Saturday, October 22, 2011

Quick and Easy Gift Basket

Need a quick gift?  Hint, hint, teachers love to get candy!

This is a fast and easy basket that you can whip up in no time. Just change out the fabrics to match any holiday or occasion.

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It really does hold an entire package of Hershey Kisses!!

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Supplies
10x10 piece of fabric
10x piece of felt
Four 20 inch pieces of 1/4 inch wide ribbon
Chalk wheel (recommended) or fabric marker
Pinking Sheers
Fray Check (optional)

Directions
Pin the fabric and felt together with “wrong” sides touching.
Use a chalk wheel or fabric marker to draw an 8 x 8 inch square and a 1 1/2 x 9 inch rectangle.

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Cut out using pinking sheers.

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Thread your machine so the bobbin matches the felt and the machine matches the fabric color.

Set your machine on a zig zag stitch.

Using your presser foot as a guide sew down each side of the handle. Set this aside.

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Use your chalk wheel to draw a line 2 1/2 inches from each side of the basket fabric to make a grid.

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Center and pin your ribbon over the two vertical lines. Sew with a zig zag stitch. Repeat this step for the two horizontal lines.

You may need to adjust the width and length to fit the ribbon nicely.
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To finish the edge of the basket, begin sewing at one of the ribbons using a zig zag stitch and your presser foot as a guide. Continue sewing until you get to the opposite end of the ribbon you started with.

Stop and tuck the handle approx. 1/2 inch between the layers of fabric and pin. Do not remove basket from the machine.


Continue sewing around until you get to the last ribbon. Stop and insert the other end of the handle between the fabric layers.

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It will seem a little awkward but it’s correct.
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Push the handle out of the way and continue sewing until you get to your starting spot. That will only be a couple of inches.

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Turn the basket right side out and tie the ribbons into a bow at each corner. Flip the corner down. Add a drop of fray check to the ribbon ends (optional).

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The most important step…fill with candy!

Hope you enjoy your basket!

4 comments:

Troublet said...

Pinned for future use! I love these. Thank you for sharing! :)

Barb said...

This is just toooo cute!!!

Pam said...

A terrific little basket!!!

Christmas Gift Baskets said...

Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial. I will definitely have a go at making one myself.