Friday, February 19, 2016

pixie basket

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
Today's (start) and finish is a cute little project that you could probably make in less than an hour. Be warned, you MAY want to make about 100 of them. I know I want to!
There is a tutorial for the pixie basket here. Thanks, Heidi! This was the perfect project to brighten up a rainy day.
I used scraps to make this basket, of course, including the measuring tape pieces. They are actually from the selvage of the fabric. I couldn't bear to throw it away, so I'm thrilled it came in handy today. Hurray for saving everything! :) This is scrap project #127!

I can't wait until my daughter comes home from school so we can squeal over the cuteness together!

It feels like another giveaway week. I will randomly select a few winners (from the comments and the links) to win their choice of 3 of my PDF patterns from my pattern shop, just as a thank you for reading and joining me for finish it up Friday!

Now, it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Have a great weekend! xo

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Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

Oh that is so cute - you're right, I do want to make a hundred of them and I love love love the measuring tape fabric tabs at the ends!

Melissa Corry said...

That basket is so adorable!!! I think I will have to make one for sure ;)

adaliza.com said...

Just love your Pixie Basket - am off to make one now, before teatime!!! Maybe that'll be next week's Finish it up Friday show and tell! Have a great weekend and thanks for doing such a great link up every Friday - it's great to see what everyone's making - inspirational!

Julie said...

This is so adorable! I keep seeing them pop up and love them every time! Thanks for hosting this linkup every week!

Miss Alissa said...

Oh, that is cute!

Lisa Boyer said...

Adorable. The little measuring tape handles are so precious!

mn_esota said...

Oh, how cute! I love the measuring tape handles!

Allison said...

Wouldn't those be cute used as gift boxes? Need to figure out how to close them, but it would be fun to give a useful little box as part of the package!

puffycat said...

What a cute basket! Did you stitch fabric to the reverse of the selvage? Wondering how you avoided the raw edge and couldn't tell from the photo.

Tracybug Creative said...

I had so much fun making mine yesterday! Love the selvage!

the momma said...

That is so cute!!! (every time I open or close my box of clips, I grumble about what a positively STUPID design the box is ~ so a sweet little basket to hold them is perfect!)

Caitlin Johnson said...

Super cute! I have 4 quilted placemats ready for binding to finish them up- better get to it!

Paige said...

Super cute! The handles are adorable!

Terri van Gulik said...

Very cute little basket. I have to say I really llok forward to Fridays because of your Finish it up Friday posts. I love looking through all the links.

Laura said...

Cute! I'm in the middle of some very dense quilting, so nowhere near a finish to post. Maybe I'll break off to make some adorable baskets or drawstring bags just so I can feel like i accomplished something!

Laura said...

Cute! I'm in the middle of some very dense quilting, so nowhere near a finish to post. Maybe I'll break off to make some adorable baskets or drawstring bags just so I can feel like i accomplished something!

Chrissie Wunderlich said...

Love that wee basket!!! I need to make myself a few of those!

Addie Polston said...

so cute love the measuring tape handles! Might have to try my hand at a project like this

mindingmomma said...

I've got to learn to use a machine so I can make some of these. I love it! It is darling!

helma said...

I really love the measuring tape handles! Cute....

Lori said...

Love your pixie basket! Thanks for a chance to win!

a maidenhair fern said...

aj, I just wanted to thank you for the time and effort you put into this linky party each week. We just lost one I used a lot for Wednesdays, and it made me realize how much I rely on linky parties. They are the lubricator that keeps my quilting moving along. I'm sure this community feels the same way, thank you.

Hildy said...

Oh this basket is great! I need something to collect my bits and pieces that are flowing around my sewing machine (you know spools, pincushions, scissors, clips, ...) and this looks perfect!

Kerri said...

See sew cute! I wish I was in my sewing room now instead of at work. Thanks!

Crystal_235 said...

Cute basket. I might have found another project to add to growing list of projects!!

quiltmania said...

Love the little basket. Something else to put on the to do list!

Teri said...

Ok, yes, I am going to have to make one, or several. You get me into sooo much trouble.

Shauna said...

That is so so cute.

Michelle said...

I saw this on Heidi's blog and immediately had to pin it! I love your fabric choices. So cute. <3 I need to make some time to make myself a couple. :)

Pat said...

So cute! And I have the selvages!

JoanG said...

What an adorable basket! When I go into my sewing room today I'm going to make a few. What a great way to corral all the flotsam that clutters my sewing table.

SallyB said...

I have been looking for just this pattern for my clips! Thank you so much for sharing. 😍

Jane Hill said...

