This cute-as-a-button Easter egg basket liner is so easy to make that you’ll want to whip one up for all of your little egg hunters this year! Designed by Sue Pennington Stewart, this Sew Beautiful project was originally introduced in 2004. The adorable Easter egg machine embroidery designs were designed by Angela Pullen, and you can download them for free here (click on the sixth row of designs). If you prefer hand embroidery, the download folder contains templates for shadow embroidery as well! Below, follow Sue’s tutorial for creating the liner – after the egg hunt is over, you can also use it to carry a special dish to your family Easter dinner!
– Light green 100 percent handkerchief linen (Yardage is determined by size of basket.)
– Quilt batting
– 2 yards of 1-inch-wide pink silk satin ribbon
– Tear-away stabilizer
– Blue wash-out marker
– Machine embroidery thread (Sample uses Sulky Rayon #1100-lt green, #1031-lavender, #1223-lt blue, #1135-yellow and #1121-pink.)
– Lightweight white cotton thread for bobbin and seams
– Wash-out basting thread
How to create:
1. Make a pattern for the basket you wish to use. With a tape measure, measure inside of basket from top edge, down the side, across the bottom, and up the side to top edge. For a round or square basket, this is the only measurement needed. For a rectangular or oval basket, measure both directions (fig. 1).
2. On a large piece of tracing paper, use these measurements to draw a circle, oval, square or rectangle, like your basket (fig. 2).
3. Measure out from this line 4 inches on all sides (fig. 3). This is the liner skirt that drops over the basket edge on the outside. For a deeper basket, it can be made longer than 4 inches if desired. For a square or rectangular basket, round off edges.
4. Draw slits in appropriate places for handles, making lines for slits 1 inch apart and rounded at inner edge (fig. 4).
5. Trace pattern onto scrap fabric or muslin and try out the fit in your basket. Adjust shape if necessary.
6. Cut a piece of linen 2 inches larger on all sides than pattern. Starch and press. With a blue wash-out marker, trace both inner and outer lines onto fabric. Do not cut out.
7. At regular intervals, about 4- or 5 inches apart, mark a dot 1-1/2 inches inside outer line. These are marks for Easter egg embroideries (fig. 5).
8. Hoop with tear-away stabilizer and embroider eggs around skirt. Use rayon machine embroidery threads in needle and lightweight cotton thread in bobbin. Center designs on dots, but place hoop at random angles so eggs are tilted this way and that (fig. 6). Tear away excess stabilizer and press.
9. Thread machine with wash-out basting thread in bobbin and cotton thread in needle. Place embroidered fabric over a piece of quilt batting a little larger than inner circle, oval, etc. Straight stitch (L = 2.5) along inner drawn line through fabric and batting. Trim batting on wrong side close to stitching.
10. With contrast thread in bobbin, stitch a basting stitch around outer line and slits though only one layer. Stitch about 1/16 inch outside marker line (fig. 7).
11. Cut silk satin ribbon into four equal lengths. Place them as shown on right side of embroidered fabric, and pin in place (fig. 8).
12. Cut another piece of linen the same size as the first; starch and press. Place it and the embroidered piece right sides together.
13. Using cotton thread in both needle and bobbin, straight stitch (L = 2.0) 1/16 inch inside outer basting line (this will set the stitching on the original line without catching basting threads). Be sure to stitch along lines marking slits. Leave an opening about 5 inches long for turning (fig. 9).
14. Trim fabric 1/4 inch outside stitching line, and clip curves.
15. Turn liner right side out. Press well, and slip-stitch opening closed by hand.
16. Pin center section with batting every few inches. With light green rayon thread in needle and cotton thread in bobbin, straight stitch (L = 2.0 – 2.5) just outside wash-out thread stitching line.
17. With same thread, stipple quilt inner circle, oval, etc. If you are not comfortable with free-motion quilting, you may channel quilt or quilt in a grid, with lines 1- or 2 inches apart (fig. 10).
18. Soak piece to remove markings and dissolve wash-away thread. Cotton thread on surface will simply lift off. Roll in a towel, and air-dry until almost dry. Press skirt dry. Do not press iron down on center section to avoid pressing batting flat. Instead, hold iron just barely touching surface and steam.
19. Place liner in basket, arrange skirt in pretty folds and tie ribbons around handles.
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