March is National Craft Month, and we’ve teamed up with a few of our sister communities for a blog hop celebrating all things crafty! This Crafters’ Blog Hop includes sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, knitting, crocheting, beading and more. Here at Martha Pullen Company, sewing is our specialty – heirloom sewing to be exact. But for this occasion, we wanted to share something ultra crafty – something anyone could make, no matter their skill level. These little treat baskets designed by Marion Elliot from our Stitch Craft Create Gifts special magazine issue are made from double-sided patterned papers and are perfectly pretty containers for chocolates and other sweet treats. They’re great for Easter goodies, party treat bags and more.
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your own:
What you need:
- Basket template (available here)
- 12-inch-square, double-sided decorative papers
- Lace-edge paper punch
How to create:
1. Select a piece of double sided paper and decide which side you want as inside of basket. Trace and transfer basket template onto this side of paper.
2. Cut basket out, then score along foldlines as marked on template. Fold up sides and tabs to make basket shape; glue tabs in place.
3. To make basket handle, cut a 1-1/2-cm-wide (5/8-inch-wide) strip of contrasting paper. Trim to desired length and top outer edge of box.
4. Use lace-edge paper punch along one edge of another sheet of contrasting paper. Cut off decorative strip and trim length so that strip fits around top of basket, allowing for a slight overlap.
5. Glue paper lace strip in place around outside rim of basket, covering join for ends of handle.
That’s all there is to it. Wasn’t that easy? Now fill them up with treats and enjoy! For more creative ideas, check out Stitch Craft Create Gifts. This special magazine issue is on sale for just $1 while supplies last.
Be sure to check out the full Crafters’ Blog Hop schedule for more projects and inspiration:
Monday, March 7 – Sew News
Thursday, March 10 – Beading Daily
Monday, March 14 – Fons & Porter
Tuesday, March 15 – Quiltmaker
Thursday, March 17 – Sew Daily
Monday, March. 21 – Crochet Me
Wednesday, March 23 – Knitting Daily
Thursday, March 24 – Martha Pullen Company
Tuesday, March 29 – Creative Machine Embroidery
Wednesday, March 30 – Keepsake Quilting
Thursday, March 31 – McCalls Quilting