About this time last year, my daughters informed me that their AG dolls needed an Easter basket. So I set to work designing one from plastic canvas. Since Easter is fast approaching, I thought I would share it here.
The 18 inch doll Easter Basket works up really quick and doesn’t require much plastic canvas or yarn. It is an easy enough pattern that young girls can make it by themselves with a little guidance. I have found that plastic canvas projects are wonderful for teaching young girls sewing basics. This pattern features the Roman stitch, which is just a combination of horizontal and vertical straight stitches. The effect looks a bit like a woven basket.
Supplies needed to make your own 18 Inch Doll Easter Basket
- 1 sheet 7 ct. plastic canvas
- 3 inch plastic canvas circle
- Pale pink worsted weight yarn
- Plastic canvas needle
- Small amount of Easter grass
- Small plastic Easter eggs or other embellishments. (I used this Easter Egg garland and cut the eggs off.)
Also helpful would be a glue gun, a needle threader, and a plastic canvas hole/rib counter.
I used pale pink yarn for the basket. Feel free to use whatever color you would like for the Easter basket.
Having trouble finding plastic canvas in local stores? I can hardly ever find plastic canvas in my local craft stores anymore. So I buy my plastic canvas in bulk on Amazon.
Stitches Used in This Free Plastic Canvas Pattern
This pattern uses the continental stitch and the Roman stitch to create the design. It also uses the whipstitch to hold the pieces together and the overcast stitch to finish things off. If you are unfamiliar with any of these stitches, be sure to check out the links below for free instructions from Annie’s Attic.
Step 1 – Stitch the basket handle
Cut 2 strips from plastic canvas that will be used for handles (2 x 50 holes)
Stitch both pieces according to the graph with pale pink yarn.
With the wrong sides together, overcast the edges of both pieces together to form the handle.
Step 2 – Stitch the basket body
Cut the basket side according to the pattern. Stitch the horizontal stitches according to the pattern. The un-stitched areas on the sides are where we are going to overlap the canvas to form the basket shape.
Now you are going to stitch the vertical stitches on the same piece according to the pattern.
For ease of viewing, I have showed these stitches in yellow. However, you should stitch them in the same color as the horizontal stitches.
Now you need to overlap 2 holes width on the short side and form the basket shape. I use a straight stitch across the two holes to hold the two pieces together. This will be hidden when we finish the pattern.
Then you need to fill in the blank space using horizontal straight stitching.
Complete the basket body by adding in the vertical stitching following the same pattern as you used above.
Step 3 – Assembling the basket
Leaving the 3 inch plastic canvas circle un-stitched, whipstitch the circle to the basket body.
Next you want to overcast the top and attach the handles.
When you stitch the handle to the basket, leave the last two holes on the short end inside the basket and stitch into place. After you finish stitching your basket, a drop of hot glue between the handle end and the inside of the basket will help secure it.
Pin the remaining handle side in place to ensure that you have both ends spaced evenly on the basket. Continue the overcast stitch and attach the other end of the handle. Finish any overcasting that remains.
Now your basket is complete and you just need to fill it.
You will need a small amount of Easter grass and some mini plastic eggs. The eggs I used were from a garland and each was about 1/2 inch in size. I just snipped off the end where it was attached to the garland.
Congratulations! You have finished your 18 inch Doll Easter Basket! Wasn’t that easy? For more AG Doll Crafts, be sure to check out our doll crafts Pinterest board. Happy Crafting!