What could be more festive for spring than bright and cheery Easter baskets filled with plenty of goodies? Today I’m sharing a deceptively simple pattern for fabric Easter baskets that requires minimal supplies and only very basic sewing skills. When you see how truly easy it is to make and Easter basket with this pattern, you’ll want to make one for everyone you know!
For this project, you will need…
- Fabric in 3 patterns and colors (I recommend home decor fabric): 1/3 yard of outer and lining fabric, 1/4 yard of strap fabric (Note: Yardage needed is the same for both 44″ and 54″ fabric)
- 1/3 yard of 44″ fusible fleece
- 1/3 yard of 44″ Decor Bond interfacing
- Coordinating thread
- Washable ink marker
- Ribbon and decorative patch, hot glue (optional)
- Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, pins, iron, etc.
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise specified.
To start, download and print the basket bottom pattern piece (linked above).
Next, make your cuts:
- (1) 23.5 x 9.5″ rectangle and (1) basket bottom piece from the outer fabric
- (1) 23.5 x 9.5″ rectangle and (1) basket bottom piece from the lining fabric
- (1) 23.5 x 9.5″ rectangle and (1) basket bottom piece from the fusible fleece
- (1) 23.5 x 9.5″ rectangle, (1) basket bottom piece, and (1) 1.5 x 22″ strip from the Decor Bond
- (1) 22 x 6″ rectangle from the strap fabric
Fuse the Decor Bond pieces to the wrong side of their corresponding outer fabric pieces. Fuse the fusible fleece pieces to the wrong side of their corresponding lining pieces. Fuse the 1.5 x 22″ strip of Decor Bond to the strap piece, aligning one of the 22″ edges of the Decor Bond with one of the 22″ edges of the strap piece. (Consult each product’s packaging for specific instructions for how to do so.) Set all pieces aside except for the lining/fleece piece.
Fold the lining/fleece piece in half, right sides facing, matching up the 9.5″ sides. Pin. Stitch along the pinned edge, leaving a 3″ opening at the center, as shown.
Open up the stitched piece so that it forms a tube. Pin the round bottom lining piece along the bottom raw edge of the tube, as shown, making sure the right sides of each piece are facing.
Stitch pieces together.
Carefully make snips around the perimeter of the stitched edge, making sure not to cut through the stitches themselves.
Repeat the preceding steps with the outer/Decor Bond pieces, except do not leave a 3″ opening when you sew the side seam in the first step. Stitching the bottom piece to the sides is a bit challenging because of the weight of the Decor Bond, but I assure you it can be done!
Turn the outer piece right side out. Slip it down inside the lining piece so that the right sides of each piece are facing, lining up seams and the top edges. Pin. Stitch around the entire top edge.
Carefully pull the outer piece through the hole in the lining piece to turn the basket right-side out. Tuck the lining down into the basket; press.
Stitch the opening in the lining closed by hand. (For help with this step, I posted a great tutorial for a ladder stitch.)
Turn the top edge of the basket down by 1-3/4 to 2″ to form a cuff; press.
Pinch the sides of the basket so that the back seam is centered to either side of the points side points. Mark the side points with a washable ink marker. Set the basket aside.
Fold the short ends of the strap piece under by 1/4″ press. Fold the strap piece in half lengthwise; press. Fold each of the outer long edges in toward the center crease; press. Now, fold everything in half, concealing the long raw edges in the center of the piece, to form a 1.5″ wide strip. Press. Edgestitch around all four sides of the strap piece.
Unfold the cuff of the basket. Making sure the strap ends are centered at the side marks you made earlier, pin each end of the the strap to the inside of the basket so each extends 3″ from the top edge.
Secure the strap ends to the inside of the basket by stitching a small rectangle, as shown.
Refold the cuff, and then embellish the front of the cuff with a bow, if desired.
I also opted to add a cute handmade monogram patch to my basket, made using the same basic method I used in my fabric gift tag tutorial. I made a 3-inch, single-sided white patch that I cut out with pinking shears and then embellished with an adhesive vinyl monogram cut with my CAMEO. If you love the look of monograms but don’t have a die cutter at your disposal, you could also use iron-on embroidered letter patches or paint and a monogram stencil. There are many different options!
Note: I adhered the bow and monogram patch to my basket with hot glue, but you can sew them on if you prefer.
Your Easter basket is complete!
These baskets are the perfect size for filling with plenty of goodies, like my fabric Easter eggs!
By using any number of different fabrics and trims, you can modify this pattern countless ways to make it equally appropriate for boys and girls of all ages. If you prefer, you could also put a cute applique of some sort on the front instead of the monogram patch. They sky is the limit!
The long handle is perfect for toting the basket during a lively egg hunt, too. Note: To add extra body and stiffness to the strap piece, I recommend spraying the strap heavily with spray starch and then hanging the basket from a doorknob or other object to dry overnight.
If you are on the hunt for another fun Easter basket idea, also check out my Canvas Bunny Easter Buckets!