Easter Bunny Blog Hop – Quilted Easter Basket Lunch Bag


So glad you are here for our project, you can see the other projects by going to Lilac Lane, we are excited to share our Convertible Easter Basket/ Lunchbag with you!

For our project we used an adorable stack of 5″ squares of  Happy Ever After designed by Sandra Workman for Riley Blake. They are so cute and perfect for this project. We also purchased some coordinating fabric from the same line to make a basket/lunch bag.

You will need:

  • 20- 5″ squares
  • 1 yard  fabric for lining, handle, and ties
  • 1/2 yard fabric for bottom piece and lining/ casing band
  • Insulated fabric heat/cold  25 1/4″ x 18 1/2″ for main part of basket
  • Interfacing 1 yard for lining and handle
  • Flannel  2 1/2″ x WOF for handle
  • 2 -1″  D-Rings
  • 2 – 2″  Swivel Clips

Note: WOF = Width of Fabric, all seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated.

Arrange the squares into rows to make three sections, cutting some of the squares in half to make subway pieces.  Sew them using 1/4″ seam allowances. Press seams open.


You will need to cut one  5″ x 9 1/2″ of coordinating fabric for the bottom middle section, this will be joined with half squares.

Sew the three sections together.

Place patchwork piece on insulated fabric and quilt as desired. I used a walking foot to do the quilting.  This made such a difference, the foot simply glided over the fabric!!


Trim the quilted piece, cutting away the excess on the bottom.

Use the lining fabric to cut out the same shape as the quilted piece of the basket,  cut the lining 1 1/2″ shorter on what will be the top of the basket on front and back. Cut the interfacing the same size as the lining and fuse to the wrong side of lining, this will make your basket nice and sturdy.


To make the handle and loops cut 1-  2 3/4″ x WOF piece. You will  iron the interfacing to the wrong side of strip for handle and loops. Sew using 1/4 ” seam allowance along long side with wrong sides together. Press seam allowance open,  then turn using any method you choose. I used a safety pin and pulled the end through until it was right side out. Press with the seam in the middle.

For loops: Cut 1 -6″ section from  the end of the handle piece. These will be the loops for the D-Rings. Top stitch 1/4″ along edge on both sides then cut into 2 – 3″ sections.

For handle: Insert flannel into long tube using a safety-pin, press flat with seam along the center, top stitch 1/4″ along edge on both sides. Fold  the end of the handle  twice inserting the Swivel Clip and stitch. Handle is 24″ long.

Insert a D-Ring into loop and sandwich in the side seams of the basket 1 1/2″ from the top. Sew the side seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Press the seams open.


Sew the bottom corners of the basket using a 1/2″ seam allowance.



Cut 2 pieces of coordinating fabric 17 1/2″ x 12″. Sew them together as pictured using 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim the corners and turn and press. On folded edge turn 1/2″ and press. Sew along folded edge this will create a casing for your drawstrings on the basket liner.


Cut 2 pieces of fabric 2″ x 18 1/2″ using lining fabric for the top piece of lining.

Layer lining, drawstring piece and final top piece on both ends of lining, sew them using 1/4″ seam allowance. Do this on both top and bottom of lining. Press seams down and topstitch if desired just under casing piece.


Make drawstrings using 2- 1  1/4″ x WOF. Using bias maker or by folding towards center and ironing, then fold in half and press. Feed through casing and cut to desired length, tie a knot in the ends.


Sew the sides and corners of lining using 1/2″ seam allowance place into basket, stitch down outside basket  side seams to secure lining to the outside of basket. Sew around the top of the basket securing the lining to the basket.


Cut 1-  2 1/2″ x WOF for binding, fold in half with wrong sides together and press, sew along top edge of basket and finish the same as you would for a quilt.




Now you are ready to fill your basket with loads of goodies for Easter or pack it with a lunch for a picnic. We made sure it was large enough (9″ x 9″ square and 9″ tall) to enjoy and have many uses. You can also remove the handle and use it for a basket on a dresser or table.

