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. 
It will be perfect for the local Christmas Box collection where we fill a box or basket with goodies for families who are struggling. 

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).  

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!!