How to make a rope basket

I knew that the stool cover will not be my last rope project. It’s kind of fun and addictive to make your own basket. I wanted a container to store all the remote control…so this was the perfect excuse to make a new basket!

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I get 20 yards of rope and I almost use everything to complete the basket. I didn’t want a plain white basket so I stained the cord in yellow and brown.

Just follow the instruction on your dye package, mine required to dissolve the dye into boiled water. I started with the yellow and dip one end of the rope into it. I let it drain and dry, and then did the same with the brown color.

Once the rope is completely dry, you are ready to start sewing the basket.

Roll one end of the rope on it self and start sewing with zigzag points. Choose a point gap big enough to cover two cord width.

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Continue sewing winding the rope on itself to make the bottom of your basket. Just for the record, the bottom of my basket is 12 inches diameter (30 cm). Of course you can make yours the dimension you want.

When you reach the dimension you like to give to the bottom, you can start to sew the basket edges. It’s simple, you keep sewing and you start moving slowly the bottom to reach a vertical position.

 

Keep sewing, rotating the basket and holding the bottom vertical.

When you reach the desired high for your basket you can cut the rope. To avoid the rope to fray you can put some glue on the end. Finish with some extra stitches to fix it nicely on the basket edge.

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If you are an experimented sewer this won’t happen to you. I’m not, so some stitches have slip. To catch up the holes in the basket, I just sewed them up with the sewing machine.

And tadam!!! My pretty basket is ready! I like how the colors turns out. I first wanted a yellow and grey basket, but they didn’t have grey dye in the store. Finally, I like how the brown came out! What do you think?

If, like me, you make a storage/organizing crisis every back to school time, you can find other  baskets idea HERE and HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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    Hello, I love the colors. I was wondering, did you use a cotton rope or a synthetic one? Thank you, Alexa

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      Hello Alex, sorry for the delay of my answer your comment arrived in the spam box. I used synthetic rope.

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    OMG I love the way to dyed the rope! Such a perfect way to a get an imperfect color variation. Genius!!

    • amaryllis
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      Thanks Cathi, the color has faded a little since I make the basket. I think I should have used a color fixative.

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    I am in awe that so many of your posts are bilingual, it shows a mastery of both languages and the keyboard that I will never have. I’m great at listening or reading but if I needed more, which I would, my former X who is Latinx who end up breaking up with me all over again. Though I’m not sure that’s possible. I’m still trying to talk him into helping me with English translations of Amando Nervo’s work because for a great writer, he barely exists in English.

    Stop fawning, Gwen.

    My thought or question is do you think that a project such as this might be a tougher than average on a machine? I have two machines that I’m kind of babying rather than take them in for maintenance. One of which is a flood victim that I haven’t used other than to see if it it works. I’m a poor gringa and can’t afford the bill if one of them goes completely, especially the one I use. The machine I use most often is an Elna and I love it but it aready balks at Denims, which is what I’m picturing this will feel like to it. Anyway, besides having a tendency to babble, I’d appreciate your opinion because you actually have gotten your hand dirty and made those beauties.

    Feel free to cut the fawning out or edit any way you choose. Gwen

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Gwen, thanks for your message. It’s funny you use the same machine brand as me: Elna. It’s not very common. My sewing machine was from my grand mother…so kind of vintage. It works perfectly to make the rope basket. If you machine balks, try to give it so maintenance…a good clean and some oil may help! If sewing a basket is not an option, you can try to make one using a glue gun. Check this post is you want more details https://www.ohohdeco.com/2017/05/diy-rope-basket-glue-gun.html