Peter Cottontail’s next visit is right around the corner! For this year’s Easter egg hunt, add a touch of the handmade that’s fun, functional, and super-easy.
These quick T-shirt baggies are perfect for collecting eggs and even gifting Easter goodies, and the base can be made in a matter of minutes. From there, you can get creative with your own decorations! For another handmade Easter idea, check out these woven baskets.
DIY Easter Basket
For the bag
- Old (or new) T-shirt
For the decorations
- Fabric scraps for the applique
- Fusible interfacing (I used Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive)
For the bag
- Cut the sleeves and neck off of your T-shirt. For the neckline, the width you cut off will determine the opening of your bag so start small and adjust as needed.
- Turn the shirt inside out. Cut 1-inch wide strips along the bottom edge. I just eyeballed it and cut the strips about 6 inches long, but you could measure first if you want to. The length of your strips will determine the depth of your bag (longer strips make for a shallower bag).
- Tie the corresponding fringe pieces into snug double knots. When done, you can trim off excess fringe fabric or leave as is.
- Turn the bag right-side out. Now you have the base of your bag!
- You can tie scraps of fabric or T-shirt to the tops of the handles to make them tighter on top but you can also leave them as is. I tied the ones shown with T-shirt scraps.
For the applique
- Pick the design you’d like on your bag. I chose Easter eggs, but you could do a bunny, abstract shapes, or spell out a name — the sky’s the limit! On the paper side of your interfacing, draw the outline of your design. You can use a template or eyeball it.
- Cut out the interfacing around the outline, leaving some excess.
- Following the interfacing direction, iron it to a piece of fabric (with the non-paper side of the interfacing facing the back side of the fabric scrap). My interfacing took only 2 seconds of ironing to stick.
- Cut out along the outline through both the interfacing and fabric.
- Repeat the above steps until you have all of the interfacing/fabric shapes cut out.
- Arrange your designs on the bag in the way you’d like.
- Adhere the pieces to the bag by peeling off the paper backing, then ironing in place.
Other decorating ideas
- Use fabric markers or paints to draw other Easter motifs (bunnies, chicks, etc.) and even write names.
- If your shirt is a thicker material, you can embroider on it.
- Embellish your shirt with gems, ribbons, ric rac, or any other small embellishment that can be glued to fabric.
Make this year’s egg hunt even more of an adventure with a customized DIY Easter basket. Not only are they a cinch to make, but inexpensive (especially if you use an old T-shirt) and easy to customize for every member of the family. And once the holiday is over, they can function as reusable shopping totes!