Fabric Easter basket


This cute basket is all about spring and would be so cute for an egg hunt or just for display!

1 honey bun of your choice (featured is "Swanky" but another cute softer option would be aviary by 3 sisters)
*1 package of piping (6yards) I used Wrights 12/32" cotton filler cord
*and 39 inches of smaller piping (for handle) I used Writes 6/32" cotton filler cord (comes in a package of 10 yards)
*my needle was a regular 'ol needle (but make sure you have a THIMBLE, it's murder on the finger without!)
*and I used "Mettler" cotton silk finished thread (it's sturdy) if you don't that have just use quilting thread or sturdy thread.

when you unravel your honey bun separate colors.
start by sewing together 4 strips alternating colors randomly (I cut mine in half ,at the fold, because I wanted a more scrappy look but you can keep your strips full length).
once you have 4 strips together fold in half and sew onto your thick piping.i then started to ravel around my piping with the fabric. once I got close to the end of my strips, I sewed 4 more strips onto the existing end (4 seemed to be the magic number. Any more on there and it became a tangled mess, and less and you were having to stop and sew too quickly in between)keep going through the full 6 yards of piping that comes in the package.when you get to your end of the piping, sew just like you did when you started through the piping and the fabric. this will not let the fabric unravel.start your coil and hand sew together from the center out by sewing the outer coil to the inner coil when you get to the 7th row out you will then start to "stack" your coil.just like when it was laying flat but now you sew it together from the top coil to the "stacked on top of" coilhere's the best angle I could get of the stacked coil with the needle going in on the top and out of the "stacked on top of" coil do this for the whole basket till you get close to the end. where your "stacking" started (on the bottom),you will want to end your basket top. this way it won't be lopsided (counting from the bottom up i have 8 rows all around).make sure you sew right before you are going to cut on the piping so the fabric wont unravel. cut off extra (should be a small tail NOT enough to go around one more time). and then tuck in a little so the raw end doesn't show from the top. you now have the base of your basket.
now on to the handle:just how you started your basket you are going to start your handle. I used the smaller piping for this and i cut it to 39 inches. fold fabric in half length wise and sew your fabric onto your piping at the end of the piping.
ravel around the 39 incheswhen done raveling, sew the end so it doesn't unravel. fold your 39 inches of piping three even ways like so.you are going to sew through all three piping and sew the whole thing togetheryou will end up with this to attach your handle start from the inside and back through the outside. do this quite a few times to make the handle super sturdy. do the same to the other side of the handle. instructions by Vanessa from V and Co.

one super cute springy Easter basket. (with base of aprox 6 1/2 inches in width)
(if you are interested in buying honey buns to make this project in Aviary by three sisters, visit her etsy store)

120 comments:

Angie and Weezie said...

LOVE IT!! Super cute.

Sachiko said...

Looks great! I love the color, so springy!

Rachel said...

That is seriously the cutest basket ever!!

:)r.

Great Job V!!!!

Sew Bee It said...

Cute, cute! I can see this for storage/toy hauling all around my house all year round! Hmmm.. Now to get my hands on cording.

Lisa said...

This is AMAZING! I want to make one, and not for an Easter basket. :O)

KaHolly said...

Cute as a button!

Jackie said...

Terrific Easter Basket!

Sew Many Ways... said...

Another great tutorial. Love it!! This one is a cutie.
~Karen~

Fiesta said...

beautiful!

Living on the Spit said...

Vanessa and Moda...there is no better combination!!!

Fabulous tutorial V!

The Kings said...

you are freakin amazing vanessa! when do you have time for this stuff?

Stephanie said...

Love the colors. I used to make rag baskets but no machine involved...all wrapped by hand and "sewn" by hand with a very LARGE and thick needle. I have seasonal baskets. I have a tiny Easter basket and some I used the tiniest cord I could find and made Christmas ornaments. My fingers are not a nimble any more.

Cottage Lifestyle said...

V, looks fabulous as always. What size needle do you use and what type of thread? I took a rag rug class once and the needle was huge and difficult to use.

