Chinese New Year (CNY) is just around the corner, I am spring cleaning and decorating my house during the weekends. Last weekend, hubby took out a huge box of last year’s CNY ornaments and decorations, including this, this and this I made last year (click the links for tutorials and patterns). My son found his king crown – a large treat holder I sewed last year, I used it to put mandarin oranges. He refused to let me use it this year “This is MINE!!!!”, holding his crown behind his back while running away from me… he is being a classic “terrible 2” toddler… he wants to be in total control!!!!
I need a new basket this year so I made this – Hexagon Basket which is”flatten-able”. Simply tie it up to construct a steady hexagon basket. It is easy to stow away when not in use, just untie the cords or ribbons to flatten and it won’t take up much storage space.
The Hexagon Basket is made of silk and satin for oriental tradition deco but it could be for any occasion with different color scheme and fabric. If you are not fancy about the oriental look of the hexagon Basket, just adapt the pattern to suit the occasion you are celebrating, for example, red/green for Christmas, orange/black for Halloween, white for a wedding, etc….
Hexagon Basket Sewing Pattern
Difficulty level: Basic
Time required: Approx 2 hours.
1. Silk, 15″ x 15″
2. Satin lining, 15″ x 15″
3. Thick cardboard (about 1mm thickness), 15″ x 15″
4. Batting (low loft), 15″ x 15″
5. Cords (72″) or ribbons (72″) or china knots & loops (6 pairs)
6. Rick racks (optional)
1. Sewing machine
2. Heavy sewing needle that can handle thick material
3. Scissors for fabric and cardboard
4. Drawing Compass
5. Pencil (sharpened)
7. Right angle ruler
8. 3M Spray Adhesive or equivalent
9. Fabric glue or hot glue
10. Matching sewing thread
Download the instruction on how to draw the hexagon cardboard. It is basically derived from 2 hexagons (4″ & 6″) with the same center point. For detail on how to draw a basic hexagon with step-by-step photo, click here.
If you have a wide printer, you can simply double the size of the pdf document and print it out.
Cut cardboard by following the outer pink line of the drawing. Use cardboard as pattern reference, cut batting, cut silk and satin (with 3/4″ to 1″ seam allowance).
3. Sating lining
Mark the cardboard outline on the wrong side of the satin lining & silk.
Trim off the diamond shapes (between the flaps) from the cardboard. To prevent the sharp edges from spoiling the dedicated satin, smooth out all corners by trimming them round.
Spray adhesive on the batting and cardboard (follow the instruction on the can). It is sticky and tacky, so be careful when handling.
Position the batting (with adhesive side down) on the wrong side of the silk. Due to the slippery of the silk material, align the corners and outline before press the batting to the silk by hand.
Repeat the same to cardboard and satin.
Glide you hand across the right side the satin and silk to smooth out the adhesive and get rid of any bubbles captured within.
Topstitch the smaller hexagon inside the basket, slowly to prevent needle breakage.
After finish sewing through the cardboard, the sewing machine’s needle is more or less damaged. Dispose of it correctly.