Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sin City Stamps Easter Basket

This is Karen with an Easter project for you!

Sin City Stamps’ Rosette Hearts stamp set set has three different images perfect for making fabric or paper flowers.   I used one to make the embellishment for this peat pot Easter basket.
Peat pot Easter basket
I started with a plain peat pot.  These are for starting seeds; you can get them where you find gardening supplies.

Peat pot (800x600)
I coated the outside of the pot with matte Mod Podge and then sprinkled it with mica flakes.  When the Mod Podge was dry, I punched holes near the top and inserted a sparkly chenille stem for a handle.  I filled the pot with shredded paper.

Peat pot with handle and mica flakes (769x800)
To make the flower, I started with a ribbon rosette.  You cut a length of ribbon, sew a wide running stitch along the ends and one side, then gather it up and knot the thread.  A good rule of thumb is to start with a length that is about eight times the width of your ribbon.  You can also make a rosette with lace, strips of fabric, or paper.  I make lots of fabric flowers with rosettes and yoyos, and I am always looking for large buttons to fill the center.  I use mostly vintage buttons, and the large ones are harder to come by and much more expensive than the small ones.  The rosette from Rosette Hearts works perfectly as a replacement for a large button!

Rosette closeup (2)
I stamped the image twice.

Rosettes (800x428)
I cut out the rosettes and made two small holes in each.  You can sew through cardstock, but if you pull the thread tight or put pressure on the stitches, the cardstock will rip.  So I added two small buttons to keep the cardstock from ripping.  I threaded a needle with hand dyed embroidery floss.  Then I put a little square of adhesive foam on the back of the ribbon rosette to hold it in place on the chenille stem while I was sewing through all the layers.  I sewed through one hole of a small button, one hole of the front cardstock rosette, the ribbon rosette, then one hole of the second cardstock rosette and one hole of the second small button, with the thread on top of the chenille stem.  Then I brought the thread back, through a different hole of the second small button and the second cardstock rosette, under the chenille stem, through the ribbon rosette, the first cardstock rosette and the first small button.  Then I tied the two ends of the thread together to secure the flower.

Peat pot Easter basket 3 (2)
I added some candy eggs and a fabric bird to the basket.
Peat pot Easter basket 2
I made the bird with the Birds & Clocks stamp set from Sin City Stamps.  For details on how I made the fabric bird, check out this post.

Supplies needed for the peat pot basket:
Cardstock
Ink (I used Colorbox Chalk Ink in Rouge)
Peat pot
Mod Podge Matte
Mica Flakes
Chenille stem
Paper shred
Ribbon
Thread
Buttons
Embroidery floss

Wishing you all a Happy Spring and a Happy Easter!