Thursday, March 4, 2010

Easter Basket Swap Tutorial

Ok, I have THREE ways to cover the yogurt cups, and the first is the easiest.

First I sprayed primer onto my cups. You could use a brush on primer, or don't prime and paint at all. I use soft colors on my things and didn't want the yogurt label to show through. So, First prime, then paint with an acrylic paint. ( I did inside and out,because I am Anal that way :) )

I used Crepe Paper sheets and cut it to the width I wanted. ( Regular rolled crepe paper is too small unless you layer.)I used my ruler to pencil in a straight line for sewing. Now, normally I would use my sewing machine to do the gathering, but it is broken, so I gathered it by hand. You could also use fabric. Once I had the length I wanted, I traced the bottom of the cup onto a matching paper, and cut around the outside of the circle with decorative scissors. This will be hot-glued onto the bottom, after the crepe paper or fabric is applied to the sides. I also made a handle from chenille sticks that I wrapped with crepe paper and glued onto the yogurt cup on the outside.
So, there you have a covered cup that is ready to decorate !! :)
Here is my finished one. I added more crepe paper ruffle to the inner lip of the cup, trim to cover the sewn seam, ribbons, mica glitter, a rosette with a Vintage Victorian Scrap and Ta-Da !! Easy Peasy !! Right ? :)

Ok, Basket number two. Fabric covered. First you want to trace a large circle onto your fabric. Since my Yogurt cup is 3" tall and 2" wide on the bottom, I need something larger than 8 ". 3(one side )+2(bottom)+3(other side)=8. So, I went ahead and made a 10" circle so I would have enough overlap. You could do 2 more inches so that you could hem the tops. I opted to use pinking sheers on my finished edge.
After the circle was cut I traced the bottom of the cup in the center of the circle. This is so when I hot glued the bottom of the cup to the fabric, I could have it perfectly centered. Now, you sewers could do this in an easier fashion, but since I am a poor seamstress, I opted to whip stitch about two inches in and gather. From there I hot glued the fabric to the rim.

Again, you want to add your handle to the outside of the yogurt cup.
Here is the basket, after it has been gathered. At this point I pull up the fabric edges while hot glueing to the rim of the basket. This gives the fabric a tight look. See the Pink one below. At this point, you are done covering the basket. Now you want to embellish. I added gathered tulle to the inside rim of mine, trim around the gathered part, and paper ruffles to the bottom.
Ok, Third way to cover the basket. I wrapped my yogurt cup with a sheet of paper tightly , and with my pencil, drew a line below the bottom of the rim on the outside of the cup.Once that was traced, I cut along the line, and wrapped it around my cup again, and lightly traced around the bottom of the cup to make my pattern.
Once you have your pattern, you can trace it onto decorative paper, felt, etc. to make a cover for your basket. I used a glue stick to glue the paper onto the cup. It will only cover the smooth part of the cup and not the rim, that you need to cover up with your trim of choice. On mine, I added the handle, then paper ruffles, millinery and ribbons.
Ta Da ! Finished basket using third method. :)

I hope this helps you to be creative in making your own baskets for Easter and for this swap :) It is REALLY hard to do a tutorial while holding the camera in one hand and working with the other, lol !! Next time I think Hubby needs to help me ! :)




Connie said...

Ohmygooooosh, how cute, sweetpea!!! I may try that for a giveaway on th' blog. You are tooooo clever.
Hope you're doing well lately. ;-)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Just adorable, Rhea! I eat yogurt all the time for my tumtum but I don't have the umph needed to decorate them!! I think you could make ANYTHING look beautiful!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

PeggyR said...

Thanks for the ideas! Mine will probably be different!

Mona @ la la by mona said...

Well, you did an amazing job being both the photographer AND the assistant! Thanks so much for the tutorials. Great ideas - all of them. I hope you have been feeling better also!

Rebecca said...

These are all so absolutely adorable! I love them all!


Unknown said...

Oh Rhea, I just love these. I've got to try this and make a couple for the grands, shoot for me. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial.

Mona's right you did do an amazing job being both the photographer,the assistant and the teacher!

Hugs...Tracy :)

BTW - I love the pictures hanging in the background.

Unknown said...

wow! I think all three are just so sweet......thanks so much for the ideas! melinda

Terri Gordon said...

Thank you so much for the great tutorial, great ideas. I appreciate you showing all the different ways. Now I am ready to go. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Super sweet, Rhea! And as usual, your header pic lifts my heart! ♥

linnea-maria said...

Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks how you make your lovely easter baskets! They are so cute!!! Have a wonderful weekend /linnea-maria

Unknown said...

wow those all came out beautiful! whoever is getting them is VERY lucky! thanks for sharing!


Morning Rhea,
Thanks for the tutorial...that will help! Yours are so sweet!
Have a GREAT day!!!
Deb :)

Paula said...

Dear Miss Rhea,
Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. You did a fabulous job! Your photos are so pretty and your baskets are so gorgeous!

