[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval="3" images="1930,1931,1929" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]This week has been hectic. With Halloween right around the corner, I have been running around to make Marlee’s first Halloween a special one. First, my trip to the costume store began and ended in less than a minute. I was so excited browsing the internet and looking at costumes when I came across a cute lamb and peacock. I’m usually an online shopper, but I just had to see these costumes up close and personal. Hence, my trip to the store. Unfortunately, all of that excitement ended up being for nothing because to my surprise, the store did not carry any of the costumes. Next, I decided to start working on Marlee’s Halloween basket. Since this is her first Halloween, I want to add a personal touch by making it myself. If I could sew (a skill I will be working on soon), then I would just whip her up a costume. Admitting defeat in that area, the least I can do is make her a basket. Well, as soon as I started prepping my materials, ready to get knee-deep in felt and glue, Marlee’s teeth decided to start coming in. Yes, my baby is teething. If you don’t know, this makes her drool and bite on everything. Night time is by far the worst. She just cannot get comfortable, no matter how hard she tries, which means no sleep for me. It’s so sad seeing my baby irritated, but it is just another milestone she’s crossing so I’m excited. However, this has made crafting and such nearly impossible.
It has taken days for me to complete this basket, which should only take about an hour of my time under normal circumstances. Luckily, I have been able to fit in a couple of minutes each naptime to work on it, piece by piece, and it is finally done.
Now that Marlee is teething, it’s only a matter of time before the candy she will collect in this basket becomes her guilty pleasure.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text="What I Use:" font_container="tag:h2|font_size:40|text_align:left" google_fonts="font_family:Dosis%3A200%2C300%2Cregular%2C500%2C600%2C700%2C800|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal"][vc_column_text]
- 1 yard of white felt
- ½ yard of black felt
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Black Yarn
- Yard Needle
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- Draw a large circle on the white felt and cut it out. I used a bowl from the kitchen to outline my circle.
- Mark and cut out a rectangle, about 12 inches wide, leaving it 1 yard in length.
- Laying the circle flat, glue the rectangle around the circle, creating the shape of the basket. I use glue to secure all my seams initially for added strength.
- Once the basket is shaped, trim off the excess fabric and secure the seam with glue.
- Fold the top of the basket inward around the rim about 1 inch and glue this down.
- From the black felt, cut a 3 inch wide, 1 ½ ft. long rectangle to serve as your strap. Attach using glue across the top of basket, with the end of both sides meeting the seam of the baskets rim.
- Thread the needle with yarn and proceed to stitch along the bottom of the basket, keeping the seams about 1 inch apart.
- Stitch along top of the basket on the seams and along the rim, making sure to pass the thread through the baskets’ strap.
- Now that the basket is formed, this is where your creativity comes into place. I used white and black felt because my focus was on creating a ghost themed basket, however the colors used and design is up to you.
- Use the glue gun to secure your designs to the basket.
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