Little Cat's Feet

I know that kittens aren't usually associated with Easter, just chicks and bunnies, but maybe they should be, or at least this cat's ear basket. This is an iconic shaker basket that I have interpreted in paper.  I did this in black and white for a checkerboard look.
 I used some scrapbook 12x12" black and white paper to make this. I cut 10 black pieces 1/2" wide and  wove them together making certain that they were centered.
 Turn the basket over so that the bottom is facing up. I used clothes pins at each corner then began to weave a 1/2" wide piece of white.
 This is a little tricky. When you get to the corner, pinch the two black strips together and fold the white strip to turn around. Keep the bottom of the basket flat on the ground while you do this.
 Keep weaving and folding the corners until you are all the way around. You will need to add onto the white strips as you go. I used double-faced tape, but a glue stick will work as well.
 Turn you basket over and continue weaving, trying to spread the black strips apart to allow the basket to flare out a bit.
 I found that using the clothes pins was handy as I worked my way up. The white strips wanted to make their way to the top of the basket and the pins kept them in check.
 When I got to the point where there was just enough of the black strips left to fold over, I snipped the end of the white strip at an angle. I folded the black strips - some forward and some backward- until the white strips were locked in place and I had a nice even edge all the way around. Glue down the black strips and cut off any extra.
I'm not sure that it shows in this picture, but the pinched and folded strips at the bottom form little cat's ears feet at the bottom of the basket allowing it to sit upright. For an authentic tutorial check here.

Take a black sharpie and doodle some designs a a couple of eggs.

Here kitty, kitty.


The Moonlit Stitch said...

Cool! Love the black & white ~*~Lisa

Heather Leavers said...

very cute! I'm glad you explained the cats ears bit, I was wondering where they were.

Crystelle Boutique said...

What a fun basket! I had no idea you made it when I saw your picture.... ! You are seriously talented!

Happy Easter to you and yours... :)

hugs x
Crystelle Boutique

Wanda Baarman said...

I love it! that is so cute. I love the classic black and white you chose. Have a Happy Easter. Visiting from Creations by Kara.

Kristen said...

this is super cool! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @

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Gülce Korkmaz said...

Cute! What a fun card. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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