Children's Basket Cover Project

Basket cover craft project for children

 

Do you fill a basket with candy and small gifts for your children on Pascha morning? If you’ve made an embroidered cover for the Pascha basket that you take to church, your children might like to try their hand at basket covers for their baskets at home. The basket covers can be decorated with traditional designs. But since they’ll be used at home, there’s no reason to object if a child wants to decorate the basket cover with images from their favorite books or TV shows.

 

Ribbon, rick-rack, and fabric paint

Gather the supplies for the basket cover project.

For each basket cover, you need a piece of white cloth large enough to cover your child’s basket. You can cut the fabric from a worn-out sheet or pillow case, or you can buy plain white kitchen towels at your local craft store.

To decorate the cover, you’ll need ribbon, lace, and rick-rack, fabric paint, and craft glue or fabric glue. If your child wants to embroider part of the design, you’ll also need floss.

An old sheet or tablecloth can protect the work surface

Use an old sheet or tablecloth to protect the work surface from paint and glue. If you use newspaper instead, it might get black smudges on the white cloth.

Ribbons and lace attached to cloth with craft glue

Attach ribbons and lace with craft glue, or use flexible fabric glue.

 

You can cut the ribbons after you glue them to the cloth

There’s no right or wrong way to work on the basket cover. Your child can cut lengths of ribbon and lace to the right length and then glue them on, or glue them on first and then cut.

Use fabric paint to add squiggles and dots

Use fabric paint to add squiggles and dots, flowers, eggs, or other designs.

Emboidering a zig-zag design

Some children may want to embroider part of their design.

Completed basket cover craft project with cross

The completed Pascha basket cover might look like a traditional rushnyk. Or it might be covered in hearts and flowers and dinosaurs.

Completed Pascha basket cover craft

The Pascha basket covers are as beautiful and unique as the children who make them.

All photos on this page are by Melinda Wolf Brown.

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