Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DollarTree Ruffled Decorative Mesh Easter Basket

I discovered colorful decorative mesh at the Dollar Tree.  Five yards for a dollar!  Yes!  Can you believe it?  But I'm tired of making the usual mesh wreaths and wall hangings.  Aren't you?  There are some beautiful creative mesh wreaths and unique wall hangings out there, but let's do something different with that fabric for a change.  Let's have another way to work that mesh.   How about dressing up a woven basket!  What's Easter without a frilly easter basket? 

You will need:
  • Dollar Tree Decorative Mesh (three rolls - 6 inches x 5 yards)
  • Heavy duty thread and needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • DT basket w/handle
  • Skewer stick
To make:

Cut  mesh length about 3 1/2 - 4 times the width of the basket. Be generous.

Fold mesh in half, finished edges together. Loop the thread a couple of times into a knot around the end finished edge of mesh. Sew a running basting stitch, over and under, around the finish edges, pulling the thread to gather the mesh into a ruffle as you stitch.  You must use heavy duty thread because the friction of pulling the thread against the nylon mesh might cause the thread to break. Finish the end ruffle by double looping the threads into a knot.

Hot glue the end of the ruffle to the side bottom of the basket, making sure to hold the glued spot until cooled.  Continue gluing the ruffle around the basket, straightening the ruffle sewn edge as you go.

Glue on another ruffle as before.

Continue gluing on ruffles until the woven basket is covered depending on the size of the basket.

For the handle:
Cut an 18" length of mesh and using a skewer stick, roll the mesh, beginning at the corner edge, into a rod, lightly gluing the end.

Wrap the mesh rod around the handle, gluing the ends at the beginning and end.

Double together approximately 12 inches of mesh, first sewing a tight end rolled together, gathering the fray ends to sew and then loosening the roll as you sew the bottoms together into a swirl effect. You can cut off any loose fibers.  The key to making these flowers is to roll and sew the bottoms together as you roll keeping the flower portion together.  Glue flowers onto basket.

Now fill this lovely basket with your favorite Easter goodies!
How cute is this!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!


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  1. I love the little basket and the colors are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  2. A very fun Easter basket! Now I have to check and see when Easter is this year...lol. Cheers.

  3. Love it, Gail! It's nice to see the mesh used for something different too. :)

  4. That is so much fun Gail! I love the colours you used, and the mesh flowers are lovely.

  5. This is an awesome idea! I just purchased the pink today. I'm glad to see what it looks like off the roll!
    Thanks for linking up to the Wake Up Wednesday link party!
    Hope to see you next week!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

  6. So pretty Gail! I love the bright, vivid colors!

  7. Love the ruffled decorative mesh..Love to invite you to Fabulous Friday Party
    Thanks Maria

  8. So super cute and easy to do! Thanks for linking up with Idea Box! Hope to see you back in the future. :)

  9. I would love someone to bring me one of these festive baskets. Such a good idea

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  11. That has to be the prettiest Easter basket I've ever seen! I have got to get to the Dollar Store soon. You are always finding the coolest stuff there and you always know just what to do with it!

  12. Who knew...beautiful mesh at the dollar store. Your basket is just gorgeous!

  13. beautiful basket for the holidays, thanks for sharing this on Fabulous Friday

  14. Precious idea. Thank you for sharing.

  15. So completely adorable and think of the color opportunities! Just wanted to let you know your link was featured today at this week's Make and Mingle linkup party: http://bubblesandboxwood.com/make-and-mingle-linkup-party-7/

    Have an awesome week!

  16. Gail, I loooooove this!! So pretty!

  17. beautiful! and would be lovely year round too :)


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