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Collapsible Easter Basket

Easter has been my favorite holiday ever since I was a little girl. I would always start to get super excited when the Cadbury Egg commercials would start airing on TV. I could almost taste the deliciousness before I got my first one of the year. I seriously wished for the Cadbury Bunny to be my very own pet and each year I would be sure to tell the Easter Bunny that all I wanted in my Easter basket was Cadbury Eggs (and some live baby chicks, but that’s another story)!

I didn’t want jelly beans, malted milk balls, peanut butter eggs or anything else and on Easter morning. I would be absolutely ecstatic when I would find my hidden plastic eggs and open them to reveal Cabury Eggs inside. I even had a specific way I would eat them for the most possible enjoyment! I will never forget those days….aah! Although I limit myself to one Cadbury Crème Egg per year now (I learned how to eat healthy, thank goodness) they still make me smile!

Now that you know how much I love Easter it’s time to start working on a collapsible Easter basket to fill with all those Cadbury Eggs!!

I had the idea of collapsible baskets when my boys started accumulating them year after year when loving grandmothers kept buying them and filling them with treats each Easter. Tip to grandmothers: we really appreciate your thoughtfulness, however, most of us don’t have a closet dedicated solely to Easter baskets! So, if any grandmothers are reading this, we love you very much, we just have too much guilt throwing out Easter baskets every year but don’t have room to store them! Here's the solution!

You will need the following items to create your Easter basket:

  • ½ yard each of two coordinating fabrics (fat quarters would work well if you made the basket slightly smaller)
  • ½ yard craft interfacing
  • Thread
  • Pinking sheers or pinking rotary blade
  • Hot iron
  • Buttonhole attachment for sewing machine
  • Two buttons
  • Seam ripper
  • Needle
  • Disappearing fabric marker
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

Let's get started!

Step 1: Cut and Prep Fabric

  • Cut out two squares of fabric that measure 12 ½ by 12 ½ inches. (You can make these squares any size you want, however, when I was experimenting with the baskets the bigger the square was the more flimsy the basket was…and we need this to be sturdy for all those eggs!)
  • Cut out two squares of interfacing (I used Pellon 808 Craft-Fuse Fusible Interfacing) that are 12 by 12 inches. If you are making a different size account for ¼ inch on each side. Iron the interfacing on the wrong side of each piece of fabric centering the interfacing.
  • Decide which fabric will be the inside of the basket and using a disappearing fabric marker draw a ¼ inch border around the edge of the square. Divide that square into 9 equal smaller squares.
  • Pin all layers together.
<p>Oooo-what a great idea, &amp; the instructions are very clear ? Thank you! </p>
<p>Nice design!</p>
<p>There is so much awesome color here, it's driving me crazy! And that is a super cute and smart design for an easter basket :)</p>

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