I’m so excited to share this with you today!
This year is the first year that I’ll be making an Easter basket for my little Vylette. Last year she was just a few months old so we never did anything. This year I know she’ll be so excited for all of it, the Easter egg hunts, the candy, and bunnies and everything. Although I believe Easter is MUCH more than that, it still is fun to have some of the other traditions as well.
Anyway, what inspired me to do this is that I went to the store to just see what they had in way of baskets, and I knew right away I wouldn’t be buying any. They all looked a little boring to me. So I figured what a better way to make Easter baskets more personal than to make them! So my crafting brain started working. And I thought about weaving a basket, like what you did in grade school. Then I sat and stewed over it for a couple of weeks while I did other projects. Then when I couldn’t think about it anymore I went to my craft room and this what came out!
Materials you’ll need:
- 3-4 sheets of tan felt for the basket (Mine are 12″x8″ I think, really you just want them to be 12″)
- 1 sheet of pink felt
- 2 buttons a little smaller than a quarter
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
Prep: now to me the prep part is the most tedious part, but if you do all the prep at once then the actual making of the basket is quick and easy.
- First you’ll want to make (14) 12″x 1″stripes of double thick felt. Let me explain what I did: With two pieces of tan felt right on top of each other, sew a straight line down one edge with about a 1/4 inch seam. Then sew another straight line parallel to the one to just made but 1/2″ away (or 3/4″ from the side). Now you have two straight lines right next to each other. Now cut 1″ from the edge so that both seams will come off when cut. This is now one strip. Do this 14 times. (See the picture right below to see what I’m talking about.)
- Next we are going to form the handle and the sides of the basket. Now that you have 14 stripes, set 8 aside. The other 6, take 2 and join them end to end, by using a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine, to make a 24″ stripe. Do this 3 times.
- With 2 of the 24″ stripes measure and cut it to me 19″. Then using a zigzag stitch again form a ring with both 19″ stripes. These will become what we use to weave up the sides of the basket.
- With the last 24″ stripe cut it to me 17″, this will become the handle. Then to add a little bit of color to the handle I cut a stripe of pink felt that was slightly slimmer than the handle, but just as long and sewed it down the middle.
- Lastly for the prep, from the pink felt you’ll need to cut (2) 2 1/2″ x 12″, (1) 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, and 4″x1″ piece that will later become the bow.
Whew! Now on to the fun part. Seriously, it gets fun now! Even just writing all the stripes and cuts you need to make is exhausting, but is really isn’t bad once to get going.
With the ring over the top of the weave start weaving the sides into the ring.
Next take the 12″ x 2 1/2″ stripes of pink felt. These will be used to finish the top of the basket. Take the felt and start with the end of one stripe that is pointed up. Fold over the pink felt so that it is even on each side of the stripe. Basically this is used to hide all the ends sticking up and keep the basket together.
I went one stripe at a time. Fold it over one stripe, pin. Move to the next strip, making sure that the two stripes are right next to each other, pin. Continue until your pink felt ends, then pink up the next piece of pink felt and overlap where you ended with the first. Continue around the whole basket and overlap the pink felt again.
Now you are almost done. The bow is really optional since it doesn’t serve a purpose other that is it cute! So it you are making this for a boy and he doesn’t want a bow, you can skip to the next step.
BUT since the bow is so cute…
Here is how I made it. With the 4″x1″ piece of felt, mark every inch on the felt, so you’ll have a mark at 1 inch, 2 inches, and 3 inches (3 total marks). Then using those markings make a few snips to make the first shape in the picture below.
Next fold in the edges and with a needle and thread sew the edges down.
Then with the 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ piece of felt, wrap around the center of the bow and sew it closed.
Now sew it onto the front of the basket. (This can also be done with a hot glue gun if you refer)
The last step!!
With the last stripe of felt, 17″ x 1″, and the two buttons, place one end of the stripe on the side of the basket, then add a button on top and sew, again with a needle and thread, through the button, the handle and the basket. Do the same to the other side to finish the handle AND the basket!
If you have any questions leave a comment or shoot me an email!
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