I love baskets. They can help turn a messy storage spot into well organized and pretty space. Baskets can be expensive if you buy them new at the store, so I typically buy mine at thrift shops (I never spend more than $10 on a basket). I’ve been on the search for a lovely little tabletop basket that could hold any items that I am using that day for a project. I had no luck finding exactly what I needed, so I made my own. This easy woven rope basket DIY is exactly what I needed, plus it’s cute.
- 1/4 inch x 100 feet natural sisal rope
- a lot of embroidery thread (white, black, and any other color you want)
- large embroidery needle
- a small amount of yarn
1) Let’s get started on the base of the basket. Thread about a yard of embroidery floss onto the needle and tie a knot at the end. Important note: don’t cut the sisal rope. It will work out much better if the rope is one continuous piece.
- a. Grab the sisal rope and twist it into a little roll (about 1.5 inches wide).
- b. Push the embroidery floss through the side of the rope roll a couple of times to secure the roll.
- c. Wrap a stitch around one section of rope, and instead of pushing the stitch through the gap in the rope, catch a bit of the rope section next to the piece you’re wrapping the stitch around. Note: catching a bit of rope will make the basket stronger.
- d. Continue stitching along the rope and adding more coiling to the roll as you stitch. Note: if you’re planning on putting heavy items in this basket, I suggest randomly stitching over TWO sections of rope instead of the one as you go along.
2) How to end and add a new piece of embroidery floss.
- e. When you reach the end of a piece of embroidery floss, thread the needle through the side stitch and knot it onto another stitch.
- f. Thread the tail from the knot through the side stitches.
- g. To add another piece of embroidery floss, thread the needle through the side stitches and knot it onto another stitch.
- h. Continue stitching along with your new embroidery floss piece.
3) Continue on with the rope coil. It’s time to stop when you reach the width you’d like your basket to be (since this is the base of your basket). My width is 9.5 inches wide.
4) How to create the sides of the basket.
- j & k. When you’re happy with the width of the base, stack the rope on top of the outside piece of rope and continue with your stitching.
5) Add some pops of color with little sections of yarn.
- l. When you’re ready to add some color, knot a bit of yarn over some rope (before you stitch it onto the basket). Wrap that yarn tightly around the rope until it’s about 1.5 inches wide. Tie the end of that yarn to the rope piece, then continue stitching along the rope OVER the yarn. Keep adding rows of rope until you’re happy with the height of the basket. I stopped at 4 inches (and I used about 75% of the rope I purchased). Note: I created a little pattern with my yarn. I spaced the yarn by 6 stitches, and left a space of one rope coil in between.
6) How to add the basket handles and end secure the end of the rope to the basket.
- m. To add the handle, stitch about 4 wraps of embroidery floss over the rope and secure onto the rope section below.
- n. Push out the rope a bit to create the handle shape, then secure that end as you did to start the handle. Repeat the handle steps on the opposite side. To secure the end of the rope, roll it into a tiny roll and stitch onto the inside of the basket.
Total cost: $9 (the only thing I had to buy for this project was the rope, since I had all the other materials).
If you create this DIY, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my username is @thepapermama).
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama