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Scalloped Edge Basket {zakka inspired}

2013 October 10

A few weeks ago I wanted to make a birthday gift for a sewing friend. I’ve had this basket in my head for a while now, ever since the scalloped hem emerged everywhere in sewing land! I thought it would make a cute gift with some handmade bias tape and buttons. And, I can’t lie, I was in NEED of a project to sew with some of my Warp & Weft Koi stash! It’s been sitting for far too long and I was dying to make something with it.

I think this little basket even qualifies as zakka! I’ve been intrigued by zakka since reading the blog tours for Patchwork Please (Ayumi Takahashi, Pink Penguin), and Zakka Handmades (Amy Morinaka, Chick Chick Sewing). I think I might be a bit late to the game, but I’m okay with joining the “trend following” masses – the projects are so pretty!

Here is the definition of zakka according to Wikipedia:

photo VIA

Vague enough for you?! Zakka could be almost anything!

I used a little piece of almost every piece of my stashed Koi in this project, leaving out only my daughter’s favorite “The Way of Flowers” for another special project! “Don’t be Koi” for the bottom of the basket, “Scalloped Edge – Gray” for the sides and “Pennants Waving – Ivory” for the inside and top edge detail. Rashida Coleman-Hale outdid herself on this line – it’s gorgeous. You can see the whole (GOTS organic certified) line here. And the deep purple “Don’t be Koi” adds to the just-emerging quilting cotton purple palette. For some reason, not many designers have focused on using purple until now.

I think I am going to make a few more of these with Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Tsuru fabric line. Hopefully using up some of my gorgeous fat quarters I bought from Fabric Spot in the spring. Maybe in different sizes – taller, wider, nesting baskets? Maybe one with a handle? I’d love to know what you would make!

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  1. October 10, 2013

    Love it!! SOoo pretty!! :)
    Carla recently posted… Unique book stores… Attic Books!My Profile

  2. October 10, 2013

    Cute little basket! Love the name of your blog too! Thanks for visiting Night Owl Corner!


    • October 10, 2013

      Thank You Linda for coming over to check out my blog too! :) Glad you like the basket. I totally have to credit my husband with the blog name.

  3. October 11, 2013

    This is a really nice shape with the angled sides, different from what I usually see. The best way to justify buying more fabric is to use up your stash…just sayin’
    Lisa in Port Hope recently posted… Hand QuiltingMy Profile

    • October 13, 2013

      Hi Lisa! Thank you, I’m glad you like it. I’m super-happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to make more. You’re right about the stash… I’ve got to use some up!

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