Felt Chick Basket

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Who could resist creating this adorable Felt Chick Basket for Easter? Kids will love it, especially when filled with goodies on Easter morning!

Materials

  • Wool or regular felt: yellow, 3/8 yd.; white, 1/8 yd.; orange, scrap
  • Yellow netting, 1/8 yd.
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss: Light Lavender Blue (3840), Lemon (307)
  • Cording, 1/4”, 14” length
  • Buttons (two-holed), two each: white, 3/4”; black, 1/2”; yellow, 1”
  • Light blue satin ribbon, 7/8”, 18” lengths, two
  • Easter grass

Tools

  • White fusible woven interfacing, 3/8 yd.
  • White sewing thread
  • Embroidery needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Size

11″ tall (with handle)

Basket

1. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse interfacing to yellow felt. Cut six pattern shapes from fused felt. With wrong sides facing, pin long edges together one at a time; use three strands Lemon floss to blanket stitch pieces together. Place basket bottom on flat surface and press down on inside to flatten bottom.

2. Cut 4”x50” yellow netting strip; fold in half lengthwise. Use Lemon floss to sew basting stitch close to folded edge; pull thread to gather until length measures 18”; knot to secure. Pin gathered edge around basket top, butting ends together on back side. Blanket stitch over top of basket and gathered edge of netting. Separate netting layers for fuller look.

3. For eyes, use white thread to sew black buttons on top of white buttons under netting on one panel. For beak, cut 2” orange felt square. Fold square diagonally just above center. To attach beak to basket, use six strands of Light Lavender Blue floss to make two evenly-spaced French knots for nostrils, wrapping floss around needle three times for each knot.

4. For handle, cut 1-1/4” white felt strip; fold in half lengthwise. Place 14” cord length inside felt strip. Use three strands Light Lavender Blue floss to blanket stitch over felt edges. Sew handle ends to top basket sides. Use Light Lavender Blue floss to sew yellow buttons to basket, covering handle ends.

5. Tie ribbon bows around bottom of handles.

6. Fill with Easter grass to help basket hold its shape.

Tip

  • If necessary, create a basket base by cutting a circle from cardboard to place in the bottom of the basket.

by Mary Ayres

Filled with Easter Love

It is spring here in Southern California! The peach tree in the backyard is blooming, the temperatures have been in the mid- to high-70s for the past few days, and Easter is just a few weeks away!

I created a soft, pastel Easter card to share with you today.

1. Make a green 4-1/4″x5-1/2″ top-fold card.

2. Trim pink cardstock to 4-1/8″x5-3/8″ and attach to the card front.

3. Trim kraft cardstock to fit an A2 embossing folder (approximately 4-1/4″x5-1/2″) and emboss with dot texture. Lightly rub the surface of the embossed cardstock with white ink. Trim panel to 4″x5-1/4″ and attach to the card front.

4. Trim pink gingham paper to 2-1/2″x4″ and mat with white cardstock cut slightly larger. Attach to the card front as shown.

5. Trim green dotted paper into a banner shape and mat with white cardstock cut slightly larger. Attach to the card as shown.

6. Wrap green satin ribbon around the card and attach. Wrap cream wrinkled seam binding around the card, overlapping the green satin ribbon. Tie a double bow.

Designer note: To give my white seam binding a soft, wrinkled look, I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and crumpled it into a ball. Once the seam binding was dry, It was a pale cream color and nicely wrinkled. To create the double bow, I used two lengths of seam binding. I simply tied one bow, and then tied a second bow which I glued on top of the first.

7. Stamp Easter eggs with pink ink onto white cardstock. Using a masking technique, stamp grass over the eggs with green ink. Trim the images out with a die cut template and attach to the card as shown.

8. Stamp a sentiment with pale brown ink onto white cardstock. Trim into a tag shape, ink edges pink, and mat with green cardstock. Glue to the bow as shown.

9. Glue a pink flower to the top of the bow.

10. Line the inside of the card front with kraft cardstock to cover the ribbon. Decorate the inside of the card with a large kraft cardstock panel and a strip of pink gingham paper.

Supply List

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Leaf; Bazzill Basics Petal Soft, Kraft; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Designer paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden, My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Dolled Up
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Toffee Crunch; Clearsnap Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Antique Moss, Fluid Chalk Popcorn; Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink
  • Stamps: Inspired by Stamping Mason Jars Add On III
  • Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
  • Flowers: Inspired by Stamping
  • Embossing folder: The Paper Studio
  • Die cuts: My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax and Layers, Inspired by Stamping Fancy Labels 1
  • Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System
  • Adhesive: 3M Scotch Brand Tape, Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Thanks for looking!

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

Cross-stitched Iris Inspirational

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Stitch a special message to beautify your home at Easter and all year long. The gorgeous colors and art deco-inspired design remind us of stained glass!

Materials

  • DMC Charles Craft 14-count White Aida, 10”x12”
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss
  • Kreinik Mfg.: Blending Filament, Braid #8

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: one strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: one strand (wrapped two times)

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 5-1/2”x7”; stitch count: 76 w x 97 h

Iris

1. To find center, fold cloth in half and in half again the opposite way. Mark center with contrasting thread.

2. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

3. Stitch design centered on fabric. Where indicated, use one strand Kreinik 091 Star Yellow Braid #8. Use one strand embroidery floss and two strands Kreinik 032 Pearl Facets Blending Filament where indicated.

4. Stitch French knots and backstitch with one strand DMC 3842 Wedgewood-DK, and flowers with one strand DMC 310 Black.

Tip

  • Instead of using matte board to frame, substitute coordinating colored ribbon (as shown in photo).

by Lois Winston