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Learn to Sew an Easter Basket

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Learn how to sew a fabric Easter basket in this sewing tutorial. These large fabric Easter baskets measure 9″Hx14″Wx6″D and have a 16″ handle!

This large fabric Easter basket will hold ALL the goodies your Easter Bunny wants to bestow upon your little ones (or not so little ones).

Plus, you can fold up this fabric Easter basket to store it away for use year after year.

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How to Sew a Fabric Easter Basket

The design possibilities are limitless with this basic Easter basket pattern. Once you know how to make the fabric Easter basket, you could easily modify the pattern to include embroidery, different fabrics, fabric scraps, change the handles, and so on.

I wouldn’t really call this a beginner sewing project. But if you take your time, watch the video, and take things one step at a time, you can do this! Plus, I’ll be right here to walk you through every single step. There’s even a video tutorial to help you sew this fabric Easter basket.

Equipment Needed

Obviously, you’ll need a sewing machine if you’re going to make a fabric Easter basket. If you haven’t yet purchased a sewing machine, you can read about what to look for in a sewing machine and my beginner friendly sewing machine recommendations over on Hooked on Sewing.

Supplies Needed

You’ll obviously need fabric to sew a gift bag. But, what type of fabric? I recommend that you use cotton, quilter’s cotton or a cotton blend. Why? Because cotton fabric is beginner friendly and easy to work with.

Here are the supplies needed. For exact amounts, see the how-to card below:

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Video Tutorial

The easiest way to follow along and learn how to sew this fabric Easter basket is to watch my video tutorial. Simply click on the image below to go to my YouTube video. While you’re there, be sure to subscribe to my channel so you can follow along with new sewing tutorials!

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Sew a Large Easter Basket

Sew an Easter Basket

Yield: 1 basket


  • 1 yard cotton fabric, exterior and handle
  • 1 yard cotton fabric, liner
  • matching thread
  • 2 yards fusible fleece


  • sewing machine
  • rotary cutter
  • acrylic ruler
  • self-healing mat
  • scissors
  • fabric marking pen
  • seam gauge or ruler
  • pins or clips
  • steam iron and ironing board


Make the following cuts:

  1. exterior fabric: cut (2) 17"Wx13"L
  2. strap: cut (1) 17"x6"
  3. liner fabric: cut (2) 17"Wx13"L
  4. fusible fleece: cut (4) 17"Wx13"L
  5. fusible fleece for strap: cut (1) 17"x6"


  1. Make all your fabric cuts following the above cuts.
  2. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of all fabric pieces.
  3. Mark off a 3" square at the bottom corner for the exterior and liner fabric pieces.
  4. Cut out the 3" squares.
  5. With right sides of exterior fabric pieces together, stitch the side seams and across the bottoms using a 1/2" seam allowance. (Do not stitch the cut outs.)
  6. Press the side seams and bottom seam open.
  7. With right sides of liner fabric pieces together, stitch the side seams and across the bottoms using a 1/2" seam allowance. (Do not stitch the cut outs.)
  8. Press the side seam and bottom seam open.
  9. If you haven't already, fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the handle strap.
  10. Fold sides in towards the center and press.
  11. Fold in half so the edges are are lined up together and press. Top stitch 1/8" from edge of both long edges.
  12. With the exterior basket fabric wrong side out, find the center front and center back of the exterior fabric of the basket and mark.
  13. Center one end of the handle over the center mark on the basket, right sides together, and pin or clip in place. Line up the other end of the handle over the other center mark of the basket and pin or clip in place.
  14. Sew across handle ends with 1/4" seam allowance.
  15. Turn basket and handles right side out.
  16. Place the basket into the liner with right sides together. Line up raw edges and seams. Pin or clip all the way around the top of the basket.
  17. Stitch around the top edge of the basket using a 1/2" seam allowance, starting about one inch from one of the handles and leaving a 3" opening for turning.
  18. Turn right side out through the opening.
  19. Press the basket. Top stitch about 1/8" from edge, closing opening as you stitch.


1/2" seam allowances

Finished basket measures 9"Hx14"Wx6"D (excluding handle). Handle measures 16" long.

Cuts for Contrast Band at TOP of Basket

If you want to have a contrast band at the top of the Easter basket (like I did for the Pearl and Cora baskets), simply make the following cuts with your exterior fabric:

  • exterior top (2) 17"Wx4"H
  • exterior bottom (2) 17"Wx10"H

Cuts for Contrast Fabric at the BOTTOM of the Basket

If you want to have a contrast fabric at the bottom of the Easter basket, simply make the following cuts with your exterior fabric:

  • exterior top (2) 17"Wx7"H
  • exterior bottom (2) 17"Wx7"H

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