How to Make Felt Easter Baskets

Written by gail logan
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Springtime and Easter have for centuries served as symbols of rebirth and renewal. One of the most recognisable parts of Easter is the Easter basket, which, as folklore has it, is filled with treats and left by the Easter bunny for well-behaved children. Before the proliferation of Easter baskets, bonnets were used to hold goodies. It is believed that Easter baskets were first introduced to the United States by German settlers. Although baskets can be purchased in the store, making your own basket out of felt will bring a little something extra to Easter morning.

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Things you need

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Cut two 10-inch circles from the felt, along with one 11-by- 25-inch rectangle and two 2-by-18-inch rectangles.

  2. 2

    Cut out a piece of cardstock about 1-inch wide and 17 inches in length to be used for the handle. A cereal box works well for this purpose.

  3. 3

    Place the cardstock on top of one of the 2-by- 18-inch felt strips. Lay the other equally sized strip on top. Using a needle and thread or a sewing machine, stitch a seam along each edge, about 1/4-inch.

  4. 4

    Fold the remaining rectangle in half so that the shorter ends are lined up. Stich a seam along the shorter edge. Open the stitched rectangle so that it becomes a cylinder. Pull down the upper edges until they touch the surface the basket is resting on. Turn the cylinder upside down so that the folded edges touch the table.

  5. 5

    Place the two felt circles on top of the cylinder and pin with straight pins. Sew the circles onto the bottom of the cylinder. Turn the basket inside out.

  6. 6

    Turn the basket right side up and attach the handles to the sides.

  7. 7

    Decorate as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Personalise the baskets with names written in puffy paints.

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