The idea came for this basket for two reasons. First, my sister had just remodeled a good part of her now vintage looking kitchen, & secondly, she was pregnant & close to delivery. In addition to a gift for my precious new niece, I wanted to give my sister a gift she could enjoy in her “new” kitchen, as well as something to relax with during recovery.
I found the perfect basket at the thrift store for starters. Always, always cherry pick the baskets at the thrift shop! Then, I gathered anything on hand kitchen related in her old-fashioned, vintage farmhouse style.
This piece of crocheted lace was in a pile of vintage linens I was given by a friend who was moving. It fit perfectly around the outside edge of the basket!
A sharp pair of scissors quickly removed the usable portion of the lace. I then glued it to the edge of the basket ~ so cute!
Next I chose the color palette of red & creams/whites & gathered vintage & thrifted items. Here were the first things I considered.
The two feature gifts for my sister were the new DIY book from her favorite YouTuber, plus a red & white quilted table runner. After making the Simple Spring Quilted Table Runner for my Mom I knew I’d enjoy making another one!
The pattern for this runner is even more simple ~ just red & white triangles flying in one direction.
Every quilt has a story to tell… The red bandanna fabric came from my Grandmother’s stash I inherited ~ the strips will become ties to go around the finished quilt when it’s rolled up.
The muslin oval will become a label to mark the date & occasion.
Recently Matt discovered the most delicious light & fruity Orange Blossom honey ~ what a fun treat for a kitchen basket!
The honey came in an tacky plastic container ~ so a pretty little jar & disc of fabric traced by a saucer added the perfect homey touch.
This gorgeous little ironstone pitcher made its way home with me after a hunt through the antique store ~ funny how those things happen…
I added a couple wooden spoons & a set of three seasonal lithographs by Currier & Ives from the thrift shop. So vintage looking!
This next gift basket idea is a vintage inspired sewing basket for my young niece who is learning to sew. I kept an eye out in the thrift stores for sturdy smallish baskets with lids. They were between $3 – $4 each.
Simple decoupage on the lid added a personalized, handcrafted touch.
This basket had a well made lining, and once the inside of the lid is dry it will be ready for new sewing notions!
For sewing notions I included basics, a hand cut mini-charm pack, a couple packs of buttons from my grandmother, and a some extra quilt blocks for her to play with.
All ready to pack & ship! I hope you have enjoyed these simple gift basket ideas & gathered some inspiration ~ sometimes an unexpected gift means the most!
Until next time,