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Fabric Applique Easter Basket

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Use colorful spring fabrics to create soft Easter baskets this season. You can add details such as piping or ruffles and add an Easter egg applique and monogram to the front.


Fabric Easter Basket


Materials:

  • 3/4 yard of two fabrics, one for the outer basket, one for the liner. (This will actually be enough fabric for two baskets, but you need the length.)
  • 25" of contrasting piping or ruffled fabric
  • scissors
  • seam ripper
  • sewing machine
  • iron

Applique (optional):

  • heat n bond lite
  • scraps of black, white and other colored fabrics.


Instructions:

All seams will be sewn at 1/4".
Let's begin. Print your templates (pdf). Cut out your pattern pieces.

Cut out Pattern Pieces

You should have, one bottom piece of each fabric, one 8" by 19.5" piece of each fabric, and a 3" by 17" piece of fabric for the handle.

Assemble Pattern Pieces

Let's start sewing. First, sew together your basket side pieces. With right sides together, sew the liner sides together on the 8" long side. Repeat for the outer basket side. This will create two tubes of fabric.

Sew each side

Prepare bottom piece

Baste Ruffles

If you are using piping, a straight basting stitch is just fine.

Pipping

Make sure the seam of the side piece is centered on one of the long portions of the bottom. This will be the back of your basket.

Seam

Both the lining and the outer should be sewed to their respective bottom pieces. Now, you'll want to topstitch the outer basket bottom to give the bottom some more strength.

Topstich Bottom

Topstitch Complete

Ironing

Now, set each basket piece aside for a moment, and prepare your handle.

Make the Handle

Open up the handle fabric piece.

Iron

Topstitch Handle

Decorative Stitching

The handle is complete. Grab the outer basket piece. Fold the outer basket so that the oval bottom is straight.

Iron in Half

Pin handles

The basting stitch should be at less than 1/4" so it doesn't show in the final product.

Sewing Lining

Turn inside out

Pin right sides

Be sure to mark a 3" opening for turning your basket right side out.

Sew together

Pull inside out

Should look like

Tuck and Pin

Be sure to fold in the opening (about 1/4") so that the sides match all the way around.

Topstitch basket

Fabric basket with ruffled edge.

Ruffled Edge

Fabric basket with piping.

Pipping Edge

You can stop here, if you wish, or proceed with the applique.

Trace Applique

You'll need 4 pieces. An egg shape on white, two stripes, and your monogram.

Egg Applique

I found that one layer of white wasn't quite as opaque as I'd like. So, I cut one egg, adhere it to more white fabric. Then, I cut out my final egg shape.

Egg Applique with Stripes

Egg Applique Placed

Place your egg where you would like it. I put them off center a little like this.

Topstitch Applique

White thread

Repeat with Monogram

Monogram

 

Trim all your threads, and you're done!

Project Complete

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