I think you so clever to be able to make a little basket like that and then to say you would like to make many more..... I think it is lovely

Kim said...

Cute! Those measuring tape pieces make the perfect handles.

Kim said...

Cute! Those measuring tape pieces make the perfect handles.

Melissa Koehn said...

Very cute! I always enjoy seeing your projects. I have some of your fabric, I'm just waiting for the perfect project :)

Molly Lensing said...

Perfect little project! I think I will make one as well

Kathy said...

I love this little basket. Oh no - another project to add to my list of things I want to do!!!

Leslie said...

Your blog is always inspiring. What a clever idea to use the selvage for handles.

Kathy H said...

What a cute little basket. I love having pretty storage.

Michelle L. said...

You have inspired me to save every piece of scrap I have. Darn you...

JoAnne in southern California said...

Thank you for sharing this, this is exactly what I need to make to add to the gift I'm making for a dear friend. How did you know? i have scraps calling me right now...

Lori V said...

Soooo cute! Love the handles! Squealing along.....

Joan Bowden said...

I love that basket and love using up scraps!
Thanks for Finish It Up Friday - I so look forward to it every week.

Mary Kasavich said...

The basket is absolutely darling! I want to make several for my desk and sewing area. Great way to use up some of my stash!

Nancy Z said...

Cute project. I do the same thing - wait to share with my daughter to make it a cute project 'officially.'

linda rose said...

The pixie basket is so adorable and I like the name for it too! I've been looking for something like this to keep my bathroom organized since we recently updated it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Fribble said...

Love it. Gotta make one soon.

Kelly Cline said...

It really is super cute! Thanks for the link tutorial!

Anita said...

I need to make one (or a few of these). My Wonder Clips keep overflowing out of the little container I have for them.

Maja said...

It´s a cutie!
I think I have to try and sew some of them!

naurispelto said...

Cute! If I look at my sewing room, I see I have to sew plenty of these :D

Veronique said...

I love the fabric combination you chose for your basket. I need to make about a million baskets in different sizes for my sewing room so thanks for the link to the tutorial

naurispelto said...

These would be great for presenting little gifts!

April said...

That is super cute! I could use a few of those baskets around the house!
Thanks for the idea!

sewhappy said...

These are so sweet, am sorting through my scrap box tonight and will be making a bunch tomorrow . Love little storage boxes. Great links again this week.

Paula said...

What a great basket! I love the handles. We all need an easy project sometimes. Thanks for the giveaway.

MaryAnn Guappone said...

Love the little baskets! I put them on my "to do" list. Thanks

Shirley JB said...

Awesome cute basket!

Paula said...

Your pixie is too cute for words! I squaled today too when I found it on Heidi's blog! xx

Kelly O. said...

I too jumped on the pixie basket bandwagon.... I have 3 in various stages of doneness :)

Jodie Tawn said...

Such a cute basket!

sewfrench.com said...

I love it!
Love that you and daughter will squeal together over it's cuteness!
lori t french @ comcast .net

Deb said...

Love the basket. my friend just gave me one like it...not sure if it's your pattern or not. i'd ove to win your patterns.

Colleen Potter said...

your little basket is so cute, thanks for sharing !
Have a great weekend.
Colleen @ farmersfeedfamilies@gmail.com

Kathy said...

What an adorable basket. I haven't tried making any baskets yet but they are on the list for this year

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

What an adorable little basket.

Debby said...

I LOVE 'Finish up Friday'! I check every single link and love seeing what everyone is up to! Thank you all! Debby

Teresa @ Aurea's Kitchen said...

I have the tutorial bookmarked... i just need some extra hours.

Debbie said...

Love your scrap projects. Also love your Good Neighbors fabric. I've made two quilts from it.

Lynn said...

It's cute from end to end. I love that you and your daughter will squeal over it when she gets home from school!

Susie said...

Always think I have more time than I do. Perhaps I will have time to do this and it's so cute. Thank you for sharing.

Ann said...

Sweet basket. Going to make on tonight. Sometimes I really need a project I can do in an evening and feel like I accomplished something.

Kirsten said...

Very cute basket - I think I might have to make one too:)

Melissa Messinger said...

Adorable basket, I must make one this weekend!

EmileeHope said...

So adorable! I want to make a few too!!

Kimberly said...

Very sweet, love the measuring tape handles. Have a great weekend.

Shannon said...

So very cute!

Lorraine said...

Your pixie basket is sooo cute. I need to make one or many!!!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I love these little baskets. I've been planning to make some since seeing the tutorial. Your is just adorable.

María Carrión said...