Renee

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

Such a festive idea!

madrekarin said...

Dang, that's adorable. And can't you just see a little rug made this way? Wow, lots of possibilities here. :)

Cynthia said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!

Nifty Nique said...

I have been looking for a new basket and haven't found anything. This is perfect! Thank you for sharing

Tara said...

It looks great! You're getting to be a regular on here!

Neabear said...

This is so cute. Very clear instructions too.

At Home In Georgia said...

This is just the most beautiful basket!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Another awesome project to get started on!

Chelsea said...

Oh that's adorable! Thanks so much Vanessa!

Mindy said...

Great tutorial!! I remember making these with my mom when I was in high school... what great memories!

Tricia boutellefamilyzoo@yahoo.com said...

Awesome tutorial as usual V! Super cute!
Keep 'em coming!

Thimbleanna said...

So, so cute -- love those adorable, springy colors!

Marie said...

Super Cute, V!!

Once Upon a Twig said...

oh, how fun! I'm going to try to make these for our egg hunt this year. Thanks!
Katherine

jen duncan said...

OH what a cute and do-able use for all these beautiful new fabrics. And one doesn't even have to be a seamstress! Thanks so much. This blog is just the best!!

b davis said...

Love the basket! And simple to make. I think I'm gonna have to make one.

PamKittyMorning said...

Very cute!

Melanie said...

ADORABLE! I need to make one of these. Thanks!

The Studes said...

I"m so excited about this basket! Since this will be My daighter first easter (that she isn't a newborn) I was wondering how/what to do for an easter basket. SWEET I"m going to get a moda huney bun right now!

jabeybaby said...

What a cute basket! Love it!!

Marci said...

adorable v...great job!! love it!!!

Brooke said...

Another great tutorial! I love your style, V!!! I can't wait to make a few of these!

Aimee said...

So cute!

Lisa Brown - Vintage Sweet Peas said...

Great work Girl!!!! Love this...:)

We are the Zitzmans said...

Awesome. That is a great idea. Maybe I will give it a try for Easter.

Carrie P. said...

What a fantastic idea.

Pollyanna said...

Oh I DO LOVE IT!!! You choose a great set of fabrics to use and just knocked it out of the ball park on this one!

Love, love, love it!

Anita said...

SO CUTE!! It almost made me want to put forth the effort to make it. You are so talented Vanessa!

Mandy said...

Fantastic! I love it and it's not that expensive to make...I can see so many other uses for it too! Thanks for the idea.

Simply This and That said...

WAY Cute! Seriously. ooxx`jodi

Lisa said...

SO SO cute! Ive been trying to find a way to have Easter baskets that match as our family grows and this is a super cute basket that I can personalize to each kiddos personality! Thank you!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Just called in from Nicolettes..such a cute basket, little girls will love it1

Sharla said...

this is the cutest thing!! I wanted to dry the rug, but will start with this one so I get the technique down. Can't wait - thanks so much for sharing!

Sandy said...

Vanessa, you're amazing!

rachel griffith said...

you rock my socks off chicka!!!
:D

SLO Rober said...

Oh my! I love it!

AdoptedbyGrace said...

I love it!
You make it seem so easy.

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Wow! You make it look easy! :-)
~Kim

Helen said...

Great design! Absolutely LOVE it!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Adorable!

Lorraine said...

That basket looks very sweet & also very do-able !
thanks

another amy said...

Another great project, V. Keep 'em coming! :)

happy zombie said...

How CUTE! Now I want to make this too!!!!

Rabid said...

Adorable! Now I want to make one :)

Little Miss Mel said...

Love the colours so much! Great tutorial. Inspirational!

Deeanna said...

Wow, that is so cute and fun! Thanks for sharing the tute!

Kimara@weefolkart.com said...

I use to make these and forgot all about them. Your basket is beautiful and the colors make me yearn for spring. Thanks for the reminder!

Moreen (aka Armenime) said...

