Friday, March 29, 2013

NEW Easter Baskets

This year, I decided I would bite the bullet and get the girls really nice Easter baskets.  So, I went to a certain store online (PB) and placed my order, but there was a problem...my youngest goes by two names and they couldn't guarantee that the letter at the beginning of the second name would be capital.  Long story short, I cancelled my order and decided to take matters into my own hands and make their Easter baskets.

I decided on some canvas buckets.  Here's what you need:
2 yards of canvas
2 yards of heavy interfacing
1 yard of fun outdoor fabric


I started by cutting the circles for the bottom, these were 34 inches around the outside edge.


Then I cut my canvas, 18 inches X 35 inches


Then I cut strips of the printed material 7 inches X 35 inches.

 I ironed the bottom of each strip about 1/4 inch, pinned it onto the canvas and sewed it on.



Then I embroidered the girls names on.

 Next, I pinned the circle on to each.



After carefully sewing them on, I had the outside layer of the baskets done!

Now for the inner layer.  I followed basically the same procedure, only I ironed the thick interface onto the wrong side of the material.



I slid the inner liner in and folded the edges down to sew.

To make the handle, I just ironed some of the interfacing to a strip of material, folded it over and sewed.


This is what I ended up with, BUT I thought they were too tall!!

So, I cut the bottom of the outer layer and the top off the inner.  Then sewed a new bottom on the outer layer. The baskets ended up being about 12 inches tall.


I decided to hand sew the top edge.







Here they are all finished!  And as I type this, the girls are having an inside Easter egg hunt using them.








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Monday, March 25, 2013

Carrot Hair Clips

Here's an easy hair clip I made for my girls using some materials I had on hand.

Supplies:
felt
hair clips
pillow stuffing
I started by cutting out some simple carrot shapes.

I used a blanket stitch to sew them together and put just a little bit of stuffing inside.

Then I cut the green fringe for the top.  I folded a piece about an inch wide in half, stuffed it in the top of the carrot and sewed it on.



Once I had my carrots made, I just glued them onto a hair clip.








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Friday, March 22, 2013

Bunny Jars!

I still have a lot of baby food jars left over from when the girls were little.  So, I made these little bunnies for Easter.  I will fill them with jellybeans to give as little gifts.

Supplies:
I started by just sponge painting the jars and lids.


While they were drying, I cut out the ears.  The white part was stiff felt, the pink part was just regular felt.  I glued the two pieces together with hot glue.


Once the jars were dry, I hot glued two button eyes on each.


Then I screwed the lid on and glued the ears to the back.




I painted a simple nose and whiskers on each.


Then added a ribbon bow around the top.  I hot glued the ribbon around and then just tied a bow.


If you didn't have any little baby food jars, these could easily be made with larger jars.







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