Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Make & Take Monday...a little late

Sorry so late. With our children out of school this week for fall break it has been a little crazier than normal.

I wanted to make a little thank you for a friend. She has been teaching girls ages 8 - 12 at our church how to sew. I knew I wanted it to have a sewing theme. I saw a sewing kit while out shopping and thought the tiny spools of thread and scissors were super cute. I grabbed it thinking I could use it somehow. I thought a sewing basket would be cute. I googled sewing baskets and a pretty nantucket basket came up in the search. So I took the basket I made last month with my stamp club and tweeked it a little bit more using the nantucket handles as inspiration. I really like how it turned out and thought you may enjoy learning how to make one as well.

I created the basket idea using a basket called 2, 4, 6...I think. Then just built the design from that.


You will need:
6x6 square carstock or designer paper
2 one half x 6 inch strips of cardstock or designer paper
scoring tool
1" circle punch
corner rounder
4 brads

Step one
Score your 6x6 inch square at 2 inches and 4 inches
Turn and score again at 2 inches and 4 inches
The scored lines will create something that looks like a tic-tac-toe board

Step Two
Following the score lines cut 2 inches deep at the 2 inch line and 4 inch line
Do the same on the opposite side
It will look like this:

Step Three
Cut the center flap into a triangle and both side flaps into thirds.
Like this:

Step Four
Trim 1/4 " off of the 2nd and 3rd strips (counting from the outside edge)

Step Five
Starting with the first and longest strip bring the two side together and attach.
Then layer the next two and then the last two.

Then attach the triangle flap on top of the flaps.
(I inked the edges of everything first to give it more depth)

Step Six
Punch two 1" circles. Attach them over the points of the triangle. (I trimmed the point off before attaching the circle)

Step Seven
Cut two 1/2" x 6" strips. Use a corner rounder on the ends.

Attach about 3/4 inches from the end of the basket with brads.

Step Eight

You can add layers of paper onto the bakset, line the inside, create an edge, stitch on the basket, so much potiential.

I kept this one simple.

I wanted to cover up the brad backs so I added a strip of scallop edge paper on the inside.

Then I punched a tag using the Curly Label punch. I stamped "thank you" and then stitched the word "sew" below. Since I don't have a small stamp that says much I just hand wrote it under "sew." I added a button and used embroidery floss to tie the tag to the basket.


Inside I have 4 tiny spools of thread wrapped in a strip of Window Sheet paper to keep them in place, tiny scissors, and a tiny wrist pin coushin I made.
I used this tutorial (click here)to make the pin coushin. The only thing I changed was, I added the elastic by punching holes on opposite sides using the cropodile, threaded the elastic through and tied it in knots at the ends.

The COOLEST thing about this basket design is you can make the same basket in 3 different sizes!! You can use a 6x6 inch square, a 9x9 inch square, or a 12x12 inch square. Just score your square into thirds and go from there. So I HAD to try out the largest. All put together it measures 4 inches deep and just under 7 inches across!


Again I kept the decorating simple this time.

I filled this one with a bag of tortillia chips, a packet of seasonings to use to make the best chili ever, and the recipe. Photobucket

I wasn't really planning on making this basket so I didn't have all the things I'd like to add on hand. I think a nice pot holder and laddle would be nice added to this gift basket. Instead of chips a cornbread kit and a small decorative muffin tin may fit. Tons of ideas! You can decorate this with so many themes and fill it with so many goodies.


Hope you think it was worth the wait, since I was late.

I'd love to see any of your decorated baskets and ideas. Just leave a link to a photo of your creations in the comments so we can all be inspired.

Have fun creating!


MacKenzie said...

AMAZING! I just love what you've done here! I'll be giving you a shout out this week on my Friday Faves post :-)

Amy B. said...

"SEW" cute! I seriously loves how you stiched the word sew. The whole thing is adorable. The chilli basket is cute as well and I love me some chilli! the basket just gets cuter the begger it gets.

crazed lunatic said...

dude! this is super-cute!! Thanks for sharing!

snarflemarfle said...

Cute! Cute! Cute!

Thanks for sharing such a simple tutorial with a great WOW factor!! I'll definitely have to make some of these!

Yana Smakula said...

oh I just love it! thank you so much for sharing. will definitely have to make one

Tiffany said...

I love the little baskets, they are adorable!!

mom2andrew&leo said...

WoW! Love this!!!! I might have to try one of these!

Brocéliane said...

simply superb :)

Dawn B. said...

This is adorable.. I love all the details.. Great job.

scrapgala said...

j'aime beaucoup ce petit panier !!! merci !!! bises

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Zima said...

This little basket is soooo cute! And the tutorial is great! Thank you! I've now made a sewing basked of my own. :)

pattie said...

Thank you so much looks like everyone is pinning this on pintrest! Can't wait to try this! Can't tell you enough how cute this is!

Jenn Erickson said...

Beyond adorable! Thank you!

Sophie-Charlotte Chapman said...

absolutely gorgeous !

GiGi said...

This is awesome! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Vicky said...

