Make an adorable handmade Easter basket your child will cherish forever with this free crochet Easter bunny basket pattern. Keep reading to learn how to make it. It’s easy!
A couple of years ago, I made my kids all a handmade Easter basket. I wanted baskets that could be reused from year to year instead of the Wal-mart 97 cent specials we usually bought.
I treasure things my grandmother made me when I was little, so I hope my kids feel the same way about the baskets I made them. They certainly were created with lots of love. (Be sure to check out the rest of the Easter crafts I have made for my kids while you are here!)
The first crochet Easter bunny basket I designed was made to fit around a plastic Gladware bowl. It worked, but the ears kept flopping over and my youngest daughter kept pulling the plastic container out.
So this crochet bunny basket pattern was attempt #2. I designed it around a plastic canvas support that makes it sturdier and helps the ears stand up straight. I love how it turned out. The finished Easter Bunny basket took me about 6 hours from start to finish to complete.
Size of the finished handmade Easter basket: approx. 6-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ x 10″.
Want to make Easter baskets for kids this year? Keep reading for complete instructions to make your own crochet Easter bunny basket.
Supplies Needed for this Free Crochet Easter Bunny Basket Pattern
- Weight 4 yarn in pink and tan (or the bunny color of your choice)
- Size G crochet hook (or hook size needed to obtain gauge)
- (1) 13.6″ x 21.6″ sheet of Artist’s Ultra Stiff Plastic Canvas (7 mesh or 7 count)
- (1) 9-1/2″ plastic canvas circle
- #16 plastic canvas needle
- (2) 28 mm wiggle eyes
- (1) 1-1/2″ pom pom in pink
- (1) 1-1/2″ pom pom in white
- 20 ga. (0.81 mm) floral stem wire in white
- wire cutters
- hot glue gun
- plastic canvas hole/rib counter (optional, but helpful)
- yarn needle threader (optional, but helpful)
Create the Handmade Easter Basket Liner from Plastic Canvas
This free crochet bunny basket pattern has plastic canvas support to help make it sturdier. This enables the ears and handle to stand up on their own. So you need to start with cutting the plastic canvas pieces.
If you have never worked with plastic canvas before, you might want to check out this plastic canvas how to guide before you cut out the pieces for this free crochet Easter bunny basket pattern.
Cut 2 pieces of plastic canvas that are each 150 holes x 7 holes. The Artist’s Ultra Stiff Plastic Canvas is 150 holes long, so you just need to cut 2 strips that is 7 holes wide each.
Cut a piece of plastic canvas that is 133 holes by 25 holes.
Overlap the short edges of the basket support piece by 4 holes to form a tube. Starting at the top, make a horizontal stitch across those 4 holes. Continue that down the length of the tube to hold the tube together. Use the same color yarn that you are going to be using to crochet the Easter basket.
Having trouble finding plastic canvas in local stores? I can hardly ever find plastic canvas in my local craft stores anymore. So I buy my plastic canvas in bulk on Amazon.
You need a 6″ plastic canvas circle (7 mesh or 7 count) for the base of the basket. The 6″ circles that you can buy at craft stores are actually just a bit shy of 6″. So you will want to cut down a 9-1/2″ plastic canvas circle.
Take a measuring tape and center the 3″ mark on the cross at the center of the circle. Use a dry erase marker to mark 3″ from the center in both directions. Cut away the excess canvas – 11 rings.
Whipstitch the 6″ circle to the plastic canvas tube to form the basket support. Weave in the yarn tail.
Cut 4 pieces that are 54 holes by 5 holes.
Trim the plastic canvas pieces down according to the pattern above. If you have never worked with plastic canvas before, you want to trim outside the black lines.
Free Crochet Bunny Basket Pattern:
4 sc = 1″; 3 sc rows = 1″
Gauge is very important for this free crochet Easter bunny basket pattern since you need to fit it to the plastic canvas basket support you made. Even types of yarn can affect your gauge. You can adjust your gauge by adjusting your tension or changing to a different size crochet hook.
I made 2 of these baskets – one with weight 4 Heartland yarn and one with weight 4 Red Heart. I had to make some adjustments between the 2 types of yarn despite both yarns being marked as the same weight. So definitely pay attention to the check for fit notes.
Abbreviations used in this free crochet pattern:
• ch – chain
• st – stitch (sts- stitches)
• sc – single crochet
• sl st – slip stitch
• tog – together
For this crochet easter bunny basket, you will need to make a basket, a handle, and 2 ears according to the following directions.
Crochet the Basket:
The crochet easter bunny basket is worked in rounds. Do not join rnds, unless otherwise stated.
Rnd 1: With tan (or your chosen color) ch 2. 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sc). Pull starting tail tight to close the center hole.
Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, rep from * around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (30 sc)
Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (36 sc)
Rnd 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (42 sc)
Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (48 sc)
Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (54 sc)
Rnd 10: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (60 sc)
Rnd 11: * Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (66 sc)
Rnd 12: * Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in each of next st, rep from * around (72 sc)
Rnds 13-14: Sc in each st around. (72 sc)
Rnd 15: Sc in each st around. Sl st to 1st st in round. (72 sc)
Rnd 16: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around. Sl st to 1st st in round. (72 sc)
Rnd 17: Working in both loops again, sc in eact st around. Do not join – resume working in the round. (72 sc)
Rnds 18-36: Sc in each st around (72 sc)
St st to 1st st in last round. Finish off, leaving a really long tail for stitching to the basket support.
