You’re going to need:
2 pieces of fabric cut to 12″ tall x 17″ wide for the basket front and back
2 pieces of fabric cut to 17″ tall x 17 wide for the basket lining
2 pieces of fabric 17″ wide by 6″ tall for basket bottom
Fabric for scissors applique
1/4 “Foam Interfacing (I used Pellon)
Lightweight Fusible Interfacing (I used Shape-Flex)
Paper backed fusible web
Begin by cutting a 3″x3″ square from the bottom two corners of the 17″ side of the 17″ x 6″ pieces and the 17″ x 17″ lining pieces.
Next sew the 12″ x 17″ basket front piece to one of the 6″ x 17″ pieces. Press the seam open. Repeat for the basket back piece.
Cut the interfacing to the same size as the sewn basket front and back pieces. Press the interfacing to the wrong side of the basket front and back pieces. Top stitch along both sides of the seam between the basket fabric and the bottom fabric. Do this for the front and the back pieces.
Print out the scissors template (can be found here). Trace it onto a piece of paper backed fusible web. Cut out loosley. Iron onto the wrong side of the scissors applique fabric. Cut out. Stitch around the outside of the applique.
Sew the basket front and back pieces together along the bottom seam. (Just the straight seam, don’t sew in the spot that you cut the 3″ square from) Press seam open.
Sew the two sides seams of the tote. Press seams open.
Pinch the bottom corners of the basket so that the raw edges of the portion of the bag with the 3″ square cut out meet.
Stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure to backstitch.
Turn right side out.
Cut two pieces of foam interfacing the same size as the two lining pieces. Make a “sandwich” with the two lining pieces inside right sides facing and the two foam pieces on the outside facing the wrong side of the fabric.
Sew the lining pieces together the same way that you sewed the tote bag outside pieces together. If you have a walking foot it will be helpful for this step.
Slip the lining into the basket outside piece, wrong sides facing. Turn under the top raw edges 1/2″ and secure in place. Using a walking foot (if you have one) stitch around the top of the basket close to the fold.
For the last step fold the top of the basket over about 1 1/2″ …
Now fill it up with all of your goodies!