Country Basket Baby

A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by

Brenda Greenwalt


Country Basket Baby

Baby approximately 5-1/2 inches tall

Teddy approximately 4 inches tall


Read through all directions before beginning.


For illustrations of the different steps and techniques as well as the stitches visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page on my website at







Material – muslin (baby), scraps for basket skirt and top, mattress, pillow, blanket and baby's bunting, brown scraps for teddy bear.


Paint – Antique White, black, Country Red

Embroidery thread – dark brown and country red (nose)

Lace- 21 inches

3 inch wide white eyelet lace

2 black seed beads (teddy's eyes)

Ribbon 1/8 inch wide (for bonnet straps)


Wire, wire cutters, wire pliers

Material for bassinet cover, blanket, and pillow


Warm'n'Natural batting

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Staining:  Instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil.  Optional for staining:  Old cookie sheet, rags, wax paper, glass jar with lid.


Suggested shopping for fragrance oils –

The Chemistry Store –

From Nature With Love –

Save on Scents –

Bramble Berry –

To Die for Soap –




Bassinet Hood:

1.  Paint basket antique white, let dry thoroughly.  Paint with a second coat.

2.  Cut 2 pieces of wire, one 10 inches long and the other 8 inches long.  Thread the 8 inch wire through one side of the basket weave at the very top of the front end of the basket and twist to secure; thread the other end of the wire on the other side of the basket.  Do the same with the 10 inch wire about an inch away from the 8 inch.

3.  Print out the bassinet cover pattern and trace on single layer material; cut out.

4.  Hand sew a gathering stitch all the way around this about 1/4 inch away from edge, pull to gather.

5.  Fit this over the two pieces of wire and hand sew a few stitches around both 10-inch wires securing it to the material.

6.  Hot glue the ends of the cover to the basket.


Bassinet Skirt:

1.  Print out pattern; trace on double material being sure to place on fold where indicated.  Cut out.

2.  Hand sew a gathering stitch all the way around; pull to gather.   Hot glue the top of the skirt to the top edge of the basket.

3.  Print out cheesecloth pattern and trace on single layer cheesecloth being sure to place on fold where indicated.  Glue this to the top edge of the basket going down a little bit to cover where you glued the skirt on.

4.  Cut a piece of lace about 21 inches long and glue to the top of the skirt.


Bassinet Mattress & Pillow:

1.  Print out patterns.  Trace both on double material, sew on traced lines being sure to leave open where indicated on pattern.  Clip curves and turn.  Press.

2.  Stuff and sew openings closed.



1.  On doubled muslin material, lightly trace completely around body patterns.  Sew directly on the traced lines; leave open where indicated.  Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines.  Clip curves and turn.   Stuff head and body firmly and sew opening closed. 

2.  Stuff arms to stuffing line (indicated on pattern) loosely.  Sew openings closed. 

3.  On doubled material trace bunting pattern and cut out.

4.  Place right sides of bunting together.  In between these two layers pin the arms (as indicated on pattern), and sew side seams only (leave top and bottom of bunting open).  Turn right side out.

5.  Slip head/neck into top of bunting.  Turn top (neck) down 1/4 inch and, with matching embroidery thread, run a gathering stitch all around, pull to gather and tack down in back.

6.  Turn bottom of bunting up 1/4 inch and do same as in step 7, however, leave ends of embroidery thread hanging down.



1.  Eyes:  Print and cut out the eyes (in pattern section).  Position these on the face where you want them and pin them to the face with straight pins.  Very lightly trace around these with a mechanical pencil; use a mechanical pencil as it leaves a thinner line than a regular pencil.  If using a regular pencil, your lines will be thicker therefore when you paint the eyes in they will be larger than the pattern.  With a very small brush and using your black acrylic paint, very slowly outline eyes first and then fill in.  Once that has dried, using the end of a very narrow small paint brush, dip it lightly in the antique white paint and gently dot on the whites of her eyes (see picture for placement). 

2.  Mouth:  Thread your 3-inch doll needle with 1 strand of your brown embroidery thread.  Going in at the very top of her head (this will be covered up with her hair) embroider the mouth using a simple backstitch.

3.  Nose:  Print and cut out nose pattern.  Position on face and pin using straight pins.  Very lightly trace around this with a mechanical pencil.  Using a double strand of red embroidery thread go in from the top of the head (as in step #2), use satin stitch for the nose.  If unsure of the satin stitch, visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page for an illustration.  Tip - I usually unthread my doll needle here and rethread on a smaller, sharper needle. 

4.  Eyebrows:  With a mechanical pencil and using the picture as a pattern, trace in eyebrows; tip – use a ruler.  Thread your doll needle with a single strand of brown embroidery thread and use the same technique as in step #2 backstitch the eyelashes.



1.  Cut 2 strands of red embroidery thread 5 inches long and insert at top of head, tie.


Baby Bonnet:

1.  Cut a piece of white eyelet lace 4 inches long.

2.  Turn the raw edges up about 1/4 inch and hem.

3.  Putting right sides together, fold and sew 1/4 inch seam.

4.  Turn corner edge under about 1/2 inch and sew across.

5.  Cut 2 pieces of 1/8 inch ribbon 9 inches long for straps and sew to bonnet.

6.  Stain with instructions below.



Teddy Bear:

1.  Print out pattern; trace on wrong side double brown material.

2.  Sew on traced lines; do NOT leave an opening.

3.  On wrong side, cut a small slit for turning.  Clip curves and turn.  Press.

4.  Stuff firmly; sew opening shut.

5.  Sew on 2 black seed beads for eyes.

6.  Tear a thin strip of material and tie around neck in a bow.

 Staining:  Combine ¼ cup instant coffee, 2 cups hot water, 1/4 cup Vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon fragrance oil (Some of my preferred scents are cinnamon bun, sugar cookies, and vanilla) in a glass jar with lid.  Shake for few minutes until thoroughly mixed.  If the scent is not strong enough for your preference, add another 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil and continue this until the scent is to your liking.  However, I would suggest only adding 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil each time because if you add too much and the scent is too strong for you, you will have to start over.  Line an old cookie sheet with old rags and lay what you’re staining here.  With a sponge brush or spray bottle thoroughly coat.  Bake for 10 minutes at 250 degrees.  Check often as this can catch on fire.  If you have to bake longer, only bake at 5 minute increments and always KEEP checking the oven.   Store left over stain mixture in glass jar with lid for your next primitive project. 

You're done with Country Basket Baby.  I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed designing it.  If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me or visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page at

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