(save leftover fabric to make a handle)
fold each piece in half and cut 3 and 1/2" squares off each corner
or you can use one square as a template for each corner
You will need to make your inner "stuffing" to help the basket take shape. I had leftover felt scraps, so I used it! :)
piece your felt together to make a 14" X 14" square. Cut off corners
and sew it
all three pieces (outer layer, felt layer, inner layer) are the same
bring each corner (right sides together) on your outer layer and sew to make a "box"
turn right side out
place your felt layer (not sewn) inside the "box" and match up the corners
sew your inner lining the same way as the outer
and place all three layers together and match up the corners
fold and pin outer layer and inner lining, raw edges in
place a scrap piece of felt on the inside to make the handle thicker, fold over and sew
sew your handle together to make a "tube" and then turn right side out
un-pin your basket where your handle goes, so you can do one stitch through the whole thing at once
sew your handle on and finish sewing around the entire basket
gather your corners together
give it one more stitch (at least 1/4" in) to reinforce the sides
this will help your basket to stand up nicely
ta-tah! a basket!
to add even a little more cuteness, sew a strip of ball fringe around the entire basket
that's it! Isn't it adorable! And this was a super easy project....
Our original idea came from the basket my mom made all of us kids when we were little. Without unstitching her basket, my sister and I were able to use it as a template and recreate it! Now our kids will have the same Easter baskets that we had!
...pretty close, huh? :)TOTAL TIME SPENT: under an hour
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: none!
(I had all the supplies)