Bonito y rápido de hacer...puede crear adicción!!!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Cute little basket ...live the measuring tape handles

Laura said...

I have seen thes little baskets all over IG. They are so cute! I love the way you inspire us to use our scraps. 😍

Debbie Faber said...

Wow what a generous giveaway. And you are right…those baskets will grow like your pin cushion collection. debfaber@verizon.net

Karen @runsewfun said...

Love the measuring tape handles and Denyse Schmidt fabric anywhere. Also love squealing with my daughter! Have a wonderful weekend.

The Patch Craft said...

OMG I have headed over to get this pattern cuteness or what. cant wait to start making them for gifts and swaps.

Little Black Cat Quilting said...

Oh man, I need at least one of these! Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I may have to make my mom and I one each! :)

maureen said...

Love it! I have been using old tupperware containers. Think I need to make a couple of these this weekend!!

tink's mom said...

The Pixie basket is wonderful. Thanks so much for the link. I'm off to give it try right now.

Jane Thomas said...

I love that pixie basket. So cute.

tanya romero said...

I just bought some sewing themed fabric. Now I know what to do with it :)

Lynne Tilley said...

That is the MOST adorable little basket. I want to make a pile of them! I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Kathy E. said...

I am squealing over the cuteness of this little basket too! I know I could use several of these in my sewing room, a few more in the bathroom and more in my laundry room! Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Walker said...

All the squirrels in QBL and you've added yet another!! This is really sweet, and so are you--thank you for your generosity Amanda-Jean :-)

Marcelle said...

Thanks for introducing me to Heidi's blog! I hadn't seen it before and feel lucky now to have another resource for creative ideas. And thanks for sharing so much each week. Your basket is adorable! Can't wait to try this pattern. Have a terrific weekend!

suz3726 said...

That is one handy basket. I look forward to your scrap projects every Friday. Thanks for the giveaway.
suegribble at gmail dot com

Joan said...

Perfect!

Nicole said...

So cute! I've been seeing these little baskets all over IG. I may have to give it a try this weekend!

tahoe34 said...

Finish it up Friday is truly one of my favorite "me" times of the week. Thank you for continuing to motivate me and share your adorable project with all of us, Amanda Jean. And also a special thank you for your generous giveaways!

Di~ said...

Fun! Did you follow her instructions exact? Did you use batting or something else?

Caniseetoo said...

Thanks, Amanda Jean, for Finish it up Friday. I look forward to it every week and work my way through the entire list!

Jane said...

This is adorable! Thanks for sharing. I'm so tempted to start a few, but I need to get some other projects finished first!

Cynthia Knapp said...

Your pixie basket is darlin'. I think I'll just have to mskr one. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Diane said...

Your basket is so cute! I saw this pattern yesterday and have it saved but you've inspired me to try it sooner than later. Thanks!

patrice said...

What a great place to hold your clips! So cute :)

Quilt n Queen said...

Your basket is as cute as can be...love the tape measure handles. Thanks for hosting Finish it up Friday. I'm not getting much sewing done lately...trying to sell the house and make the big move to Canada in the spring or early summer. Thanks for the chance!! Have a wonderful weekend!! Pauline

Melanie said...

Love this little basket!!! I need to make one this weekend!

WanakaJules said...

Very cute. I love the measuring tape handles.

Abby said...

Yep you did it. I was thinking about these baskets but went "No I've got other things to Finnish". Now I give in and I'm going to try out my new sewing table and make a quick something just for me. Thank you.

Heather said...

I LOVE your pixie basket! Sooooo cute!

josiekitten said...

That is so lovely! I am taking my first steps in quilting. Just got your scrappy weekend quilts book and have started my very first quilt.

Becky Mc said...

I love your cute little basket. Yay for using more scraps! Thanks for the giveaway. wonderlust57@hotmail.com

Kay said...

These baskets are really sweet. I make a similar one for friends as gifts which I then fill with whatever I feel like. Almost all of my friends have had these, or even a set of matching ones, but it occurred to me the other day that I don't have any myself so I need to rectify that soon as they are are fun and useful.

Tine said...

Oh that is cute!! And how fun to count your scrap projects!
I'll be making some of these, they look perfect for just about everything that is laying around in a big mess on my table right now!

LindaBee said...

These are cute and I was thinking they might be a good favor for a wedding shower that I'm going to for my niece. I can so totally relate to 'squealing with your daughter'.

Therese said...

Really like the little measuring tape loops! How cute! I don't like to throw anything away at all. Thanks for the ideas.

Brigitte Oudaer said...

