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Friday, 16 September 2011

Me and the Basket. plus Dream Catchers pattern


Have you ever thought to yourself why did I take this on, well I was asked by my friend to line a basket, she brought the material, some ribbon and the padding, plus basket.

Her daughter was having a baby and she wanted a basket for the baby things. (By the way she has had the baby a girl called Coco Sophia.) Now I know I have not been well and things have been hard to do but this basket proved challenging to say the least, or perhaps it was just me.

Its not very big but she wanted a handle, sorry in the end no handle, there are handles at the side which I managed to leave untouched so at least she has some handles.
The material proved more than a challenge for me and my little sewing machine. Lovely as it was Broderie Anglaise in squares with seams joining each two inch square together to make one piece of material looks nice but not until you try and sew it. The seams were thick in places and with the embroidery on it made the sewing hard and most of the basket ended up being sewn by hand.
In the end the basket was lined in plain cotton, I use the material for the pocket on one side and on the other made a section with some acetate and the material rolled around to make loops so she could put talc and shampoo upright in the basket.

The lid was the Broderie Anglaise, padded and lace trim, and I made some ribbon roses which she decided she wanted in the corners.

Close up of the ribbon rose I made.

This is not a very clear picture, but I made a hook with tatting, just a tatted ring and then sewed it onto the side of the basket so I could tie the ribbon from the lid onto the basket.

Close up with the ribbon tied

Some months ago I showed you some baby clothes I knitted for her, well this basket is for the same baby. Apparently my knitted clothes I made her are the best the baby has, and they are very pleased with them, I hope they will be as pleased with the basket.

I made this little jacket for the baby, its a very old pattern Lister pattern no K551 which I have done loads of times, in fact the pattern cost 15p to buy so it shows just how long ago I brought it. Its a pattern that can be used for a boy or girl, This time I made it in cream wool and two flower buttons.


I have put my Dream Catcher pattern on my pattern blog, its just a motif with a chain around the outside nothing special, just played around with bits and came up with it, cant say I designed it, it arrived after a play session when I was tatting. I don't mind anyone using the pattern for their own personal use or to sell just please don't say its your own design.

Its not a bad day here and the sun has been shining, I have done some washing and for the first time put it out on the line, trying not to stretch too far, I know I had done it as the scar was complaining, still at least I tried to do something.

I hope you are keeping well, and have a lovely weekend,

Until we meet again in blog land take care




  1. Hello MARGARET,
    i OFTEN ASK MYSELF WHY!! LOL, YOU HAVE MADE A LOVELY JOB OF THIS BASKET, i AM SURE THEY WILL BE PLEASED,.OOppppppsssss sorry for caps....a fab baby coat as well, don't try to do to much to soon, lol, heavy rain late this aft. blue sky again now

  2. Oh wow Margaret, I really adore the basket, she must have been so delighted with it....the matinee coat is so sweet to and as always I love your tatting, all brilliant....take care.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. Your basket looks lovely, but I really love the dreamcatchers :) Thanks for sharing.


  4. gorgeous basket, and that is funny she thought the basket was for the baby!

  5. wow margaret the basket is beautiful.will be lovely to store all the little baby essentials in and your baby coat is stunning, so pretty ;D
    take it easy.

    xx coops xx


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