Santa Pants Basket

by Twila Davis

Create a cute Christmas basket with a Santa theme.


  • Cardstock: red (2 sheets), black (1 sheet), white and yellow scraps

  • Paper trimmer

  • Scoring tool

  • Scissors

  • Double-sided adhesive (Tear-n-Tape used here)


  1. Step 1

    To make the basket base, cut red cardstock to 6" x 7 1/2".

    Score on the horizontal at 1" and 6 1/2". Turn and score on the vertical at 1" and 5".

  2. Step 2

    Using scissors, cut the score lines on the horizontal to where they meet the vertical on both ends. Add adhesive to the tabs.

  3. Step 3

    Fold up all ends and adhere them together, forming the basket base.

  4. Step 4

    To create the basket body, cut one piece of red cardstock at 3 3/4" x 10" and another piece at 3 3/4" x 9 3/4". Attach them together, making one long strip. Add adhesive to the bottom and one side.

  5. Step 5

    Attach the basket body to the base by starting in the middle of one side and wrapping all the way around. (This leaves a seam on each side.)

  6. Step 6

    To decorate the front of the basket, cut a piece of white cardstock to 2" x 3 3/4". Attach it to the center front of the basket body.

  7. Step 7

    Cut a black cardstock belt at 1 1/2" x 10" and another at 1 1/2" x 9 3/4". Attach them together with adhesive, making one long strip. Add one strip of adhesive to the bottom of the belt and also down one side.

  8. Step 8

    Attach the belt to the top of the basket body, starting in the middle of one side and wrapping all the way around.

  9. Step 9

    For the buckle, cut a piece of yellow cardstock 2 1/4" x 2 1/2" and a black piece of cardstock 1 1/2" x 1 3/4". Attach the black on top of the yellow as shown. Attach the buckle to the front of the basket over the belt. (The buckle will hang over the top of basket about 1/2".)

  10. Step 10

    To make the suspender handles, cut two black pieces of cardstock at 3/4" x 9". Add double sided adhesive to the ends of the strips.

  11. Step 11

    Attach the handles to the sides of the basket.

  12. Step 12

    Complete the project. For the sample, a red plastic bowl was added to the inside of the basket, filled with Hershey Kisses.



  1. Make a mini basket!

    Basket Base: Red 4" x 4 1/2" score at 3/4" on all sides
    Basket Body: Red 2 1/4" x 11 3/4"
    White: 1 1/4" x 2 1/4"
    Belt: Black 3/4" x 11 3/4"
    Handles: Black (2) 3/4" x 5 1/2"
    Belt Buckle: Yellow 1 1/4" x 1 1/2"
    Black 1/2" x 1"

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Santa Pants Basket. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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TODAY----Wow! This is the GREATEST! I was looking for something that I could put door prize tickets in--and this is PERFECT!
Prissequito  |  Wed Dec 13, 2017 at 8:51 AM
Has something changed? I no longer have access to the video tutorials.
Laurie  |  Wed Dec 13, 2017 at 2:48 PM
So cool! If I understood right, the adhesive strip for the long side of the belt goes along the bottom (not the top edge). If that's the case, I would think you could tuck the handle ends in between the belt & the red side pieces, for an even cleaner/neater look. Thanks so much for sharing--I'll definitely be doing this project! smile
Andrea La Vigne  |  Wed Dec 13, 2017 at 4:32 PM
These are really cute. I made a mini that is 3"x2"x4-1/2".

In case someone else likes that idea, here are the measurements that I used. The base is 3"x4", scored at 1/2" on each side. The side piece is 2-1/2"x11. The belt is 1"x11". The white strip is 1"x2-1/2". The buckle - 1-1/2"x1-3/4" with the black center - 1"x1-1/4". Suspenders are 3/4"x6".
lacyquilter  |  Thu Dec 14, 2017 at 7:20 AM
Laurie, if you can't access them here on SCS try going to YouTube and typing in the name of the tutorial.

Melody, thanks for Adding those smaller dimensions. I made one of those too.
muscrat  |  Thu Dec 14, 2017 at 8:27 AM
Here's the measurements I used for my smaller version: Pretty much like Melody's. Her's is about an 1" smaller than mine. Thanks for posting yours Melody.
Basket Base: Real Red 4" x 4 1/2" score at 3/4" on all sides
Basket Body: Real Red 2 1/4" x 11 3/4"
Fur: Whisper White 1 1/4" x 2 1/4"
Belt: Basic Black 3/4" x 11 3/4"
Handles: Basic Black (2) 3/4" x 5 1/2"
Belt Buckle: Crushed Curry 1 1/4" x 1 1/2"
Basic Black 1/2" x 1"
Twila Davis  |  Thu Dec 14, 2017 at 2:50 PM
The minis are so cute! I added Twila's measurements with a photo as a Variation step above.
dina  |  Thu Dec 14, 2017 at 4:12 PM
very cool
Theresa Goodletson  |  Fri Dec 15, 2017 at 8:32 AM
Created the big ones for my team to hold their Christmas gift. Very awesome!! I substituted gold foil for daffodil delight. I'm working on the smaller ones for club members. Thanks Twila!! smile
Michelle Hornback  |  Mon Dec 18, 2017 at 11:13 AM
This is adorable! I love it!
LaShawnda Wrice  |  Tue Dec 19, 2017 at 2:03 PM

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