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…
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…
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. 
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…
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…
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…
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.
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!!
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.



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