How to Make Easter Baskets with Just ONE Material in 15 Minutes

Love these homemade Easter baskets, that can be used year after year. They’re affordable and easy-as-can-be to make!

Modern canvas DIY Easter basket with Easter candy and presents inside.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own Easter baskets, I’m sharing a super simple sewing project today that will help.

My favorite part isn’t the candy inside though, it’s that once the holiday is over, you can reuse these canvas baskets as year-round storage and organization. Not bad for a humble Easter basket. Click through for the full tutorial.

Step by step photos that show how to make a DIY Easter basket with canvas.

Step by step photos that show how to make a DIY Easter basket with canvas.

DIY Easter Basket Materials

The only material you might need to buy to make these Easter baskets is cotton canvas (medium or heavy weight). The other materials / equipment listed are all things you likely already have in your home (like a ruler and a pencil). You will need a sewing machine too.

  • medium to heavy weight canvas yardage (I painted mine ahead of time)
  • ruler / measuring tape
  • sewing chalk or pencil
  • sewing machine

How to Make Easter Baskets

1. Measure and cut canvas.

Measure a piece of canvas for your basket, based on the desired size. A good starting point is 11.5 inches wide by 20 inches long (which is what we started with). Cut down to size.

2. Fold and sew canvas.

Once cut, fold the canvas in half (hamburger style), as shown in photo. Then sew a straight line on both sides of what will be your basket (about 1/4 – 1/2 inch from the edge), leaving the top open. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side.

3. Fold canvas corners into two peaks.

Next, match up the bottom corners of the basket to each other (as shown in the photo) and fold as shown, into two peaks.

4. Create horizontal lines across the corners.

Measure from the tip to 1.5 inches down, make a mark, and then make a horizontal line across as your guide. Do this on the other corner as well. Flip over and do the same on the other side.

5. Sew straight lines across those corners.

Then, sew a straight line across the guide that you made in step 4. Being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. Repeat this process for the other corner as well.

6. Turn right side out and fold the top down.

Turn tote right side out. And fold the top down in a roll one or two times so the raw edge doesn’t show. That’s it! All done.

Minimal, modern Easter baskets made of canvas, sitting on a table with Easter candy.

Can you embellish these homemade Easter baskets further?

Yes! There’s a handful of simple things you can do to embellish these baskets a little further…

1. To add extra details, since the basket itself is pretty simple, I splatter painted the inside before rolling the top down. So there’s a little bit of pattern peaking out against the solid color, which I like.

2. You can even add a handle if desired, with a scrap piece of canvas (add a piece of wire to make it stand up). I opted for a simple bucket basket without a handle to make it easier to reuse them throughout the year for organizing, etc.

3. And then lastly, if you want to customize things a little further, add a message, etc you could use a label maker or a P-touch Embellish machine to write messages, name tags, etc on washiest tape or ribbon. Which is kinda fun.

Woman holding a homemade Easter basket with candy and gifts.

Minimal canvas Easter baskets in pastel colors.

Colorful homemade Easter baskets with candy and gifts inside.

Woman holding modern canvas Easter baskets with candy and pastel gifts

Homemade Easter Baskets

If you've ever wanted to make your own Easter baskets, I'm sharing a super simple sewing project today that will help. But my favorite part isn't the candy inside. It's that once the holiday is over, you can reuse these canvas baskets as year-round storage and organization. Not bad for a humble Easter basket.
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: basket, canvas, diy, easter, Easter DIY, quick sewing project, sewing, tutorial

Equipment

  • ruler / measuring tape
  • sewing machine

Ingredients

  • medium to heavy weight canvas yardage I painted mine ahead of time
  • sewing chalk or pencil

Instructions

  • Measure and cut canvas.
  • Measure a piece of canvas for your basket, based on the desired size. A good starting point is 11.5 inches wide by 20 inches long (which is what we started with). Cut down to size.
  • Fold and sew canvas.
  • Once cut, fold the canvas in half (hamburger style), as shown in photo. Then sew a straight line on both sides of what will be your basket (about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the edge), leaving the top open. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side.
  • Fold canvas corners into two peaks.
  • Next, match up the bottom corners of the basket to each other (as shown in the photo) and fold as shown, into two peaks.
  • Create horizontal lines across the corners.
  • Measure from the tip to 1.5 inches down, make a mark, and then make a horizontal line across as your guide. Do this on the other corner as well. Flip over and do the same on the other side.
  • Sew straight lines across those corners.
  • Then, sew a straight line across the guide that you made in step 4. Being sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. Repeat this process for the other corner as well.
  • Turn right side out and fold the top down.
  • Turn tote right side out. And fold the top down in a roll one or two times so the raw edge doesn't show.
  • You can even add a handle if desired, with a scrap piece of canvas (add a piece of wire to make it stand up). I opted for a simple bucket basket without a handle to make it easier to reuse them throughout the year for organizing, etc.
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And that’s it! After Easter is over, these baskets can be used year-round for pretty much everything from pantry organization to office storage. They’re great for taming craft supplies too. And when not in use, they can be folded flat and easily stored.

What do you think of the finished project? Think you’ll try this for your own Easter baskets this year? Or skip Easter and go straight to office organization, etc? Would love to hear your thoughts.

8 comments | Click here to reply

I love how it turned out. I’ll have to make one myself.
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Courtney

Definitely Courtney! They’re so easy, you almost have to. 🙂

Brittni

That looks so cute, I definitely have to make one of those!
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Michelle

Thanks Michelle! You totally should. So, so easy!

Brittni

what a great Easter basket DIY idea! Thank you for sharing.

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ivana split

It’s so practical.Thanks for your easy DIY
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Really great idea. Thank you.

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