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A double gift with a million uses


A crocheted basket made with Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Gray Mist holding tea, socks, tissue, a mug rug, chocolate, a mug and honey and wrapped in a cellophane bag.

This time of year it seems to me like every other person I talk to either sick or has a sick family member in the house. And being sick is no fun at all. I often want to take get well gifts or a meal into a sick family. One of my favorite options is a Little Bag of Sunshine which is quick, easy, and fun. It's a way to 'brighten” someone's day.


But, sometimes I want to gift something a little more substantial. In those cases, one of my favorite things to give is a crocheted basket full of get-well goodies.

Crocheted basket made with Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Gray Mist next to a plant.

In addition to all the good stuff inside, the basket itself is cute and useful which I think is a total win-win. And, the free pattern for this basket is INGENIOUS! I love me some crocheted baskets, but this one is my favorite because it has a lot of what I would call “structure.”


Rebecca over at Yarn + Chai created this pattern and it uses plastic canvas inside the basket itself so it stays upright with just the right amount of stiffness. And there are sooooo many uses for them! I keep one on my sewing table to hold all of my sewing clips. My mom requested THREE of them in different colors to hold various items for HER sewing table after I told her how awesome they are. Any small item can be stored inside and displayed and if you want a bigger basket there's a pattern for a larger basket as well. Think toiletries, hair ties and bows, candy, small toys, crochet or other craft supplies .... the list is endless.

Crocheted basket made with Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn made in Gray Mist filled with socks, tea, a Pocket Hug, bubble bat and chocolate sitting next to a plant.

And these baskets can be filled with good stuff for birthdays, just because gifts, teacher gifts – you name it. It makes whatever you're giving even better because it's a double gift.

An empty gray crocheted basket next to a mug, honey, tea, chocolates, bubble bath, socks, tissue, a mug rug and a Pocket Hug.

Here are just a few ideas for filler for any occasion:

Tea

Honey for the tea

Mug

Emergen-C packets

Small packet of tissues

Cough drops

Chocolate of any kind

Fuzzy socks or slippers

Small bubble bath

Bath Salts

This adorable Pocket Hug from Crochet To Play. Can't you just think of a ton of ways to use this adorable thing?! And, the pattern is free and so is the printable to attach it to!

Candle

Lip balm

Lotion

Hair ties

Sanitizer

Gum

Pens

Coasters or “mug rugs”

Crocheted basket filled with socks, tea, chocolate, a mug rug, mug, and honey.

I'm sure you can think of a thousand more things to put into a gift basket. You can load the whole thing up into a gift bag or cellophane bag, tie it up with some ribbon and you're set.

Hands tying a gray ribbon onto a cellophane bag.

As for the basket itself, I couldn't find any of the yarn locally that she recommended so each time I have made one of these baskets I hold two strands of worsted weight yarn together instead. I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Gray Mist for the basket in the pictures.


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Happy Crafting!




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