Neat Rope Basket For Your Home
I like organizing store holding by using different baskets. But if you go to the shop, you will notice how expensive they are. So I decided to make these baskets myself. Well, this little basket I’ve made couldn’t get much easier and it makes use of things you probably already have lying around your home giving some old bits and bobs a new purpose. Not let`s make it together!
Things you need:
- An old cardboard box
- A glue gun and spray glue
- A ruler
- Sewing Machine (although you could sew by hand too)
So first of all I cut the flaps off my cardboard box and measured the length, width and height. This is needed for when you start measuring and sewing your inlay.
For your inlay, measure out so that the width of your fabric is at least twice the length of the height of your box, and so that the length of your fabric is the combined measurements of the width and length of your box.
Pin the fabric in place and sew along both ‘height’ edges and along one of the other edges, leaving an open end to what should look like a flat ‘pouch’. The correct side of the fabric should be on the inside of the pouch.
To make the box shape, you now need to sew in some corners. Open up the pouch and flatten the two sewn ends down to create right angled ends and sew straight across each corner.
The distance between the red lines, as shown in my pics, should equal the length of your box. The distance from one of the corners to it’s nearest red line should equal half the width of your box. This means that the actual length of your red lines should measure the same as the full width of your box.
Once you’ve sewn across your lines, snip off the excess fabric corners and coax the inlay it into your box.
Next, fold over the ends at the top to create a lip. This is important if you want to leave a boarder of fabric at the top of your box like I did. This way even if your box is full to the brim with items, you will still see some of the lovely fabric you used.
I then sprayed some glue around the inside of the edges of loose fabric and smoothed it down against the box to keep it in place and to give it a nice neat edge.
I thinned out one end of my rope by cutting some of it away so that you wouldn’t be able to see a big ‘step-up’ when wrapping it around my box. With this said, I still started gluing on my least favourite side of the box so that you wouldn’t be able to see the steps or joins once it was done.
I blobbed hot glue sporadically along each line and pressed the rope down tight making sure that none of the box was visible between the rows and kept going until I was about an inch away from the top. I finished my last row on the same side I started so that any tatty ends would all be hidden.
I then cut two short pieces of rope for the handles and hot glued these in place on either side.