A Starbucks #DeliciousPairings Gift For An Awesome Friend

A lot of you regular readers know, my husband and I work opposite shifts.  I work a full time day job in an office, and he works full time evenings bartending.  We have a couple hours of overlap in our schedules, and two days a week, Raya goes to daycare to play for 2 hours… which is crazy expensive.  (Thankfully we only have to pay for 4 hours a week of child care!)  But on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, our friend Michele comes over to watch Raya.

Michele & Raya

We don’t have family in the area who can help during the week.  My mom lives nearby, but she works full-time as well.  So for Michele to volunteer her time every week asking for nothing in return – well, she’s just an awesome friend.  Really – like family to us, and we really don’t thank her enough.  So I put together this little gift basket for her.

Pie and Starbucks Coffee #DeliciousPairings

I have the tutorial for making your own any-sized burlap gift basket below – but let me take a minute to tell you about the goodies!  I recently tried the brew-at-home Starbucks Holiday Blend.

Starbucks Holiday Blend

I normally get my Starbucks fix directly from a barista, but I’m really impressed with this home-brew blend!  I found it at Sam’s Club, and picked up one of their Artisan Pies (the Artisan Fresh™ Apple Lattice Pie – YUM) to go along with it.

Starbucks Holiday Blend

The combination was so wonderful that I knew I had to share it with our friend. :) The coffee is already delicious as a morning pick-me-up, but it’s even better when paired with the holiday spices of the pie – it brings out the hint of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove in the coffee blend when you try it alongside the pie!  The Starbucks Holiday Blend is a limited-edition seasonal flavor – so I will definitely be grabbing another bag to last me through January, too.

Starbucks Holiday Blend and Apple Pie #DeliciousPairings

Now, a pie is not really an easy thing to find a gift basket for.  Have you ever discovered this?  So the only solution (and the logical one for a crafty, DIY-mama) was to make one.

Starbucks Holiday Blend and Apple Pie #DeliciousPairings

What you will need:

  • approximately 1 yard of canvas 60″ wide, or more like 2 yards of you’re using 36″-45″ wide.  You will need 2 squares of fabric that are approximately 30″, if you are making a pie-basket like me.  There are note below how to adjust these measurements for other shapes & sizes.  If you’re using fabric from your stash, it’s not essential that the two squares are the same color.  One is for the basket interior, and one will be lining the burlap (which you will be able to see through a little).
  • approximately 1 yard of burlap for one large fabric square
  • Fusible interfacing to make the basket more sturdy – mine was about 24″ wide and I needed about 3/4 yard.
  • Basic sewing supplies and paper to create your pattern.

First, I taped some regular paper together.  You can use newspaper, but I hate doing that with light-colored fabrics because the ink can get on your fabric.  So feel free to go that route, just be careful!  Now, determine how big you want your basket to be.  My pie box is about 18″ square.  I traced that out for my base, and then added a 6″ side to it (I want the basket to be about 3″ tall, and I want to fold the edge down an inch or two as well).  Then, I expanded each side flap by another 3/4″ to account for my seam allowance.

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

When I was done, it looked like this:

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

As long as the center area is the size you want your base to be, you can adjust this pattern to fit any size square or rectangle.

Then, I traced out my pattern on my fabrics.  I cut two from canvas, one from burlap.  Next, I ironed my fusible interfacing between my canvas and burlap.

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

I found burlap to be a hassle to work with, although the end result was worth it.  But since it was giving me fits, I stitched all around the outer edge of the two pieces I fused together, so that none of the edges started to fray.

At this point it’s time to form your sides.  With the right sides facing, fold each flap so that the two edges meet.  Sew with about 1/2″ seam allowance.

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

Now, do the same thing with your remaining canvas piece.  You’ll have 2 boxy-looking pieces.

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

Turn the canvas liner so that it’s right-side-out – so that the smooth edges are facing the outside.  Place it inside the inside-out burlap.  I know that sounds confusing… it should look like this.  The smooth side of the seam on each piece should be facing each other:

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

Now, sew around the top rough edge ALMOST all the way around.  You might find it helpful to pin your two pieces together.  (I am lazy and I didn’t bother.) ;) Leave about a 4″ hole for turning it right side out along any one of the sides.  It works best if you DON’T leave a hole on your corner.

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

Now, reach into the hole, and pull the inside of your basket out.  You are turning it from inside-out to right-side out.  Tuck the edges of the hole in, and pin it shut so that it looks like the rest of your seam.  Straighten out your basket – we’re almost done!

Now, topstitch all along the edge between the basket and liner.  This will capture the raw edges of your hole, and give the whole basket a more finished look.

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

Now, just fold the edge down if you want to, and it’s ready to pack up!

Custom Burlap Basket Pattern

You may wonder why I didn’t add handles.  You certainly may!  I just wanted to keep the construction as simple as possible, since it’s really just a way to gift wrap it – and without the extra details it only took me about 20 minutes to sew up.  It’s a nice sturdy construction and can be reused for lightweight items, like table decor (I’m envisioning another one for myself as a centerpiece with pinecones?)  It will still need to be supported on the bottom when the pie is transported, but the burlap makes the pie look great – much better than giving it on its own!

Michele loved it!  This combo is a great one to give for Christmas.

Starbucks Coffee, Apple Pie, and a Burlap Gift Basket Pattern

Have you tried the Starbucks Holiday Blend Coffee yet?  How do you like it?

Adrianne

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Comments

  1. says

    Who wouldn’t love some Starbucks coffee and a delicious pie as a gift?! AND, that basket you made to complete the whole gift is super cute!!

  2. says

    Now I’m totally craving pie with a spiced drink! I’ve never tried Starbucks but it looks so yummy in your super cute Santa mugs, I may have to give it ago.:)

  3. says

    You are amazing. Just, you know, whipped up a basket in 20 minutes. I don’t drink coffee, but I’d like the pie any day!

  4. says

    Oh I love that DIY basket Adrianne! And a I too have tried and love the Starbucks Holiday Blend and Sam’s Club’s Apple Pie – so yum! Great gift idea, thanks for sharing!

  5. Camille says

    Yum! I love that I can brew Starbucks right at home. And awesome basket! You are so creative.

  6. Jenna Wood says

    Wow that pie looks mouth watering in your photos, I will have to pick one up the next time I am at Sam’s Club!

  7. says

    I love this gift basket idea, I think I might even be able to do it and I can barely sew. That pie looks so good too. I just got some of the Starbucks Holiday Blend at Sam’s Club the other day, it is really good!

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