We have a small herb garden in our yard with some mint, basil, thyme, oregano and sage. Often I will collect cut herbs for dinner and will also cut flowers and pick some tomatoes too. My little guys will help carry our harvest inside, but little arms and hands can only carry so much. I made this little fabric harvest basket to carry everything in. It lies flat on the ground while we cut, then we fold it up and carry all the goodies inside.
This harvest basket is made from a vintage feed sack and two sticks we found on a hike. Any kind of fabric can be used. Consider an old flowery pillow case.
Two sticks about 15 inches long
Two 15 x 21 inch pieces of fabric
Two 8 x 5 inch pieces of solid fabric (in a coordinating color for pocket)
Optional cutting board & rotary cutter
Cut fabric to size. Place fabric, right sides together and fold lengthwise. Cut according to diagram above. Repeat on other end using cut areas as a guideline. Your pieces will look like this:
With right sides together, sew around edges, using a 1/4 inch seam. Leave a 3-4 inch space to turn piece right side out.
Trim corners and clip around all curved areas. Turn right side out and press flat. Hand sew opened area closed.
Take one pocket piece and embroider a free style design with flowers, leaves and words as desired. When embroidery design is complete, place both pocket pieces right sides together and sew around edge using 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a two-inch space free and turn pocket right side out. Press flat, pin pocket in place and sew around sides and bottom edges.
Fold over tabs around stick (to measure fit) and sew all four tabs in place.
Slide sticks in place and harvest some yummy herbs!
Regina Lord is a mother of two active boys and a part-time lactation nurse. She spends lots of time painting, sewing and photographing her life. Check out her creations and other things at Creative Kismet and her shop.