Saturday, January 3, 2009

Basket made from Christmas Cards

One of the things I remember from my childhood Christmases was a basket my mother had that my grandmother had made out of Christmas cards.  I don't know what became of the basket, but when my sister was visiting last month and we were trying to figure out what to do with a box of old Christmas cards, both of us thought of the basket.  Unfortunately, neither of us had any idea how to make one so that's where the conversation ended.

A few days later, I found this link to a basket that was similar, but it wasn't quite the same as the one I remembered:

As I recall, the basket my grandmother made was crocheted together, not stitched and the sides were curved, not straight.  So, I decided to try to make a pattern of my own.  Here is my first attempt.


I think it's pretty close to the one I remember.  I think Grandma's had a little more curve to the sides, though.  I'll have to show it to my mom and my sister and see what they think.

Here's a view from the top:


And another view from the front:


If you'd like to make one, you can find the pattern and instructions here:

Be warned, though, I have never written crochet instructions before so they might be a little hard to follow.


  1. WOW, this is so cool, Judy!! You ever cease to amaze me! thanks for sharig!


  2. My great Aunt used to make the same baskets from cards. Thanks for the childhood memories. I plan on making at least one of my own.

  3. Do you have the pattern for the christmas card chair?

    1. Sorry, no, I don't. I wasn't aware that there was a Christmas card chair.

  4. Where is the carry handle?

  5. WOW!!! Thanks for posting! My Grandmother had one of these and I always loved I will make one of my very own! Thanks again!

    1. You're wecome! My Grandmother had one too. I made this one from memory.