in this blog post you can find easy instructions for sewing a delightful deco gift basket – perfect for Christmas or other festive events!
Delightful Deco Gift Basket
Easy to make gift basket which will delight the recipient when they untie the ribbons and discover what you have placed inside for them.
8.25” x 8.25” card – use two thicknesses of cereal packet glued together.
What you need as well as the card.
Craft knife for scoring the card
2 x 8.75” x 9” fabrics in contrasting colours – I had some left over from another Christmas project. You could use any scrap fabrics or pieces of clothing that is no longer wearable because of wear and tear in parts.
1 metre narrow ribbon (1/8” is good) – I used a piece from one of last year’s Christmas cards.
4 jump rings 4mm diameter
Draw lines on the card 2.75” apart from each other in both directions on both sides in exactly the same places.
Draw a diagonal line in each of the corner squares from outer point to inside intersection on one side only.
Gently score all these lines – score the lines going across the card on one side Do not cut right through the card. Turn the card over over and score the diagonals on the other side with the drawn diagonal lines on it. Fold the card on the score lines so that it sits with the four corners pointing upwards. Flatten it out again.
Using matching threads top and bottom, stitch the two fabrics to each other, right sides together on three sides, leaving one of the 9.25” sides open. Use a ¼” seam allowance.
Clip the corners to reduce bulk.
Fold open edges 1/2″ to inside and press. Turn the bag the right way out and poke the corners to make them sit properly. Use a blunt stick to do this. A pencil end, chopstick, paintbrush end or coffee stirrer will do. Do not use anything sharply pointed as it will go through the fabrics.
Card inserted into bag with lining showing on top here.
Topstitch using threads in the same colours as the fabrics.
Sew one jump ring on to each of the four corners.
Thread the ribbon through all the jump rings as shown here.
Tie the ribbon in a pretty bow once you have gathered the four corners together at the top. Fill with something suitable for the recipient.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!