Felting an Easter Basket | Project Idea & Tutorial

Felting a special Easter Basket is so much fun and really quite easy to do!

We used an Earth Harmony NeedleFelting Hat Form in size small, MC-1Merino Cross Batts, one quilting fabric quarter, sheer ribbon
in two widths, Mod Podge, emboidery thread, a sewing machine and a multi-needle felting tool.

If you have never used a hat form to needle felt a hat or vessel, you can ge ta kit of your custom color choices and complete instructions here: Needle Felting a Hat Kit

If you have needle felted a purse over a foam pad you have the basic idea, you can also see our primer video for needle felting a purse

Needle felt over your form in the colors desired. We made the inside white
because we will line our basket with fabric. Once needle felted, firmly wet felt
the basket to a smooth finish, cover your foam with stretch wrap or a plastic bag, and place the felted basket back on your foam to shape it.
You can leave it on the foam to dry mostly, and remove it for the final drying time – at least overnight.

For a really smooth finish, you can steam iron it while on your foam to block it.

Once your piece is dry, we can needle felt the final design.
Here is the basic shape for our bunny. Print it out if desired.
We used a simple tear drop body shape to get started.

Put your basket back on the foam. Place a patch of wool on your basket
and lay the body shape on top. Use your felting needle to trace an indent around the body shape.

Remove the template and continue to needle felt by felting all of the fibers from outside the line into the body area.
Add the head, feet and tail in the same manner, or just free hand the design.

Tie a wide ribbon and a thin ribbon in knots at both ends.
Mod podge them together with a paint brush.

Create a pattern for your basket liner by tracing around your hat form.
Leave 1/4″ to 1/2″ margin for the circular base.

Since the interior of your basket may be larger than the circumference of your foam,
give yourself a few extra inches to work with. Pin the templates to your fabric and cut out.

Place the long strip inside your basket for proper sizing and pin the short ends of the long strip together.

Sew these ends on your sewing machine. Pin the base on and sew that together.
We will not hem the top of  the liner but instead will fold it down inside the walls of the basket.

Pin the liner in your basket and blanket stitch in place. Sew on your handle so it is nice and sturdy and fill with it with fun!

We hope you will share pictures of your felted Easter Basket and other items on our Facebook Friends page!

 

6 thoughts on “Felting an Easter Basket | Project Idea & Tutorial

  1. I just want to learn, learn, learn! And I have to be able to do it on my time between migraines and horses, and family so blogs are great for me!
    Thanks

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  2. Thanks for this great little tutorial. I agree with Tracy — learn learn learn! And also between migraines. Question: When you take the basket off the hat form (the first time) and wet felt it, do you squish it flat keep it upright (if that makes any sense)? Also, does it shrink while wet-felting? or keep the size of the hat form? I need to just try it to learn, I guess.

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    • You actually turn it several times during needle felting…4 – 6 times for a nice, smooth finish. It does not shrink too much during this process due to the slight stretching that happens during the removal. When wet felting, it is possible to minimize shrinkage by not “over” fulling, just felt it to smooth it. You will see that 90% of the felting happened during the needle felting phase and the shrinkage here is minimal UNLESS you aggressively felt it with the goal of further shrinkage. ~ hope that helps!

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  3. I am so excited to start making Easter baskets! I have a hat foam to get me started. Thanks for the fantastic idea! Your web site has been such a gift ! Whenever I get an email from living felt , I am inspired and feel lifted up. Thanks Marie!
    Trish

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