Loved this little basket. I made one using your very easy to follow tutorial as part of a Christmas gift.

Cindy Major said...

This has to be the cutest basket I've ever seen!!!! Thanks so much for sharing the instructions :)

Gloria Westerman said...

I saw this on pinterest and love it....thank you so much for sharing your tutorial on this....I will be making this for sure....awesome projects......

Maria Luisa- scrap said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial!
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Theresa said...

Someone just shared your blog link with me and I LOVE this darling basket!!

LeAnne said...

Super cute, thanks for the instructions! I want to make this for sure!

Anonymous said...

This is such an adorable basket, one of the cutest I've seen. Thanks so much for sharing the instructions on making it.

Luvcreatincards said...

My friend has just emailed me a link to your sewing basket project. It is absolutely gorgeous, than you sooooo much for sharing the lovely photo and an even BIGGER THANK YOU for sharing the instructions too. I'm just adding you to my favourites list and am sure to be peeking through your other posts.

Sunshine said...

This basket is just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!! I have made one myself and I linked it to your tutorial! Here is mine:

Ellen Taylor said...

Amazing basket!! TFS the instructions!

Nina Macaulay said...

Thank you for sharing your lovley basket instructions.
I made one myself and have linked back to you, take a peek if you have the time.
Thank you!

Hugs Nina x

Gloria said...

Found you on Pintrest and love this little basket! I made one, shared it with friends and linked back to this tutorial post from my blog too. Thanks for sharing!!

Donna said...

Love this little basket. I think I will use it as a Mother's Day gift/class. so cute and can be decorated to match any season or holiday. Thanks so much for sharing.

manuela said...

I have found your basket on Pinterest! I love it! and I have tried! If you like, you can visit me at this link
to see my version of your basket! It is perfect for easter cookies!
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Lindsey said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I'm seriously in awe. I must make time to try this!

rubbergranny said...

Very clever and cute and so versatile, too. Thanks for sharing.

Read God's Word said...

That is such a cute little basket! Thank you for the tutorial.

Unknown said...

"sew" clever! LOVE this. found this project on pinterest and pinned it. I'm also following you on GFC and I'd love for you to come visit my blog sometime. Have an amazing day and thanks so much for sharing this project! I will definitely use this.


DT said...

thx for the explanations!!
here is my version

Shelly Schmidt said...

This is such a fun basket- thanks for the tutorial- gotta give this a try! I found you on Clare Buswell's blog with her cute set!

Tammie Edgerton said...

I saw your basket on Pinterest and couldn't wait to make one too! I linked back to your post from my blog. If you're interested, you can check out my project HERE. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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Anonymous said...

So cute!Just found this on Pinterest. Think I'll explore while I'm here!

Amanda said...

I love this!! Ty for showing us how to do it !! I am going to make one right now :)


Amber (bambi64) said...

This basket was the perfect thing I needed for a Kindergarten Mom's Survival Kit. Thank you for posting directions. You can see my basket here:

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Silke Ledlow said...

Rachel, I saw your super cute sewing basket a couple of months ago and I totally fell in love with it :) !!! Today I had the chance to show off the one I made and I hope you like it.....thank you for the inspiration! I know I will try to make a bigger basket soon again!!! Hugs ~S~

21StampStreet said...

Its perfect! Thanks "saw" much for sharing this tutorial! Its just what i needed for a present!

Unknown said...

Oh how beautiful!!! Thank you for this tutorial!
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Nandini said...

Such a cute basket! And your tutorial is so easy to understand. Thanx a ton, Rachel. Would love it if you check out my version of the basket at my blog

La tetera de chocolate said...

I love your basket, it's so sweet, .....!!!!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Such an amazing tutorial.Have pinned it here:Box tutorials and hope it sends lots of traffic your way

Sassss said...

I LOVE this! So cute, & a great tutorial -thank you!

usagypsy said...

These baskets are awesome! I'm going to try one of the bigger sizes for my daughters Easter basket! Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

I love this! Thank you for sharing. This will be on my inspiration blog post.

Marsha said...

Just found your post on Pinterest. Love this basket; the tutorial is fantastic! Just wondering if this basket could be made using the new gift bag punch board. Thanks so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

Love this I must try it

Unknown said...

Love this I must try it

Shoshi said...

I found this on Pinterest which led me to your blog - thank you so much for sharing this excellent tutorial. I have made up the basket and have just posted about it on my blog, crediting you with the design and adding a link to your blog. I hope you like what I have done with it!


Shoshi said...

Thank you for visiting my blog so promptly, Rachel, and for your kind words about my version of your delightful little basket! I am so grateful to you for posting about this because it's such a great project and I know I shall make it again. Our neighbour was absolutely delighted with it, which was very gratifying! Thank you again.


Unknown said...

I just made a way bigger one out of cardboard, as a box for a baby gift...! I'm going to paint it pink. Thanks for such a great idea...!'

Unknown said...

Too bad can't include a picture!

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I just made a way bigger one out of cardboard, as a box for a baby gift...! I'm going to paint it pink. Thanks for such a great idea...!' said...

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