I had grand plans this year to design and make a great little fabric Easter basket for Abi. And then I realized something, my brain doesn’t work while I’m pregnant. For some reason I just could not figure out the very little and simple math involved in sewing something with a round base. So, after many frustrating and failed attempts at designing my own I found a fantastic tutorial on line and went with that one.
The pattern I used is from a guest post Owen’s Olivia did for a blog called Somewhat Simple. If you’re not already familiar with and following those blogs, you totally should be. Go ahead and check them out. Don’t worry, I can wait.
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So, as I was saying, I got the pattern from Nancy’s guest post HERE. I pretty much followed it exactly, but I did make one slight change. Instead of using a canvas fabric for the interfacing I used a pellon ultra firm stabilizer. I did that mostly because I already had it on hand and I felt that the extra structure would be great for a basket that might get some heavy use out there on the hunt.
Isn’t it darling?! But once I had it all finished up and showed it to Abi she asked, “But where are the bows?” because obviously all Easter baskets need bows.
She told me she wanted two bows, one on each side of the handle. So I racked my brain for a while about the easiest way to add a couple simple bows when it hit me. I have a perfectly good Crop-A-Dile that has been sitting waiting for a great little project. Two little eyelets on each side of the handle would be perfect for stringing some ribbon through.
So that’s just what I did. If you’ve never used a Crop-A-Dile before let me show you really quick how I did it. It looks intimidating at first, but it is really really simple. I forgot to take in process pictures this go around, so here is the process demonstrated on some scrap fabric. And please excuse the Band-Aid. For some reason my rotary cutter decided I didn’t really need a thumb anymore.
1 – Gather supplies: Crop-A-Dile, your project, and eyelets
2 – First use the correctly sized hole punch on the side of the Crop-A-Dile and punch holes.
3 – Next I found it easier to set the eyelet into the hole rather than onto the Crop-A-Dile. It was much easier to get it in just the right spot that way.
4 – Use the Crop-A-Dile to set the eyelet into the hole.
5 & 6 – Make sure that the eyelet set correctly on the front and back.
7 (not pictured) – Step back and admire your handy work before tying the ribbon through the eyelets to make your daughters requested bows.
That’s it! And the best part? the project only took me about 2 hours (with my prego brain slowing me down and everything) so you could easily whip one of these out before the festivities this weekend.
Remember that if you wan tot purchase your own Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.
And be sure to let me know if you do make one! I would love to check it out!
Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.