We makers love adding a handmade touch to everything we plan and that includes the Holiday table! You may not have time for runners and placemats this year, but Bread Basket Covers are simple and quick to make.
Chicken and Turkey Basket Covers
Let’s start with two covers that are squawkingly adorable! Marni of the Haberdashery Fun blog has a crafty talent for feathered friends and designed both a turkey and chicken bread basket cover. She started with the chicken and has a fabulous downloadable PDF pattern for you to use. You’ll find excellent step by step instructions with great images to follow and templates for the clucker pattern pieces.
Once Marni had a chicken she decided to add a turkey version and wrote a post with inspiration and basic hints you can use along with the chicken directions. Both fowl friends require an oval basket without handles, small amounts of fabric and thermal batting to keep your rolls and breads cozy warm. I love that these super-cute covers fold flat for easy in between meal storage. Have fun picking your fabrics! Use traditional turkey and chicken feather colors, go bright or make your hens and toms wildly patterned.
Simple Basket Cover
Wow, I love this version of Bread Basket Covers designed by Becky of the Patchwork Posse blog! You can easily make it for any basket and it’s super-quick – a very good thing for holiday sewing!! So, if you’re in a hurry, grab two fat quarters – contrasting, coordinating or matching and you’ll be ready to sew. Becky’s instructions are easy to follow and she resourcefully uses a plate as a center cutting template – so the supplies needed are few. You’ll end up with an 18” square basket liner/cover that should work well for any container shape. And, because Becky knows you might really be short on time, she’s provided a link to her Best Dinner Rolls recipe in the blog post!
Click here for the Simple Basket Cover tutorial.
Fit Any Basket Liner
If you’d like a Bread Basket Cover to line a certain basket, this tutorial is perfect! Beth of the Sew Mama Sew blog includes excellent measuring directions, a little geometry refresher and all the tips you’ll need for basket lining success. Start with ½ to ¾ yard fabric (depending on the size of your basket), elastic and, of course, a basket. If you don’t have a basket on hand, as Beth suggests, check your local charity or thrift shop. The instructions are for a rectangular basket liner/cover, but once you’ve tried that, you’ll be able to easily adapt the techniques for any size or shape. To make the liner uniquely your own design, think about adding a ruffle, bows at the corners or fabric flowers.
Click here for Sew Mama Sew’s Fitted Basket Liner post.
French Bread Baskets
These aren’t Bread Basket Covers, but you can make your own basket! French Bread Baskets will become your go-to for quick table hold-alls and fast to make gifts. Super stiff, heavy-weight interfacing gives them great shape and they can be used for food, treats or holiday decorations, too. Wouldn’t they be festive loaded with pine cones or ornaments?! The tutorial on the Blissful Sewing blog is for a 10” finished basket, but you can make yours smaller or larger if you choose. For the corner ties, you’ll use several yards of ribbon, twill or bias tape or self-made cording or tape.
Click here for the French Baskets tutorial.
Aren’t these fabulous?! Depending on the fabric you choose, you can make your Bread Basket Covers elegant, festive, whimsical and perfect for any need. If you’re headed out to spend the holidays with friends or family, bring a Bread Basket Cover, Liner or French Basket for your hostess. It’s a wonderful way to give a handmade expression of your heartfelt gratitude to those you love!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.