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Fabric Easter Basket
By: Heather of Small Fry & Co
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Heather Parsons from Small Fry & Co, the blog with the most adorable baby pictures in the blogosphere, shows us how to create a fabric Easter basket for your little one or anyone. The extensive step-by-step photos make sewing this Easter tote a snap. She even shares where to find a great tutorial for the fabric flowers adorning each side of the basket. This soft fabric basket would be perfect for an Easter egg hunt.
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.
(The stitching lines are visible in these pictures because I took the pictures after I sewed the lines) Start sewing at one end, sew down to the pin, pivot (leave needle down in the fabric and lift the presser foot and turn the fabric) and sew up to the next pin. Repeat until you get to the end. Back stitch start and stop.
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 RitzyTitzy 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.
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