Divided Basket – Morning Song


I love a super sweet divided basket! And these pretty little prints by Elizabeth Olwen just make it even sweeter. I can imagine this being the perfect accessory in a newborn’s nursery.


I always have fun trying out different interfacing combinations, for this basket I again used ByAnnie’s Soft & Stable (this is an amazon link, but ask your local quilt shop, too, they might have it available by the yard). I basted it to the main exterior pieces (not the front pocket – stuck with SF101 for that). It’s perfect for one of those situations where you know the basket is going to get a ton of use and abuse. The Soft & Stable makes everything stand up nicely and keep it’s shape without much effort. If you love a certain quilting cotton print for this project, it’s definitely a great option! Give it a try, it might be your favorite.

I would recommend using a basting stitch along the top edge of the exterior to be used as a guide for pressing on the last step. Just baste 1/2” from the top edge and press using the stitches as a guide. I also used 1/4” fusible tape to make sure everything was secure without having to use pins. I did use a few clover clips too and it worked really nicely.


I still get a little bit nervous and sweaty on the last topstitching steps of pretty much any project. Maybe I’m the only one! I just have to remind myself to slow down and take my time. I even walk away for a bit before the last step, just to make sure I can focus on doing my best work. Sounds cheesy writing it out, but it does help me!

Pattern: Divided Basket
Fabric: Morning Song by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud9 Fabrics, which should be in shops in a couple weeks!basket3

Hope you’re enjoying an awesome spring day! Thank you so so much about your kind words on my fabric collection. Your excitement means so much to me!

13 thoughts on “Divided Basket – Morning Song

  1. Ines says:

    I love your baskets so much Anna and I am so unhappy, that I can not sew me one.

    Hugs Ines♥

  2. Rachel says:

    You’re not the only one! The last top stitching step on any project is always the hardest, and the bit I’m most likely to make a mess of. Thanks for all the tips 🙂

  3. kristin says:

    oh you’re right anna, this is just so SWEET! if i had a baby girl to design a nursery for, i’d probably center it around this basket! perfect. maybe my second pregnant sister is having a girl and i can copy you; we don’t know what she’s having yet. 😉

    and yes, topstitching is always a bit nerve-wracking! always!

  4. Heather says:

    so sweet! i have a friend having a little boy in july and I was thinking of making her one of these as a gift.

  5. Kelly O. says:

    I always think of your work as flawless but it’s nice to know that you struggle with the same things I do. That topstitching is always my enemy!

  6. pamelajs56 says:

    Beautiful. Love your talent and skill.

  7. farmquilter says:

    I love this basket, bought the pattern, but haven’t made it yet…I have a new grandson coming this month so I should make it for his nursery!!! Love it!!!

  8. Christine says:

    Ohhhh… Thanks for the all the tips! I have yet to start assembling my basket. These will prove helpful.

  9. Barbara G says:

    Love your tips and always enjoy when you revisit a pattern with new pictures. I’m definitely buying this one soon because a new grand baby is due soon. Need to know the gender first though. Love you work!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Great ideas. Top stitching tip – use your blind hem foot and adjust your needle position! I get more consistent results. #sewgood. Cheers, @elysianglenn85

  11. Cindy says:

    Love the fabrics you used! Just too sweet!:)

  12. Michaeleen says:

    I’ve loved this pattern from afar for too long. I finally purchased it and made one last week. I love it even more! Your pattern writing is very easy to follow. I love all the details and your newest tips. Thank you.

  13. Gretchen says:

    I’ve just completed this basket except for the last step which I will do when I’m fresh tomorrow. I’ve never made a divided lining before so I’m very proud of myself. The basket is coming out so cute – I’m giving it to a co-worker at a baby shower in a few days. I like using one of my fancy stitches for topstitching as it covers a multitude of sins. Thanks so much – I love your patterns. I have the 241 tote pattern which I’m really looking forward to making for me!

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