Monday, April 2, 2012

Fabric lined basket tutorial…

Most of the things I make are for my kids, but not this past weekend!!  I made an Easter basket for me and my hubby to share…
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I love it so much I’m going to share the tutorial so you can make one too!!
So here’s the background story…my mom used to make me a fabric-lined doll basket every Christmas and I loved them.  When my husband and I got married, I decided I wanted to make fabric-lined Easter baskets for us after I found the cutest little bunny fabric.  So my mom helped me make these…
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Only a real man wouldn’t complain about having a fabric lined Easter basket—that is the kinda guy I married, because he never said a word!!  I made them for us and hoped that someday we could pass them on to our kids.  Which we did, so I needed to make one for us!!
I used a basket I bought from Hobby Lobby, fabric from JoAnn’s, burlap ribbon from Michaels, cardboard, batting, and hot glue. 
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I took the burlap ribbon and wrapped it twice around the rim of the basket—that is the amount needed to gather.  Then I gathered the burlap about 2 inches from the edge.  I zig-zag stitched over a piece of thread and then pulled the thread after I was done. (I’m sure there are other easier ways to gather—my machine doesn’t gather easily so I just carry on the old fashioned way and get it done!!)
Next I hot glued the burlap ribbon into the inner rim of the basket leaving about an inch and a half showing, until the inside of the basket is covered…
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Then I measured around the rim of the basket, 2 times with my fabric and then cut my fabric that length.  Next I turned the edge over about an inch and a half to two inches and straight stitched it on my sewing machine.  I gathered my fabric with the same zig-zag method I used for the burlap ribbon.
After the fabric was gathered, I started hot gluing it on top of my layer of gathered burlap, leaving 1/2 inch of the burlap showing…
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After I finished gluing all of the fabric on the inside of the rim, I traced the bottom of the basket on a piece of cardboard.  Then I cut out the cardboard and continued to trim it until it fit snuggly into the bottom of the basket.  I used a cut up diaper box, and that was thick enough cardboard…
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I cut the batting about 2 inches past the edge of the cardboard and then I hot glued the batting around the edges pulling it tightly as I went.  Then I cut the fabric about 2 inches past the edge of the cardboard and wrapped it around the batting tightly and hot glued it to on the back of the cardboard.
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It doesn’t even need to look good on the back—because no one will see it!!
The last step is hot gluing the fabric wrapped cardboard into the basket, and it’s finished!!
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Ready to be filled with lots of Easter goodies!!

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1 comment:

  1. Such a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial, and for stopping by our blog.

    -Mandi

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