Monday, July 8, 2013

How To Make Your Own Rag Basket





Fabric Rag Baskets
How-To Make Your Own
(Last updated 7-8-13)
 


I'm getting ready to make up a bunch of new rag baskets because I'm all stocked up with fabric, but first thought I'd show you some of my pictures from ones I've already made.
 
The one with the green polka-dots and flower liner is my favorite.

 

Materials Needed:
1 yard of leftover fabric (I buy discounted shirts or sweaters from the dollar store)
1 yard of cording (fabric store) or rope (dollar store)
Hot glue gun and glue

How To:

1.  Cut your fabric into long pieces (even up to a couple of feet).  It's easier if the fabric is one long piece instead of broken up pieces.  Cut the fabric into 1 inch wide.
2.  Keep your cording or rope all together - do not cut it until necessary.
3.  Begin wrapping your fabric around the cording glueing it to the cording about every 1-2 inches.
4.  Continue wrapping and glueing.
5.  Here's the fun part - once you have several feet wrapped, begin shaping your basket into an oblong or round basket, glueing the cording together as needed.  There are several pictures in this post to show you your options.

The red basket in the middle is also one of my favorites.
 


Sorry that I don't have any how-to pictures with this post, but I'll update this post with pictures along the way this time.  Hopefully this will get you started for now.  The pictures here are some of my most popular baskets from my ETSY shop.  Enjoy and have fun making them!

 
My ETSY shop has some of these baskets. 


Good luck!

Annabelle

119 comments:

Lolo said...

I love, love this idea! I may even use it with my students. I am a new follower from chickadee follow. You can find me at http://crazyaboutmybaybah.blogspot.com we are doing our own follow as well!

Michele said...

i like your baskets! they are just lovely!

Real Life Reslers said...

I have always wondered how people made these baskets. I can think of so many things I could stick in one...I can't wait to try it! Have a great weekend!
Stopping over from Tatertots and Jello!

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

I just love your baskets. Very cute!!

Entertaining Women said...

Such beautiful work. Thank you for sharing your designs. Cherry Kay

Nan said...

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Have a nice day.

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Jenny said...

Love these. I would like to make small ones for Christmas to put my homemade jams, jellies and relishes I make to give as gifts. Never realized these would be so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

The Harris Family said...

Very Cute! I love all of the different disigns you've done.
-Crystal

Mimi said...

I was expecting a tablescape, but got baskets! Cute...

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow! I love these!
Thank you so much for sharing!
Leticia

Amanda said...

Hi Annabelle


I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
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Olga said...

These are so cute. The one filled with pine cones looks so lovely.
I'm hosting a blog party called Handmade Monday. I will be happy to have you join me.
Have a great week!

Tanyia said...

Stopping by from the Under the table and dreaming Sunday Showcase, great project! :)

Here is mine if you want to stop by :)

http://xsurvivingmotherhoodx.blogspot.com/2010/07/upcycled-jeans-to-plastic-bag-holder.html

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cute! I've made one with clothes line, it worked out well. Looking at you top photos it dawned on me that these would make great trivets!

Marydon said...

Oh, this brings back memories ... of Mother & G'ma creating these kinds of items out of their scraps of fabrics, most often feedsacks. Love them all.
Have a beautiful day.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Anja said...

Never saw something like this before, cute idea, very apart!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

This is very cute! Thanks for linking up!

Lisa said...

This is so pretty! I've always wanted to make one of these and also a matching rug. Thanks for showing us!

Virginia said...

Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Virginia

Kaysi said...

Those are sooooo fun!!!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

Lori said...

I'm going to try this. I love your baskets.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

Nan said...

Thank you for share nice blog,

http://beonefineday.blogspot.com/

my community is http://theblogfrog.com/1233755

Have a nice day.

Nan

PS. from Way Back Wednesday.

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

Very creative and pretty!

