Approximate Time: 20-30 minutes
Take your 2 pieces of your fabric strips and place them wrong sides together and then stitch around all 3 sides starting at one end until you come back around to the remaining end where you will leave an opening for turning your fabric strip. After doing so then turn that last end - closed 1/2 of a seam allowance and stitch it closed with your machine. Now you will be adding the elastic to your fabric strip by placing the elastic in the backside of your strip in its center, starting at the outside edge. As you begin to stitch, you will need to pull the elastic slightly as you sew down that center section. This will gather your fabric strip as you move along creating the ruffled appearance to your fabric garter. As you near the other end, you will stitch the elastic to the end and stop.
You now have a ruffled fabric garter for your basket. Wrap it around your basket section and pin the 2 ends together in the back of that fabric strip. You can make one complete full closed fabric garter but I prefer to leave mine as an open strip and pin it in place so that I can use my fabric strip garter in other ways on other baskets such as curling it around a handle for a pretty look as well. See photos of examples.
By Julie from Tenn
Homemade Easter Baskets
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