Fabric Easter basket

This cute basket is all about spring and would be so cute for an egg hunt or just for display!

1 honey bun of your choice (featured is “Swanky” but another cute softer option would be aviary by 3 sisters)
*1 package of piping (6yards) I used Wrights 12/32″ cotton filler cord

*and 39 inches of smaller piping (for handle) I used Writes 6/32″ cotton filler cord (comes in a package of 10 yards)
*my needle was a regular ‘ol needle (but make sure you have a THIMBLE, it’s murder on the finger without!)
*and I used “Mettler” cotton silk finished thread (it’s sturdy) if you don’t that have just use quilting thread or sturdy thread.

when you unravel your honey bun separate colors.

start by sewing together 4 strips alternating colors randomly (I cut mine in half ,at the fold, because I wanted a more scrappy look but you can keep your strips full length).
once you have 4 strips together fold in half and sew onto your thick piping.i then started to ravel around my piping with the fabric. once I got close to the end of my strips, I sewed 4 more strips onto the existing end (4 seemed to be the magic number. Any more on there and it became a tangled mess, and less and you were having to stop and sew too quickly in between)keep going through the full 6 yards of piping that comes in the package.when you get to your end of the piping, sew just like you did when you started through the piping and the fabric. this will not let the fabric unravel.start your coil and hand sew together from the center out by sewing the outer coil to the inner coil when you get to the 7th row out you will then start to “stack” your coil.just like when it was laying flat but now you sew it together from the top coil to the “stacked on top of” coilhere’s the best angle I could get of the stacked coil with the needle going in on the top and out of the “stacked on top of” coil do this for the whole basket till you get close to the end. where your “stacking” started (on the bottom),you will want to end your basket top. this way it won’t be lopsided (counting from the bottom up i have 8 rows all around).make sure you sew right before you are going to cut on the piping so the fabric wont unravel. cut off extra (should be a small tail NOT enough to go around one more time). and then tuck in a little so the raw end doesn’t show from the top. you now have the base of your basket.
now on to the handle:just how you started your basket you are going to start your handle. I used the smaller piping for this and i cut it to 39 inches. fold fabric in half length wise and sew your fabric onto your piping at the end of the piping.
ravel around the 39 incheswhen done raveling, sew the end so it doesn’t unravel. fold your 39 inches of piping three even ways like so.you are going to sew through all three piping and sew the whole thing togetheryou will end up with this to attach your handle start from the inside and back through the outside. do this quite a few times to make the handle super sturdy. do the same to the other side of the handle. instructions by Vanessa from V and Co.

one super cute springy Easter basket. (with base of aprox 6 1/2 inches in width)
(if you are interested in buying honey buns to make this project in Aviary by three sisters, visit her etsy store)

76 comments on “Fabric Easter basket

  1. Wow! You make it look easy! 🙂~Kim

  2. Helen says:

    Great design! Absolutely LOVE it!

  3. Lorraine says:

    That basket looks very sweet & also very do-able !thanks

  4. another amy says:

    Another great project, V. Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  5. happy zombie says:

    How CUTE! Now I want to make this too!!!!

  6. Rabid says:

    Adorable! Now I want to make one 🙂

  7. Love the colours so much! Great tutorial. Inspirational!

  8. Deeanna says:

    Wow, that is so cute and fun! Thanks for sharing the tute!

  9. I use to make these and forgot all about them. Your basket is beautiful and the colors make me yearn for spring. Thanks for the reminder!

  10. That is a very cute basket and I love the colours. It brought back memories of my school days when we made them with raffia.

  11. nanann says:

    I love this and am getting around to buying the supplies to do it. I’m hoping you’re still looking at these comments b/c I have a question:Can you give the approximate measurements of the final basket? I was trying to figure out how wide and tall it is so I can decide whether I want to try and make it a bit bigger.Thanks!

  12. Jill says:

    Cute basket, but arrrggghhh on the hand sewing

  13. Kim says:

    This has got to be my favorite project so far. I love the bright happy colors and it will look darling with the fabric Easter eggs I’m going to make to go inside.Thanks for sharing!

  14. jo says:

    Wow! This is awesome! I have ordered the bits i need and am very excited about making Easter baskets for all my family! Thank you.xxx

  15. Kritta22 says:

    Seriously the greatest thing I have ever seen!!!!!!You rule!

  16. mamamia says:

    This is absolutely so cute. I love the colors! They shout spring! What great instructions, too. I am so inspired to try!

  17. Anne says:

    Was this actually supposed to be made with 1 jelly roll instead of 1 honeybun? I just started working on this super-cute basket tonight and am running out of fabric a little too quickly, I think!Thanks for posting this fab tutorial! Love this site!Anne

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  19. Sweet Moxie says:

    I love the colors. Great job, thanks for the tutorial.

  20. fawndear says:

    This has got to be the cutest basket I’ve seen so far. I hope you don’t mind if I link you so my friends can see it too.

  21. Nancy Ward says:


    Yesterday I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

    Would you le me know if that’s OK?


    Nancy Ward

  22. betharte says:


  23. jaybird says:

    thanks for the tutorial.. i made one!! here is a < HREF="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaybirdquilts/3556795765/in/photostream/" REL="nofollow">pic!<>

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