I made Liam an Easter basket! I thought I’d get on it this year since this is his second Easter (granted, he was 6 weeks old last year at this time) and he’ll likely have future Easter egg hunts and/or Easter treats 🙂
My mom made one for all of the kids in my family growing up, so naturally, I wanted Liam to have a homemade one that he could call his very own as well.
I looked for some ideas online (Pinterest, too, of course) because I wanted to find something simpler than sewing one from scratch while maintaining some level of uniqueness.
I found just the thing! The problem was, halfway into my little project I realized it was going to be harder than a traditional cloth-sewn basket. Much harder than I thought.
But, it was too late to turn back. So, I pressed on. And finished this morning. In the nick of time.
6 (in the end, I used closer to 8) yards of cotton filler piping **approximately 59 cents/yard at Hobby Lobby
another 1 yard of skinnier piping (the diameter doesn’t so much matter as long as it was smaller than the bulk piping chosen) **approximately 32 cents/yard at Hobby Lobby
a variety of scrap fabrics (cut into 2-2.5″ wide strips)
long sewing needle
thread (I found quilting thread was stronger and easier to use)
sewing machine (to sew the strips together, although you could do it by hand if you had to)
a thimble (Trust me. It would hurt A LOT otherwise)
So, I started out sewing 3-4 scrap fabrics together, end to end, and wound them around my piping, folding the strip in half as I went so that it wouldn’t have a frayed yucky edge (I started the process by wrapping it around one end of piping and securing it before continuing the wrapping.)
Here’s what it looked like after the 6 yards were wrapped:
I chose really bright and vibrant fabrics while trying to steer clear of too many “girly” colors. My mom graciously shared her stash with me, but you could buy a honeybun of fabrics at a fabric store if you didn’t have any fabrics or wanted them to coordinate better. (I will warn you that it would be quite expensive, though.)
This is when the hard work really began.
I started winding the piping into a coil, hand sewing the rings together as I went. I tried using clear thread and plain white thread, but I found that quilting thread made it much easier since it is stronger and more durable.
The tutorial I read said to go out seven levels before building it up for the sides of the basket. It made for a nice size basket, but it was sadly too short, really. After much encouragement from my mom (since I was feeling very done with my project), I bought another 2 yards to make it taller. In the end, I’m glad I did.
Did you hear that, Mom? You were right.
Here she is after the addition:
Next, was adding the handle. That’s where the extra yard of smaller piping comes in. I did the same process to wrap it, but it took much less time since it was so much shorter.
Again, the tutorial I read, said to get 39″ and make it 3 layers thick, but I chose to get an even yard (36″) and only fold it in half.
From there, all that was left to do was attach it to the inside of my basket!
Not too shabby, huh? I was just thrilled to be done with it. I get that way. I need more patience.
Anyway, here’s the boy enjoying Mommy’s hard work.
Makes it all worth it!
My goal was to make something original that he could use for years and years. Hopefully, it’s mission accomplished!
I know I’ve probably scared everyone away from wanting to make a basket like this! I think my biggest problem was my expectation for how time consuming and hard it would be to make. I think that would make a big difference if I were to head into it again.
Also, I would add that it’s probably impossible to have too much stitching to secure the rows together. One of the other keys to stability was doing enough stitching in each spot to strengthen it enough so that it doesn’t loosen with wear.
Note that it’s important to pay attention to where your piping ends so that the basket looks level. (i.e. try to get your piping to finish around where you began stacking the piping at the bottom)
Happy Easter, everybody! Praise be to God that death no longer has the final word because of what Jesus did for us. How He loves us!