Just in time, here's a great little project that you can whip up in
an afternoon to treat a sweet friend. Just start with a basket,
a cloth napkin and some goodies from your kitchen & craft room.
You won't believe how easy it is to make a...
Berry Sweet Basket!
Baskets are one of our favorite things to find just a dollar or two. We've found them at the flea market, the craft store, garage sales and even the thrift shop. Add a coat of creamy white paint and they're ready to be filled!
Next you'll need to whip up the liner. This one starts with a cloth napkin, one of our favorite craft supplies to keep on hand. What's that? You don't consider cloth napkins craft supplies? Well, after today, you just might change your mind.
They're perfect for lining baskets, obviously, but they're also perfect for gift-wrapping a homemade goodie from the kitchen. Cut them down to size and they're great for jar toppers. You can embroider an initial on the corner of a few for a personal and super-easy housewarming or hostess gift...really, the possibilities are endless. We LOVE finding these (and stocking up!) during the end-of-season clearance sales. Keep an eye out for them!
If you're feeling really crafty, you could whip up some homemade cloth napkins with some linen or heavy cotton from the fabric store. They're easy to finish with a simple rolled hem around the edge. We like to buy them already finished though, whenever they're on sale. They're so very handy...heck, you can even use them at the dinnertable!
Below, you'll find the easy instructions dressing up a humble cloth napkin, just like the one shown in the photo above...
Berry Basket Liner
- Tissue paper
- Strawberry template at right
(Click to view and print larger)
- Sharp scissors
- Embroidery needle
- Purchased green cotton napkin
- Red and green felt scraps
- Red, green and ivory embroidery floss
Trace strawberry and stem onto tissue paper and cut out templates. You can also use transfer paper, found in the notions section of the craft store. Follow the instructions for its use from the manufacturer. Using templates, cut strawberry from red felt and stem from green felt. Pin embroidery patterns to felt shapes and then pin shapes into place on napkin. Sewing through all layers, embrioder design using 2 strands of floss in coordinating colors. Tear off tissue paper once embroidery is complete. Using 6 strands of floss, work chain stitches along hemline or 1/2" from edge on napkin.
Need a refresher course on your embroidery stitches?
Click the images below to view them larger...
they'll help get you started!
Now, how about some jam to pack inside? With just four ingredients, it doesn't get much easier than this recipe!
4 c. sugar
2 c. strawberries, hulled and crushed
1-3/4 oz. pkg. powdered pectin
3/4 c. water
Combine sugar and strawberries in a large mixing bowl; set aside. Whisk pectin and water together in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil and stir for one minute; remove from heat. Pour pectin mixture over fruit mixture' stir until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Spoon into jars leaving 1/2-inch headspace; secure lids. Allow to stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store jars in freezer up to one year and opened jars in refrigerator for one month. Makes about 5 cups.
Add a sweet little fabric square to the top of the jar, tie it with ribbon and add it to the basket and it's ready to give.
They'll never know how easy it was to create...they'll just know that they're loved!
You'll find this project in our crafty booklet,
It's just ONE of 15 fun and easy projects inside, all perfect for gifts or just to treat yourself. Pick up a copy today by clicking the big red button!