Halloween last year I completely forgot about the baskets until the night we went out. I ended up just using an orange bucket we had laying around. This year I wanted something that matched the costumes that we were making. For Yoshi I decided to do an egg for his basket, and for Baby Mario a Super Mushroom.
After working with this plastic mesh during a failed Yoshi head attempt I felt it would be a great material for the baskets. Since I have done some papercraft stuff in the past, I thought it would be great to use that as the templates for making the baskets.
I am extremely happy with how good these turned out, and think I will be doing this from now on.
These could also be used for Easter.
Step 1: Build Materials and Tools
11" x 17" Printer paper
13.5" x 22" Plastic Mesh - Joann
White Yarn - Already Owned
Red Felt - Joann
White Felt - Joann
White Fleece - Left overs from costume build, could just use Felt
Green Fleece - Left overs from costume build, could just use Felt
Computer with Photoshop, 11" x 17" print, and internet
Large Needle for yarn
Step 2: Templates
Since I was going to use papercraft templates for this build I need to find some that would translate to the plastic material well.
I found a super mushroom that would be easy to make with the plastic. The yoshi egg was not conducive to what I was trying to do, so I ended up using a pokemon egg.
After downloading those I opened them in Adobe Photoshop and edited them to fit my needs.
Since I was just going to use these for tracing the image quality was not important, nor the colors. I blew the images up made them gray scale and darkened them.
I printed them off on 11" x 17" tabloid paper so I could get a good size.
Step 3: Tracing and Cut
I laid the template down and put the plastic mesh on top. Then just traced them out. Repeating the sides 8 times.
For the mushroom I ended up just using the top of it. The stem I just did a circle out of a single piece of plastic, then the bottom was traced after everything else was put together.
Cut out all the pieces along your tracing lines
Step 4: Sew Plastic Mesh
Just sew everything together using the yarn and a large needle.
The Mushroom ended up being too large so we just took two sections out (6 instead of 8).
Also made straps out of the plastic as well.
Step 5: Cut Fabric and Sew
Last step we cut the fabric and batting using the same templates and hand sewed it all together. Apply any spots and handles.