Sewing Tutorial: How to Sew an Easter Basket

April 5, 2017By Angela WolfEmbroidery, Sewing, Tutorial No Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

Easter 4 Materials

Materials and Supplies

Pattern Pieces to Cut Out:

Piece A: Bag Bottom (1pc for outside, 1pc for lining plus interfacing)

  • Cut 2 of either color
  • Cut 1 fusible fleece

Piece B: Bag Side (4pc for outside, 4pc for lining plus interfacing)

  • Cut 4 of Color 1
  • Cut 4 of Color 2
  • Cut 4 of Fusible fleece

Piece C: Handle

  • cut 1 of color 1
  • Cut 1 of color 2

Piece D: Handle structure

  • cut 1 Peltex® 71F

Embroidering the Easter Basket

  1. Choose one of the felt panels to embroider and insert the fabric and cut away or tear away stabilizer into the embroidery hoop – keep in mind, the shortest edge of the fabric is the bottom of the basket. Be careful not to tighten the screw on the embroidery hoop too much or the felt fabric can end up with “hoop burn”.

Easter Basket 220 Hooping Felt

  1. Choose an embroidery design.

Easter Basket 15 Select Design Dream Machine
Easter Basket 19 Design Selected Dream Machine

Designer Tip: I’m using a design that is in THE Dream Machine® which is also available here for purchase on iBroidery, here are a few other designs from iBroidery. Click on each to see them on iBroidery:

Easter basket-3600002-Ibroidery-BunnyEaster Basket-Li23100804-ibroidery-basketEaster basket-3600004-ibroidery-Chick








Making a batch of these baskets as gifts? Using a different design on each recipient’s bag could be fun!

  1. Add a topper to prevent the stitches from embedding in the felt fabric. I am using a piece of plastic from a dry cleaner bag as my topper.

Easter Basket 280 Adding Dry Cleaning Bag Topper

  1. Add a basting outline to hold the plastic topper in place.

Easter 290 Basting Stitch Button

Easter 300 Dry Cleaning bag topper

  1. Embroider the design.

Easter Basket 310-340-Embroider the Design
Easter Basket 360 Completed Embroidery Design

  1. Use a seam ripper to rip out the basting stitches.

Easter Basket 41 Seam Ripper

  1. Cutaway or tearaway the embroidery stabilizer.

Easter Basket B1 Cutting Away Stabilizer

  1. Pull away the plastic topper.

Easter Basket B2 Pull away the plastic topper

Designer Tip: If the fabric has hoop marks, hold the iron above the felt (not touching the fabric) and steam the fabric. After the fabric cools, gently rub the fabric with your fingers.

Sewing the Easter Basket Sides

  1. Press the Fusible Fleece Stabilizer to the back of the 4 outside basket pieces.

Easter Basket 5 - adding fusible fleece

  1. With right sides together pin the outside bag pieces together along the longest edge.

Easter Basket B3-Right sides together
Easter Basket 8-With right sides together pin the outside bag pieces together along the longest edge-inside view.
Easter Basket 10-With right sides together pin the outside bag pieces together along the longest edge-Outside view.

  1. Stitch each seam with a ½” seam allowance. Press the seam allowances open.

Easter Basket 11-Stitch each seam with a ½” seam allowance.
Easter Basket 13-Press the seam allowances open.

Editor’s Note: Using a tailor’s clapper when ironing can give you a more crisp edge. After you have pressed a fold, place your clapper on the still hot fold and allow it to cool with the clapper upon it. Repeat. You’ll find on most fabrics, your folds are more crisp.
  1. Follow steps 10 and 11 for the Felt Fabric Lining pieces.

Sewing the Easter Basket Bottom

  1. With right sides together, pin the coordinating circle bottom pieces to the smaller opening of the side pieces.

Easter Basket 16-With right sides together, pin the coordinating circle bottom pieces to the smaller opening of the side pieces.
Easter Basket 21-With right sides together, pin the coordinating circle bottom pieces to the smaller opening of the side pieces.

  1. Stitch with a ½” seam allowance.

Eater Basket 22 Stitch with a ½” seam allowance.

Attaching the Lining

  1. Turn the outside of the basket right side out and the lining inside out as shown.

Easter Basket 23 - urn the outside of the basket right side out and the lining inside out as shown.

  1. Insert the lining into the outside basket fabric.

Easter Basket 25 - Insert the lining into the outside basket fabric.

  1. Line up the seams and pin.

Easter Basket 28-Line up the seams and pin.
Easter Basket 29-Line up the seams and pin.

  1. Stitch along the top edge of the basket, attaching the outside of the basket to the lining with ¼” seam allowance.

Easter Basket 30 - Stitch along the top edge of the basket, attaching the outside of the basket to the lining with ¼” seam allowance.

  1. Press the 1” ribbon in half.

Easter Basket 32-Press the 1” ribbon in half.

  1. Pin to the top edge of the basket. Stitch along the edge of the ribbon.

Easter Basket 37-Pin to the top edge of the basket. Stitch along the edge of the ribbon.

Sewing the Easter Basket Handle

  1. Press the stabilizer to one of the handle pieces.
  2. Layer the second piece of felt for the handle.

Easter Basket 7799-Add Stabilizer and Layer the second piece of felt .

  1. Stitch ¼” from the edge, all the way around the handle.

Easter Basket 31 - Stitch ¼” from the edge, all the way around the handle.

  1. Press the ribbon in half.

Easter Basket 32-Press the 1” ribbon in half.

  1. Attach the ribbon along each edge of the handle, pin.

Easter Basket 33-Attach the ribbon along each edge of the handle, pin.

  1. Stitch along the edge of the ribbon.

Easter Basket 36-Stitch along the edge of the ribbon.

  1. Lay the bag flat and locate each side.

Easter Basket 40-Lay the bag flat and locate each side.

  1. Pin the handle inside the bag at each side as shown.

Easter Basket 42-Pin the handle inside the bag at each side as shown.

  1. Stitch the handle to the bag. (You might want to stitch 2 rows of stitching for extra strength to hold all those Easter eggs. 😊)

Easter Basket 43-Stitch the handle to the bag.
Easter Basket 44-Both handles stitched to bag.

That’s it! Be sure to share photos and tag them with #StitchingSewcial and #BrotherSews on Facebook and Instagram and do leave comments here with any questions!
Easter Basket 53 - Finished Easter Basket

Cheers,
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  • Peltex® 71F is a product by Pellon® distributed in the United States through the PCP Group, LLC, and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such products.

  • The Tailor’s Clapper is an Angela Wolf Pattern Collection™ product and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such product.

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