There were a number of felt Easter baskets, pails, and bags at the store we could have bought for Marley. However, all of them were very cheap looking, and most of them made with hot glue and pre-cut shapes. They also were very hard, which wouldn’t have been good for felting shapes on later. So I decided to make Marley a basket out of some purple felt I had at home. I used a simple pattern I made myself, feel free to use it however you would like! Here is what you will need:
- Yunie’s Felt Easter Basket Pattern
- Some stabilizer (batting or cardboard)
- Needle and thread
- Trim, ribbon, fabric scraps, or any other material for the handle
- Scissors or rotary cutter
Draw out your pattern on paper, or just free-hand on the fabric. I used a plate for the bottom, and measured the radius of the circle. Then I cut out the circle and square for the side, and used those as reference for the other two so I didn’t have to trace twice.
Next, cut out your stabilizer slightly smaller than your bottom circle (to allow for seam), and as tall as you want for your sides (I wanted the basket to be sort of floppy/flimsy so I cut my sides just over half the width of the fabric). Remember, this will be hidden so you can use anything, I used a soda can box and Easter cake box. I would use two pieces for the bottom, to make it very stable.
Line up your pieces, pin them with the cardboard inside, and sew. I used a blanket stitch for the bottom, and just a regular running stitch for the rest. You can see the stitches because I didn’t have any purple thread, but I kind of like that (I often.mismatch my thread from fabric because I like the home-made look it gives).
Sew trim on top, and any other embellishments you’d like to add. Braid the fabric for your handle and stitch it to the sides (inside) of the basket. Extra stitches here, it needs to be strong! Here are some photos of the finished product. I plan to felt a bunny, egg, and some other things to it in the future.
I also made this small box with some needle felting on the top as a mother’s day gift for my aunt.(hopefully she doesn’t read this)! It was made the same way, only with one layer on the sides and two on the bottom. The button has no functionality, it is just pretty. I used it as a pin/thread catcher last night when repairing my boyfriend’s pants on the sewing machine. She recently started using a machine so hopefully it will be useful for her! You could put anything in it though (jewelry, hairpins, or even candies)!