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Easter is almost here, and this year I decided that I wanted to make an Easter basket for our daughter. This will actually be the first year that she will get an Easter basket because in previous years my husband and I didn’t think she was old enough to appreciate it. Since she is 3 yrs old, we thought this year would be the perfect time to start.

I did a little searching on Pinterest for some basket ideas and came across one that I liked. Actually, it wasn’t a basket at all but a wicker tote bag that had been repurposed. So, I set out on a quest to find an inexpensive wicker tote, but was unsuccessful. I did, however, stumble upon a cute white basket at a local thrift store. It was in great shape, and it only cost $1.91! So, how could I say no to that?! I had already decided that I wanted to use an aqua chevron print fabric for the lining, so the white basket seemed like a perfect plan B. Since the chevron fabric matches our daughter’s room decor, it can be used after Easter for small toy storage.

I am super pleased with how the basket turned out! I am even more excited about the fact that I was able to make it for less than $5!. So, here is my tutorial for all ya’ll who need a last minute basket idea.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

ROUND WOODEN/WILLOW BASKET – Try finding one at your local Goodwill or other thrift store. There is often a huge selection of baskets for very cheap.

FABRIC – I used 1/2 yard of fabric found at Hobby Lobby. You may need more depending on your basket size.

HOT GLUE GUN & STICKS

RULER

1 1/2 in. GROSGRAIN RIBBON (2 pieces 22 1/2 in. long)

5/8 RIBBON – This is to embellish the center of the bow, but you can use any embellishment you like (rhinestone, felt bunny, etc)

EMBROIDERY THREAD & NEEDLE – Don’t worry. It’s not for sewing.


How to Line the Basket

First, spread the fabric out to cover the bottom of your basket. You may want to place something inside the basket to hold the fabric in place as you work with it.

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Next, take the fabric that is hanging over the sides of the basket and fold it under. Then hot glue the fabric to the basket starting from the middle out to the handle.image

 

Once you have one side glued, measure the thickness of the fabric showing on the outside. I decided to make mine approximately 2 1/2 in. This allowed for the chevron pattern to show.

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Mark the other side of the basket as a guide when folding the fabric on the other side. This ensures the fabric edge will be even all the way around. You may be able to “eye ball” it, but I didn’t want to take any chances, so I measured it.

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Now that you have hot glued the fabric to both sides, you will probably have loose fabric around the handle. Take the two “tails” of fabric and tuck one side into the other.

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Then, fold the top tail and hot glue it down. Do this on both sides.

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Voila! You have a fabric lined basket!

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Now, for the bow embellishments…

Take one of the strips of ribbon and wrap it around your four fingers.

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Adjust the ribbon so the two ends are opposite each other in the fold.

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Stick a needle or straight pin through the center of the ribbon to hold it in place. Then spread the ribbon out until it is in the shape of a bow.

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Gather the center of the ribbon and remove the pin. Secure it by tying embroidery thread around the folded center.

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Use 5/8 in. ribbon to wrap around the center to cover the embroidery thread. Secure it by hot gluing it to the back of the bow.

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After making both bows, attach the bows to sides of the basket below the handle.

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Now, you have a fabulous boutique style Easter basket for your little one to fill with lots of goodies!

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