Saturday Sewing – Bosal Baskets

These quick and easy baskets are perfect for a last minute project, to make as gifts or to get your kids, grandchildren, or anyone involved in sewing. They are sturdy and use Bosal foam; a flexible stiffener to give shape and support so they stand on their own. Check with your Janome Dealer if they carry this, or a similar product from another manufacturer.

Make them in all sizes or adjust to suit your needs. 

Materials needed for one Basket:

9 ½” x 9 ½” fabric for the exterior of the basket

2, 4 ¾” x 10”  fabric for the lining/interior of the basket

9” x 9” Bosal foam; fusible one side

Thread to match the fabric


  • Sew together the two lining/interior pieces on the long sides leaving an opening of about 3” unsewn in the Centre. Press and trim to 9 ½” x 9 ½”. Fold the lining/Interior piece in half Right Sides Together (RST) with the opening at the bottom.
  • Following the manufacturer’s instructions, press the Bosal foam to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.
  • Sew the two sides with ¼” seam allowance for both the lining and the basket.
  • Draw a square at the bottom of each section 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, which will help add shape to the basket.
  • .Cut out the square of fabric at the bottom two corners of the lining and the basket.
  • Pinch the sides and bottom together matching the side and bottom seam, sew across using ¼” seam allowance.
  • Repeat for both the lining and the basket. Turn the lining Right Side Out.
  • Insert the lining inside the basket with Right Sides Together, matching the sides of the basket.  Pin or use clips to hold the top raw edges together.
  • Sew around the top edge.
  • From the bottom opening, turn Right Side Out.
  • Topstitch around the basket 1/4″ away from the finished edge. Using the Janome AcuFeed Flex foot on the Janome MC9450 made this a breeze!
  • Add a variation by sewing a handle to each side of the basket before sewing around the top edge, or, a little ribbon or tab of fabric just to one side. Perhaps turn the finished edge down for little more detail? Sew many possibilities!
  • Enjoy!

Happy sewing,


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