Upcycle those old t-shirts into a cute, easy DIY crochet Easter basket. Even a beginner can make this in only a couple of hours.
Easter baskets here in Spain are quite a bit different than the American Easter baskets that I received as a kid. Don't get me wrong, I think the Spanish version is adorable; in fact, they're probably more my style than the American counterpart. Still, I couldn't help but want an American style basket for my Americanized homemade treats like my paleo homemade marshmallow peeps!
Preparation: Making t-shirts into yarn
Being a DIY kind of girl who loves making things out of old t-shirts and jersey fabric, I was on a mission to make my own crochet Easter basket using old t-shirt scraps.
I have turned old t-shirts into “yarn” before, but this time around I decided to just go out and buy some ready-made. I was afraid that I would need too much of it to be able to get it out of the scraps I had sitting around at home. If you do want to make your own, this is a good tutorial I found online.
How to crochet the Easter basket
It's a bit funny that I'm even posting this tutorial as I don't really know how to crochet very well! I really only know how to do one main stitch, the single crochet stitch, and yet I have still managed to make up my own pattern for things quite often now. 🙂
Even without knowing how to crochet very well, I was able to whip out this Easter basket for my son in only about 2 hours. (Maybe even less than that!)
The secret is using a large crochet hook, and thick “yarn.” In my case, I used t-shirt yarn which is very thick, of course!
The most difficult part of this is going to be explaining how to do it to you, but I'll do my best…
Easy DIY Crochet Easter Basket Using Old T-Shirt Scraps
1. Start out by making a magic ring with 6 stitches. I could explain to you how to do that, but since crochet isn't really my forte, it's probably best for you to follow the link to someone who explains it better than I probably would. 😉
2. Start doing single crochet stitches into the magic circle. In this second row, you'll increase stitches every time, meaning you will do 2 single crochet stitches into every stitch in your magic circle. (Follow the link to find out how if you aren't sure.)
3. Third row: Increase every other stitch. Let's see if I can make that clearer…
Do 1 single crochet into the first stitch, 2 single crochet stitches into the second stitch, one single crochet into the third stitch, two single crochet stitches into the fourth… until you've gotten to the end of the row. You can mark the beginning of your row by placing a scrap of contrasting yarn under your needle when making your first stitch.
3. Fourth row: This time you will add in stitches on every third stitch. So,…
Do 1 single crochet into the first stitch, 1 into the second stitch, and 2 single crochet stitches into the 3rd stitch. Continue until you've reached the end of the row.
4. Fifth row: This time, you will add in stitches every fourth stitch.
5. Rows 6, 7, 8, 9, 10: Do 1 single crochet stitch into each stitch until you reach the end of each row.
6. Rows 12, 13, 14: Decrease stitches every fourth stitch.
7. Row 15: Begin the row by doing one single crochet stitch into every stitch of your previous row, but STOP when you've gotten halfway around.
8. Now begin doing chain stitches for the handle of your basket. Make enough of them to reach the other side at the height that you want your handle to be with your particular t-shirt yarn. I did around 20 chain stitches.
9. Once you've made your chain long enough, bring the end of your chain to the opposing point on the other side of your basket and attach it by doing a single crochet stitch into the spot you want it to be. Make sure your chain isn't twisted before attaching it.
10. Go back up the handle of the basket by doing single crochet stitches into each stitch of your handle chain, making your way back to the other side.
11. Once you've reached the end of your chain, attach the end of the handle to the next stitch of the row on your basket, following in the same direction as you were going before you stopped to make the handle.
12. Finish the row by doing single crochet stitches into each stitch until you reach the handle of your basket.
13. Once you've reached the other side, crochet a single stitch into the handle to help secure it in place. You can choose to leave your basket as is, weaving the loose end into the basket, or you can do a finishing stitch around the top of the basket.
If you choose to do another row, you can stitch into the back of the handles to go past them without seeing the stitches from the outside of the basket.
14. Finish off your yarn by working it into the stitches on the inside of your basket.
Finishing off your crochet Easter basket
That's all there is to it! You have now finished your DIY Easter basket. Depending on the yarn you used and how tightly you were able to crochet it, it may not hold its shape on its own. I used the actual items I was filling the basket with to sort of stuff it, allowing it to keep its shape. If you want to stiffen your basket, though, you can stuff it with a plastic bag that has been filled with enough scraps of paper or fabric to shape it, and then spray it with stiffening starch. Once it dries, it should be stiff enough to hold its shape on its own!
See, it wasn't as hard as it looks!
Happy Easter to all!
This post is also available in Español.