Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Homemade Easter Basket {Pinterest Challenge}

It's time for the winter Pinterest Challenge! You can check out the other things I've made for previous challenges here. This time I'm being a little lazy - while I have made some awesome things from Pinterest (including a crib sheet - more to come!) I've been terrible about taking pictures and writing about it. So, because we're just a few short weeks from Easter, I'm going to bring back Wesley's Easter basket! It's not too late to make your very own Easter basket for this Easter!

Growing up I had an Easter basket with my name on it. It was pink, yarn, and someone made it for me. (Maybe my mom?) It was very special to me. Jarrod's family didn't have Easter baskets but I insisted that we have one for Wesley that he can use each year to collect his eggs at the Easter egg hunt and as a place for the Easter Bunny to leave his goodies on Easter morning.

Honestly, I didn't really think about his Easter basket until a few weeks ago. We discussed it while I was pregnant, but then I fell into the maternity leave time warp and completely forgot about it. Then a few weeks ago I was walking through Target and realized it's almost Easter!!

I remembered searching for an appropriate boy Easter basket with a friend of mine for her little Wesley several years ago. We had a lot of trouble finding the perfect basket that he could use year after year. Thankfully I had Pinterest at my disposal! I searched for Easter baskets and quickly found this handmade Easter basket!

While it looked time-consuming, I was up for the challenge! I searched for jelly rolls in bright colors that included more blue than pink, but couldn't find any. I ended up with a pack of scrap fabric I purchased at Wal-Mart and cut into strips 2.5"x21" or so. The whole pack was $4 - much cheaper than any of the jelly rolls that I found. And really, this time I wasn't being cheap, I was looking for blues.

Once the fabric strips were cut, I sorted them on the back of the couch by type so that they were evenly mixed up. Then I got to sewing! I followed this tutorial and sewed them in batches of 4. There was no rhyme or reason to the way I sewed them - I just randomly picked 4 different patterns and sewed them together.

Once I was done, I had a million long strips of fabric. From there, I took my cord (10 yards of relatively thick cord purchased at Hobby Lobby by the yard) and began by sewing one of the strips to the end of the cord. Then I simply wrapped the fabric around the cord.
This took a little while (AKA several naps) so if I needed to stop, I simply put a pin in the fabric and cord to hold it tight. Once I was done with the first strip, I sewed the next long strip to it and continued wrapping. Somewhat tedious, but easy and nice to see progress.

Once I was done wrapping the entire 10 yards, I sewed the very end of the fabric to the very end of the cord to hold it in place. Then the fun part...

I started swirling the cord into a spiral. Every quarter of an inch or so, I was sewing everything in place with thick thread. I didn't take a lot of pictures during this phase because it was fairly intense and a little irritating. This process was very time consuming. Really, I had no method. I tried to make the stitches as tight and small as possible so that the thread wouldn't be seen. After several long weeks, I ended up with a tight spiral bottom!
Once the bottom was done, the sides were much easier. I sewed and wrapped, sewed and wrapped, during TV shows in the evenings. After a few nights of that, it was time to move on to the handle! The basket took the whole 10 yards. There isn't any magic, I just wrapped the bottom into a spiral with the diameter I wanted the basket to have and then made the sides as high as I wanted. Whatever was left, I doubled over and that became the handle.

I finished the basket earlier this week, just in time for the Easter Bunny! Wesley will have his first egg hunt on Saturday and will be collecting eggs in this basket.

It took me about 6 weeks from start to finish to complete the basket. I took a lot of breaks and didn't work every day. It was time consuming, for sure, and not at all perfect, but I love it. I love that Wesley has his very own Easter basket that he can use each Easter from now on. I know he'll really appreciate the blood, sweat, and time that went into it... ;-)

Do you have an Easter basket? How does your family traditional celebrate Easter?
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2 comments:

  1. My sister and I love making Easter baskets for our kids each year and we're just saying we need to get started on them. This is such a great way to make them, thanks for the inspiration!!

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  2. So cute!! Love it!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogpot.com

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