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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

For Mother's Day - Another Divided Basket

While I was in England we celebrated English Mother's Day.  I wanted to make a Noodlehead Divided Basket for Mum and I thought she'd find one most useful in her bathroom.

Raiding my stash I pulled three fabrics by Lonni Rossi for Andover fabrics that are the perfect match for Mum's decor.
Bare Branches - Patterns 7530-MK & 7535-MKN (2014)
Facets - Pattern 7180-MK (2013)

This is the finished but very empty basket.  I fussy cut the lining so the pattern's continuous on both sides of the basket divide.

It just wouldn't be right to give someone an empty basket so I trimmed some cream hand towels with the same fabrics I used for the basket.

And then I added some bath time goodies.

Now that's looking much better, though having to put the towels upside down (with the open folds visible) so you can see the trim is really upsetting me!!!

The front...

The back...

And here's a few more close up pics just because I love the details on these baskets.

For the handles I've used softer, smoother apron tape along with a layer of fusible fleece to add firmness rather than my usual cotton webbing.

Before I sew the body of the basket I always ensure that the side and bottom seams line up perfectly.

 And it almost goes without saying that Mum loved it and just look at it in it's new home,

Are you making any Mother's Day gifts, do share your ideas with us in the comments?

Click the images below to read more about other Divided Baskets I've made.

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  1. The basket is so stylish in those colours. What a lovely present.

  2. Lovely Chris and beautiful contents too. I know what you mean about the towels. I worked for John Lewis for a while in linens and I have to have my towels looking perfect just like the ones on their shelves! Glad Mum liked your gift. xx

  3. I never thought about something like that for the bathroom. Great idea and a really great present!

  4. It looks great and I love how it coordinates.

  5. What a great basket. I can think of so many bits of my house where I would find that useful.

  6. What a lovely present! This is a great basket. I love it! ;)

  7. I love your baskets and a wonderful gift for Mothering Sunday, plus would be good for a wedding gift as well.

  8. This makes such a pretty gift, I love the coordinating trim on the towels.

  9. Such a thoughtful and pretty gift, I bet your mum loved it :D

  10. What a beautiful divided basket you have created! What mother wouldn't love to receive it filled so nicely?
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  11. That is just beautiful. So lovingly handmade! You are indeed a skilled crafter!

  12. Oh my gosh. So much work in that basket! I bet your mum is going to be thrilled, I would be. I'd love you to drop by and and your pin to Our Favourite Things Pinterest Party. http://bitly.com/1HhK9mn Then link up at ‪#‎2UsesTuesday‬ http://bit.ly/1G1X08f because this project is just perfect or TUT!

  13. Love the basket!! It goes so wonderful with it's new home too/ It reminded me I never got mine done. I made one for a friend but never got back to mine.

  14. What a great gift for your Mum, a beautiful basket full of goodies.


  15. I have been a fan of this basket but just don't need any more storage in my home but this is a GREAT idea to combine it with some other treats for a gift. I'm so glad I came across your post!

    Terri Ann @ childlikefascination.com

  16. I love this so much! Any mother would be thrilled with this gift.

  17. Oh any mother or anyone would love to receive that action packed basket as a gift!

  18. What a lovely basket, and the matching towels too. They make a lovely gift. Thank you for linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday.

  19. This is a stunning set! How perfect for a guest powder room, or to leave by an overnight guest's bed! Your choice of fabrics is brilliant, and I love the way you trimmed the top edge of the basket. Absolute perfection. What a lucky mom to receive this as a gift!

  20. This is a beautiful bag and I love the goodies that you put in it. I think your mom will be so happy to receive this.

  21. How fun! I think it's time to start sending 'subtle' hints to my daughter about this! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  22. I've been eyeing this pattern for a long time... maybe one of these days I'll get around to making it. Thanks (again) for linking up with TGIFF!


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