4.06.2014

Felt Easter Bucket-TUTORIAL

 Easter is right around the corner.  Here's any easy way to add something handmade to your Easter tradition.

Download Pattern for the bottom HERE
(or you can draw a circle with a diameter of 9 inches)

Here's what you'll need:
1 piece of felt for exterior - 8  x 28 inches
1 piece of medium weight fabric for interior - 8 x 28 inches 
2 circles - one from felt, one from interior fabric
about 1 yard of double fold bias tape 

By the way, this is a great project to try out making your own bias tape.  You don't need much, so you can grab any fun fabric off your shelf and give it a try.   
 I added a cute bunny applique. If you are going to add your own, be sure to do it now.  The side with your applique will be the right side of your felt.  If you don't add applique, there is not right side.

Okay, so match up the shorter sides of your felt rectangle, right sides together, and sew with a 1/2 inch seam.
Pin the felt circle to the felt rectangle, with right sides together.
TIP: if you mark the quarter points on the circle and quarter points on the felt tube and match them up, it is much easier to make it fit together nicely. 
 Clip the seam allowance to help it sit flat.
 Do the same for the interior fabric.
Then place the interior inside the felt bucket.  Trim the interior so it matches nicely to the felt exterior.
Pin the bias tape all around the raw edge at the top of the basket.  Overlap the ends and fold one raw edge over.
 Sew around with a wide zigzag stitch.
 I was ready to stop here with this bucket, but then my son saw it and wanted a handle.  The handle is definitely nice for egg collecting.  But, I think I'll probably take them off later so the kids can use them as storage buckets.  Anyway, here's what I did for a handle.
 Cut 2 handle pieces, one from felt and one from your interior fabric, 2.5 x 20 inches
With right sides together sew around the exterior with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving a few inches open along a side.
Turn right side out.  Pin the opening closed and top-stitch.
 Pin the handle to the sides of the bucket and sew in place.
 Too cute!
 What will you fill your Easter buckets with?

7 comments:

  1. Cute and easy! I love it! Pinning.

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  2. Very cute!!! I've linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-felt-and-fabric-easter-bucket/2014/04/07/
    on a totally different note, I read through your "about" page this morning and saw that you are researching endocrine disruptors. That was my father's area of research, too. He's been gone from us for several years - reading that on your page made me smile this morning. --Anne

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  3. Me encanta!!!, lo haré, parece fácil, a ver que sale, jajaja. Muchas gracias por el tutorial

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  4. Love it, especially the idea of using them for storage baskets later!

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  5. Util y facil de hacer. Muchas gracias...

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  6. These are so cute! I'm going to have to make them! I would LOVE for you to sharethem at our Easter party!

    Have a great day!
    Marti

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