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Tutorial: Upcycled Easter Baskets

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tutorial: Upcycled Easter Baskets

This week's How-To is Tutorial - Upcycled Easter Baskets by Liz, from The Sitting Tree here on the Natural Kids Team. This great basket tutorial makes a wonderful start of the Spring and Easter themed tutorials I plan to do in the upcoming weeks. It is a perfect size for a child to tote around their natural toys or as a basket for Easter goodies!

Tutorial - Upcycled Easter Baskets:
Looking for an all~natural, eco~friendly alternative to the standard toxic easter baskets you find on the shelves of the big box stores? Make your own this year out of recycled clothing!

Materials::
1 linen skirt/top at least 18" wide (or any thin fabric) for the lining
1 thick wool felted sweater/blanket at least 18" wide for the body

Directions::
1. Cut out a square 18" x 18". Then in each of the 4 corners, cut out a 6" square. You'll end up with an x shape. The middle square will be the bottom of the basket, and the outside pieces will fold up to make the sides!
2. Now bring your neighboring corners together. Pin and sew all four edges together.


Repeat these steps again with the thick wool fabric.

3. Cut out two pieces of linen 2.5" x 5" for the handles. Press each edge to
the middle and then press the whole thing in half again. Sew them closed.

4. With right sides together, match up the corners and pin lining to the body.
Pin the handles upside down, in between the two fabrics. Do the same thing on the opposite side. Sew along the edge of THREE SIDES ONLY {Make sure to include both handled edges in three sides ~ I didn't of course!}
Next, take out all your pins and turn the basket right side out. Press your top seam flat and adjust the lining. Hand sew the opening closed and you're done! {My wool was so thick that the top seam didn't want to stay flat so I stitched along the top again to hold it down}

Not just for Spring, these upcycled baskets are great for home organizing and storage too! Fill them with toys, food, or {gasp} yarn!!



Need a few non~toxic, all~natural items to compliment your new basket?? I've added several new Spring items to my shop this week ~ Bunnies, eggs, and a seriously sweet pinafore!

This tutorial is brought to you by Natalie, of Woolhalla

Please visit Liz at her blog The Sitting Tree where you can see her original post and get to know her better and "for stories about my life as a wife to my best friend, proud mama of three homeschooled boys, obsessed knitter and lover of Mother Earth"

Visit her Etsy shop at The Sitting Tree "handmade, free spirited design".


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9 Comments:

Blogger FairiesNest said...

These are adorable, what a great tutorial!

March 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
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March 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Dria said...

Great tutorial! Thank you for there clear instructions!

March 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger mrsbeccijo said...

Love this and it would be great in colors to match the seasons to make for keeping your Nature Table Toys!

March 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Natalie/Woolhalla said...

Oooh... different tones for different seasons... I can feel the purples & pinks falling out of my fabric stash for this right now!

March 10, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous red or gray said...

i enjoyed seeing the piecing together of this basket..such talent..love the soft colors used~

March 10, 2011 at 10:57 PM  
Anonymous ferestre said...

This is such a great tutorial. I’m going to learn this and then try to make the basket with my kid. Thanks for the tutorial.

March 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger germandolls said...

Time to get rid of all those old plastic basket we have been given over the years! Great tutorial!

March 11, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger paula :: plays with mud said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, and for letting me share the link in my article!

http://www.examiner.com/upcycling-in-national/upcycled-easter-basket-fillers

April 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

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