Custom Easter Baskets

If you remember from my previous post on my Easter Basket conundrum, I knew I wanted custom Easter Basket liners and was running out of time to do them myself and get them to the monogramming shop.  So, I took my plain fabric to be monogrammed, thinking it wouldn’t be that much harder to work backwards.  Boy was I wrong.

Well, I suppose it wasn’t that much harder.  But, I have made basket liners using an easy method I found from curbly on youtube.  It’s relatively easy when you start with just plain fabric.  Unfortunately, it’s more difficult when you’re trying to figure out how to position the already placed monogram, which just so happened to accidentally be on the short side instead of the long side of the fabric.  In the end, it worked out, it just took more effort.  But, I recommend making your basket liner and THEN having it monogrammed!  {wink}

I started with the two yellow baskets that were a great size, and easily stacked.  (I was inspired by the yellow for the lemonade stand, and chose one of the fabrics accordingly.  The second fabric coordinated with the first, but did not have any yellow, so I just decided to paint the second basket white.  While the paint on the white basket was drying, I used the yellow basket for measurements.  Because of the monogram, I ended up having to measure the inside bottom of the basket, then the four sides which folded over.  I used the monogrammed fabric to decide how much of an overhang, and then adjusted the other sides accordingly, adding an extra 1/2″ to all sides for the seams.  Then I realized I had given myself yet another challenge:  the handles on the baskets.  I had to figure out how to get the liner on and still be able to use the handles.  I am definitely not a seamstress, so I don’t know what an experienced seamstress would do, but I muddled through it.  I really hate having to change out anything on my sewing machine (needles, feet, etc.)  I don’t do it often, and honestly, I guess it’s a bit intimidating and time consuming (because I also have to consult the manual).  So, I thought the button hole thingamajig would be perfect, but I really didn’t want to deal with that right then.  I decided to cheat and see what happened.  I went ahead and cut my fabric where I wanted it to go over the handles.  It was a risk, considering I was almost done and didn’t want to somehow screw it all up!  Then, I just used the back and forth stitch and went along the cut line.  In the end, I basically did the same thing as the button hole attachment, but it wasn’t graceful.  Not that most of my projects are!  lol  In the end, I think it worked.  I’m not sure how well it will hold up with any washings, so I need to go back and put some fray check stuff on there.  But… I got them done, and with {a little} time to spare!

 

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Sewing Basket Liners

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Sewing Basket Liners

I should mention that I got the baskets at 40% off at Hobby Lobby, the fabric was about $3 each, and each large monogram was about $11. So, I spent about $25 on each basket. Pricey? Well… it depends how you look at it. It was way less than if I had paid someone to do them, I got the look I wanted, all in a re-useable basket! To me, that’s a successful project!
 

Easter Baskets

I have been having a hard time deciding what kind of Easter baskets to get. I thought I wanted traditional Easter Baskets, but I couldn’t find anything I loved in Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I thought about ordering at Pottery Barn Kids, but even though that’s kind of the look I want, it wasn’t exactly what I envisioned. I just hate to spend that much on a basket and liner if I don’t love them. Then I went on Etsy.com, and found lots of adorable ideas, from baskets to buckets, but nothing that was perfect. Then, when I was shopping for something else at Hobby Lobby, inspiration struck. On one of the shelves I was passing by, I spotted these adorable yellow wire baskets. Are they traditional Easter baskets? Well, no. But… we have been working on Abby’s lemonade stand (which will probably have it’s grand opening this weekend!), and a yellow basket would be a great little accessory for her product line. HA! I’m kidding… no products. But, she’s an over-packer like I am, so I’m sure she’ll find a use for it. The other thing I really liked about these particular baskets is that they are stack-able for storage. (I’ve found our other Easter baskets are hard to store.)  So, we can either find a use for them around the house after Easter, or we can easily store them away for next year.

Because they are wire and have pretty wide gaps that would allow precious Easter candy to fall through, they definitely need a liner.  {wink}  They need a liner.  (But, let’s not get into my husband’s and my disagreement about our needs.  lol.)   Anyway… off to the fabric section I went!

They had so many cute, springy fabrics that would have made adorable liners. But, I wanted something that would coordinate for my 9 year old girl and my 1 year old boy. Then I spotted this Moroccan print in blues, greens and a touch of yellow.  Nearby, was a coordinating plaid in blues and greens.  I’m not sure you can tell in these pictures, but these fabrics look so cute together!  (You’ll see when you view the finished product!!!)

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Moroccan Print

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Plaid Print Fabric

After I estimated the yardage I’d need for the baskets, and checked out, I immediately took them to my embroiderer to have their names put on the raw fabric. That’s a little odd, you say? Why, yes, yes it is. But, I know me. If I didn’t take it right then, I would have meant to take it and procrastinated for several days, and would have run out of time for them to get it done. So, I explained what I was making and the lady helped me place the marking tape so that there would be enough for their embroidery ring, as well as for the eventual hem. See, I figure that even if I have to stay up to midnight on the night before Easter to finish them, I at least have a chance. But, there’s nothing I can do if I didn’t get the names on in time. Well, unless they offer rush, with a rush fee… and I don’t want to go there. ;-)

I chose a turquoise for the plaid since that print will allow the name to be read easy enough. The Moroccan print might make it a little hard to see the embroidery, so we chose a dark gray to coordinate with the light gray in the print. I got the same font for both, which was called “Jack and Jill”! It’s not too feminine or masculine, so I thought it would unify them even though they are different fabrics with different colored monogramming.

They should be ready next Wednesday, and I can’t wait to see the monogram finished! (Even though that’s when my work begins!) Oh, and don’t shake your head at me, but I think I might spray paint the 2nd basket a lime green or blue, to coordinate more with that fabric. I know, I’m weird. We’ll see what I end up doing…