Easy Basket Weaving

Basket Weaving - in Geometric Shape

Basket Weaving - in Geometric Shape

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Basket weaving hasn’t been so easy with this method: weave around a cardboard frame. Originally, I saw this method in a Japanese craft magazine, I searched around for the template but can’t find it any where locally or online. So, I built it based on my dimension.
 
Get the tutorial on how to make this easy woven basket and download the templates to try it out after this jump:
 
I would say that this is a wonderful idea to make basket, with this method and concept, basically you can build a lot of shapes and sizes that you want. Here, I demo it with 3 shapes: triangle, round and square, but you can come out with rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon & even octagon with just a little tweak in the design. The height can be modified to suit your preference. One thing you have to take note is that the sum of the “fingers” on the frame must be in odd number. Take a closer look at my template, especially the square basket, you will notice that one of the sides has 1 extra “finger” than the other 3 sides. I guessed the original design is made from plywood, I can’t find thin plywood so I used thick cardboard instead which is also cheaper and manageable.
 
You can use any material to weave the frame of the basket, as long as they are “weave-able”, not too bulky and in long soft strips, eg: twine, yarn, fabric strip, ribbon, rope, glossy paper strip, plastic, raffia etc…. I used jute twine to make the triangle and round faux wicker baskets, and fabric strips for the square basket. I love the way they were formed, very sturdy and rigid!!!!
 

Material:
1. Thick Cardboard or paperboard, non-corrugated (around 1/6″ thick).
2. Felt for bottom and base.
3. Weaving material, example: yarn, twine, fabric strips, ribbons etc….

Tools:
1. Sharp scissors (able to cut thick cardboard)
2. Hole puncher
3. Tapestry needle (#13)
4. Clothes pin
5. Craft / Tacky Glue
6. Pen or pencil
7. Ruler

basket weaving templateDownload the basket weaving template (consist of triangle, round and square) in pdf format.
{It will either open in new tab or open a small window asking you to save it as file. If you can’t find the saved file in your computer, the default folder usually is in “/downloads”}
{If you can’t download the pdf pattern, probably you don’t have acrobat reader, download the latest version for free, here.}

Print it and enlarge 200% to get the size I made.
Trace it on the thick cardboard.

Weave basket from cardboard templateAfter tracing the template on the thick cardboard, use a pair of strong and sharp scissors to cut the template out.
Punch the holes with a paper hole-puncher.
Trace base on felt, cut 2 pieces.
Get the rest of the tools & materials ready.

how to make woven basket from cardboard & jute twineBrush a layer of tacky glue on the bottom of the basket, press & stick the felt onto it.
Easy basket weavingRepeat the same to adhere the felt to the base.
Snip the edge of the felt follows the grooves between the fingers.

weave basket with jute twineBeing to weave over and under around the fingers of the frame.
woven triangle basket Push the twine into the grooves of the felt that you have just snipped.
Keep on weaving over and under the fingers until the end of first round.

triangle basketWhen begin the second round, you will notice that you are weaving in the reverse side of the first round.
A full wrap on both sides after finish the second round.

how to weave a basketContinue weaving and push the twine down to make them closer to each other. This will avoid gaps in between and will also hide the cardboard away.
As you go higher, the frame will stand up vertically and form the side of the basket.

Weave basket with jute twineContinue until you just over the hole’s level.
Allow a long length of twine for rim stitching later.

triangle woven basketPut on clothes pin and allow some room for rim making.
weave basket cardboard templateTo make the rim, insert another type of twine through the space between the clothes pin by using a tapestry needle.
Since the length is quite long, divide the twine by halve and work both ends from middle.

weave top basketKeep going round by round. Take note on the corners and arrange them neatly.
make basket rimLay the twine until it fully covers the top portion of the basket.
bind basket rimSecure the rim by stitching the original twine through the holes.
basket rimStitch again on the opposite direction to form criss-cross pattern.
faux wicker basketWhen reaching the corner, pierce through the gap and make another stitch there.
Jute Twine Woven BasketHide all ends into the braid to neaten up the basket.
The basket is ready to be used.

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  1. What a fab idea!! these look great – did they take a long time to make?

    • They are easy and quite fast to complete depending of the type of weaving material you use. Generally, twine took longer to finish than fabric for the weaving part but fabric took more time to prepare than twine.
      Try one and you will know :)

  2. Great idea! They look so professional I would not know they were hand made. You did an excellent job. Thanks for the turorial and patterns. This is a must try.

  3. What a wonderful craft that I’ve always dreamed to do! As soon as possible I do it!

  4. Great idea! So creative and it can be used for putting presents! :)

  5. finally! an easy basket tutorial. thanks so much!

  6. LOVE IT!!
    I can’t wait to get my craft room back to try some of your great ideas!!!!
    :0)

  7. Excellent! You’re truly inspiring :) Thank you for sharing.

  8. You are awesome! I have always thought that basket weaving would be too hard for me! Your tutorial is super clear and consise! Thanks so much!

  9. Hello. Your blog is outstanding. I love how simple and beautiful your creations are.

    Would you mind a followup post to this and show us how to make lids for these boxes? I’m thinking something along the lines of a linen or table napkin-covered top with button lid in the center.

    I am just really impressed with you. **Really** impressed. Nice job.

  10. Thanks for the ideas! I’ve been looking for easy baskets for kids to weave during VBS and I think a simplified version of yours will work! Thanks!

  11. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

  12. I am Swapnali from India, i loved your work so much!!! i am gonna try one of those, i liked the triangular coin purse the most!!! the basket tutuorial is also amazing!!

  13. I love Japanese craft books too. The baskets are sold by Clover and you can get them online from several retailers.

  14. This was quite great and i tried it.. it was cool … thank you mam . please post such easy going wonder things . take care

  15. so nice..love it
    thanks for sharing

  16. Вау!! Очень интересно!!

    Translation (by Google):
    Wow! Very interesting!

  17. Hi, this is great DIY :). However, I am finding difficulties keeping the twine pushed down so as to close the gaps; do you have any “tricks” for this?

  18. Love these baskets. I knew I was saving those cardboard sheets for something! Thank you for sharing this how to – I will definitely be making some of these.

    Just found your site – i love the variety of crafts. I’ll be back!

  19. Hi, I was looking for a craft for girl guides to do this easter, and I thought that this would be a great idea. I made one at home following your template and instructions and it looks very good, but I am having a problem with the rim of the basket. I can’t find pegs like you use, and I was wondering if you knew of another way to secure the string aorund the top? Thanks for your help, and a great craft none the less.

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  21. Wonderful DIY! I wanted to thank you for it!
    And have a question: am I right that when you are doing a rim it is the same pattern as weaving the main part of a basket?
    thanks!

  22. hello.thank you. it was very easy for kids,and old peaple,i injoy your way for handi cfart.i like anather new ways.

  23. That’s really cute and looks like a lot of fun! :-)

  24. I teach middle school and we are learning about some basketweaving cultures from the Southwest USA. I think this would be a great object lesson.

  25. Its awesome it helped me a lot for school projects and gifts. Thanks a lot.

  26. I have to do a Native American project so this helped a lot

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  28. Super cute idea! Im havimg trouble downloading tem plate, could I , make that myself? Was it difficult?

  29. Great idea for weaving. You could recycle plastic sheets, though they would need to be thick enough. I have seen some that would work though can’t remember what they were originally for.

    Well done!

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