My sewing studio remains unfinished (until Tuesday that is) so I’ve been continuing my ventures into the world of woven baskets… and I’m getting hooked, my friends. These are so gratifying to create, both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
And I’ve moved them up in scale to ‘floor baskets.’ Naturally, I imagine using these to house knitting necessities, but they also work well for toys (canine, baby, or otherwise), socks, electronics…
And hey, I guess you could still use them for candy, like the smaller ones, if you’re so inclined.
And as promised, here’s a quick tutorial. It’s basically the same process as the smaller baskets; the only difference is that you double over the strips that you work with. The extra strength is necessary to keep the taller sides sides standing and sturdy.
Materials: Felt off the bolt cut in 2-yard lengths (you can use as few as 1 color, or as many as you like), and hot glue.
1. Cut your strips. I vary the number of base strips from 12 to 14 (the example shows 14, seven each of one color) and use five top strips. Cut strips that are 1 1/4″-wide, and cut along the 2-yard length of your felt so they’re 72″ long.
2. Lay seven base strips next to one another. As you work with the strips throughout this entire process, keep them doubled over (folded at the middle) so you’re always working with twice the thickness.
10. Glue together the open ends. Then tuck the glued ends underneath the top ring, and glue it in place. Glue carefully so there’s no excess bleeding out. Hold firmly and allow the glue to dry before continuing.
12. Continue finishing the ends all the way around. Be sure to pull on the weave as you work to make sure it’s tight and even. When you’re done, you may want to go back through with the hot glue to reseal any open areas.
We’re having a lazy, low-key weekend since Kyle got his wisdom teeth out yesterday morning. Not super fun for him, but admittedly kind of nice to take it easy after quite a few whirlwind days of entertaining in our new home. I even had time to venture over to my favorite discount fabric store this morning and discovered that they stock this eco-friendly felt off the bolt in abundance… I see many more baskets in my future.