Robert’s Plastic Canvas Easter Basket

– Hey friends, it’s Robert. One of my favorite holidays is on its way, and so today to help
us get ready for Easter and celebrate spring, I’ve pulled together a special DIY project
that puts a little bit of a modern twist on an old school craft. We are going to be making
miniature Easter baskets out of plastic canvas,
so let’s get started. Now if you’re not familiar, plastic canvas is a flexible plastic mesh
used for needlepoint projects. You take a large needle
and yarn, and you’re able to weave designs into the plastic grid. It was incredibly popular in the 1970s, often used for making
coasters or placemats or even tissue box covers. Because the plastic is
more rigid than fabric, you’re able to combine multiple pieces to create three-dimensional projects. What I want to show you
today is how to combine a few pieces of the plastic canvas to create adorable Easter baskets that would make fantastic decorations or party favors for your Easter table. Plastic canvas comes in multiple sizes, and we’re going to be
using a 7-count size. We’ll use one sheet
measuring 10 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches, and then
a separate 3 inch circle. The way you measure plastic canvas is by counting the
number of holes you need. We’re going to begin by cutting a piece that is four holes wide by 48 holes long. This is going to form
the handle of the basket. To update the look of
our plastic canvas craft, we’re going to skip traditional yarn and use a natural-colored jute twine. In a way, this is going to mimic the look of a wicker or a rattan basket. Measure and cut 5 1/2 feet of twine, and thread it onto your needle. I’m using a #16 size
plastic canvas needle. We’re going to leave
the first row of holes on the short ends of our handle blank. We’re going to use these later on to attach the handle to the basket. Starting in the second
row from one short end, count three holes over from the left and bring your needle up
through that hole from the back. Pull the twine all the way
through, leaving a one-inch tale on the back side of the
canvas, and hold it in place. Then put your needle
back through the canvas one row up and one hole to the right to create a diagonal stitch. Next, bring your needle
back through the canvas in the second row, second
hole from the left, and re-enter two rows up
and two holes to the right to create your second diagonal stitch. And then bring your needle
up through the canvas in the second row, first hole on the left, and re-enter three rows up
and three holes to the right to create your third diagonal stitch. With each of these initial stitches, you’re stitching around
the tail on the back side of the canvas, hiding it from view. Continue creating these
side-by-side diagonal stitches all the way down the handle
until you get to the second row from the end, and then again create those two smaller stitches that we started with. To finish off this piece
of twine, weave your needle under several stitches on
the back side of the canvas, pull it taut, and then snip the
twine close to the stitches. To finish off the two
long sides of the handle, we’re going to whipstitch along the edges. Cut a piece of twine
that’s 4 1/2 feet long and thread your needle. Starting in the second
row from one short end, bring your needle up through the hole closest to the right edge. Pull your twine all the way through, again leaving a tail on the back side that’s about an inch long
and hold it in place. Stitch along the right side of the canvas, and come up through the
next hole along the edge. Continue stitching in this
manner all along the long edge. And remember, with each
of these initial stitches, stitch around the tail on the back side to hide it from view. When you get to the
second row from the end, stitch over to the other long edge and whipstitch along its entire length. When you’re finished,
again weave the needle under several stitches on the back side, pull the twine taut, and snip
it close to the stitches. Next, we’re going to count and cut a piece of plastic canvas for the basket walls that measures 10 holes
high by 64 holes long. Also measure and cut 4 1/2 feet of twine, and thread your needle again. We’re going to stitch three parallel sets of diagonal stitches
along the basket walls that are identical to the stitches we used along the length of the handle. Again, we’re going to leave
the first row of holes along the short ends of this piece blank. We’ll use them later to attach the two sides of the basket wall. After your two shorter stitches
to get the row started, it’s sometimes helpful to
remember that your stitches are four rows high and stitched
across four diagonal holes. You’ll begin to run out
of twine when your row is a little bit more than halfway through. While you still have about
eight inches of twine left, weave your needle under several
stitches on the back side, pull it taut, and snip
it close to the stitches. Then thread another 4
1/2 foot length of twine on your needle, and
begin where you left off. When you finish your
first line of stitches, we’ll move up to create the second line, or the middle row, on the
side of the basket wall. The only difference this
time is that we’re going to create the stitches
in the opposite direction to create a chevron or
herringbone pattern. Your stitches will
still be four rows high, but this time they’re going
to share one row of holes with the previous line of stitches. When you get to your third
and final line of stitches, remember to again change directions, continuing the herringbone pattern. Next, we’re going to
bend the canvas around, overlapping those two empty
rows on the short ends. To connect the two ends,
we’re going to create a series of side-by-side straight stitches that are three holes across. Stitch all the way along
the overlapping short sides to create a seam, leaving you with what will look like a bracelet. When you reach the end, weave your needle under several stitches on the
inside of the basket wall, pull it taut, and snip
it close to the stitches. Now it’s time to add a
bottom side to our basket using a three-inch plastic canvas circle. Rather than take the
time to stitch a design into this panel, we’re
going to leave it blank. Once the basket is filled
with all those goodies, no one will ever see it. The plastic canvas circle
can go on either side of the basket wall we’ve just created, and we’re going to attach
it using a whipstitch. It’s the same stitch we used
along the edges of the handle. The only difference is that this time, we’re stitching through both
the edge of the basket wall and the edge of the plastic canvas circle. Begin stitching as we’ve done before, leaving a one-inch tail on the inside and disguising it with your
first few initial stitches. Once you’ve worked your
way around the entire edge, and again by weaving
your needle underneath a few stitches on the
inside of the basket wall, pull it taut, and snip the
twine close to the stitches. At this point, we’re almost finished and we’re ready to
attach the basket handle to the open end of the basket wall. Place the basket in front of you and position it so the
seam is facing away, and decide where you’d
like to place the handles. Begin with one end of
the handle, being mindful to place the empty row of
stitches inside the basket, and then whipstitch it to the
top row of the basket wall. And then take a couple of straight pins and pin the opposite end
of the handle into place so you’ll remember where it goes. Continue all the way around,
securing the second end of the handle in place, and stitching until the upper edge
is completely covered. And then you’ll probably
want to stand up and stretch and pat yourself on the back
for finishing all of those stitches and your first
miniature Easter basket. One of the things I
love about this project is that you don’t have to
complete it all in one sitting. You can pick it up and set it down, completing it as you’d like. The materials are also really inexpensive, and each sheet of plastic
canvas is large enough to create five baskets
along with the corresponding circles for the bottom pieces. There’s a lot of room for
creativity with this project. I used natural jute
twine, but twine comes in so many different colors,
and you absolutely should feel free to use traditional yarn if you’d like a
brightly-colored Easter basket. You might want to consider
finishing off your basket with some ribbon, tying a bow on one end of the handle, and then it’s ready to fill with paper grass and your Easter eggs. I do hope you’ll give this project a try. And if you haven’t done so already, I invite you to subscribe
to my own channel and be sure to check out my playlist of other spring and Easter crafts. Thank you so much for watching, and join me again next
time for another great DIY.