That is a very cute basket and I love the colours. It brought back memories of my school days when we made them with raffia.

nanann said...

I love this and am getting around to buying the supplies to do it. I'm hoping you're still looking at these comments b/c I have a question:

Can you give the approximate measurements of the final basket? I was trying to figure out how wide and tall it is so I can decide whether I want to try and make it a bit bigger.

Thanks!

Jill said...

Cute basket, but arrrggghhh on the hand sewing

Kim said...

This has got to be my favorite project so far. I love the bright happy colors and it will look darling with the fabric Easter eggs I'm going to make to go inside.

Thanks for sharing!

jo said...

Wow! This is awesome! I have ordered the bits i need and am very excited about making Easter baskets for all my family! Thank you.xxx

Kritta22 said...

Seriously the greatest thing I have ever seen!!!!!!

You rule!

mamamia said...

This is absolutely so cute. I love the colors! They shout spring! What great instructions, too. I am so inspired to try!

Anne said...

Was this actually supposed to be made with 1 jelly roll instead of 1 honeybun? I just started working on this super-cute basket tonight and am running out of fabric a little too quickly, I think!

Thanks for posting this fab tutorial! Love this site!
Anne

MOR VAGON said...

Beautiful!

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Sweet Moxie said...

I love the colors. Great job, thanks for the tutorial.

fawndear said...

This has got to be the cutest basket I've seen so far. I hope you don't mind if I link you so my friends can see it too.

oneordinaryday said...

Oh, it's so pretty. Great job!
Michelle
http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

Yesterday I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

Would you le me know if that's OK?

Thanks,

Nancy Ward
http://paperfriendly.blogspot.com

betharte said...

I LOVE IT
BETHARTE

jaybird said...

thanks for the tutorial.. i made one!! here is a pic!

Perrine said...

Hello!
I really like your how to. I was wondering if I could translate it in French and add it to all the how tos as explained in my french article (http://www.petitcitron.com/index.php/form_howto.html)
Of course, your website would be quoted and there would be a link!
Thank you,
Perrine

Francielly said...

Congratulations, a beatiful idea!

Francielly said...

Hello, I will go to New York at April 26 and I like so much buy articles to fabric and crafts. Can you help about some adress?
I live in Brasil, Florianópolis.
If you like send for my email francielly_fono@yahoo.com.br

Thank You!
Hugs
Francielly

Carole said...

This basket is fantastic. I tried making one and it was sooo easy and satisfying.

Andrea said...

I LOVE this basket! I was also thinking that you could make some super cute decorative circles for a bedroom as well. Thanks for the tute, I will be trying this!

kim said...

this is gorgeous, thanks for showing us how you made it!

Partain Family said...

Carole, or anyone else who has made one of these: I CANNOT find the 12/32 cording ANYWHERE! I don't have a Joann Fabric anywhere near me and so far I've tried Wal Mart and Michaels and can't seem to find any. I've even looked online and everyone has the 6/32 but not the 12/32...can I use another size cording and still make it work? Where did you find your cording...hoping for some help to make these for my girls before Easter. Thanks in advance!

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dekanc said...

I've made a similar type of basket, except I used yarn to wrap around the piping. I would have never thought to use fabric. That would be so much quicker! Also, for the piping, I used clothesline. It was the perfect size and it was cheap. Thanks for the idea.

ificould said...

Love this!! SO cute!!

bev said...

Rope is what we always used when making these at least 20 years ago, better stability and maintains shape. Farm and ranch supply etc is where we bought it by the yard.

Annabelle said...

Adorable!

Baskets can be made with no sewing involved -- I make them by using hot glue. Glue the fabric on the rope, start forming the basket, glue the rows of rope together. You can also use cording from the fabric store - it's a bit thicker.

Your basket is fabulous!

Jill said...

My fingers hurt! Here's this link to my blog with finished baskets! Happy Easter fellow crafters!

http://sewbeans.blogspot.com/2010/04/bunny-ready-easter-basket.html

Daniela Cerri said...

Sublime!

Sylvia said...

