An Easter Basket Made from a Placemat (Making the Basket)

This poor basket was made in a hurry after I finished the placemat – with lots of phone calls to Mom! I had to take the sewing machine from Texas to Oklahoma as soon as I was done with the basket, where it sat in a storage unit for nearly two months. And I could have hand-sewn a handle, but we left San Antonio three days after Easter, so I was a bit on the busy side with the packing! But, months later, we’re finally settled in Oklahoma. Everything is unpacked (including the hard drive with the Easter Basket pictures that I didn’t have access to for two months!) and I’m ready to catch up on quilts!

Which I need to do since my sister commissioned one, I’m doing two baby quilts for Christmas for my cousins, my sister-in-law is due in September, I have two friends due in August and November (and the November one will also be getting my first doll quilt!) and, to top it off, I might try to get a booth in a holiday marketplace, with doll quilts and crayon rolls and other little things. Good thing the Wee One is going to school in a month! Of course, this isn’t counting the Wee One’s always-in-progress Cars quilt or my niece’s perpetually-in-design quilt.

ANYWAY – like I said, the Easter basket. It’s from JCarolineCreative and I don’t understand the directions. OK, folding the placemat in half and sewing up the sides, I got.  But “Step 4,” the folding of the cone? Nope. I called Mom and she tried to understand/explain it to me. She also said I should try pinning it and checking if it was right before sewing, to eliminate the need for seam-ripping. Obviously she doesn’t know me all that well.

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This is NOT how you fold the cone. If you do, it will look like this:

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Seam ripping time! Mom and I had a long debate on getting this right, specifically focusing on the part that says you should stitch across 6″. In my first attempt, I was only stitching across 3″. I blame Mom, she should have realized (over the phone) that I was doing it wrong.

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Even though it is awkward to fold it like this, THIS is how to do it. The top of the seam should be at the corner. Sew about three inches down. Six inches across, just like the instructions say. Go figure. Flip sides, do the same to the other, andwhen you turn it right-side out, it’s a little basket! Minus a handle, of course. If I had time, I would have tacked down the excess fabric (the portion the seam ripper is resting on above.) And if I had a lot more time, it would make a nice purse template once you put in a liner and a magnet clousure as well. And a handle – yeah, handles are important. I didn’t have time!

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And the Wee One? Got himself some marshmallows.

Published in: on July 19, 2009 at 8:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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An Easter Basket Made from a Placemat (Making the Placemat)

I don’t know why I was inspired to do this. (Well, I do – a friend mentioned her plans to quilt a vodka bottle holder on Facebook, which naturally leads to the thought of an Easter basket for my kid. But that’s probably one of those things that I shouldn’t be admitting…)

The Wee One was not keen on the idea of the Easter Bunny. He was even told the Easter Bunny brings crap like Santa, and still didn’t believe me! I was torn between letting it go, since the Bunny is not really the reason for the season, or making a huge deal out of it so he believed me (and then totally missed the reason for the season.)

I even sang “The Easter Parade” to him. In public.

Finally I suggested we make his own Easter Basket. That got him on board.

That and the HEB commercial that mentions marshmallows in Easter Baskets. I need to write to the Bunny and make sure there’s marshmallows in there.

But it turns out, there’s not a huge amount of Easter Basket patterns out there! At least not with fabric. Finally I found this one from JCarolineCreative. The cone portion is kind of intimidating to me, so I’m not planning on deviating from her instructions one bit.

Well, except for the fact that I don’t have placemats and I’m not going to go buy one just for this. What I do have is leftover Air Force fabric from the airplane baby quilt! So based on her pattern, I whipped together a 17.5″x 11.5″ placemat. Actually, I was going for 18×12″, but something happened. What, I don’t know. Just something. I started out with 18.5×12.5″ fabric, used 1/4″ seams, but… Maybe it was my helpers.

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The Wee One wanted to push the pedal. Notice the cat is wholly uninterested in projects if he can’t sit on them. He does, however, like to attempt to catch feet that push pedals. I was happy to let little boy hands take over.

I did decide to add some extra stiffness with interfacing, since I did such a fabulous job with the last interfacing. For this one, I decided that since I was using up leftovers, I would put bits and pieces of interfacing together like a puzzle. After all, they’re getting ironed on and quilted in, so what could possibly go wrong?

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For once, the answer is nothing! (yet…)

Sewing was just wrong sides together, sewn on all four sides leaving 6″ or so on the top, cut the corners, turn it right-side out, jab at the corners with AB’s recommended metal meat skewers, sew that 6″ together. I quilted it together with a couple of zig-zags.

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And there you have a placemat with which you can make an Easter Basket! If you’re not terrified of following the instructions. (You make a cone and somehow it becomes a basket? Really?)

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