Scalloped Edge Basket Tutorial

on March 12 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 19 Comments

Sherri from Thread Riding Hood designed these little baskets, complete with a PDF pattern and full tutorial! They’re perfect for gift-giving, for organizing and we also think they’d make lovely little Easter baskets. Learn more about Sherri in her introduction, and have fun with the baskets!

Hi, I’m Sherri from Thread Riding Hood and I’m happy to be here to share this tutorial with you!

Your favorite fat quarters can be used to create this pretty zakka-inspired basket. Use it to hold household items or pretty notions in check, or choose to add a handle. The finished basket is 7” wide and 3 ½” high (not including the handle), making it perfect for your friend’s gift or your favorite child to carry around!


  • 1 Fat Quarter ** – Basket Outer *
  • 1 Fat Quarter ** – Basket Lining + Scalloped Edge *
  • 4” Square – Outer Base Fabric *
  • 4” Square – Lining Base Fabric *
  • 6”x 12” – Handle Fabric * (optional)
  • ½ yard – Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing (20” wide)
  • 1 Fat Quarter – Low Loft Quilt Batting
  • School Glue Stick OR Basting Spray
  • Ruler, Removable Fabric Marker, Other usual Sewing Supplies
  • Scalloped Edge Basket PDF Pattern Pieces

* Quilting cotton is recommended for all fabrics.
** Fabric measurements are generous.

Printing the Pattern Pieces:
Print the pattern piece PDF on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Make sure scaling is set to “None” or “Actual Size” when printing. Once you have printed the page, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size.


  • Pre-wash if desired. Press fabric.
  • Cut basket and scalloped edge fabrics, batting and interfacing as per instructions on the pattern pieces.
  • Cut one (1) 4” square base each from: outer fabric, lining fabric, batting and interfacing.

Cut one (1) 6” x 12” handle each (if desired) from: handle fabric + interfacing.

Before You Begin:
Interface the following pieces: Outer Basket, Outer Scalloped Edge, Outer Base, Handle (if desired).

Glue stick/spray baste batting to Basket Lining and Lining Base. (Note: I use a regular school glue stick to lightly adhere the batting and fabric together. A good press with an iron helps to lightly set the glue. It is best to apply the glue to your fabric, then adhere the batting to the fabric.)

Prepare the Handle (if desired):
1. Fold handle fabric in half lengthwise, press. Unfold and refold long edges to the centre, press.

2. Unfold one edge and insert the batting. Refold and fold the handle in half again, press.

3. Topstitch each edge and twice lengthwise down the center. Set aside.

Now Prepare the Scalloped Edge:
4. Fold outer scalloped edge in half right sides together and pin the short open edge.

5. Stitch pinned edge with 3/8” seam.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the scalloped edge lining.

7. Press both seams open. Turn lining right side out. Match up lining and outer scallop right sides together. (Note: They look similar, but will only match up one way.) Pin bottom (curvier) edge only.

8. Stitch bottom edge with a ¼” seam allowance. Pivot your sewing machine needle between scallops to create a nice sharp corner.

9. Notch your curves or use pinking shears to trim your seam allowance to aproximately 1/8”.

10. Turn the scalloped edge right side out. Press and topstitch close to the bottom edge, making sure to pivot between scallops. Set aside.

Prepare the Basket Sides:
11. Use a ruler to mark the basket outer and lining at each bottom corner (blue marks in photo). These marks will be used later when attaching the base.

12. Fold basket outer in half right sides together and pin the open edge.

13. Stitch the pinned edge with a 3/8” seam.

14. Repeat 12 and 13 for the basket lining.

15. Iron seams open.

Attach the Basket Base:
16. Line up one edge of the outer base right sides together between two corner markings on the outer basket. The outer base fabric will extend past each basket corner mark by ¼” on each side.

17. Pin the base fabric at each corner mark and once in the center. Pin the opposite side of the base in the same way.

18. Stitch between your two outer pins with a ¼” seam allowance. This will leave ¼” un-sewn on each end of your stitching line.

19. Line up each of the other 2 edges with the outer basket base. Pin and stitch them with a ¼” seam.

20. Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

21. Repeat steps 16-20 for the basket lining.

Now you’ll finish your basket!

