Well I thought about this project for a few nights and tried to figure out just how it work in my head and I finally decided to just sit down and start. And this is the result. A cute fabric Easter basket. I decided to include a tutorial with this post. I hope that someone else can be inspired from this project to make the same thing or something similar. Enjoy!!
1 22 x 6 1/2" piece of Pellon Ultra Firm stabilizer (found near the interfacing in the fabric store except it is really thick about the same weight as light weight cardboard) for the side of the basket
1 22 x 6 1/2 " piece of Pellon fusible fleece (also found near the interfacing) for the side
2 22 x 7 " pieces of fabric for the outside and the inside of the basket (can be the same or different)
4 circle pieces 7 1/4" in diameter. 2 out of the heavy weight stabilizer, and two fabric.
4 handle pieces 16x 2 1/2". 2 of these are cut from the fusible fleece and 2 of the fabric
These are my 4 side pieces.
Step 1: After all your pieces are cut you want to put the piece of the stabilizer and fleece for the side of the basket together. You can fuse the fleece to the stabilizer if you want then sew around all the edges with a 1/4" seam.
Step 5: Bring the two ends of the side piece together with whatever side you want as the outside of the finished basket, on the inside. Pin the end and sew a 1/4" seam.
Step8: With the wrong side of the basket side piece out, pin the bottom circle to the bottom edge (right sides together). It is important when pinning circles together to know that it is very hard to avoid some bumps and tucks. I have just come to accept these as part of the process. Sew around the edge again with a 1/4 inch seam. Remember back stitching.
The finished product. I trimmed my seam allowance down as close to the stitching as I could.
Step 9: Make the handles. Cut out your 4 handle pieces. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the fabric pieces. Place the fabric pieces right sides together and sew a 1/4" seam down both sides.
Step 10: Turn the handles right sides out. Place a safety pin through one end of the handle piece near the top but down about a 1/2". Push the pin down inside the handle piece and scrunch the fabric, then pull down the pin and repeat until the safety pin comes out the other end. Pull on it until you have turned your handle piece right side out. Press it flat with an iron.
Fold the ends (both ends) inside about a 1/2" and press. Top stitch (1/8" seam) down each side of the handle piece.Step 11: Place the end of the handle on the inside of the basket. Pin in place and sew remembering to back stitch. Find the direct opposite side of where you sewed the handle in place and pin the other end of the handle and sew as well.
Step 12: Finally to make the handle easier to grip fold the center part of the handle in half and pin. Sew along the existing stitching (about 2 inches ). Back stitch start and stop. Tada!!! You have a basket.
The last thing to do is embellish. I made these cute fabric flowers that I found a tutorial for on Sew Ritzy~Titzy She does an amazing job with her tutorial so I will not repeat it. I made one large flower for one side and 2 small ones for the other. After adding those I felt like the basket needed a bow so I sewed this polka dot one on. I can't decide if I like it or not. What do you think? Now you have a cute basket that your child can sit on and scrunch up and it won't break or be ruined. A great keepsake.