Weave a Cloth Basket

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Weave a Cloth Basket
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages school-age

With this fabric-wrapping technique, kids can make a colorful centerpiece for the family table or a catchall for their ever-growing collections.

What you'll need

  • 1 1/4 yards of cotton fabric (we used 4 colors), cut or torn into 22 strips 1/2 inch wide
  • Scissors
  • 6 yards of 1-inch cotton piping cord

How to make it

  1. Weave a Cloth Basket - Step 1

    Start wrapping a fabric strip around the cord, beginning at the cord's tip and overlapping each layer as shown.

  2. Weave a Cloth Basket - Step 2

    After wrapping 4 inches of the cord, fold the wrapped section in half and wind the fabric around it to start the base coil.

  3. Weave a Cloth Basket - Step 3

    Continue wrapping and coiling the cord, stopping every 2 inches to secure the coil by looping the fabric strip once around the last fabric-covered ring. When you reach the end of a strip, start the next one using the same overlapping technique.

  4. Weave a Cloth Basket - Step 4

    Once the coil is about 8 inches wide, start building the sides of the basket by positioning the cord on top of the previous ring. Continue to secure the coil every 2 inches.

  5. Weave a Cloth Basket - Step 5

    To finish the basket (ours was 4 1/2 inches high and 10 inches in diameter), cut the cord at an angle. Loop the fabric strip around the adjacent ring, covering the end of the cord and securing it to the basket. Trim off or tuck in any excess fabric.

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