Magnifique !! Est-ce possible d'en faire 100 !! Essayons avec 1 et puis on verra.
Merci pour le lien et l'idéé.
Brigitteo

Sherry said...

I bought some cloth tape measures off Ebay. They were cheap but until I started using them I didn't realize that the scale was wrong. 1" on the tapes actually measured 1 1/4" in reality. So I have a bunch of tape to use for handles. I might need to make a bunch of these just to use them up. :)

Martha Cook said...

that is so adorable! I would squeal too :). definitely going to make me one.

Kate said...

ooooh how cute! Going to have to make a couple of these - thanks heaps for the tute! <3

Susan Smith said...

I love this little basket but even more, I love that you squeal with your daughter!! That made me smile!!!

ada said...

I have being wanting to make on of these but just never took the time to look for the pattern. Thanh you.

Julieacs said...

Just so cute and handy to have. This is on my to do list! Thanks!

Judy Zaspel said...

Very cute and very useful. I love the handles!

Lesley Gilbert said...

I keep meaning to make some of these lovely storage baskets - you always give such good incentives :)

Jane LaManna said...

definitely squeal-worthy!!

Brita said...

Hooray, this looks like a perfect little Christmas gift for my group of stitching pals! I'm going to start right away.

Marsha said...

What an adorable basket. I'm up way too early (for me) today, so I think I will make one.

Jan N said...

Love the basket! I think I could actually make it. Such a happy post as usual, thanks.

Christi said...

I am going to have to make one of these...super cute and useful!

cjpike (at) Indiana (dot) edu

gigi said...

Cute project. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Cathy44647 said...

Adorable project! My granddaughters would love this!

Frans said...

This is such a great scrap busting project! I love the measuring tape ribbon!

Karen said...

I love the basket. I am sure I will be making them. I love to make little baskets, little bags and thread catchers. They make the best gifts. Thanks for sharing.

Lee said...

Oh my! That is the cutest basket ever! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! I love that you and your daughter get excited about things like that together:)

SewCaring said...

I love that you can't wait for your daughter to come home and delight
with you over the cuteness of your new creation. That was the most
precious comment! Your bag is wonderful and I am betting your daughter
will have use or two for the next ones you make!

Lynn Euerle said...

That is super cute. I can see this done up in some Easter fabrics for cute little Easter baskets too.

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Stephanie Cross said...

Sew sew cute! Manufacturer for measuring tape fabric pretty please? :)

kbailh01 said...

Adorable. I know what I'm going to be making this afternoon. Thanks for the inspiration.

Linda in PA said...

That basket is so cute! I've had some baskets on my "to make" list for awhile now and this one has been added to the list.

Nancy in IN said...

Love the basket and love, love the clips. Great for EPP

Anne said...

Great idea to use the selvedge. I will have to remember that!
I finished my text quilt this week; really happy with the results.

Suzanne said...

Howdy, miss creative spirit! Thanks for brightening my morning. I have been feeling the AJ love. I pulled out one of my oldest wips and it Originates with you. It's part of my bigger project but now I find myself running upstairs to get one more seam sewn. Care to venture a guess??? Xo

Frankie said...

Such a cute wee basket! I can see where making these would be addicting. I haven't even made one and I already want a dozen!

Diane Beavers said...

Amanda Jean
Love the tape measure twill handles in particular!
The pattern is perfect then for Layer cake leftovers, how awesome.
A fabric scrapping I will go, a fabric scrapping I will go, Hi Ho!


bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

shanley said...

Maybe this will finally get me going on these- have been meaning to do so for a while! So cute!

Rhonda said...

That basket is super cute and you always put together such fun fabric combinations!

Lisa F (NJ) said...

Too cute!!! They would be fantastic in some Easter prints!!!

Linda Nelson said...

I am inspired by your basket!

lenelson(at)mail(dot)com

quiltnmaryf said...

Such a cute idea! Love the handles!!

Needled Mom said...

Sooo cute and I love what you used for the handles.

Melva Palmer said...

Very cute! I'm going to have to make one!

Nancy said...



I like the basket. Will have to give it a try. Would love to win your patterns. Thanks, Nancy P.

T Brown said...

The basket it to cute. I will definitely be making some.

Moriah Housman said...

I super love the measuring tape tabs!!! I finished my first (AND LAST!) t-shirt quilt this past week. I did an ok job (it was for a friend) but it is my least favorite thing I've sewn.

cjmont said...

i love this little basket and can't wait to make one.

Jan Cody said...

Wow! This basket is just the project I need whilst recovering from an illnes and needing quick results. Already have 3 birthdays coming up which this project would be perfect for. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

Patti said...