Have a blessed day!
Love, Paula

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello sweet friend!

Thank you so much for this great tutorial!! Just adorable! I hope you will share some of the ones you recieve with us. Also, for the ruffles on the bottom, howis that done? Multiple layers of crete paper? Do they have to be sewn also? thanks sweetie!


Rose Garden Romantic said...

Those are SO sweet and pretty!!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

All three little Easter baskets are so darling! Thanks you so much for the tutorial on how to make them! I hope to try to make one for myself for Easter but I am going to use a margarine tub for a bit of a larger version.Thanks again for showing us how it is done!

PeggyR said...

How did you do the handles?

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Rhea,
Hope you're feeling better. Thank you so much for the basket decorating ideas!!! I was so worried that this might have been a little out of my league, but after seeing the instructions I'm confident I can do this. Thanks again!
Patricia :o)

Stephanie said...

Fun,fun i love all the pictures you posted, I learn better that way. The background of your pictures as someone else mentioned was so pleasing to the eye. I just can't get enough pastel colors, so this post was awesome for me.

Suzie Button said...

thanks for the inspiration! Great tutorials! Suzie

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the "tute." Now I have a much clearer vision on what to do. Yours are very sweet! Marcia

nancy huggins said...

Mine is no where near thatelegant.I do not have access to a store where I can buy supplies without driving 90 miles or have a friend in another state pick things up for me and then pay shipping.
Yours are Beautiful...(but I think mine are cute)

Sherry Williams said...

All I can utter at this moment is "oh my goodness gracious"! Well maybe not since I just have to add....only Miss Rhea could take a plain yogurt cup & make it into something so beautiful,frilly & sweet! I love all of them!! You are something else, girl!! You must have pink blood flowing in your veins!!!lol
love ya,

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I love them ALL, Rhea. I'm printing this out so I can have it for my file. Thanks for sharing your instructions. A yogurt cup, who knew? :) :) Hope you and family are doing well.


Linda K. said...

yeah, these are so cute. I've made my first one a little different. Instead of painting the cup I glued old pages from a French book to the outside. Then covered it with already ruffled trim with satin edge. For 'grass' I cut up old sheet music pages and the French book pages. I'll mail you a pic. One of my partners likes vintagey sheet music and creamy colors. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. Your baskets are adorable!

Anonymous said...

Rhea I am having fun working on my baskets! Thanks for such a fun swap idea. I do have a question though I hope you can answer. Do the 5 items have to be small enough to fit in the basket or is it just restricting the amount of additions to 5 items. I am thinking I don't have enough room in that little basket for everything.

Had some time this evening and browsed through your older posts- got all the way to the end and enjoyed it so much!! My what talent you have!


Oh- you gave me 2 of the sweetest partners and they are just right for my kind of taste- wow your good!

Unknown said...

You are one talented lady and thank you for sharing so I know how to do mine.

Thanks you for having this swap!

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Erica@ZunkyChic said...

These are all so pretty. Thanks for sharing the "how to" with us!

Cathy said...

Oh My Gosh, I should have totally waited for this tutorial before starting my cups.

Can you believe this was my first time making them? I had no idea what the heck to do, but I did my best! It would have been soooooooooo much easier if I just waited a couple of days to ready this!

I just love yours Rhea. BTW, mine are done. Can I ship them, or should I wait?

xo Cathy

Lori said...

Rhea, those are all SO cute!!!

SharDon Exclusives said...

The baskets are just TOOOO cute! Now I will be up all night making more of them. I have mine finished but this gives me so many ideas to make for the neighbors too. Thank you for the clear and easy to follow instructions. I am having a ball with these. Thank you for hosting,

jen said...

Hey Hey sweetie, ate my yogurt today now if I can just keep my neat freak hubby from throwing them away, again! Hope you are having a fabulous day!
luvs and glitter

Sandy said...

They are so darn cute...!!!
I want to give these little baskets a try..would be so nice for my two homebound neighbors...lovely blog!
I will be back...

Mari said...


Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

The baskets are absolutely adorable! I love repurposing items to make beautiful treasures from things that would otherwise be cast away. You did a lovely job.

Please come and visit me at the cottage. I would love to have you stop by and check out the items I've given new life.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Alison Gibbs said...

Great tutorials. Oh so pretty

Sandi said...

WOW I am amazed! Who knew that yogurt cups could be so beautiful!! I am off to buy some yogurt! :)

Jeanne said...

Such a wonderful tutorial this is. Thanks so much for showing how to make these adorable baskets.

Holly Moore said...

Oh I just love these!! Thank you so much for sharing your tips. Beautiful. :)

sweetjeanette said...

Oh, I love 'em all! I love the ruffles and girly looks!!! (just when I think I've found my fave, you present yet another!!!)


kathryn7kidsAVON said...

Oh my ! Soooo cute thankyou so much for posting this. My girls and I eat alot of yogurts and said hmmm what can we make with these. Thank goodness for bloggers like you and the internet....cause its made my mommy life sooooo much easier!