Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Basket Tutorial

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my spring tablescape. As promised, here is the tutorial for making the spring basket place cards/party favors featured in this post.

Tuna fish can – empty and cleaned
Raffia – several lengths about 20 inches long
Glue gun and glue sticks
Pinking shears
Sewing machine
Linen – Two 10” x 26” pieces
Thread to match fabric
Sewable Heat and Bond – One 6” x 22” piece

Use iron to attach one piece of linen to one side of Heat and Bond.

Use scissors to trim extra fabric.

Remove paper from Heat and Bond and use iron to attach second piece of linen.

Use scissors to trim extra fabric. You now have a double sided 6” x 22” piece of linen.

Fold, iron and pin linen in half along 6” side leaving ½” difference in the hems.

Sew along edge with sewing machine.

To create the fabric loops, use pinking shears or scissors to make cuts along folded edge about ½” apart. Cuts should stop about ½” from sewn edge.

Attach fabric to tuna fish can using glue gun. Fabric will wrap around can a little more than two times.

At this point the fabric loops will be stiff. Simply press loops down with your hands to create desired look.

To make the handle, tie knots along length of raffia about 1 inch apart. Trim ends about 1” below first and last knot. Your handle should be about 12 inches long.

To attach handles to inside of tuna fish can, rest knot on the top edge of the can and glue using glue gun.

Fill with paper grass and goodies!


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Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I've been waiting for this, Stacy! Thanks so much for posting it. I'd love to do this for my Easter table. I'm not a big fan of tuna fish, but I think I could handle it once a week to get the cans! : )

Andrea said...

I adore this project. Definately on my to-do list!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

You are a genius! Looks very fabulous too!

Stephanie said...

I am just shaking my head in the awe of the sheer genius of your basket! Tuna can? Wow that is super duper smart. Amazing how you came up with this! I can see this being used for more than just Easter, this is a keeper in my file for sure!

Boxwood Terrace said...

This is so clever and looks great with your table setting. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa N. said...

LOL I have been waiting for the tutorial. Thank you! Love it! said...

Really, really clever, Stacy. Looks great.

Fishtail Cottage said...

really cute! This makes me wish i had a sewing machine and an (yes, i don't own an iron)....xoox, Tracie

Sylvie Créative - Créations Ma Déco Maison said...


mary beth said...

So cute~! I am thinking it would be pretty easy to make this out of pretty scrapbook paper sewing! thanks for sharing it with us!

Lynn said...

This is just adorable, love it:@)

Allison said...

This is a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing it. Those baskets are just delightful!

Gillian Layne said...

So sweet and clever! Thanks for sharing. :)

A Vintage Vine said...

That is so cute....your tutorials are always so good!!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love your table setting. The basket idea was so clever!

Farah said...

Hello Stacy... Its a super cute project... love the way you create such a lovely basket... and the table decor is lovely and with a very cheerful mood... great job dear
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House Queen said...

Absolutely adorable! I would not even be able to begin to try to make one...but it is beautiful! I have a fun giveaway going on on my blog if you are interested! Have a great week!!!

Maria said...

wonderful project!

extreme personal measures said...

Love the Spring Basket! In fact, I am sharing this with my readers and featuring it at Extreme Personal Measures this afternoon.

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Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

This is adorable...I am sure we will see many versions of this all over blogland any day now!! So clever!
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Anonymous said...

Great blog! I'm your newest follower.

Gabriella said...

Wow! How lovely! Thanks for sharing! xo

lisaroy said...

This is such a cute idea! love it! :)

MaroDe said...

Cute basket! Thanks for the tutorial!

Karena said...

Stacy you are so talented!! These are just adorable!!

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Paula@SweetPea said...

I love this idea and really want to try it. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

Simple Life Journey said...

This is so cute! I love ideas to bring festivity to Easter! Thank you.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Stacy, that is lovely! Thanks so much for the great step-by-step tutorial. :) Beautiful tablescape. :)

Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon! :)

Kim @ keller-creative said...

Great idea! These are so cute :) I'm your newest follower and can't wait to see what else you come up with.

Decor To Adore said...

Adorable. Creative. Genius.

I am having a spring craft linky party and giveaway on my blog this Friday. I would love for you to showcase this wonderful project.

Details are on my blog today.

indieinventions said...

This is so creative and wonderful.

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