I usually make a "sample" for my kids first before creating something for someone else. I always fear making mistakes and would feel embarrassed giving it away as a gift. So for my first attempt I made one for W. I used Birch Organics Whale Love for the inside and Monaluna Circa 52 Starburst Sea for the outside fabric.
The end result looked awesome together and is well loved by both kids. It's kind of nice when both kids fight over it since it means they both want to play with it. :)
And of course it's gone through some abuse since W thinks she can fit into it. I think the next one I make for her I'll have to use a stiffer fusing material for the sides. It's currently sitting a little lopsided since the original Pellon material wasn't meant to be squashed by an 18 month old toddler. I also made a little 12" by 12" inch blanket from some leftover kids' flannel and didn't realize there were suggested dimenions listed in the directions.
The second baby doll basket was made for a friend who has a Bitty Baby and I stuck with the medium size. I got some Mickey & Minnie Mouse print and lined it with soft pink flannel, both types of fabric purchased at Joann's. When I was finished with it I uploaded a pic on Instagram for my friend to have a sneak peak before actually giving it to her daughter's birthday.
And the best part was it got featured on Dana's blog when she posted a roundup of all the baskets made. The post is here and I felt so awesome to be featured!