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How to make a rope basket

diy 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… this was the perfect excuse to make a new basket!

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rope to make basket

How to make a rope Basket?

Materials you will need for this project:

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.

Even if it’s not its first purpose this kind of rope will work great to make a basket.

staining rope

Just follow the instruction on your dye package, mine is 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. The brown turns out more reddish than I expected but still looks nice with the yellow.

stained rope to make basket

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

starting to sew basket

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

sewing rope basket

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.

sewing rope basket

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.

sew rope basket

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

finishing rope basket

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.

fixing holes in rope basket

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

how to sew rope basket

And tadam!!! My pretty basket is ready! I like how the colors turn 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?

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Monday 6th of September 2021

The link for the dye isnt working anymore. Can you please tell me which brand it is?


Thursday 9th of September 2021

Hello Lyndsay, the dye brand I used is "El Caballito". I'm in Mexico, so I'm not sure you can find it in every country. You can use any dye powder made for fabric, as RIT ( I upgraded the link in the post too. Have fun making a basket.


Saturday 26th of June 2021

Beautiful but I don't know why I can't make Cómo hacer para que la cesta me quedé onda como la de usted? Gracias por compartir Carolina


Monday 28th of June 2021

Hola Carolina, quieres darle une forma redonda a la cesta? Puedes cambiar un poco la orientación de la base cuando coses los lados. Si mantienes la base vertical cuando coses los lados tu cesta tendra bordes verticales. Si vas inclinando la base hacia la máquina los lado se van hacer mas chiquitos, y si inclinas la base hacia afuera los lados se va hace mas grande y la cesta va estar mas abierta. Espero este truco te ayude a coser la cesta como quieres ;)


Thursday 29th of October 2020

I love all what you do. I even watched the cardboard box transformation. They're both beautiful. Jobs well done. ❤❤❤❤❤


Friday 30th of October 2020

Thank you so much, Diana. I hope you feel inspired to make some fun crafts!


Monday 3rd of August 2020

What sewing machine do you use??


Monday 3rd of August 2020

Hello Veronica, for this project I used my grandmother's vintage Elna sewing machine. (lotus tsp model)

Gwen A Stackler

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

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


Wednesday 19th of June 2019

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 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