Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ruffled Easter Basket

This year, we've created 2 different baskets.  I'll try to post the other one in the next day or so.  I love fabric bags/baskets.  I think they're so clever and cute.  

For this ruffled basket you'll need:
-1/4 yard for lining
-1/8 yard for outer basket (ruffles not included).
PLUS: 3" x 18.5" (approx. 1/8 yd.) for handle
Strips for ruffles: Three  4" x 42" (1/3 yd. if they're all the same color- ours are not.)
Batting: about 1/2 yard.  We used a thin batting.  You could also use a heavy interfacing.

1.  Cut all pieces.

Cut Inner Basket pieces (this is the lining of your basket):
     *7" circle (Lining)
     *23.5" x 7.75" (Lining)
     *7" circle (Batting)
     *23.5" x 7.75" (Batting)

Cut Outer Basket pieces:
     *Cut Three 25" x 3" (Outer Basket)
     *Cut Three 4" x 42"/width of fabric (Ruffles)
     *Cut 7" Circle

Cut Handle:
     *Cut 3" x 18.5" (Handle)
     *Cut 1.5" x 18.5" (Batting)

2. Fold ruffles in half, wrong sides together.  Press.

3.  Using a basting stitch/long stitch, sew close to the raw edge, and gather gently, creating a ruffle.  Repeat twice more to make 3 ruffles.

 4.  Pin ruffle to a 3" outer basket strip (right sides together).  Stitch using 1/4 inch seam.  Be jealous of the pin cushion.   Repeat for each ruffle.
5. Sew the three ruffles/strips together.  (1/4 inch seam, right sides together)

 6.  Press and trim to 23.5" (basically cutting off any excess ruffles).

7.  Fold in half, right sides together and stitch.  Make sure to line up the ruffles (which is kind of tricky).

8.  Mark the center and sides of the basket by making a small mark on the wrong side of fabric.
Center is directly opposite of the seam

9. Fold your circle (outer) in half, and then in half again.  Press gently (hardly at all, actually- just enough to find the center/sides)

10.  Right sides together (or inside out), line up the marks on your basket with the folded marks on the circle.  Pin and sew. 

11.  Fold the handle right sides together.  Place the batting on top and sew.  Turn right sides out and press. 

12.  Turn basket right sides out and place handle on either side of the basket, raw edges together.  The handle will go around the basket, rather than inside.  Sew together.  Turn basket wrong sides out, so the handle lays inside.  Set aside.

13.  Place batting on top of the wrong side of fabric for lining.  Fold in half, right sides together, and sew 1/4" seam leaving about a 4" opening for turning.  

Mark the center and sides as you did for the outer basket.

14.  Fold your circle (inner) in half, and then in half again.  Press gently. Place batting on the wrong side of fabric. 

15. Right sides together (or inside out), line up the marks on your basket with the folded marks on the circle, as you did for the outer basket.  Pin and sew. 

16. Place the inner basket/lining inside the outer (and inside-out) basket.  Pin and sew top edge.

17.  Turn! Stitch up the opening.  Fill with Easter eggs and goodies and watch your recipient delight in such a sweet gift.  I love Easter!

Update! We filled it!
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