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!
- 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
- White fusible woven interfacing, 3/8 yd.
- White sewing thread
- Embroidery needle
scissors, ruler, straight pins, iron and pressing surface
11″ tall (with handle)
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.
- If necessary, create a basket base by cutting a circle from cardboard to place in the bottom of the basket.
by Mary Ayres