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Easter Baskets

The Easter baskets we have been using for the last few years are the brightly woven baskets that are sold around Easter time.  They have had a few years of rough use and are starting to fall apart.  I had originally planned on making a couple of ruffle totes for Easter this year, but when at the dollar store last week I saw these little plastic buckets and decided they would be a little more practical for egg collecting.  (Plus I could still add my ruffles to them…)

(Are you noticing a theme around here yet?  Yep, I have a “thing” for ruffles!)

OK guys, these are really easy to make!  If you don’t have an Easter basket yet, you still have time to make one of these.

See how I made the baskets after the jump:

I attached the ruffles the same way I made my ruffled Easter eggs and no sew ruffle tote.  To figure out the height of each ruffle, I just used a couple of scrap pieces of fabric and played until I had the ruffle size and placement just right.  Just remember, you will want at least 1/2 an inch over lap on the ruffles to cover the glue.   I considered adding a strip of ribbon around the top ruffle, but my buckets have a big lip that over-hangs so I didn’t think the ribbon was necessary.  (Though it probably would have been a pretty accent.)

 
For the purple bucket, I just used a few pre-cut strips leftover from a jelly roll.  For the blue bucket, I used the snip and rip method to make the strips.
 

Do you know what the “snip and rip” method is?  It’s exactly what it sounds like… Cut a small snip through the selvage and RIP!  If you have never done that before, you should try it…  It makes a perfectly straight strip of fabric.  (Plus it’s kind of fun.)

If you make a basket, please come back and share!  You can add a photo to my new Flickr group or link your blog post up to my brand new Facebook page!  (Have you had a chance to like my page yet?)

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