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Craft Basket with Mayan Art Redwork Embroidery

This craft basket features designs from the Mayan Art Redwork Set. It's great for storing and carrying your knitting, notions or other craft supplies.

We used:

  • off-white heavy-weight cotton fabric for embroidery,
  • medium weight black and red polyester for the top and lining,
  • polyester craft felt for the batting.


Out of black fabric, cut

  • 1 strip measuring 1 1/2" x 26"
  • 1 strip measuring 5 1/2 x 26"
  • 2 strips measuring 3 1/2" x 15" (for handles)

Out of red fabric, cut 1 piece measuring 10 1/2" x 26".
Out of batting, cut 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 15".


With a disappearing fabric marker, graph your light-colored fabric into 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares. DO NOT cut them out at this point. Stabilize with light-weight cut-away or tear-away stabilizer and do the embroidery in the center of each square. Cut out the squares and sew them into a strip 4 1/2" x 26".

Alternatively, if your fabric permits, you can draw a strip 4 1/2" wide and 26" long. DO NOT cut the strip at this point. Divide it into 6 cells. The first cell should be 4 1/2" wide. The second, third, fourth, and fifth cells should be 4" wide. The last cell should be 4 1/2" wide. Stabilize the strip and do embroidery in each cell. Cut out the strip.


Sew the 1 1/2" x 26" black strip to the upper edge of the embroidered strip.
Sew the 5 1/2" x 26" black strip to the lower edge of the embroidered strip.

Place the working piece on batting.

Topstitch along the upper and lower edges of the embroidered strip. Topstitch along all edges of the working piece about 1/8" from the edge.

Cut away the excess stabilizer.

Fold the working piece in half, face iwards and align the short edges. Pin them together.
Fold the lining in half, face inwards, align the short edges and pin them together.
Stitch the short sides together twice, 1/4" and 3/8" from the edge.

Fold the outer bag so that the seam faces you and is situated an equal distance from each side. Align the edges. Topstitch the bottom twice about 1/4" and 3/8" from the edge.

Make box corners at the bottom of the bag. For this, separate the front and back sides at the corners. Center the bottom seam with the central line of the side. Measure 2 1/2" along the seam from the corner and machine-stitch perpendicular to the seam across the corner. Repeat for the second corner.

Trim the seams.


Fold the 3 1/2" x 15" in half lengthwise, wrong side inwards. Place the 1 1/2" x 15" batting strip inside. Tuck the raw edges inside. Pin.

Topstitch to close the long side 1/8" from the edge. Topstitch several parallel lines about 1/4" from one another.

Pin the handle to the upper edge of the bag as shown. Topstitch them in place.

Attaching the Lining:

Turn the lining wrong side out. Put the lining over the bag. Align the upper edges and pin.

Topstitch together about 3/8" from the edge.

Turn the lining right side out.

Sew the bottom of the lining closed.

Tuck the lining into the bag.

Topstitch along the basket edge about 1/2" from the edge

The basket is done!


Happy Stitching!

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