Good Neighbor Basket


  • Large, open-weave basket
  • Leather cord
  • Thick ribbon
  • Felt
  • Clipboard
  • Homemade calendar
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch


  1. Making the pocket: Cut a rectangle of felt two inches wider than your clipboard and one inch shorter than the height of your basket.

  2. With a hole-punch, punch holes along the two long sides of the felt rectangle, spaced approximately one inch apart.

  3. Cut the same number of 2-inch pieces of cord as the number of holes that you’ve punched. Tie the felt to the basket by threading each piece of cord through the punched holes and making a knot on the outside of the basket.

  4. Decorating the basket: With your decorative ribbon, tie a knot on either side of the pocket and thread in and out of the basket weave as desired. Where the ribbon meets at the front of the basket, tie a bow.

  5. Design a calendar that clearly states who cooks what meal and when, clip your calendar onto the clipboard, and insert in the pocket.