The bright blossoms and blooming buds of springtime always feel so refreshing and invigorating to me. They remind me of new beginnings, of starting over with a clean slate. I’ve gained a new appreciation for this feeling since I’ve moved to Utah County, where there’s actually snow (I’m originally from Saint George, Utah, where there’s rarely ever snow)! The snow melts, and green grass and colorful blossoms take its place. As I ponder the newness and purity of spring, I am reminded of something else that’s pure and clean—babies!
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that my pattern—Olivia’s Baskets—is named after my second niece (the pattern for my first niece Truvy will be in the works later this year). For me, these baskets represent the freshness and stillness of a new baby and a dewy Spring morning. When I designed this pattern, I wanted to create something that was useful and simple to make. For all of these reasons, Olivia’s Baskets make the perfect DIY Easter baskets!
One of my favorite parts of these baskets is the interior. The inside is quilted so that the lining isn’t loose and floppy. The quilting keeps the interior fabric flush against the walls of the basket so that you get maximum space out of it. I also made sure to include instructions of how to bind the inside so that it’s polished and completely finished. For that reason, the baskets are also reversible! The unquilted exterior makes these baskets perfect for paneled fabric or a print that you wouldn’t want to quilt lines over. To top them off (pun intended), the fold-over top creates a fun contrast with the interior and exterior fabrics.
When I designed these baskets, I purposely chose Soft and Stable as the stabilizer. It really holds its shape well, but it’s also easy to sew with. It’s also soft enough that it won’t hurt babies! The pattern contains instructions for three different sizes – small, medium, and large. The circumferences of each of these sizes, respectfully, are 7 in., 9 in., and 12 in. The medium-sized basket would be the perfect size for an Easter basket and will fit all kinds of goodies inside.