Now that you have you basket all beautifully woven It’s time to add the handle and top and bottom. All these pieces are made from the two ½” bias strips I made from the basket material.
To make the bottom I cut a strip long enough to cover all the bottom vertical pieces PLUS enough to tuck in ¼” on each side. I then placed these over strips and glued them down.
To make the handle I used one long ½ bias strip and glued it along the line I traced from the pattern. Since this strip is thick I did two separate lines of glue to secure it. Once it was glued I trimmed the excess fabric from the handle.
The next step was to use the last piece of ½” bias stem to cover the tops of the basket’s vertical strips.
To secure the basket, I first appliquéd the basket sides down along the end vertical pieces. I slip stitched the outside and the inside of these end pieces.
The bottom of the basket can then be appliquéd down.
For the top, I first appliquéd the handle then the basket top.
I found that this was secure enough to hold it while I appliquéd the other flowers on. The strips move around a little but nothing that would cause any problems since they are packed in fairly tight. If you find the strips moving too much while you do any other appliqué you might want to sew more of the strips down.
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