Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Handmade Easter Baskets

One of the little family traditions my sister and I have is creating handmade presents for Easter. I think it's important to remember that Easter is about so much more than chocolate. Sitting down with my sister and making gifts for our children and then giving them to them on Easter Sunday really helps us to stay focused on that.

Last year my sister, mum and I made each of the kids (Max and my sister's two girls Ava and Emily) a sweet little bunny softie. (We got the pattern from JDC).



This year we decided to make Easter baskets for our children (the ones I mentioned in my last post). I searched for Easter Baskets on pinterest and came across this tutorial. It was so easy to follow that even I understood it! The pictures are nice and crisp and Amy explains everything really well.

We wanted our baskets to be a little bigger, so we took all the measurements and multiplied them by 1.5. We also used stiffer interfacing than Amy did on her baskets, and if I was making them again I would actually use the stiffest interfacing I could find. I noticed that our bigger baskets were a little bit too 'droopy' when the kids carried them around.

Seeing as we were making three baskets and needed to cut multiple versions of the same shape, we started out by making ourselves a pattern. We then cut out soooooo much fabric.


The fabric we used for the main part of the baskets was the same stuff I used for my bunny silhouette (left-over from my no-sew Christmas tree skirt). Jen picked 30cm each of some pretty pink fabric for her girls' baskets and I used an old business shirt of Sean's that had a small rip in it for Max's basket.




Now, I have to admit that I did absolutely zero sewing for this project. My sister Jenny is an absolute whiz on the sewing machine so she did every single last bit of the sewing. I helped out by ironing, snipping, pinning and doing all the other easy jobs.







We worked through the toddlers naps and then did some more once they had gone to bed for the night. All up I would say it took us about four hours to make all three baskets.



They were a lot of fun to make, and I absolutely love how the turned out! But the absolute best part of the project was working together with my sister to start our own little family traditions.





16 comments

  1. They are great Tamsyn, don't you just love having company on a project! Sam helped (slash hindered) me make his Easter bunny sack on Saturday and I think it makes a project a bit more special:) oh and that bunny softie from last year is adorable!
    Kristin

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    1. It does make it so much more fun Kristin! I love that Sam helped you make his bunny sack, that is so sweet :)

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  2. SO cute! I love these. I can't wait to make some of my own for next year! I also love the idea of something handmade each year. That would be great for every holiday! =)

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    1. Thanks Melanie, it is such a fun tradition to have. I can't wait to see all the things you come up with for your little baby :)

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  3. I can't think of a better way to spend time with the girls and the end result was lovely.

    I bet the kids thought those lovely baskets were fabulous.

    I very much appreciate your very kind comment today
    Carolyn

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    1. They did love them, thanks Carolyn!

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  4. These baskets are so cute! It's such a nice touch that you made them :)

    Christine @ Projectsaroundthehouse.blogspot.com

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  5. What a wonderful Easter gift, I love the baskets and you ideas for the contents.

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    1. Thanks Christie, I had lots of fun coming up with ideas of things to put in the baskets. It was a lot more fun that just filling them with chocolate :)

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  6. Nice! I love these but am thinking of different uses around the house. I am considering making them and hanging them from my tree branch to corral mittens. Wrong season, I know but always thinking! Visiting from HOH

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    1. That is such a neat idea Marji!! I love the idea that they could be used all year round :)

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  7. These are so cute! I love the trim around the tops and on the handles :)

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    1. Thanks heaps Christine, I love the trim too :)

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  8. I love these baskets - they turned out great. I really need to learn to sew already ... it's on my To Do List. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I love the look of yours :)

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    1. Hi Nicole :) I'm really average on the sewing machine, I'm lucky my sister is so good!

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