Crochet the Ears:
You need to crochet 4 ear pieces – 2 in tan (or the color you chose for the basket) and 2 in pink.
Row 1: Ch 5. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 2: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts. Ch 1, turn. (5 sc)
Row 4: 2 sc in 1st st, sc in next 4 sts. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 5: Sc in each st across. (6 sc)
Row 6: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 5 sts. Ch 1, turn. (7 sc)
Row 7: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 6 sts. Ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Rows 8-10: Sc in each st across. (8 sc)
Row 11: Sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next 6 sts. Ch 1, turn. (7 sc)
Row 12: Sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next 5 sts. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 13: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (6 sc)
Row 14: Sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next 4 sts. Ch 1, turn. (5 sc)
Row 15: Sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next 3 sts. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Rows 16-17: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (4 sc)
Row 18: Sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next 2 sts. Ch 1, turn. (3 sc)
Row 19: Sc first 2 sts tog, sc in next st. Ch 1, turn. (2 sc)
Row 20: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (2 sc)
Row 21: Sc the 2 sts tog. (1 sc). Fasten off.
Weave in the ends.
Crochet the basket handle:
The finished crocheted handle needs to be 15″ long by 3″ wide.
Row 1: Ch 61. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. (60 sc)
Row 2-14: Ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across.
Fasten off and weave in the yarn tail.
Assembling the Crochet Easter Bunny Basket:
Optional step: Whipstitch the two plastic canvas handle support pieces together in the middle. You want to confine this to the middle area that will be hidden by the crocheted handle. Whipstitching these two pieces together will make sure that these pieces stay aligned when you are sewing the handle to the basket.
Start by wrapping the crochet handle piece around the plastic canvas handle support pieces. Lay the crochet handle piece out and center the plastic canvas handle supports on it. You want to make sure that there is an even amount of plastic canvas on each side of the crocheted strip and that it is centered from top to bottom.
Bring the top edge and bottom edge of the crocheted piece to meet in the middle and whipstitch down the length to form the cover for the plastic canvas handle support.
Next you need to sew the handle to the plastic canvas basket support.
Place one of the plastic canvas handles outside the basket and one on the inside, running all the way down to the bottom of the basket. Making horizontal stitches, stitch from one side of the handle to the other, making sure to go through all three piece of canvas. Continue these horizontal stitches all the way to the of the basket.
Use the same process to stitch the other handle end to the other side of the basket, making sure it is centered evenly.
You do not yet need to stitch the crochet handle down. That will be taken care of when we stitch the crocheted basket to the top of the basket support.
Take a pink ear and a tan ear and place them together. Single crochet along the edge (1 in each row) until you reach the tip of the ear. Insert 2 of the plastic canvas ear supports (you can whipstitch the plastic canvas pieces together at the top to keep them aligned if you like) between the two crocheted ear pieces and continue adding a single crochet border down the other side of the ear. Leave the bottom unstitched. Weave in the end.
Repeat the process for the other ear.
Place one of the plastic canvas ear supports outside the basket and one on the inside, running all the way down to the bottom of the basket. You want the ear supports 14 holes away from the edge of the handle.
Making horizontal stitches, stitch from one side of the ear support to the other, making sure to go through all three piece of canvas. Continue these horizontal stitches all the way to the of the basket.
Repeat this process to attach the other ear to the basket base, positioning the second ear 14 holes away from the other handle.
Slip the crocheted Easter basket base onto the plastic canvas support. Thread a needle on that long tail you left and begin sewing the crochet basket to the plastic canvas support. Whipstitch one stitch into each of the plastic canvas holes. This will give your basket top a nice finished look.
When you get to a handle end or an ear, you need to make sure to catch the crocheted handle or ear as you stitch to hold it down and secure it to the basket base. Be sure you catch the front and back of the crocheted piece so there is no gap that allows the plastic canvas support to show through. Weave in the yarn tail.
Heat up a hot glue gun. The last thing you need to do to complete this free crochet bunny basket pattern is to add the facial features.
Please note: this crochet Easter bunny basket is meant for older children. If you want to make this for a child who still sticks things in his mouth, I recommend sewing facial features on the basket instead of using the pom poms, floral wire, and googly eyes to avoid a choking hazard.
Hot glue a 1.5″ white pom pom to the back of the basket for the bunny tail. You want it centered between the ears and at the bottom of the basket.
Turn the basket back to the front side. Take an 18″ white floral stem (20 gauge) and cut it into 6″ lengths. This will form the bunny whiskers.
Take the three wires and run them underneath a stitch about 1 inch up from the bottom of the basket and centered between the 2 ears.
Form each individual whisker into a u-shape and twist before opening it back up. You are in essence tying the whisker around that center stitch. Repeat for the other 2 whiskers and then spread them out. You can use a small amount of hot glue in the center to hold them in place if you like.
Hot glue a 1-1/2″ pink pom pom in the center of the whiskers for the bunny nose.
Hot glue two 28 mm wiggle eyes into place above the nose. It is helpful to use the edge of the ears to help you visualize that both eyes are placed evenly.
And you are done with this crochet bunny basket pattern! Phew! Fill the basket with Easter grass and the fillers of your choosing – candy, filled plastic eggs, and small toys.
I made one of these crochet Easter bunny baskets for each of my kids – one in a yarn color called Great Sand Dunes, one in a yarn color called Grand Canyon, one in off-white, and one in grey (not shown). I just love how they turned out. So cute! My hope is that that my kids will pass them onto their own child someday!
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