I love this because you can pack it up and it still takes its shape when you unpack it. It's great compared to other Easter baskets because they are so large and hard to pack up in boxes!

-Sylvia
Stock Pots

Brooke said...

super cute.

wyochats said...

The easter basket is adorable, I would never have thought to do that.

Ani said...

Love this idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I will definitely be making one of these at some point. So adorable. Thanks again!

Julie said...

Wonderful tutorial, exactly what I was looking for. II was wanting to use my scraps and selvages etc to make a basket, which I'm confident will work fine. I was thinking too, I might make a set of these but wider and flatter and with a one row "lip", to use as a paper plate holders. Those would be fabulous teacher gifts! I wonder what would happen if it got a little food spilled on it. Probably spot cleaning would be best. (?) would it hold up in the wash? Oh, and definitely a curved needle would work better to get that angle right, and the rope is a great idea!

nikkipeachy said...

I just bought fabric to make my new baby and my son Easter baskets. I love this and can't wait to do it!!!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea!! I am going to make a CHRISTMAS TREE RUG SKIRT in the same manner thanks for the idea the baskets are beautiful I Will make them Next!!

rebekah said...

This is DIVINE!!!
Love love love it!!
I posted a link to my blog here http://justfordaisy.blogspot.com/2011/03/easter-craft-egg-stravaganza.html

Can't wait to make such a beautiful basket!

Rebekah

Fashion said...

sehr interessant, vielen dank für die vielen Infos.

Christine @ Pure Joy Events said...

I'm doing a month long series on Easter/Spring party tutorials and would love to feature this tutorial on http://www.purejoyeventsblog.com/.

mamajen said...

Thanks for the great idea! Beautiful basket! I've made a bowl in a class at my local Bernina shop. We used clothesline for the cording. Instead of hand sewing, we sewed it on our sewing machines with a zigzag stitch. Really fun & oh, the possibilities!

Ambrosia said...

This basket is amazing! I love the colors. Thank you so much for the simple tutorial! I featured this post on my Easter roundup: http://fabulouslydomesticbyambrosia.blogspot.com/2011/04/fabulous-easter-roundup.html

Joanna said...

Hi there! I love this idea...it's so darling...and I was hoping that you might add it to my Easter and Spring Linking Party to share with my readers. If you are interested, you can go here http://bakedbyjoanna.blogspot.com/2011/04/easter-linking-party.html to enter. Thanks!

Jess said...

Que bonito que queda¡¡Quiero uno¡¡Saludos desde Uruguay.

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gülümse said...

superr:))♪ ♫ ♥thanks for sharing

Christy said...

Can you make one for me!?

drifter144 said...

My great granddaughters would love it.its so pretty.thanks for sharing this.

Lindsay Bjorn said...

Are you selling completed baskets? How much. I just don't trust myself making this to turn out as cute as yours ha.

Nancy said...

That is so creative love it.I want to try it, thanks for sharing.

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von Hand zu Hand said...

totally awesome. i love it!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

doro K.

Sophie Wool said...

amazing!

amentzer said...

Can anybody tell me if it uses the whole honey bun or will I have leftovers? Also, has anyone tried with a jelly roll instead?

mik41 said...

I just made one using a jelly roll and it's just fine!

Rachelle said...

In a pinch, clothesline cording works great and saves lots of $$$$$, thank you for the great idea, love it!!!

Emily Clark said...

How big does this basket end up being? I would like to make baskets that are about 8-10 inches in diameter. if it's not that big, how much piping cord would I need to make up the difference?

Sutphin Denae said...

*my needle was a regular 'ol needle (but make sure you have a THIMBLE, it's murder on the finger without!)
*and I used "Mettler" cotton silk finished thread (it's sturdy) if you don't that have just use quilting thread or sturdy thread. buy facebook fans

cindy jopek said...

I have a question. Are you suppose to see all the thread on the inside? Is there any way to have it not like that?

Amit Pandey said...

You should put them in a little basket with Easter grass. Very colorful and cute. Creative and fun.