For our giveaway we have a stack of 5″ squares of Happy Ever After and some extra fabric to get you started on your own basket/ lunch bag or anything you would like to make. Just leave us a comment on this post and we will draw a winner at the end of the blog hop.

This giveaway is now closed.


Thank you for visiting and we hope you enjoy the other projects!!

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  1. Jessica says

    What an adorable lunch bag! I live the fabrics and the way it is quilted! Thanks for the chance to win the fabric!

  2. Lisa Marie says

    I love this! Not like anything I’ve seen before, and totally adorable! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  3. Cathy Robillard says

    Wow That is just adorable. My granddaughter will love it. She is just learning how to sew and we have sew dates. Can’t wait to try this with her. Might be a bit complicated for her but I’ll let her sew the seams.
    Gotta start somewhere right.!!!!

  4. Sandra Timmons says

    Your Easter Basket Lunch Bag is way to cute. Will come in handy for those eggs or even for a picnic. Thank you for sharing this cute pattern and hoping to win some fabric for me to make that lunch bag. I am looking forward to a picnic now.

    Sandi Timmons

  5. Kay says

    Lovely basket, thank you for sharing. I always like a good tutorial with lots of clear photos to help.

  6. Elizabeth says

    This is so cute. I am always looking for new lunch bag options, though I often end up with just a plastic bag! This would be much more charming and make me want to eat my healthy, homemade lunches, I’m sure! Thanks!

  7. Lori Smanski says

    This is so cute, thanks for the tutorial. This looks like it would be a vun project for the great neices and nephews.

  8. Kelly St.gelais says

    Wow! Thanks for the tute! I was looking to make cute baskets for the kids this year!

  9. Allison C says

    This is so cute! My friend’s little girl would love this and I would love making it for her

  10. Four dogs and one quilter says

    cute fabric and a great tutorial, thanks for the chance to make one of my own with Happy Ever After.

  11. Anna says

    I have two new grandkids that would love this basket! I can think of numerous ways to use it around the house, not just for Easter. I LOVE the fabric! Thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win some of the fabric. Snowing here in VA today, a good day to quilt.

  12. says

    Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful fabric. I love your lunch bag, but since I have retired I think I would use it to carry my quilting supplies when we travel!

    Thanks again!

  13. says

    How totally adorable! You are just too talented! Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve definately marked this for my “to do” list :)
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  14. Tamie says

    Just too darn cute! I need to make one of these for our granddaughter! She would love it! XOXO

  15. Joan says

    This little project is so sweet . Love it ! Thank you for sharing and also for the generous giveaway.

  16. Elena says

    Wow, what a great tutorial. I love the basket and the quilting you used. Would love that darling fabric too!

  17. patricia says

    That is just a splendid tutorial. Thank you so very much for sharing your talent so generously.

  18. KRISTI says

    I love the idea of the eggs not being able to spill out once the little ones have gathered them up! What a beautiful and creative bag!

  19. Jenelle Boxberger says

    Love the basket. I think this is one I’m giving a go at. Thanks for the fun.

  20. says

    What a sweet basket. I think I’ll be making one with your great tutorial but I have in mind to make the basket for a new crochet class I’ll be taking and need a designated tote. Thanks!
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  21. VickiT says

    What a cute bag and wonderful tutorial. Thank you very much. I love how you’ve created the top so it’s closable.

  22. Sherryl says

    Oh my gosh, I love this! (love the squiggly quilting too) If I had one of these it is very possible that I would bring my lunch to work more often – these days when I do manage to bring lunch to work it usually gets thrown in my purse and that’s just wrong. Fabulous job. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Libby says

    Oh my goodness ~ this is way “too cute”. Can’t wait to get mine started!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the fabric and also the tutorial of this


  24. Debra Lee says

    Now I will need to make one of these for work. Love using it for a gift bag too!

  25. says

    This is just soooo pretty!! I love the gorgeous quilted bag and the tutorial is wonderful. The fabric is just perfect….and a giveaway too!! Please put my name in the draw!
    Helen x
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  26. usairdoll says

    Such a cute bag! So neat to have the lining removeable as well. Great quilting! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.