So sweet! Maybe these baskets will take the place of pincushions for a while?! LOL

Subee said...

Ihavebeen wondering how to corral all my clips I got for Christmas! Ohioholman at all dot com.

Rosyquilter said...

Easy and fun to make and think it would be a great project for my quilting group when we celebrate our birthdays. Thanks for the link.

Terry said...

Cute mini basket!!! I made two of them after seeing Heidi's post and plan on making more to give as gifts.
terryscwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Always In Stitches said...

So very cute. Week I now have a clip container. Yay.

Dresses and Spurs said...

So cute! I'd love to win your giveaway!
Dressesandspurs at outlook dot com

Amy said...

Squeal! An new mini basket! Thanks for the link! It will be perfect for the 1 1/2 inch scraps that live next to my sewing machine.

Mary Ann said...

My daughter and I are about to try and make that basket. Too cute!

New Salem Homestead said...

What a cute basket and inspiration! This is the perfect project for putting some Easter goodies in and giving it to a few children in a local homeless shelter! Thanks!

Brenda M said...

The Pixie Basket is so adorable, and I love how the fabrics that you chose go together.

Carol E. said...

I'm squealing along with you. It's so cute!

PegP said...

Oh this basket is soo cute!

Lesley said...

These look brilliant and perfect for lots of bits and bobs.

Donna W said...

These look like so much fun to make and an added bonus - practical.

Nancy said...

I just might have to sacrifice my cloth tape measure for this.

debbie said...

Cute basket. I will have to make some this week.

robin said...

A very squeal worthy finish to be sure!

DKB said...

I have a little basket like this, but more square, next to my machine. I use it for all the sewing garbage that accumulates like threads and trimmings.

Karen said...

I agree--total cuteness! I've checked out the tutorial and can see making several of these, too. I tend to make piles of things like basting pins and thread all over the place--so these are really going to clear up space. Thanks, Amanda Jean!

Patti said...

The little bitty containers are so cute! I'm going to be making a few (100?)too! Snowing here today. Thanks for doing a giveaway too!

Milla said...

Your Pixie basket is so cute!! It will be fun to make one, too. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

AsktheLandlady said...

Love your basket--- so cute!

Marla aka YaYa said...

Love the pixie basket. I made 2 last night. You are right, first of LOTS more!

tink's mom said...

Thanks for the link, I made 2 last night using your fabric line. So cute.

beefi8 said...

Adorable! These would make great gifts!

Robby H. said...

Those tapemeasure handles are adorable. Pretty sure this will be on my ToDo list soon.

Dixie Hamilton said...

Adorable basket, and one can never have too many scrap busting ideas!

NebraskaNative said...

Oh my! Tooooo cute!!!

Amdezo said...

Really cute. You always inspire me to sew.

Cathy Tomm said...

Thanks for a chance to win. Love the little basket. The measuring tape handles are just so cute.

Y Blanchard said...

Adorable! Something else to add to the "to do" list!

Katherine said...

Beyond cute! Love that you used selvedge for the handles - totally see why you couldn't throw those out.
Thought I might make it pass the weekend without making a pixie basket, but now I think resistance is futile. :o)

Melody Srygley said...

I am going to run and make my first Pixie Basket. Then I'm going to build a Pixie trap, trap myself a Pixie, and fill my home with Pixie magic! I think I'll name my Pixie Amanda Jean. Then I'll be able to sew at Pixie lightening speed!

Deborah DeBerry said...

That little basket is eat up with cuteness. You have many patterns that I would love to possess and make. You know the age at which I can quit quilting is growing by leaps and bounds- I am up to 250 yrs, I think. poladydwd(at)yahoo(dot)com

kmcallister said...

Love the little basket. I can see a lot of those in my future (when I find the time).

Gram999 said...

That is so cute , and I plan on making several for me and for gifts. I love your blog and have made several of your projects.Barb

eva-vit said...

These baskets are adorable.
And I would love to win your patterns.
All the best. Love to read your blog.

OhioLori said...

Love love looooooove your Pixie Basket!! Sooooo Creative & thrifty ( scrap buster! Yay!) Thank you for sharing, and for chance to win your Give-a-way!! Love your Blog! :)

Malinda said...

I love all of your scrap projects, but this one is especially cute. It would make a good swap gift for our guild, too!

Darlington Delights said...

What an adorable basket....I love it!

Debbi said...

This is so cute and would be perfect for a tiny chocolate rabbit for Easter!

Tawa said...

Pixie basket, sounds like it needs some miniature plushies to stow in it. Not that I have ever made a doll or toy.

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