Felt Basket Tutorial

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

I'm hooked on these little felt baskets. I'm stockpiling them for future gift giving! I snapped some in progress photos of my latest version so that I could share a simple tutorial! 

I've been making these so they fit a 4 oz jam jar. I like using the jars since you can plant succulents in them or make a small bouquet. You certainly don't have to use a jar though. The basket is cute and sturdy on its own!


Step 1: Gather your supplies

- Wool felt (about a 9" x 9" square) 
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Pencil and paper
- Ruler
- Scissors
- Optional embellishments (felt, buttons, beads, whatever!) 


Step 2: Make your pattern

Use your pencil, paper and ruler to draw a simple cross pattern. Each side of the basket is 2 3/4" wide and 2 1/4" tall. The middle square that will become the bottom of the basket is 2 3/4" x 2 3/4". 

Cut out the pattern. 



I like the look of rounded edges on the sides so I used a 1/4 teaspoon to draw rounded corners on the pattern too. You can skip this if you prefer straight edges. 


Step 3: Cut out your felt

Once your pattern is cut out and ready to go, pin it to your felt and trim away! 



Step 4: Embellish

Now is the time to decorate! I chose to add felt details, a button and some beads but you could really do anything - stitch an embroidered pattern, stencil a pattern with fabric paint, sew on a fabric design or just leave it blank. 

Avoid decorating the middle since that will eventually become the bottom of the basket. 



Step 5: Sew up the sides

To make the basket you'll need to stitch together each side panel. I used an "x" pattern but you could also do this with a simple whip stitch or basket stitch. 

Pinch two of the sides together, lining up both the sides and the top edges. Start stitching from the top and work your way down to the bottom corner. 



Once you make it to the bottom, push the needle to the inside edge, push out the corner a bit and tie a knot to secure the stitching. 


Voila! One side done. Now just repeat that 3 more times. 


Step 6: Fill your basket with something cute (or just leave it as-is, that's cute too!) 

I put a 4oz jam jar inside. The measurements used for this fit one perfectly. 


I put a little water in the jar and added some bright purple flowers! 


I'm keeping this one for myself since the colors happen to match the mint green in my kitchen! 


With a good sturdy felt, you could make these in any sizes! The original inspiration for this is a big 'ol basket!! I'm very tempted to make a teeny tiny (and totally impractical) version too. 

Thanks for checking it out! Let me know if you have questions. 

Succulent Sleeping Bag

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I had a lot of leftover wool felt after the journal cover I made recently. I decided to put it to good use to make a sleeping bag for one of my succulents :). You know, cause they like to be warm!


I used this felt storage bin for inspiration but mine is much much smaller. I also added some simple embroidery stitches for extra pizazz!



It fits a small 4oz glass jar, which seems to work well for little house plants like this. It could also store jewelry or spare change or keys or whatever!


Here's a picture with my hand for scale.


I think I'd like to try to make some larger sized versions of this in the near future. I have plenty of felt for it!

Thanks for checking out my silly succulent sleeping bag :). 

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