I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting tomorrow. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in!
Kat
www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Most excellent project and how to, thanks! I will have to try this and soon. Maybe when I redo my craft studio, if I chose my fabric well this would really give some of my storage a great unified look.

MessyMissy said...

Those are lovely. I've got to try them out!! Thanks! :-)

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

These are so adorable, Annabelle! What a cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

Heather said...

I love these! I featured them check them out and grab a button!
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Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

You make this sound simple. I'd love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Patti said...

I'm going to try this...you make it look quite easy - thanks!

Kat @ Black Kats Design said...

Thanks for linking up to the “Cheap Thrills Thursday” party at Black Kats Design. I hope you join in again next Thursday!
Kat
www.BlackKatsDesign.blogspot.com

Catherine said...

Those are so cute!! :] I love these!


Stopping by From the Friday Follow! :]

Maureen Makes It said...

Terrific blog! You have a lot of great projects on here. Looking forward to reading more. Happy to have found you via the Friday follows. I'm pleased to be following you. Come by and see me, too! :)

Maureen

http://maureenmakesit.com

Nan Bennett said...

Happy Friday!! Stopping by to say "Hi".

Thank you for share nice blog,

http://beonefineday.blogspot.com/

my community is http://theblogfrog.com/1233755

Have a nice day.

Nan

Design It Chic said...

I am following you thanks to Friendly Friday!It would be nice if you could share back the love on my blog! Also we have a brand new blog-hop... no rules just fun and would love you to join in:) Oh and if you need any blog help or easy HTML tips, you know where to come!Happy Friday!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

These are all just purely awesome!! I think I like the blue one best.


My Friday Blog - Monkey See, Monkey Do

Hope your weekend treats you well!!

Moogie said...

I'm your newest follower. Love everything about your blog. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

Pam Ponder said...

stopping by from friday follow 40 and over,, I am your newest follower, love your blog..

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I would love to learn how to do these baskets how fun....

The Simple Jocabell Life said...

Those baskets are so cute I will have to try making one!

I'm stopping by from Friendly Friday!

The Simple Jocabell Life
Simply Fitting Into Life...and my old jeans

DogsMom said...

Far cuter than any of my attempts at making a rag basket. Of course I do use actual rags.

LuLu said...

Very cute! I'm going to try making these, I'm following you now from over 40 blogger hop!

~Lauri
http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com

creation said...

Hi Annabelle,
your blog is beautiful ,with lovely craft ideas,
I came across your blog and loved this basket tutotrial great.
thankx for sharing .
i am glad i found your blog and love to follow you ,please visit mt sometime,
greetings
Rachana

Peggy said...

I love these baskets!!
I am now following you through
Follow Friday 40+!!
Peggy Gorman
http://pegsplay.blogspot.com/

MICHELL said...

I LOVE your blog! I'm following from Trendy Treehouse! Can't wait to read more
I have a great tutorial on making Sesame Street hats you might like:)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Wow, love it!! Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas :-)

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

Annabelle, these are beautiful! come link 'm up so our readers can find ya: http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-8/
(new party every wednesday, findable at our home page)
we look forward to featuring your work! it is very good!

(in fact, i have a feeling that i already invited you to join us. did i?

Leslie said...

How fun are those? I love them, all of them! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Stephani said...

Love the baskets! I was just thinking the other day of making rag rugs, but these are way cooler!.

Thanks for linking up on Crafty Friday!

Staci J said...

Those are so cool! I want to make one, I have plenty of scraps:)
Visiting from justsewsassy.com
Come by and check out my super fun giveaway going on right now:)

Anonymous said...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE UPDATE WITH STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS.

Julie said...

I love this!!! I am totally excited to try this and am going to feature you today. Tthank you for linkin to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday!

Its A Blog Party said...

Very pretty!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Kim said...

Hi Annabelle, thanks for linking - I didn't see a link back anywhere. Is there one?

Trudy Callan said...

Those are beautiful baskets.

