Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sweetwater basket

On Halloween eve I finished up this cute little Sweetwater Halloween basket that I made mostly with Boo Crew fabric.

I know Halloween was a few days ago, but I figured it wasn't too late to share it with you. 

I'm thinking that I'll make some more of these for other occasions.

The pattern was easy to follow and quicker than I expected it to be.  I hadn't made a basket before, but it really wasn't much different than making a bag, and there were no zippers involved!

By Annie's Soft and Stable is what the pattern called for and I really think it made the basket have just the right stiffness with some softness too.  I've use it in bags in the past and I have to say it worked well here.

I wrote a post about Soft and Stable last year if you're interested in reading more about it.

These candy corn buttons are a find from last year and I just love how they look on this bag!

I need to find some more uses for them.

They're so cute!

The lining and binding for this basket were not Boo Crew fabric.

Unfortunately, the selvage edge of these fabrics were not long enough to have the name of the fabrics on them.  I really love the one with the crescent moons.

Speaking of crescent moons, did you see the lunar eclipse a few weeks ago?  It was pretty cool.  We were up and outside at that time waiting for the school bus to arrive, so the timing was perfect for us to get a great look at it. 

Here's a picture of the basket without the tag.  I like that the pattern has the tag tying on so you can remove it if you want to.

And for anyone who is as interested in carving pumpkins as we are, here is a before and after of our Jack o'lantern.

Before nightfall...............

And now when it really dark............

It was nice to have Halloween on a Friday, wasn't it?

We did call it a night pretty early anyway.  My son was at school at 4:45 AM, yes you read that correctly AM, Friday morning to go to the district cross country meet that was a little over an hour away.

We were not far behind, even though we didn't leave quite that early to go to the meet.  Trust me, it was still really early.

Well, I hope you had a safe and fun Halloween and a nice weekend too.  Enjoy the week!


Gretchen said...

Adorable Halloween basket! The candy corn buttons are really cute. Nicely carved pumpkin too.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Super, super cute!!! Your carved pumpkin is pretty awesome too. Ours was thrown into the woods this afternoon for the wild life. It was time.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

What a great basket pattern. So cute in the Boo Crew, but can see this in so many other fabrics. And adore the buttons!!

Candace said...

That is the most adorable Halloween basket yet, Michele! And your pumpkin carving is top notch! How nice that you were able to go to your son's meet! I hope you fueled up on plenty of coffee!

Needled Mom said...

The basket is just darling. No wonder your Halloween ended early. 4:45???? Wow!

Love the great pumpkin carving job. It looks good both in the light and in the dark.

Cheryl said...

Cute basket and I love the candy corn button. Great pumpkin carving!!

Houseelf said...

Lovely work on the pupmkin. The bag is so cute! I can see it working well as Easter baskets in pastels/ 30s for Spring too.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I'm having heart palpitations just thinking about having a high schooler who needs to be somewhere at 445 am. I hope I get a chance to catch up on and bank some sleep during the middle school years.

Your basket is so cute!!! Did you use it to hold candy for trick or treaters? The candy corn buttons are the perfect accent!

I'm going to go back and read your soft and stable post. I'm sure I read it before but I need a refresher.