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!
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.
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.
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.
I also added a handy interior pocket.
Here are the panels before assembly. I just used Warm & Natural cotton batting to quilt them with.
I quilted the gray bottom fabric in a checkerboard, just for added texture on the bottom of the tote:
It took a lot of Wonder Clips to assemble this thing!
Grab the pattern here in Bonnie’s Etsy store.
Want to see more versions of this pattern? Check out these Tessa Baskets:
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Have a wonderful weekend!
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.
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!