Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Basket Tutorial


Ready for a fun (and easy) tutorial?  I whipped these Easter baskets up this afternoon ... and you can do it too ... just in time for Sunday!  haha  (Tell me I am not the only last-minute-stitcher out there!  :-)

Anyway ... something to note about the tutorial.  I took pictures while making my prototype (pink, flowery version).  For the blue and green baskets above I modified the size a little (smaller) and I like it better.  The method is the same, but I will give you the measurements for the slightly smaller ones above.

Materials Needed (per basket):

  • 1 FQ for outside of basket & strap
  • 1 FQ for lining
  • 1 FQ for backing of quilted lining
  • Batting (1 FQ) 
  • Heavyweight fusible interfacing (1 FQ)
  • Marking pen (such as the FriXion pen)
  • Basic Sewing Supplies (machine, thread, iron, etch) 
From your outside fabric FQ, cut two pieces - one 15" x 18" rectangle and one 6" x 18" rectangle.  Iron fusible interfacing to the wrong side of both pieces.

Next, fold the larger rectangle in half and pin along the edges.  (Folded rectangle should measure 15" x 9".) 

Then, stitch along edges using a 0.5" seam. Press the fold well before moving on to the next step. 

Fold the side seam up along the pressed fold on the bottom to form a point as shown.  Press the point and side seam open. 

Mark a line to stitch along using a ruler.  I like to use a ruler that has a 45 degree angle line on it.  (NOTE - photo shows 3" from seam on each side, or a 6" long line from edge to edge.  For the blue and green baskets, I measured 2.5 inches from the seam to the edge of the triangle - or a line that is 5" from one edge to the other.) 

Stitch along the line.  Repeat on the opposite side. 

Once you turn it right side out, it should stand up.

Set the outside of the basket aside for now.  Layer the backing fabric FQ, batting, and then lining fabric FQ to make a quilt sandwich.  Quilt as desired.  Trim to 15" x 18". 

Now, repeat the process to create the basic basket like you did with the outer fabric. Fold and pin. 

Stitch the corners on both sides as before. 

Now, lets make the handle.  Take the 6" x 18" piece of outer fabric (with the fusible interfacing on the wrong side). Fold it in half.  Then fold the edges into the center, using the fold mark as a guide. The fold in half.

Stitch along both edges and then the center of the handle. 

Trim the handle to 16" long and then mark the center of the outer basket shell on both sides. 

Attach the strap with a line of stitches 1/4" from the edge. 

Now, let's put it all together.  The lining of the basket should be WRONG SIDE OUT!!!  The outer shell should be RIGHT SIDE OUT.  Place the outer shell inside the lining.  RIGHT SIDES ARE TOGETHER.  

Start by pinning at the side seams.  Then pin your way around the top of the basket. 

Then carefully stitch around the top of the basket using a 0.5" seam.  Leave about a 3" opening between one side seam and handle. 

Turn the basket right sides out.  Press the seam well and pin the opening closed.  Top stitch around the top of the basket about 1/4 from the edge.  This will close the opening and keep everything in place. 

You're all finished!  Admire your work!  :-) 

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial!  If you have any questions about a step, please leave a comment or email me and I will be happy to help.  If you want to pin this tutorial for future use, please feel free ... but pin nicely by pinning the tutorial photo at the top and include a link to this post in the text of your pin.  :-)  And if you make a basket, I 'd love to see it ... link up your post or photo!  

Fabrics used for my baskets:  Millie's Closet by Bee in My Bonnet and Scoot by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake.

Happy Sewing!  :-) 

8 comments:

  1. Very cute! I came over from your post today. I pinned this! :)

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  2. what do you think the final dimensions are for this? i am going to make this for my son's easter basket this week and want to re-use it every year - the big item this year is a melissa & doug puzzle that's probably 12x12...

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    1. I am working on trying to get the new owner of these to measure them for me. Since my original is bigger, I don't want to guess.

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    2. It is about 7 1/2 x 8 1/2 and about 5 1/2 inches high.

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  3. I made this basket for my daughter and 2 things that might be improved. 1 might be to note somewhere in the instructions to tuck the handle under the outside when pinning for sewing, rather than just relying on the photo. Also, in the pinning instructions note where to leave the gap for turning, rather than later in the sewing. I caught it in time to leave a gap on mine (I had already started sewing and then realized there was no way to turn it) but a newbie bag maker might not.
    Other than that, it was a great tutorial. My daughter LOVES it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for the tips to improve the tutorial, Amy! I appreciate your feedback and am so glad your daughter loves it!

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  4. I just made a basket today and your tutorial was very clear and easy to follow. I plan on giving it to my granddaughter. It's was fun and fast, thanks for sharing!

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  5. Love these! Thanks for the great tutorial! I just made 2 of them for my boys to use for easter. You can check out a picture of how mine turned out here: http://goedhartfamilyfoods.blogspot.com/2013/03/easter-baskets.html

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