22. Turn the outer basket right side out. Place the basket lining inside the outer basket (wrong sides together) matching the top edges, pin.

23. If you are adding a handle, pin it in the center of two opposite basket sides (see photo). If you are not adding a handle, skip to the next step.

24. Match the unfinished top edge of the scalloped edge with the top edge of the basket lining. Make sure you match the scalloped edge right side to the lining right side. Pin.

25. Stitch around the top edge of the basket, securing the handles (if applicable) and the scalloped edge. Use a ¼” seam. Make sure to pivot between the scallops and stitch slowly over the handles.

26. Use a wide zig-zag stitch to finish the unfinished top edge.

27. Turn the scalloped edge right side out. Press well.

Congratulations, you now have a beautiful fabric basket! Enjoy.

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19 Responses to Scalloped Edge Basket Tutorial

  1. Marcia says:

    Yes! Finishes this tonight, so excited!!!! Thank you! I’m a beginner sewer (probably about my 4th project maybe) and I really took my time and am very pleased with how it turned out. I’m sure I can now whip up a second (third!) one alot quicker, this time maybe I can include some easter eggs for the kids!

  2. Hi Erin, It seems that way – but the scalloped edge and basket base have a tight fit and if you trim the seam allowance and finish it as noted you should be fine. For the outside scalloped edge to be added, it is not possible to place the basket handle between the base and lining scallops. Don’t worry, it all works out! 🙂

  3. Erin says:

    Im confused about the handle.. in steps 23, 24, 25 you pin the handle in and then sew the scalloped edge over top, and then flip it over. Wouldnt that leave the handle underneath the inner scalloped edge? Making it pop the edge up when its held? Shouldnt it be in between the two scalloped edges?

  4. Sorry this is not working for you Alison. Check out my comment to Colleen – she is having a similar issue and I’ve left some suggestions for her that might help you.

  5. Hi Colleen, I’ve double-checked the link and it seems to be working. You could try using a different browser – like Firefox or Chrome? Maybe also check your page size – this prints to an 8 1/2 to 11. You could also try saving the pdf and then printing it instead of printing directly from the browser. Hope that helps!

  6. Thank you Beatrice! I’m glad you like them 🙂

  7. Hi Bobbin Girl – Wow 🙂 I’d love to see it – You could post one on my Facebook page if you’d like. Thanks so much!

  8. Colleen says:

    Me. I use the public library for computer printing at 100% no scaling I am missing part of the pattern even at 70% the pattern is not complete.
    I am hoping to go to a friends house to try with her computer and printer.
    I’d like to make Easter baskets …. Custom Easter baskets
    Ant tips?

  9. Bobbin Girl says:

    Hi, thanks for this lovely tutorial, I made this basket yesterday and I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. I could send you a photo if you like or maybe you’ve been inundated already ?

    Thanks a lot

    Bobbin Girl

    • Beth says:

      Hi, Bobbin Girl– Could you include a URL link in the comments here to a post with a photo or somewhere else with a photo (i.e. Flickr)? We’d love to see it! –Beth

  10. Louise says:

    Oh, man! I might just have to make an Easter basket this year!!!

  11. Beatrice says:

    Hello, they’re gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial! I took the liberty of sharing the link and a picture from this post on a French quilters forum. I hope you don’t mind. Let me know otherwise. Beatrice.

  12. Diane says:

    Just finished my first basket and I love it! Everything fits perfectly and the instructions are great. The only thing I couldn’t find were the dimensions for the batting of the handle.
    I’ll be making more of these as Easter baskets… Thanks for posting this tutorial!

  13. Kusum Sogani says:

    Oh.its amassing …I liked it very much..will try to make it ..

  14. Alison says:

    I love these but I can’t print out the pattern pieces on one sheet – is anyone else having the same problem ?

  15. Silvia says:

    Very nice baskets!! Love them! Thanks for this tutorial! 🙂

  16. Rachel M says:

    Oh, Thank you so very much for this wonderful pattern and tutorial… I am so excited to make each of our children one!

  17. Samina says:

    That’s adorable! I can see making several of these to contain all the bits & bobs that spread out over my counters. Thanks so much!

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