No tricks here – just one super cute project!
If standard issue Halloween decorations are not your thing, check out this easy-sew treats basket. It’s a fun way to store candy and snacks for trick-or-treating, but it’s also a festive way to house supplies for parties or tabletop display. Choose fun fabric and ribbon trim; you’ll make the handles using Dritz® eyelets. Best thing about it? Nobody’s going to have one just like it!
- Extra-large eyelet kit
- Getta Grip® sewing clips
- Mark-B-Gone™ marking pen
- Easy Grasp™ pins
- Ezy-Hem® gauge
- Fray Check® liquid seam sealant
- 3 coordinating cotton fabrics
- 1/4 yd fabric for outer bands
- 1/4 yd fabric for center
- 3/8 yd fabric for lining
- ½ yard of fusible foam stabilizer
- 26” length of 1″ wide grosgrain ribbon
- 2 pc: 2” x 14” for top band (piece A)
- 2 pc: 2.5” x 14” for bottom band (piece C)
- 2 pc: 5.5” x 14” for center of basket (piece B)
- 2 pc: 10” x 14” for lining (piece D)
- 2 pc: 9” x 14” for outer basket
You can use fusible fleece. However, the basket will not have as much structure.
All seams are ¼” unless otherwise noted
SA= seam allowance
Two Dritz items we want to make sure you know about!
The eyelet kit is handy because it includes the eyelets and the tool. You’ll use this to secure the ribbon handles. Eyelets are a great piece of hardware for bags & totes of all shapes and sizes.
Easy Grasp pins? That’s right. Wait until you start working with them. They’re simply fantastic, and relatively new. Look for them wherever you buy pins!
1) Stitch band A to top edge of piece B, right sides together.
Stitch band C to lower edge of AB, right sides together. Press seams flat towards top and bottom bands.
2) Edgestitch along top and bottom band seams.
Repeat steps 1 & 2 with remaining basket fabric pieces.
3) Fuse foam stabilizer to outer basket panels following manufacturer’s directions.
Use Omnigrid® ruler to mark 2” squares at bottom corners of outer basket panels and lining panels.
Cut away squares.
(Take a look at the vintage embroidery scissors we used in this step.)
4) Place outer basket panels right sides together. Align side seams. Pin. Stitch sides and across bottom. Do NOT stitch around cutaways.
5) Place lining panels right sides together. Pin.
Make a mark 2” down from the top on each side with a marking pen.
Stitch sides with ¼” SA at the top of the lining panels. When you reach the mark, gradually move to ½” SA as you stitch down lining sides.
Stitch across bottom with ½” SA.
6) To make bottom flat, fold corners and align side and bottom seams together. Stitch across raw edges with ¼” SA for outer panel and ½” SA for lining panel. Turn both stitched pieces right side out.
7) Use the Ezy-Hem® gauge to press top edge of lining fabric under ½”.
8) Place lining fabric inside outer basket, wrong sides together.
9) Fold lining over another ½” encasing raw edges of basket.
10) Hold lining in place with Getta Grip® sewing clips.
11) Edgestitch along edge of lining band with ⅛” SA in coordinating thread.
12) Install eyelets on each side of basket following this Dritz® tutorial.
13) Cut ribbon into two (2) 13” pieces. Apply Fray Check® to ends of each piece.
Pro tip: If you’re not familiar with this handy seam sealant, you’re in for a treat. You can use it on fabric, ribbon, burlap (and more!) to stop fraying. It’s a fan favorite!
14) Thread ribbon through eyelets and tie in a double knot inside the basket. Pull tightly to secure.
Fill up your treats basket with Halloween candy or snacks, and you’re ready for those trick-or-treaters! It’s nice and roomy and holds lots of loot!
Simple, easy and FUN decor!
Thanks to Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane for making this super fun and functional treats basket for us. Jennifer has contributed many popular projects to our blog – you’ll have a hard time picking out a favorite!