These fabric baskets and bowls are so much fun to make and they have so many uses! Easter baskets, fruit bowls, notions catch-alls, gift baskets, craft storage, toy baskets and more. If you use washable materials to make them, you can wash your finished projects. I’ve popped mine in both the washing machine and the dishwasher.
The construction starts with cotton or nylon cord, or rope. You can buy a cheap clothesline or start with cording from your fabric shop. Cotton results in a soft, flexible basket while nylon yields a firmer shape. The diameter of the cord is up to you, as long as it fits under the presser foot of your sewing machine. My machine can handle cord up to ¼-inch in diameter.
Here is how to make a fabric rope basket.
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How much cord do I need for a fabric basket?
It depends! Generally about 10-15 yards of cording or rope will make a decent size basket with a top diameter of about 8-10 inches. It all depends on how big you make your base and how you bring up your sides.
Have fun and play around! You’ll get hooked on making these fabric bowls and baskets. Here are some we’ve made.
How do you make a small rope basket?
In the image below, there are three sizes of rope baskets. To make the very little one, just start building up your sides very early. I used cording purchased at a local home dec store for smaller baskets as it is easier to work with than bigger diameter cording or rope.
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