Fabric covered basket – an Easter basket for your table

fabric covered basketThe excitement of Easter Break is fast approaching and with it comes the welcome sight of kids collecting Easter eggs in the garden, grand children coming to visit and families and friends gathering around the table to share a meal or as they used to say, “break bread” together.

The tradition of breaking bread, dates way back to at least Roman times, when the sole notion of sitting together assumed that all disputes were forgotten and friendships were renewed.  Today sharing a meal is still pretty much the most important act that can be performed in any culture as a seal of friendship, unity, enjoyment.   And within that meal, bread is one of the most essential and omnipresent dishes on the table.

We owe it to the Romans who have handed down recipes for the breads we still eat today.  I don't know about you, but for me nothing is more enticing and inviting than a warm basket of fresh bread.

So here is a quick tutorial to help you keep the bread warm on the table or free of flies when we are having a meal outside in the spring weather.  The pattern is designed for the super common 8″ bread basket that most people seem to have around the kitchen.  If you don't have one they're available quite cheap HERE on Amazon.

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You can download the pattern and instructions for the Fabric Covered Basket directly from Craftsy.

Save the pattern your computer or pattern library and sew at your leisure.

For help downloading and printing PDF patterns, please CLICK HERE.

Materials You Require:

Step 1:  Cut your pattern pieces

  • 1 circle
  • 8 flaps
  • 1 rectangle (no pattern, see size below)
  • 12″ of elastic and bias tape

Gather all the materials before starting, this pattern will fit a 8 to 8.5″ bread basket.fabric covered basket

Step 2:  Sew the 4 dartsfabric covered basket

Step 3:  Make the flaps

Place print side down, fabric covered basketthe batting or Insul fleece,Untitled design(69) then another flap on top with the  print side up. fabric covered basket  Pin all layers together and sew the bias tape around the edges, but not at the bottom.  fabric covered basketRepeat this step with the four flaps.fabric covered basket

Step 4:  Attach the flaps to the circle

Start anywhere in circle and pin the flaps overlapping them at the corners. fabric covered basketfabric covered basketUntitled design(77)Make sure the flaps are well distributed around the circle.fabric covered basket

Step 5:  Attach the basket under lining

Make a rectangle that will measure 31″ length  and 7″ in height.  Sew the side edges together  to resemble a band. fabric covered basket Use your serger or just zigzag the edges.  It is optional to use the serger because the stitch wont be visible at all.fabric covered basketFeed the basket lining into the band, fabric covered basketmake sure the right side of the print are facing each otherUntitled design(80)Pin all around and sew.  Finish the edges with the serger or with a zigzag stitch.

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Step 6:  Attach the elastic

Cut a 12″ elastic strip and sew the ends togetherUntitled design(83)

Iron 1/4″ seam allowance around the hem of the basket lining, this step is very important because it will help you attach the elastic in very little time.Untitled design(82)

Pin the elastic right under the seam allowance you just ironed or at the edge of the raw fabric,Untitled design(84) fold the fabric 1/4″ again over the elastic, making sure the elastic is at the top of the casing fabric covered basketpull the elastic and flatten the fabric as you sewfabric covered basketfabric covered basket

Step 7:  Bake your bread!

You're ready to keep your dinner bread rolls or your wraps warm and enjoy.

Join me next week when I will writing from the town of Bandung in Indonesia in search of Batik.  Until then Happy Sewing!

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Visit Craftsy to Download the Free Pattern

You can download the pattern and instructions for the Fabric Covered Basket directly from Craftsy.

Save the pattern your computer or pattern library and sew at your leisure.

For help downloading and printing PDF patterns, please CLICK HERE.

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4 Responses to Fabric covered basket – an Easter basket for your table

  1. Kathleen says:

    This is such a cute basket cover!! Thank you!

  2. PK says:

    Am I missing something? Step 2 says to “sew the darts” but I didn’t see anything about darts prior to that. Why? What size? I can tell the placement in the pic. Please straighten me out. 😉

    Just call me confused…not the first time

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      If you have a look at the pattern, you will find the darts that give shape to the basket. Let me know if that helped you, Cheers! Mayra

  3. LILOU says:

    Bonjour, je n’arrive pas à imprimer le modèle
    LILOU

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