Sallieann Harrison shows us how to create a wide range of basket shapes and sizes with just rope and perhaps a few fabric scraps.
Making these coil baskets can be addictive Sallieann says, and seeing how easy they are I think she could be right.
She takes us through each of the steps, starting off with how to make the circular base, adding the sides and then the final top handle/loop – all with just rope, and a zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine.
She does suggest using a no.14 needle in the machine (which is quite robust) and you can select toning thread or contrast thread – but do make sure you have an open toed zig-zag foot to work with. If you find your machine is skipping stitches, we suggest you upgrade to Purple Needles which we sell in the shop and have been designed to avoid this happening when using quite robust wadding.
To add a bit of variety, you can embellish these baskets as you are sewing them by adding in small strips of scrap fabric – just 1/2″ wide is all you need – yet another reason not to throw anything away!