Have you ever heard of Longaberger baskets? If you’re from Ohio (like I am), then you have. Longaberger Basket Company, located in Newark, Ohio, is somewhat of a state treasure to us Ohioans. Their corporate headquarters is actually shaped like a picnic basket.
I am fortunate that my mom used to collect them and also fortunate that when she decided to downsize I was the recipient of many. Sadly none of them are Easter baskets.
But I refused to buy an actual pastel cutesy basket when I could make one for myself. Here’s how to make a no-sew tutu to convert any old basket into something special for the upcoming holiday.
- Tulle (2 yards)
- Hot glue or needle and thread
First you want to cut your tulle into strips. My basket was 3 inches deep so I needed to cut 6 inch strips. Whatever your depth is, double it. There’s no need to be perfect with your cuts. I tried to make mine 2 inches by 6 inches but I’m sure some are 1 inch wide and others are 7 inches long. It’s a tutu, it’s going to have a messy look so no need to go crazy over having perfect measurements.
I used 2 different colors of tulle. I would use alternating groups of three. So my first group was 2 light pink and one dark pink. My second was 2 dark pink and one light pink. And so on and so on. Pick up your group of three and fold it in half. Make an opening behind the elastic.
Then pull tight. And there you have it. Just continue to do that over and over and over again.
When you’re done looping and pulling you can either hot glue the ends of the elastic together or you can sew a couple stiches.
Add the skirt to your basket and you have an adorable Easter tutu basket to hold all your little ones goodies. These are also the instructions you need to make an actual tutu for your child. All you need are 6 yards of tulle instead of 2. I made a Halloween one last year for my daughter:
I know I totally skipped over a St. Patrick’s Day craft and I’m not sure if my red-headed, very Irish husband will ever forgive me. But once March hit, spring was in the air, and I had Easter on the brain. In a couple weeks I’ll show you how to make some cute Easter door décor — say that 10 times fast. Until next time.