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How to Make a Fabric Party Favor Basket

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Sister_Diane Diane Gilleland, contributor
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With two pretty fabrics and some fabric stiffener, you can mold cute favor baskets with ease.
You can even turn your party favors into place cards by adding these cute picks.
Depending on the fabrics you choose and the size and shape of your basket, you can make these to match all kinds of celebrations.
With two pretty fabrics and some fabric stiffener, you can mold cute favor baskets with ease.

With two pretty fabrics and some fabric stiffener, you can mold cute favor baskets with ease.

Photo: Diane Gilleland
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If you're setting a fancy table for a party, these little baskets make adorable party favors and place cards. Your guests can take them home and use them to hold paper clips and such.

What you'll need:

  • Two pieces of coordinating woven fabric
  • Glass votive candle holder
  • Fabric stiffener (see note below)
  • Scissors
  • Scrap of white cardboard
  • Thin cotton string
  • Plastic containers
  • Ribbon
  • Scrapbook paper (optional)
  • Bamboo skewer (optional)
  • Craft glue (optional)
  • Small piece of styrofoam (optional)

A note on fabric stiffener: I'm using a product here called Stiffy. You can also use liquid starch to stiffen your fabric, but the Stiffy has a stickier, gluelike consistency, which is very helpful in forming the basket shape, as you'll see in a moment.

A note on votive holders: You can find glass votive candle holders at most variety stores or dollar stores. They come in lots of shapes and sizes, which will dictate the shape and size of your basket. Choose one you like that has straight or flared sides. It should be wider at the top than at the bottom.

This project needs about 18 hours of drying time, so if you need to make lots of baskets, you might want to start with a number of votive holders.


Assemble these supplies before you begin.


First, cover your work surface with some paper—things are going to get a bit messy! I prefer using paper grocery sacks that I've cut apart and flattened. Newspaper is not a good choice for this project—it tends to leave dirty marks on your fabric.


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posted in: fabric, keepsake, party, place card, favor

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