A workbasket on a stand, which can be carried easily from place to place, is a great boon at times, especially in the summer, when working out of doors. Such a basket, or, rather, bag, is easily made at home, and at very small expense.
Some lengths of wood 1 in. by 1/2 in., planed, a small piece of cretonne and lining, two brass
A portable workbasket and stand, which will be found very useful, and quite simple and inexpensive to make at home screws 3/4 in. long, some brass-headed drugget pins, and wide tape, are all that are required.
The frame is composed of eight pieces - four lengths of wood 1 in. by 1/2 in., 24 in. long; two lengths of wood 1 in. by 1/2 in., 19 in. long ; two lengths of wood 1 in. by 1/2 in., 18 1/4 in. long.
These are put together after the manner of a camp stool, or the legs of a folding chair, one side fitting into the other when closed. Each side is nailed together separately at first, the top and lower rails being fixed to the narrow sides of the leg pieces with the brass-headed nails. The lower rails are sixteen inches below the top ones. The legs are then screwed together on their broad sides at the middle of their length. This allows the frame to be extended and to stand. It is then ready to be enamelled or stained.
The bag of cretonne, lined with white sateen, measures 30 in. by 24 in. The shorter sides, material and lining together, are machined along two inches from their edges, and the longer are turned over into a hem of the same width, two inches each end, however, being' left unstitched. Through this hem on each side a length of wide tape, 14 in., is threaded, and the ends of each piece are sewn over the top rails of both sides of the framework, thus making a stretcher on each side, which allows the frame to be open no further than its length. The short sides of the bag are then affixed by putting the cretonne outside the top rails and the lining inside, the edges being turned in and neatly oversewn. The ends where the other side hem touches require to be cut down and turned in, to enable them to pass round the top rails.
These sides are further kept in place with some short brass-headed nails, like drawing-pins ; two strap handles of cretonne secured to the centre of the top rails in the same way finish a very neat and useful little contrivance.
The bag cannot be made of chintz, as it is too stiff to allow the framework to close comfortably. Flowered silks are sometimes used, and, of course, are very dainty, but nothing supersedes cretonne for everyday use. When soiled, it can be unmounted, and with careful laundering will be fit to use again on the frame.
A busy needlewoman will appreciate a pincushion and needle-book attached to the stand, and both should match the bag in their outer coverings. The former might be secured to one top rail on the inside by a double loop of ribbon, and the latter might be kept in place on the other end of the same rail by a strap of ribbon across its centre fold. Two or three pockets could be attached to the other top rail, which would be useful for holding darning implements. Mater-familias will find this workbasket an ideal stocking bag, being both handy and easily tidied away.
The framework is so simple that the home carpenter will find no difficulty over it, if she or he marks in pencil the correct positions for the four cross bars and for the screw holes at the junction of each side support.
The wooden frame for the workbasket. This consists of eight pieces of wood put together after the manner of a camp stool.
The frame, when finished, should be enamelled or stained