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Tessa Basket

Tessa Basket

I’ve been wanting to make this Tessa Basket for a while now and finally got the chance when I had to stop work on my current quilt because I ran out of a certain fabric.  Good excuse to whip this up!

tessa basket corners

It took my just a couple of evenings to make this. The most fun was the quilting of the panels.  My Janome makes such even, beautiful stitches – it’s so fun to machine quilt with it.

tessa quilting

I used several favorite fabrics, including Cloud 9 First Light Leaf in Pink, Leaves in Dark Taupe from the Magnolia line, and the ever awesome Make and Pin from the Maker collection.

tessa basket d-ring

I added a D-ring on the side so I can clip a key if I want to.  I used Pellon firm stabilizer, because I made the tote a little taller than the pattern called for and I needed some structure.

tessa interior pocket

I also added a handy interior pocket.

Here are the panels before assembly.  I just used Warm & Natural cotton batting to quilt them with.

tessa basket panels

I quilted the gray bottom fabric in a checkerboard, just for added texture on the bottom of the tote:

tessa bottom

It took a lot of Wonder Clips to assemble this thing!

tessa basket clippedtessa basket side

Grab the pattern here in Bonnie’s Etsy store.

Want to see more versions of this pattern?  Check out these Tessa Baskets:

Gemini Stitches
Wooden Spoon QuiltsThe Sewing Chick
s.o.t.a.k. handmade
mommy by day, crafter by night
nana company

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tall “Pin” Basket


Although I call this my “Pin” basket, I don’t use it for pins!   But I love text and novelty fabrics and so I sort of call this fabric my “Pin” fabric.  I found this fabric when we out in the Seattle area, in a fabric store on Whidbey Island.  I think I bought all they had – they were just some fat quarters.  There was no selvage identification or anything, so I don’t know what it is! But the fabric is great for fussy cutting.

PIn Fabric


I used some linen that I had and cut out motifs from the Pin fabric with pinking shears. I used very firm stabilizer and boxed the corners so it would stand up.  I made a custom button for the front and  I added a grommet just for fun so I have it hanging from a hook in my sewing area.   I also added a little detail tab from tape measure ribbon that I had:


This is actually one of my favorite things I’ve ever sewn and I was just sort of fooling around when I made it – a pleasant surprise!