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Thread: Christmas baskets?

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    Does anyone know of a site that shows Christmas baskets, designs, patterns? I want to do baskets of homemade preserves, cookies, etc. for Christmas and put them in nice baskets but I need some ideas. Maybe a quilted cover of some kind, a tea cozy, a tea pot, jams and scones or something.

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    I have done that for a few years. I find really nice baskets at garage sales, or thrift stores, line them in kitchen towels in the colors of that persons kitchen, with some homemade potholders, preserves, cookie mix in mason jars & pancake mix with real maple syrup!If it is for a quilt friend, add some fat quarters tied up with a ribbon! They are easy to arrange! Have fun!

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    I did something like that last year for Christmas. At the dollar store I found some nice square containers that were woven fabric with a metal frame. I put in homemade candy, an embroidered tea towel, a handmade ornament, some hot chocolate mix and a mug. The containers could then be used for storage after they were empty.

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    Thanks for the ideas. :) Looks like I need to make a trip to a dollar store. I was just looking at pie plates and there's a really pretty red fluted one at Amazon for under $10. I have a recipe for apple pie filling that I want to make. I could put a jar of filling in the plate, a pie cutter, a tea towel, pot holders, crust mix, etc.

    I'm also thinking those cookies where you put a dollop of jam in the center and use my own jam.

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    I ordered the pie plates and then I found this place for baskets. They have a 12" round metal frame basket for only $3.29, have to buy a case of 10 though.

    http://www.papermart.com/Product%20P...ID=18986#17632

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    really nice baskets! Sounds like you have some good ideas! I made picnic quilts for my children this year and have a picnic basket to match each of the quilts. I will fill the basket with homemade goodies from apple butter to pot holders, books, movies etc.

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    one year I made tea gift baskets, mother and sisters and BGF all read mystery's, so got "the English breakfast murder" Death by Darjeeling. Shades of Earl Gray, gunpowder green. Then got of of the teas in the books titlr\es, a tea strainer, tea cup and tea pot, and cozie, put them all in basket with mix for scones and lemon curd from England.
    They have cookie mysterys, and others that might make a good gift/togeather with what ever , just an idea

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    :-P I have not seen any but it sounds like a wonderful gift. Denise

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    Those are great ideas! Maybe a little quilt... depends on if I get to it or not but, I suppose it's a matter of making the time to do them.

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    I love that idea! (Would love to get one too).
    I'm making a basket for our quilt show's penny raffle. I have a quilt puzzle, quilt mystery and a pack of cards so far. I want to call it something like "What quilters can do when the quilting isn't going right" or something condensed along that line.
    :)lots2do

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    leaha-
    I love that idea! (Would love to get one too).
    I'm making a basket for our quilt show's penny raffle. I have a quilt puzzle, quilt mystery and a pack of cards so far. I want to call it something like "What quilters can do when the quilting isn't going right" or something condensed along that line.
    :)lots2do
    great idea, love the theam basket idea

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    I did baskets one year for the guys. Put a couple of the hot pad things you put your hand into, Barb-Q tools, box of Charcoal lighter cubes, some jars of Seasoning, a bottle of Wine & a couple of Wine Glasses. They loved it!

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    Great ideas! Baskets gifts always look elegant and EXPENSIVE,too, even if you didnt spend alot!

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    cool ideas

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    If you want something homemade, I watched a demo of making baskets clothesline cord and jelly rolls at the quilt show in Knoxville. They can be formed into just about any size and/or shape you want. I have a pattern for a tote bag, but I'm sure there are ones for baskets as well.

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    These are some great ideas! :D
    I'm thinking of doing some "bread baking baskets" for my sister and my MIL. I think I'll use a bread pan as the basket and include the recipe and handmade potholders.
    What else could I add?
    :roll:

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    You can go to www.tipnut.com they have lots of gift basket ideas and container gift ideas too!

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    Got some more ideas....

    ~recipe
    ~potholder
    ~embroidered dish towel
    ~measuring spoons
    ~timer
    ~yeast packet
    ~silicone spatula


    Would that work?

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    oh yes all good ideas!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Grace
    Got some more ideas....

    ~recipe
    ~potholder
    ~embroidered dish towel
    ~measuring spoons
    ~timer
    ~yeast packet
    ~silicone spatula


    Would that work?

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    I get some lovely baskets at Goodwill and Sallyann's. There are usually masses of them there all year long.

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    I love doing baskets....for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, any occasion. I just pick a theme of some kind (kitchen, baking, children's, etc.), then fill a basket to my heart's content. Seems to work really nicely when I find difficulty finding a gift for people who seem to have everything. Sometimes I don't use baskets but use something like an expensive cookie tray or a big wooden bowl to house all the goodies in. I embellish the Christmas ones with faux Poinsettia blooms, pinecones and plain red glass Christmas ornaments, too. Then wrap in clear cellophane, tied with a thick ribbon (like the kind found at Sam's or Costco sold in the rolls near Christmas time) and it's ready to go. I sure have fun building baskets and mostly use the basket ideas for all my gifts nowadays.

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