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Fabric Bread Basket


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Seeing a clever folding fabric bread basket at a friend's house inspired me to think how lovely they would be made from upholstery fabric sample book pages using coordinated fabrics to form a reversible basket. Being French, my friend called her basket a panadire; but they're very versatile. Use one on your dressing table to hold pretty perfume bottles or as decorative accents or clutter catchers around the house. One nice thing about these bread baskets is that they lay flat for storage. Also they're very easy to clean. They're surprisingly easy to sew because the stiff inner layer forms a guide for your sewing needle resulting in very straight seam lines and perfect right angles. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You should already know how to use a basic sewing machine; and change to a zipper foot for snugly enclosing the rigid interlining. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS The standard panadire is 10 1/2 inches long by 6 1/2 inches wide by 2 1/2 inches high when tied into the basket shape. The pattern includes adjustments for an 8 1/2 inch square by 2 1/2 inch high version which a friend told me is the perfect size for matzo bread. In other words, with certain limitations due to your materials, you can adjust the size and shape to suit your needs.

Recommended with this pattern

  • You will need: 2 pieces of fabric 17" X 12"- upholstery weight is good; heavy weight vinyl report covers (designed for use with spiral binding machines used in offices and schools); 3 yds. bias tape in coordinating or contrasting color; and thread to match the bias tape.

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