This fabric harvest basket is a bushel of fun to make—even for a beginner.
- 44-inch-wide 100% cotton fabrics—1-3/4 yards of green solid and 1/4 yard of pale yellow solid
- measuring tape or ruler
- 35 feet of 1/2-inch-diameter 3-ply or woven basket coiling (see shopping information);
- masking tape
- large-eye blunt needle
Shopping information: Look for 1/2-inch basket coiling at your local craft or fabric store, or order it (item #60962-1350) from Dick Blick Art Materials, P.O. Box 1267, Galesburg IL 61402; 1-800/828-4548.
- Download and print figures.
- Referring to Fig. 1, make cuts 1 inch apart along one selvage edge of the green fabric. At each cut, tear across to the next selvage edge, creating 1-inch-wide strips.
- In the same way, cut and tear the pale yellow fabric into 1-inch-wide strips.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: The basket is formed by wrapping the basket coiling with fabric strips, then coiling and joining the wrapped basket coiling.
- When wrapping the basket coiling, keep the fabric strip flat and tight.
- When joining the rounds, keep the wrapped coils tight and close to the previous round. Insert the needle between the rounds or around the fabric strips rather than into the fabric. Stagger joinings and knots evenly in each round to make a uniform brick-like pattern.
- Add a new fabric strip when you come to the end of a 44-inch-long strip. To add a new strip, overlap about 2 inches at the ends of the old and new strips along the basket coiling. Wrap the new strip around the old and new ends to secure, covering them completely. Thread the needle onto the free end of the fabric strip and continue as directed.
- If using 3-ply basket coiling, taper the end by cutting each ply of the basket coiling to a different length at 1-inch increments as shown in Fig. 2. If using woven basket coiling, taper the end by cutting it at an angle.
- Referring to Fig. 3, tightly wrap the tapered end of the basket coiling with masking tape to prevent fraying.
- Referring to Figs. 4a and 4b, place the end of a green fabric strip over the taped end of the basket coiling, allowing about 2 inches of the strip to extend beyond the tip. Wrap the fabric strip around the basket coiling twice, then fold the fabric end over the taped tip to cover it. Continue wrapping fabric strip around taped tip until about 2 inches at the end of the basket coiling are completely covered.
- Referring to Fig. 5, bend the fabric-wrapped tip to form a circle of two coils, leaving a small hole in the center. Thread the needle onto the loose end of the fabric strip. Bring the needle through the center hole and wrap fabric strip around both coils of circle to hold, leaving the center open.
- Wrap fabric strip around unwrapped basket coiling four to six times. Bring needle up through center hole again and wrap fabric strip around both coils to hold.
- Wrap fabric strip around about 1 inch of the unwrapped basket coiling. Hold the wrapped coil tightly to the outside of the beginning circle, making a larger flat circle. Insert needle in between the rounds and wrap the fabric strip around the outside to hold the two wrapped coils together.
- Referring to Fig. 6, knot the strip by inserting the needle to the right of the same strip. Insert the needle up from the left and then down to the right of the same strip. The knot should now look like a “T”. (Knots should show only on outer side of basket.)
- Continue to wrap green fabric around only the unwrapped basket coiling, joining and knotting about every 1-1/2 inches, to form a circle that measures about 8 inches in diameter. Do not cut the basket coiling or fabric strip.
- Referring to Fig. 7, lay the next round of green fabric-wrapped basket coiling on top of the last round of the bottom circle.
- Working with green fabric strips, continue to join and knot the rounds on top of each other until the basket sides reach a height of about 5 inches.
- Add a pale yellow fabric strip and continue for one more round, adding more fabric strips as needed and knotting the pale yellow fabric strip to the last and next-to-last green rounds where desired.
Wrap 6 inches of basket coiling with pale yellow fabric strips without joining and knotting to the previous round. Measure over 4-1/2 inches from last knot along the top rim of the basket, then join and knot the wrapped basket coiling at this point to form a handle. Continue around to opposite side of basket and repeat for second handle.
- Taper the ending tip of the basket coiling the same as for the beginning tip. Cover entire tapered end with fabric, joining and knotting it to the previous round as needed to hold.
- Secure end of fabric strip by running the needle under the fabric of the last few wraps. Trim and tuck end under a wrap of fabric to secure.
Finished size: Including handles, basket measures about 7-1/2 inches high x 12-1/2 inches across.
Coiled Fabric Basket craft originally sent in by Sandy Dye of Clarion, Pennsylvania.
Photo by Country Woman Magazine.