Let’s make an Easter Basket.

We are at the grocery store.
Kitty : Mom, we really have to get these Cadbury’s Chocolate Eggs!
Me: I don’t think so, Kitty, it’s not Easter yet.
Kitty: But Mom! (I can see her little brain working furiously) Mom, I want make an Easter Basket and we can keep them in my basket until Easter.
Me: Oh, what kind of basket do you want to make?
Kitty: I want to, um, sew one.
Me: Great!
Kitty: I’ll need your help.
Me: OK.
Kitty: So, can we get the Easter Eggs?
Me: OK… but only for your basket.

(I’m a pushover, I know, but the little girl said she wanted to SEW a BASKET!)

And, sew a basket we did!

When we got home, we collected an old felted sweater, a needle, some thread and some yarn.
Here is a tutorial on how to felt a sweater if you’ve never tried it before and here’s a previous post with a super tip for making learning to sew VERY child friendly.


We began by cutting a circle from the felted sweater. This circle is going to be the base of the basket so it can be any size you want your basket to be.


Then, as we talked about the dimensions of a circle, we discovered that if we wanted to measure the circumference, we could use a piece of yarn! If we laid the piece of yarn all the way around the outside of the circle, the circumference, we could determine how long the material for the sides of our basket had to be.


Indeed, this was a very exciting discovery!


We cut the yarn the right length and then laid it on the felted sweater and cut a length of felted sweater exactly the same length as the piece of yarn… just long enough to fit all around the circumference of our circle.


Despite all the excitement in the working out of our formula, we were amazed that the length we had just cut did, indeed, fit all the way around our circle base! ‘It worked!!’ Kitty exploded.

She put the ‘sides length’ on a flat surface and the placed the circle on top of it…


And then she started to sew the two together.

With great concentration, she sewed the ‘sides piece’ all the way around the circle.


Until the two ends joined.


Then, she sewed the join together.


We turned the basket inside out (which is actually the right side up) and were again amazed at how sweet it looked, all of the stitches now hidden inside the basket… especially when we flipped over the top to make a pretty rim… Kitty is quite the designer!


We cut a length of felted sweater for the handle.

Sewed it on to our basket.


Voila!!! Kitty, can you believe it, actually DID sew an Easter basket! Of course, the chocolate Easter eggs went straight into the soft and fluffy basket.


I adore this photo as it shows just how incredulous she was at the fact that she really had sewn an Easter basket!


Of course an egg did get eaten… an then another. And then ‘Little Brother‘ got into them and had a whole handful… which luckily entitled Kitty to have a whole handful too, and so on, until Mother tried them and then they were gone, leaving the sweet little basket empty. Not to worry, Kitty demised… we’ll just get more the next time we are at the grocery store!


Happy sewing with your child,
Blessing and magic,
Donni

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  1. Love it! What a cute little basket. Thanks for the how-to.

  2. I have been looking for a kid-friendly basket pattern – my girls want to make Easter baskets for their dolls. This is perfect – thank you! :)

  3. smile.

  4. A beautiful post, and I just love that Kitty was so clever. Not only sewing her own basket, but more importantly working out how to get Mama to buy her chocolate eggs 6 weeks before Easter!!

  5. gorgeous!!! (we started spring-decorating as well the last days) best regards from sunny germany!

  6. So cute, love that look on her face, very happy with herself :) Its amazing how quick kids pick up sewing, mine were the same, I think they would like making these too.

  7. Aw, cute. Sounds like some thing I would have conned my mum with a few years ago he he:)
    Im still getting to my discovering waldorf post. Though Id better let you know I havent forgotten about it, just still deciding what to write about

  8. I love it!!!! It is precious. And she looks so proud, as she should be! love, Beth

  9. I love how proud our little ones are with their own projects completed. Great photos!

  10. So cute. Now I want to sew a basket!

  11. Wonderful inspiration and instructions and completely doable. Thankyou Donni and I mentioned this post on my blog today, thankyou so much. I’ve been wanting to felt for as long as we’ve homeschooled and have always put it into the too expensive basket :) Thanks for making it accessible!

    JM:)

    http://littleenglishtreasures.blogspot.com/2011/03/now-its-getting-difficult.html

  12. These are fantastic! I shall be passing this on to my girls.. Thanks for inspiring.
    with love
    Shanti

  13. What a fun project!

  14. I LOVE the way it came out. Really beautiful! Love Cadbury eggs too!

  15. Love it! Now we will go off and do the same! How fun!

  16. Gosh, I feel like I’m always behind and trying to catch up :) Just saw this wonderful post today. Tell your daughter she did a beautiful job. Very inspirational :) I’ll be linking on Facebook. Thanks.

  17. It is precious Donnie, your little girls is very talented. It’s so hard for the children to resist all those temptations in the supermarket. Thankfully we live away from them and my husband does all the shopping.

  18. Superb easter basket looks very fantastic and different from the others. I really like it very much.

  19. I REALLY love this idea! I’m totally inspired to try my first sewing project! Also, as a math teacher, I LOVE that you took the time to discuss ‘circumference’ with your daughter!!

    http://www.outbackgang.blogspot.com

  20. This is so adorable and so doable! I can’t stop admiring how neat this has turned out. And, it’s so fascinating to realize how we can interweave different subjects to give a cohesive learning experience to our kids. Like, you explained a math concept of circumference through a sewing project!

  21. БРАВО на красивата дизайнерка!!!!

  22. Simply Adorable!!

  23. Simply amazing blog, I liked the Christmas star very much and going to make this!!

  24. Wonderful Easter Baskets. I can use them as my easter favors. Thanks for sharing.

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