62 Replies to “Robert’s Plastic Canvas Easter Basket”

  1. Omg, I wish I never got rid or the plastic canvas I held on to for so long.  Robert, this basket is awesome!  Thanks for sharing and it's good to see you.   

  2. This is so cute! Robert, I just adore you and all your projects and I look forward to every video! Thank you so much! :o)

  3. Hi Robert, I work with plastic canvas all the time. I have made many projects over the years. You broke down the directions very well for this project. Well done.

  4. How lovely Robert!! : O Your projetcs are always creative and fun and original and your soothin voice is a just like a hot bath! ; )

  5. very neat n nice looking basket . seeing the handle i was thinking bracelet could be made.. but im too lazy to do anything :O

  6. Robert Mahar videos on a Saturday morning make my entire weekend !! 🙂 I remember my mother using this technique in the 80's for Christmas Ornaments. Great ideas once again, Robert! I love the idea of using the twine. It's a much more updated classy look. 💕

  7. I have to say this. You sound like you should narrate a documentary. (I'm not trying to be mean, it's actually a compliment)

  8. It's always nice to see your videos it's almost hypnotizing. wait no, IT IS hypnotizing omg I can't stop watching!! you're awesome 😀

  9. Such a cute idea! I never thought of using plastic canvas to create something like this. Will definitely be making some baskets

  10. This is such a beautiful project! It must have taken a lot of work to design and make, but the finished product is wonderful. Fantastic job, Robert! 

  11. I am very happy and pleasure to see you again with cute DIY project.. it's really cute. I really miss your kind and soft voice. Thank you once again.

  12. hello!this basket is amazing!can you tell me how many inches are the circle the handle and the basic basket please?
    Thank you so much

  13. I love doing things with plastic canvas! This would be fun to try, and could be used for several things. Thanks for another great craft, Robert!

  14. I LOVE YOU ROBERT ! you and all your creations. love the many forms of art you bring us. KISSES and Love !

  15. You have the best voice I've ever heard. Subscribing for craft ideas as well as your voice. You really should do professional voice work.

  16. I cross stitch, why haven't I ever done this before? lol Robert, what a fantastic idea… you are awesome and this craft is awesome! I recently found your Crafted With Robert channel and have been binge watching your videos today! grin 

  17. Hi Robert, just wanted to say you have amazing voice to listen to. I got to your video by mistake and got hypnotize by your calming voice. you should make videos of bed time reading for kids (got addicted)

  18. 06:13 I would totally wear that as a bracelet, though. Whipstitch around the edges with a darker color twine/yarn, and bam! sold.

    Ooooo…I just sprouted an idea…

  19. I do alot of plastic and for when you are overcasting the edges or continuing where you left off you can just run the yarn or whatever you are using under what you have stitched or if you have enough after finishing you main stitches you can just use it up.

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