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.

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!!!!

Easy weave basket

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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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