The last time I went Easter egg hunting I was tackled by my sister. She came from behind me, laying me out, the wooden Easter basket and all its contents crushed beneath my chest. I guess I found an egg she wanted. My dad quickly declared us too old to hunt Easter eggs and rightly so. Needless to say, I haven’t been too fond of wooden baskets since. Those suckers hurt when you fall on them! Plus, they take up way too much room to only be used one day a year. So, I decided to make a fabric basket as an alternative. I highly recommend it for any of you out there whose eldest child has a bit of a competitive, aggressive side.
I made this tulip basket using materials I had on hand. You only need a couple of small pieces of fabric and ribbon, so it’s a great time to use up fabric scraps or fat quarters you have laying around. I added a piece of cotton batting between the fabric to make the basket a little more sturdy. The whole thing took me about 2 hours, but honestly an hour of that was spent trying to figure out the best way to go about it. I’ve saved you that hour with my step-by-step instructions below. If you want to make it really quick and easy, you could use felt and you’d only need to sew up the sides. You could have it done in 15 minutes. Either way the baskets will be adorable – adorable enough to act as a springtime bag for your little one even after the bunny has gone.
- one 8.5 in. x 11 in. piece of card stock
- two pieces of fabric – approximately 13 in. x 20 in. each
- one piece of cotton batting – approximately 13 in. x 20 in.
- ribbon – approximately 15 in. long
- sewing machine
Sketch a simple tulip shape on the piece of card stock and cut it out to use as your pattern. I filled the full 8.5 in. x 11 in. sheet with the tulip. Trace the pattern onto the fabrics and batting and cut out the tulips. You need 2 from each fabric/batting.
Pin the fabrics and batting together in this order: on the top, the fabric you want on the outside of your basket facing down, in the middle, the inside fabric facing up, and on the bottom, the cotton batting. Sew the fabrics/batting together with a 1/4 in. seam ON THE TOP ONLY. Flip the tulip inside out so now the fabrics are facing right side out and the cotton batting is in the middle. Pin them again and sew the sides and bottom of the tulip with a 1/4 in. seam. Repeat with other tulip. Trim the edges.