Thursday, 6 August 2015

Christmas Nativity One Hour Basket

Need more storage in the workroom?  Or a quick gift for a new baby - or Christmas?  Then look no further than this month’s Across the Pond sew-along project – the ‘one hour basket’ from Hearts and Bees.

Can it really be made in an hour?  Yes - but that doesn’t include time for choosing fabric (always the longest part of any project) or appliqueing, patching or quilting.  
My Red Elephants Mug Rug gets a new lease of life not to mention a change of colour
I had already made a one hour 'elephant' basket last month using my Red Elephants Mug Rug applique to decorate it – perfect for the nursery.

This month I decided to create a Christmas basket using my very latest ChristmasNativity mug rug pattern.  
The Patchsmith's Christmas Nativity Mug Rug 
It will be perfect for the local Christmas Box collection where we fill a box or basket with goodies for families who are struggling. 
Okay, we all know those chocolate biscuits are never
going to make it into this basket - don't we?
If you want to add applique to the one hour basket I would recommend that you leave at least 4” between the bottom edge and sides of the fabric and your applique.  On the Elephant basket I added an inch of matchstick quilting 4” up from the bottom edge and this worked out perfectly - it lies along the bottom of the basket.
Matchstick quilting positioned perfectly for heart-spouting elephants.
Of course you might prefer to add a touch of patchwork.  I added three 3” patchwork Friendship Stars to the back of my Christmas basket.  This time I positioned the stars 5¼” up from the bottom edge (cut your bottom piece of fabric 5½” x 16½” and then add your stars).  

If you are new to basket making this is a great project to have a go at.  But before you get stitching pop over to Susie's Sunroom - she has made two very snazzy baskets (I love how she has added a rim of contrasting fabric to the top).  

If you do make a basket please share it with the Across the Pond Flickr group and on Instagram with the hashtag #onehourbasket.  

Until next time ........


  1. Brilliant!!! Both applique themes are gorgeous and dress up this beautifully simple basket!

    1. Thank you Amy. You know me - a bit of fusible web and some fabric scraps and I just have to play!

  2. Now why didn't I think of that!!? LOL! Thank you for the link to the free basket tutorial and your wonderful ideas----and of course your delightful patterns!!

    1. You're welcome Sheila. The one hour basket is such a good pattern.

  3. I love your baskets, customized to perfection with Patchsmith applique designs!!
    The Christmas Nativity basket is so beautiful. I like your suggestion of using it as a gift basket for the holiday, too.
    And that little elephant is pure delight, with the hearts spouting out! What pretty baskets you have created!!