Author of " The Well-dressed Woman," etc.
The woman who can use her needle, even only a little, can evolve at small expense the charming Christmas gifts described in this article. No present is so much appreciated as that which has been made by the donor herself. The ideas, moreover, given in this article are all quite novel.
A Cretonne Work-basket
An original and dainty work-basket can be made of some pretty cretonne stiffened at the bottom and sides with millboard. Cut two pieces of millboard, 4 1/4 inches wide, and 6 1/2 inches at the lower and 8 inches at the top edge, for the sides. Two more pieces the same width, and 6 inches at the top and 4 1/2 inches at the lower edge, are wanted for the ends, and a piece 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches for the bottom.
Then cut the cretonne double, and measuring 15 1/2 inches by 13 1/2 inches, without turnings, pin the pieces of card between the cretonne in position to form bottom, ends, and sides respectively of basket, putting fine running stitches to keep them there. Cut the corners of the cretonne in a rounded shape, and turn in the edges over the cards at the top of the basket, stitching them firmly with cotton. Close to the edge on the outside of the basket sew a very narrow gold and silk gimp to harmonise with the cretonne. For the pockets at each end, cut two pieces of cretonne 6 inches deep by 9 inches wide. Make an inch-wide hem at the sides, and another an inch wide at the top with a narrow slot at the base; through this run a piece of elastic.
The bottom of the pocket has a half-inch turning, which is gathered top and bottom to a width of 2 inches. The pockets are then sewn on to the ends of the basket, the top edge with the elastic being drawn up to 3 inches in width.
To Make the Handle. - Cut a piece of millboard, 2 1/4 inches wide and 13 1/4 inches long. Cover it with cretonne, and edge it along the top with silk gimp, securing to sides of basket. At each corner of the basket sew two pieces of narrow ribbon, a quarter of a yard long; when these are tied together they serve to hold the sides of the basket up in position, which, when not in use, should lie perfectly flat.
A Cretonne Work-basket This useful present is as ingenious as it is dainty