I love the look of a lined Easter basket, but I also (of course) love all the geeky choices that have been available for Easter baskets in recent years – superheroes, Star Wars (I even saw a straight-up rocket ship/outer space pail that I just loved).
However, the fandom designs tend to be found either on metal pails, plastic pails, or some type of cardboard, and not on more traditional style Easter baskets. When I was growing up, my siblings and I each had an Easter basket that was “ours” that we re-used year after year, and somehow that made it extra special.
This being Parker’s first Easter, I really wanted to do something similarly special for him. And to me, that meant getting something that could be kept and reused throughout his childhood. That definitely left out the cardboard buckets; I’m not terribly crazy about the plastic bucket styles; and although I liked many of the metal pails that were out this year, I decided I really wanted to go with that traditional Easter basket look. Short of shelling out a fortune on something from Pottery Barn, however, I was not that crazy about what I could find. So what to do? Make my own, of course!
I opted to go with some inexpensive, but rather ugly, lined baskets I found at Walmart. (I liked the basket, which was all that really mattered. It was the liners that I found to be quite hideous. Those definitely had to go!)
I rooted through my stock of character fabrics (I already had these at home) and picked out some that I thought would make great liners. I chose a Spider-Man fabric for Parker’s basket (of course!), Avengers for Daddy’s, and an awesome (though, unfortunately, out of print) Super BFFs print for Mommy’s. (Grandpa – who lives with us – is a big Buckeye football fan, so that fourth fabric is an OSU print for him.)
(Before we had Parker, and it was just grown-ups in the house, we had a tradition of doing Easter baskets for the adults – it’s all about the candy! So we didn’t discontinue the tradition after. Parker just gets a bigger basket, so it can get filled with toys. 🙂 )
The first thing I did was take out my trusty seam ripper and take apart two of the basket liners (one large basket and one small basket). Each liner was made up of four pieces that constructed the outer cylinder, plus a circle piece for the bottom. Two of the side wall pieces were cut and hemmed to go around the basket handles.
Then, it was just a matter of using the pieces from the original liner as a pattern and cutting out new pieces from my chosen fabric.
I sewed together the sidewalls first, then sewed on the bottom before finally doing the side cuts and hemming for going around the basket handles.
Lastly, I decided to use bias tape for the ties on the liners instead of drawstrings. (I’d seen this done on different baskets, and I really liked the idea.) Plus, I thought the bias tape added a nice pop of color, which gave the baskets an extra something special.
Here is the finished product. (This is Parker’s Spider-Man basket.)
And here are our three superhero baskets all together!
And here’s Parker enjoying his new basket!
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Happy Easter to all who celebrate it, and happy spring to everyone!
For more ideas on celebrating Easter and other spring traditions in a geeky fashion, check out our “Celebrate a Geeky Spring” Pinterest board.