  27. Christine Sherman says

    Omgosh, this is super cute!! Thanks for the tutorial and great giveaway!

  28. says

    I love this lunch pail idea. Very cute and perfect for the days that I get called to sub.Thanks for the chance to win some fabric to make my own.

  29. says

    Your tutorial is so clear and easy to follow- I can’t wait to make this cute basket! And thank you for the giveaway! This blog hop will be such fun!
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  30. Judy C in NC says

    This will make a wonderful Easter basket for the great grands to gather their eggs. Thank you for the pattern and giveaway. Judy C in NC

  31. jamie says

    that little house print in there is so cute! i love discovering new fabric i ‘need’ to get my hands on! this bag is great – thanks for the tutorial. i’m pinning!!

  32. Michele T says

    OMG! I could do this… I could make one (or more!) and you make the step by step instructions with photos (bonus!!) so easy!! Thanks for sharing an adorable project… I am pinning this one!!

  33. Gail Elizabeth says

    This is such an adorable project. I really appreciate your sharing the tutorial — I can’t wait to make one of these baskets. Thanks for the chance to win those beautiful fabrics, also.

  34. Angelia L. says

    Oh my…this is sooo adorable! I think it would make a great basket for some hexie projects. I can’t wait to make one! I appreciate the tutorial! Thank you!

  35. Lorene Holbrook says

    Oh be still my heart. Very cute! Wouldnt that be cute as a sewing basket? Thanks for the chance!

  36. Shirley says

    Wow!!! This is such a lovely bag and a great tutorial. Thank you for the tutorial and a chance to win your giveaway.

  37. says

    This is such a cute basket/lunch bag pattern and thanks so much for designing it and sharing. The Riley Blake fabric you chose is so cute and “Springy.”
    Happy Easter

  38. Debby C says

    I LOVE how prolific you are! What an inspiration. Me? I read your blog, go to work, come home and go to sleep and dream about sewing wonderful things like you! Love your ideas.

  39. Cara Wills says

    This basket is adorable and would make a great Easter basket for Addison or the new baby

  40. Jonell says

    Oh My Goodness, what a cute idea. I am going to make one for my Secret Pal and surprise her with chocolate goodies inside. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. Huggles

  41. Lori in NC says

    Love, love, love the basket/bag. Would love to win the pack to make my own – with your tutorial, I’m sure I’d have no problems.

  42. says

    You are my heroes! I have been looking for a fun basket to make for my girls for Easter and this is perfect! Thanks so much!
    Now, to just find the time to make them. :)

  43. GG says

    Love your Lunch Basket! I haven’t seen one like yours. I am so glad I joined this Easter Bunny Blog Hop. Otherwise, I would have, perhaps, never found out about this site! Thanks for the give away- that Riley Blake fabric is a little hard to find.

  44. Simoned says

    I madevmyson an easter basket when he was 2 with a bit of ribbon and a couple of felt eggs around it anda bit of glitter. What a beautiful update this will be. Looks like an easy pattern as well. Thanks so much

  45. magsiesss says

    What a great idea – I have some chick fabric that would be great for this basket ….
    Thank you for sharing

  46. Jodi R says

    I love your lunch bag, it is just lovely and I can’t wait to have a go at making one of my own. I am going to make an insulated one for taking hot food to parties. So delightful I feel like a picnic. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Susan P says

    This is a must for my little great granddaughter…Love your blog …Thanks for the tutorial. And thanks for the chance to win some fabric….

  48. Laura says

    Oh wow, I want one for every holiday. these are adorable and pack nice and flat for future holidays! they’ll be great on the desk filled with goodies for the coworkers! Thanks for the cool giveaway too!

  49. Melody says

    Cute, cute, cute! This would make a great gift for any girl or girl at heart! Thanks for sharing.

  50. Mary Kannas says

    I have to make one or more of these. Soooo cute. Our granddaughter needs one for Easter and I need one to take my lunch to work. Thanks for the tutorial.

  51. Kathy H says

    This is just the sweetest basket! I hope I am motivated enough to get it done for my newest granddaughter in time for Easter!! Thank you so much!!