Felt Easter Baskets

A couple of weekends ago I was supposed to have my crafty moms over to make Easter baskets but I had just received some rather shocking news. But I was pretty determined to make the Easter baskets anyway. So here they are just in time for Easter. These are my take on a masculine Easter basket for my little boys. I used yarn scraps for the filling because my littlest love tore apart all of the snowball pom poms that I made earlier in the week, and it seemed like a pretty good use of his mess.

Instructions and pattern for the baskets are below. Click here for the bunny pattern.

We also decorated the eggs this morning which is a tradition carried on my by husband from his childhood. We were down one egg because Logan stole it from the table and bit into it shell and all.

Materials:

  • Three/four sheets of felt 9″x 12″ – cut one sheet in half for the inside, cut one sheet in half for the outside, cut a circle for inside, cut a circle for bottom, cut
  • One larger sheet of felt 23″ long or longer (paisley) – optional if you only want one seam on the outside
  • 2″ wide Ribbon or felt at least 14″ long
  • 3 plastic canvas sheets 10.5″ x 13.5″ – to give the basket structure
  • two skeins embroidery floss
  • needle
  • basket filler (yarn scraps)

Instructions:

  1. Cut all of the materials as per below images – note 2 felt circles are required but not shown. Ribbon is cut and folded in half to cover mesh handle.
  2. Sew the two mesh sides together, then sew on the bottom with embroidery floss. Safety pins work well to hold the bottom and sides together while sewing.

3. Sew the handle cover sides together with either felt or ribbon using a blanket stitch. Attach the handle to the basket with a straight stitch.

4. Sew the 2 pieces of inner lining together, and then sew the bottom on.

inner lining

5. Sew the outer lining together, and then sew the bottom on.

outer lining

6. With the inner lining inside the basket and the outer lining outside the mesh basket, sew the inner felt lining to the outer felt with a blanket stitch (around the handle I used XXXXX’s).  Fill the basket with yarn scraps, or easter basket grass.

Happy Easter.

Crochet 101 – Easter Bunnies

In February I took a beginners crochet class just to try something new.  There were only three of us in the class and by far I was the worst student.  I think I was struggling because I also knit, and although the finished product looks similar the technique is quite different.  Or maybe it just takes me a little longer to learn either way with a little practice I was crocheting.

These are the first 3 things that I made.  The green square (if you can call it that) was my first crocheted masterpiece (kidding of course), the grey square with white edging my second attempt, and the two-tone grey scarf with blue stripe was the third.  I have since progressed a little further and am working on a blanket.  It is going to take forever and cost a small fortune, but I am committed anyway.  I will post pictures of my blanket progress in future blog posts.

Crochet Bunnies

If you are new to crochet like I am or a crochet veteran, these little bunnies are quick and fun.

Step 1. Crochet a square, mine were 8″x8″ square.

Step 2. Using an embroidery thread in a matching colour, sew a triangle.

step 1

Step 3. Pull the threads to gather a square to form the bunnies head

Step 4. Stuff the head

step 2

Step 5.  Sew up the head and down the back of the bunny

step 3

Step 6. Stuff the bunnies body

step 4

Step 7. Close the bunnies bum by running a stitch around the edge and pulling tight

Step 8.  Sew on a tail, eyes, nose and tie a ribbon around the bunnies neck.

Happy Easter.

 

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