DIY Fabric Basket

Everyone needs a new basket this time of year. Don’cha think?

This is my version of a NO SEW woven basket.

I know it’s hard to believe but some people out there think they can’t sew. I won’t mention any names…… JAN…….but here is a project that even she can do.

First, choose some fabric that makes you happy.

My sister’s vintage camper has curtains now with this pattern. I smile each time I see it.

Tear the fabric into one inch strips. You could cut it, but I like the rough edges and tearing is much faster.

Start to wrap the fabric strips around the cord. When you get a few inches wrapped, roll the cord into a spiral.

Use the fabric to hold the spiral together by wrapping a figure eight every inch or so. This part is the hardest and most awkward. Just keep at it and it will get easier, I promise.

When you get the base as wide as you’d like it to be, start to stack the cord on top of the outer ring. Continue with the wrap and figure eight every inch or so, just guide the cord upward instead of out.

Keep stacking and wrapping until your basket is as tall as you’d like.

Now you’re ready to wrap the handle. Just wrap the cord without the figure eights until your handle is just the right length.

Once your handle is wrapped to the right length, pull the end of the handle  through the top cord. Wrap the fabric around to hold it in place and tie a knot in the fabric and cut the cord. A fabric bow could be placed here to cover up any bulk.

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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31 Responses to DIY Fabric Basket

  1. Barb says:

    This is really cool. Every Easter I think about making one of these. I think I made one, or saw my sister-in-law make one once a long time ago. I love it. I keep thinking about the image of you and your house. Can you sleep at night with all these “fairies” making things in your head? I wish you could do this full time, you are amazing.

    • Thanks Barb! I am having fun making things and also learning my new (to me) camera, Photoshop and this whole blogging thing. I get so energized by it all. Looks like you enjoyed your time with Katherine in Montana.

  2. cookiemomma says:

    This really is so cool! Great job. Thanks for sharing

  3. oh goodness, that looks adorable! …but a little too tedious for me!! 🙂


    • Thanks Leanne, it didn’t take as long as you might think, though. Taking the photos and blogging probably took longer than actually making the basket. But to me, it’s all good!

  4. Molly says:

    I’ve never seen anything like this before — so cool. Happy almost Easter!

  5. CherryPix says:

    Love the colours and the baskets! I’ve stashed this in my Scrap Ideas folder….(I really need to get on with scrapping rather than stashing….!)

  6. Jan says:

    Ok Beth, I think you are right, it might be something I could make! Maybe I will have to start this week before Easter! Hahahaha! (or you could just make them for me!) Love you!

  7. Pam says:

    Awesome!!! Love the finished basket! I’m not sure that I understand the figure eights and holding the fabric together, but I know if I actually did it, it would all come together. Hope you don’t mind, but I’ve pinned this for future reference. I’m not sure when I’ll have time, but I’d really like to make one of these… added to my ever growing ‘To Do’ list.

  8. Anonymous says:

    So cool….I will take four!

  9. I just love this idea… Your tutorial was awesome! Loved that it is an Easter basket. Too cute!


  10. Wallis says:

    Can you explain the figure eight thing a little better.

    • Sure, just slide the fabric strip under the cord below and bring it around the cord above in a figure eight fashion. I’ll try to take some pictures that might show it better. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • deann1955 says:

        I am struggling with the figure eight part, also. Maybe this last post of yours will help. Thanks

        • I was thinking today that I should try posting a short video just to explain this part. I’ve never done a video before. Might be fun to try.

          • dzny5 says:

            Oh, please do! I can’t figure the figure 8 part out! Thanks SOOOO much. it’a beautiful!!!

            • You could thread the fabric strip through a plastic needle and do it the way the DIY Network Site explains it. “Bring the plastic needle from the bottom to the top between the coiling on the previous row. Thread the needle, fabric strip down, on the left side of the fabric strip you just wound, between the previous and current coils. Bring the needle around the fabric strip to the right, and pull it up from the bottom toward you, making a “stitch.” Continue wrapping the coil. Make a “stitch” every so often to hold the current coil to the previous coil.” Let me know if this helps.

  11. northofseven says:

    This is fantastic! So workable for different holidays too. Love it!

  12. Love this idea, I am plant dyeing old blankets and stripping and knitting them up to make cushions, would like to try a mat made this way. Thanks you are so clever.

  13. Jennifer says:


    I want to make this fairly large, 14″ base and work up from there. Will that work out get flopsy? 🙂

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  15. Kimberley says:

    Hi chickenvelopment can you do an up close tutorial on the figure eight thing becuz as other commenters mentioned below that they dnt quite understand that particular part; the other/rest of it seems easy to do. Anyway thanks for sharing this tutorial with us viewers & if you can find a tutorial on explaining thr figure eight ting please let me know or post the website as to where to find it; only if it’s possible. Look forward to your reply A.S.A.P!

  16. Jperron says:

    Love this basket as well but since I’m a visual learner the video would be greatly appreciated
    Thx again

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  18. Rhonda says:

    Could you please explain the figure 8 to me,just not getting it.Thanks this is adorable

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