Need a quick and easy project?

by Nicole

Sometimes I need a quick finish project. This weekend, that project was the Pixie Basket.


Using fabrics from my Stash Builder Box, I stitched together this little basket in under an hour.

Related: An Easy Way to Get Sewing Goodies

I made the top of the basket a little bit different than the tutorial by folding the lining over the seam allowance so that it creates a nice little border along the edge of the basket. To do this, you need to make the lining 1/4″ taller than the exterior – that would be 4 1/4″ by 8″. To keep the lining in place, I stitched in the ditch along the seam joining the lining and the top piece of the exterior.


My new Pixie basket will live next to my sewing machine to corral the notions I like to keep within reach.


If you’d like to stitch up your own Pixie Basket, check out the tutorial from Heidi at Fabric Mutt.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway for a free Stash Builder Box! picked #151 as the lucky reader.

Winning number

#151 is Doris who writes: “I would make a mini quilt for my sewing room wall. Thank you for sharing!”

Please join me in congratulating Doris!

If you are still interested in signing up for a Stash Builder Box, use MAMALOVEQUILTS to save $3 off your first box. But hurry, this offer won’t last forever!

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Rosemary Bolton May 3, 2016 - 8:45 am

Yippeeee comgratulations Doris.
I hope this box will inspire you to make the wall quilt so you can enjoy it!

Nicole May 3, 2016 - 10:32 pm

Hi Rosemary! I hope so too!

karen May 3, 2016 - 11:23 am

Whoop, whoop, Doris! And Nicole, that is an adorable basket. Thanks for the link, too!

Nicole May 3, 2016 - 10:32 pm

Thanks, Karen! It’s a great tutorial!

Jayne May 3, 2016 - 11:47 am

I’ve made a pixie basket too! They are so fun, fast and easy. Yours is adorable! It’s the perfect project when you need a little diversion!

Nicole May 3, 2016 - 10:33 pm

Aren’t they great, Jayne?!? Yes, it was just the diversion I needed!

Heidi May 3, 2016 - 12:58 pm

SO glad you liked it, Nicole! I love little projects that get me excited about sewing again! 🙂

Nicole May 3, 2016 - 10:33 pm

It’s a great tutorial, Heidi! Thanks for sharing your expertise!

diana May 3, 2016 - 2:07 pm


Nicole May 3, 2016 - 10:34 pm

Thanks, Diana!

Kathleen May 3, 2016 - 3:43 pm

That’s a neat idea with the lining on the Pixie basket.

Nicole May 3, 2016 - 10:34 pm

Thanks, Kathleen! I like the pop of color along the edge!

Meredithe May 3, 2016 - 6:43 pm

Cute basket! I was just thinking this morning as I shoved some left over batting into the (overstuffed!) drawer, that I need a project to use up these bits of wadding – and they’ll make great gifts. Thanks for the link and a new blog to follow!

Nicole May 3, 2016 - 10:36 pm

Thanks, Meredithe! I have that same problem with the batting. The Pixie basket does help with those narrower pieces. And yes, it would be great for gifts.

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge May 3, 2016 - 7:11 pm

I’ve been checking out all the lovely little Pixie baskets popping up all over the internets. I’ve got to make one!

Nicole May 3, 2016 - 10:36 pm

Aren’t they adorable, Jenn?!? And so quick and easy!

Susan Snooks May 4, 2016 - 5:30 am

Love your fabric choices Nicole ! They are so fresh and Summery!

Nicole May 5, 2016 - 7:51 pm

The Stash Builder Box has a great collection of fabrics!

Margaret (margiestitcher) May 5, 2016 - 2:29 am

quick and easy is so appealing so useful for next to the machine off to check out the link now and hopefully have a go

Nicole May 5, 2016 - 7:51 pm

Exactly! Have fun stitching one up. I know I did!

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