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Santa & Snowman Baskets

These adorable stitched Santa and snowman lids are the perfect toppers for tiny Nantucket baskets.

What You Need:

Look for these impish fellows to generate dozen of smiles.
  • 6-inch square of 18-count antique white Aida cloth
  • Cotton embroidery floss
  • Kreinik blending filament
  • Purchased 3-inch-tall Nantucket basket
  • 3/8-inch-diameter gold jingle bell
  • Santa charm kit
  • Snowman nose and charm kit
  • 2 3-inch-diameter medium-weight cardboard circles
  • 3-inch-diameter fleece circle
  • 4-inch-diameter cotton fabric circle; green for Santa, burgundy for snowman
  • Crafts glue
  • Large-eye needle
  • 12-inch length of 1/4-inch-wide satin ribbon: green for Santa, burgundy for snowman
  • 1/4-inch-diameter gold jingle bell
  • 12-inch length of 1/8-inch-wide flat braid; green for Santa, burgundy for snowman
  • Plastic clothespins (optional)


1. Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Assembly diagram

Adobe Acrobat

2. Center and stitch the Snowman or Santa Basket chart on the Aida cloth. Use two plies of floss to work the stitches over one square of the Aida cloth unless otherwise specified. Press the stitched piece from the back. Attach the charms, snowman nose, and small jingle bells using two plies of white floss.

3. Cut the fleece the same size as one circle of the cardboard. Spray the cardboard lightly with the adhesive and position the fleece on top. Center the stitched piece on top of the fleece- covered cardboard. Fold the fabric edges to the back of the cardboard, clipping as necessary for a smooth fit. Glue the edges of the fabric to the back of the cardboard.

4. Center the cotton fabric circle on the remaining piece of cardboard. Fold the fabric edges to the back of the cardboard, clipping as necessary for a smooth fit. Glue the edges of the fabric to the back of the cardboard.

5. For the hinges, make a diagonal cut on one end of a 3-inch length of ribbon. Thread the diagonal end of the ribbon into the large-eye needle. Insert the needle through the basket weaves under the rim. Place the fabric- covered cardboard circle on top of the basket with the fabric side down. Glue the ribbon ends to the uncovered side of the cardboard circle. Repeat for the other side of the basket.

6. Fold a 5-inch length of ribbon in half. Thread the folded end through the top of the large jingle bell. Slip the ribbon ends through the loop and pull snug against the jingle bell. Glue the jingle bell ribbon ends to the front center of the fabric-covered cardboard circle.

7. Center and glue the Aida-covered cardboard circle to the fabric-covered cardboard circle with wrong sides together. Use plastic clothespins to hold the pieces together until the glue dries. Beginning at the back center of the basket lid, glue the braid around the edges of the lid. Trim the excess braid.

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Featured in this issue:

  • Santa and Snowman Baskets -- Top tiny Nantucket baskets with adorable stitched Santa and snowman lids!
  • Collectible Santas -- You're certain to find a favorite in this delightful collection of Santa designs!
  • Old-Fashioned Elegance -- Decorate your holidays with the enchantment of another era with these beautiful Christmas projects!
  • Hark, Harold the Angel Sings -- Our exclusive angel was inspired by Mary Engelbreit's design!
  • Flaky Friends -- Stitch one (or all) of the projects in this whimsical collection of snowman designs!
  • Sweet Angels -- Add a touch of grace to any holiday setting with these dainty Scandinavian angels!

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