Hi there! I’m Michele from The Scrap Shoppe, and I’m so excited to be visiting The Ribbon Retreat blog to share these Easter basket totes I made for my boys! I have taught myself to sew over the last year and, I have to admit, these totes have been my biggest challenge. I mean, there was geometry involved, you guys! But regardless of my lack of fondness for math, I do have to say these turned out great, and I can’t wait to show you how to make them!
These Easter totes are 8″ diameter and 8″ tall which is plenty big enough to fill full of Easter goodies and eggs. We will be allowing for 1/4″ seams throughout the project.
In order to make the side of the tote, we need to first determine the diameter of the base of the tote then do a little math. We determined earlier that it would be 8″. The circumference of an 8″ diameter circle is 25.1″ (C=2pr). Therefore we need the length of the side of the tote to be 25.1″. The height of the tote is also 8″.
So for the inner lining of the tote, we simply need to cut a piece of the solid fabric 25.1″ x 8″ (plus seam allowance).
For the outer portion of the tote, we are using a color block method so the top side of the tote will be 25.1″ x 3″ using the other solid fabric and the bottom side of the tote will be 25.1″ x 5″ (plus seam allowance) using the pattern fabric.
For the outside of the tote, line the two fabrics up along one long edge with the right sides facing one another and stitch together. Open the fabric and iron it flat. Go ahead and fold over the top seam and iron it flat. Now is the time to add the child’s name to the center of the solid fabric. I used a die cut machine to cut out the name in flocked iron on vinyl.
Cut interfacing to 25.1″ x 8″. Place the interfacing on the back of the outer fabric we just made. Fold the fabric with the interfacing in half with the right sides facing in. Sew a seam where the two ends meet.
We now need to sew the sides to the round base for both the inner and outer parts of the tote. Carefully pin the pieces together wrong side out. If you pin all the way around the circle and there is extra fabric from the base of the tote left, as shown above, I have a simple fix. Overlap the base of the tote over sides as you repin. This will make the circle smaller as you attach it to the sides and the circle will fit perfectly! Carefully stitch the base to the side for both the inner and outer portions of the tote.
The above photo shows the lining of the tote. The outside of the tote will have the interfacing for the side and the base of the tote.
For the handles we need a piece of fabric that is 19″ x 3″ (plus seam allowance). Fold the fabric lengthwise wrong side out and stitch together. Pull right side out then iron flat so that the seam is in the middle back of the handle. Insert 2 stacked pieces of the interfacing measuring 19″ x 1.5″ into the handle. You may want to use a heavier interfacing for the handles to be sure they will stand up straight on the basket.
Turn the outer and inner sides of the tote right side out. Place the lining into the outer portion of the tote and fold in the tops, of both, to hide the rough edges. Insert the jumbo ric rac between the lining and outer side of the tote. Use a contrasting color of ric rac to the outside of the tote. Also insert the handles between the ric rac and inner lining. Pin all pieces into place and stitch together. I used a contrasting color of thread for an extra decorative touch.
These will be so much easier to store than bulky woven baskets. And that means more room in the Easter storage tote for other decorations!
The tote is nice and roomie for lots of Easter goodies.
I repeated the entire process for a 2nd tote bag, simply flipping the solid colors.
I love the bright colors! Perfect for little boys.
I even have a little bit of the Chevron fabric left over so I think matching Easter ties might be in order!
Ohhh my goodness…so cute! Do you know what else these would be so fun for???? TRICK OR TREATING, made out of spooky and spidery Halloween fabric!!! I know Halloween and Easter are quite different in flair and season…but if you live in Idaho like I do…this weekend, you would have thought that Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas were right around the corner. My neighborhood is currently decorated with dozens of snowmen! These Easter Baskets are awesome and so bright. I love how deep they are and how perfect they will be for all of the treasures found in the upcoming Easter Egg Hunts.
Thank you so much Michele! You are very talented at sewing…I never would have thought you just started a year ago. Thank you for sharing these awesome totes! For more incredibly creative fun, visit Michele at The Scrap Shoppe where you will find her making jewelry, beautiful flowers, and multiple other crafty crafts!
Are your Easter baskets ready for Easter Egg hunting??? What about your Easter decor? Is it up and helping create a bright and Springy feel to your home? If you are on the look out for some fun Easter crafts, you can see all of those HERE. Here are a few of the fun and festive projects you will find…