Make an AG doll Easter basket for that special American Girl doll fan in your life. This diy American Girl doll Easter basket is quick and easy to make.
Looking for AG doll Easter crafts to make for your daughter or granddaughter this year? This DIY doll Easter basket is quick to work up and doesn’t require much plastic canvas or yarn.
It is an easy enough pattern that young girls can make it by themselves with a little guidance. I have found that plastic canvas projects are wonderful for teaching young girls sewing basics.
I made these fun American Girl doll Easter baskets years ago when my daughters were younger. They would spend hours on end playing with their 18 inch dolls. I just loved making all sorts of American Girl doll crafts for my daughter to use in doll play.
In fact, I even owned a blog that was entirely filled with AG doll crafts. Now those sweet little girls are teenagers and have moved on to other things, but I thought other moms and grandmas might enjoy making some of my projects for their own special little American Girl doll fan. So I am moving them all here to Creatively Homemade for others to make and enjoy.
This free plastic canvas pattern features the Roman stitch, which is just a combination of horizontal and vertical straight stitches. The effect looks a bit like a woven basket.
Supplies needed to make an AG doll Easter basket
- 1 Sheet of 7 Count Plastic Canvas
- 3 inch Plastic Canvas Circle
- #16 Plastic Canvas Needle
- Worsted Weight Yarn in Tan and Pink (or the colors of your choice)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Small Amount of Easter Grass
- Mini Plastic Easter Eggs or Other Embellishments
- Plastic Canvas Hole/Rib Counter (optional)
- Yarn Needle Threader (optional)
Optional: A plastic canvas hole/rib counter and a yarn needle threader are certainly helpful when making this DIY doll Easter basket. However, these plastic canvas Easter baskets can be completed without a yarn threader or hole counter if you don’t have them.
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.
I used Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in the color Great Sand Dunes for the basket. However, feel free to use whatever colors you would like to make an American Girl doll Easter basket. Pink is always a good choice with little girls!
Instructions to make an American Girl doll Easter basket
Stitches Used in This Free Plastic Canvas Pattern
These 18 inch doll plastic canvas Easter Baskets patterns use the continental stitch and the Roman stitch to create the design. They also use the whipstitch to hold the pieces together and the overcast stitch to finish things off. If you are unfamiliar with any of these stitches, be sure to check out the links below for free instructions from Annie’s Attic.
Stitch the doll Easter basket handle
Cut 2 strips (50 holes by 2 holes) that will be used for the basket handles. Using tan yarn, stitch both pieces according to the pattern above.
With the wrong sides facing each other and working through both layers, overcast on all sides to form the handle.
Stitch the plastic canvas Easter basket
Cut out the plastic canvas for the side of the Easter basket. Using tan yarn, stitch the horizontal stitches according to the pattern. The un-stitched areas on the sides are where you will overlap the canvas to form the basket shape.
Now you are going to stitch the vertical stitches on the same piece according to the pattern.
For ease of viewing, these stitches are dark brown. However, you should stitch them in tan like you did with the horizontal stitches.
Assemble the American Girl Doll Easter Basket:
Form the stitched piece into a tube with the wrong side facing inward. Overlap 2 holes width on the ends. Stitch a straight stitch across the two overlapping holes down the length of the basket side to hold the two pieces together. This row of stitches will be hidden when you finish the rest of the stitching.
Fill in the blank spaces using the same horizontal straight stitching pattern you used for the rest of the basket.
Complete the basket body by adding in the vertical stitching following the same pattern as you used for the rest of the basket.
Leaving the 3 inch plastic canvas circle un-stitched, whipstitch the circle to the basket body.
Overcast the top of the basket and attach the handles.
When you stitch the handle to the basket, don’t have the end of the handle even with the top of the basket. Drop it by 2 holes inside the basket and stitch into place.
Pin the remaining handle side in place to ensure that you have both ends spaced evenly on the basket. Continue the overcast stitch around and attach the other end of the handle when you get to it. Continue the overcast stitch around the remainder of the basket top.
After you finish stitching your basket, place a drop of hot glue between the end of the handles and the inside of the basket to secure it and help it stand up straight.
The doll Easter basket is cute as is, or you can stitch a little bow embellishment for it.
Make the Bow for the AG doll Easter basket:
Cut and stitch the bow using pink yarn according to the free plastic canvas pattern above.
Overcast the edges in pink. Don’t cut the tail or weave in the end.
Fold the 2 ends of the bow piece together, meeting in the middle. You want the wrong side on the inside. Stitch the 2 ends together a couple of times to hold in place.
Flatten the bow by lining up the indention in the front with the indention in the back of the loop. Run the yarn tail around and around the indention to hold it in the bow shape. Weave the yarn end in on the backside.
Cut and stitch both bow tail pieces in pink yarn. Overcast the edges.
Use hot glue to adhere the bow tails together at an angle.
Use hot glue to stick the tails to the back of the bow.
Attach the bow to the Easter basket with hot glue. It can be placed either on the basket handle or on the body of the basket.
Fill the plastic canvas Easter baskets with a small amount of Easter grass. Add 1/2″ plastic Easter eggs or any other small Easter embellishments you like. You could even use small Easter egg chocolates to fill the American Girl doll Easter basket. I am sure your daughter or granddaughter wouldn’t mind eating them after they are done playing!
Pin this DIY doll Easter basket tutorial for later:
Quick Links to Info on This Page
- Supplies needed to make an AG doll Easter basket
- Instructions to make an American Girl doll Easter basket
- Stitches Used in This Free Plastic Canvas Pattern
- Stitch the doll Easter basket handle
- Stitch the plastic canvas Easter basket
- Assemble the American Girl Doll Easter Basket:
- Make the Bow for the AG doll Easter basket:
- Pin this DIY doll Easter basket tutorial for later:
I hope you have enjoyed this free plastic canvas pattern to make an AG doll Easter basket. Are you making any American Girl doll Easter crafts this year? If you have any comments or questions, be sure to leave me a comment below. While you are here, be sure to check out the rest of my Easter crafts. Happy crafting!