitch line, which might otherwise unravel if you sew and then cut the notches. Ditto for the interior – lay them RST, cut the notches, and then sew the pieces.

FYI, the basket itself can hold a 6 pack of Diet Coke, as seen above.  This is a 5th grade teacher gift, and her favorites are Diet Coke and milk chocolate.  I also included a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant.

If you want a slightly more challenging basket pattern, which is not difficult, but a little more involved than the 1 Hour Basket, I recommend Noodlehead’s Divided Basket.

See more WIPs at Lee’s blog!

6 Replies to “WIP Wednesday: I Remembered!”

  1. Great idea for a teacher gift! I am totally doing this. Love the size of the basket. I’ve made (and love!) the Pink Penguin Fabric Basket a number of times– but it is a bit smaller and the patchwork involves a little bit more work. I may have to give this one a shot.

  2. Very nice job and a thoughtful gift. If your children see the School Nurse often, perhaps a little gift for her too? As a retired SN, I would have loved being thanked for taking care of all those kiddos.

  3. Thank you for the tips. This basket is on my to do list since Stash Bash. Now to find an hour 🙂

  4. I love this idea for a gift as well. I’ve made Noodlehead’s divided bag but will give this one a try for holding gifts.

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