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!!