Found you on Follow Friday at Never Grow Old.

I am 45. I used to be a court stenographer. Have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 18 years. I have five children ages 22, 17, 9, 7 and 2, whom I homeschool. The oldest is finishing her last year of college. I am also a seamstress, artist, hula hooping mama and model wanna be. I will say that I have so much going on that my house would not make it in a magazine, but we're having fun, enjoying life and each other. My daughters also have their own blogs which are posted in my sidebar. The 17 year old has a fashion blog, and the 9 year old has a sewing and crafting blog.

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com
www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

Fallan said...

This is cool! I might try this!

Amy said...

These are cute!! I have seen these before and thought they would be fun to make. Thanks for sharing!

Jenna said...

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Nesty Girl said...

Hi There!

Your baskets are beautiful!

I'm visiting from NFF. Have a great weekend!

Domestic Nerd said...

These are beautiful, you are quite creative! Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm following you back :)

Terrell said...

I'm visiting from NFF and love your creations! I'm having a link party and would love it if you linked them up!! I'm your newest follower of your delightful blog!
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Shelli @ Style Ingenuity said...

Hi There!

Visiting from Boost My Blog Friday and I absolutely love these baskets! Now following you through Google Connect.

Stop by and visit my blog at www.styleingenuity.com.

- Shelli :)

NancyC said...

Thanks--I've been wanting to know how to make one of these!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Very cute!!

Thanks for linking up!

Tere said...

They look awesome.....would make cute Easter Baskets for the kiddoes! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

Tere said...

Thanks for sharing your awesome tutorial at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

MessyMissy said...

Thanks for the tutorial!! Those baskets look great!!

Tere said...

Congrats! You are a favorite this week at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

Ashley said...

Very cute and great use of left over fabric. Thanks for linking up!

Anonymous said...

I would like to exchange links with your site handmadebyannabelle.blogspot.com
Is this possible?

Annabelle said...

Hi Anonymous,

Yes, I'd love to exchange links. Feel free to leave yours below and I'll add it to my HUGE and growing list!

Consultant Calamities said...

very creative! I love these!

funfunfun said...

Wow! Beautiful Baskets!
Following via Tara's Blog Hop. Would love to have you follow back.
http://funfritzfamily.blogspot.com/

Cinde said...

Following you from the Weekend Blog Hop. :)

Please follow back at http://www.freebiefairy.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Pink Dandy Chatter said...

my mom used to make these when I was growing up! love them!

I'm following you...Please stop by my blog hop:

http://pinkdandychatter.blogspot.com/2010/08/pink-dandy-sunday-blog-hop.html

Amy Meyer said...

Those are fabulous! I can't wait to try them!

jet said...

woooow you're smart, i have seen those bags on other sites too, but you're more smarter, because they said you must sew it.-S
and i thought toooo much work for me, so i love yours much more and i think i must give it a try too;-D
thank you of the how to and sharing!!!

Threeundertwo said...

I've made crocheted fabric baskets but these are much cuter and you can see the fabric pattern better. Thanks for the tute!

Kim said...

These are so cute--they'd make great gifts, too ;).

The DIY Show Off said...

Such a good idea! I've seen these but never how to make one. Thanks for the tips and linking to the Fall Festival! ;)

Happy Fall!

Roeshel

Jana said...

Oh, my goodness, thank you for sharing. Your blog is fabulous. I can't wait to make a basket. Jana www.adoctorandanurse.com

Alysha (Supermom) said...

How awesome are those baskets!!! Wow thanks for sharing and for joining Supermom. You rock. Hope you have a great weekend.

xo, Supermom Alysha

Mimi said...

Those baskets are beautiful & I have tons of fabric in my basement that would work.

I'm dropping by from the Over 40 Follow Friday.

www.ScreamingMimiBlog.com

Mimi

Creative Mish said...

These are so fun! and beautiful! Love them

The Tablescaper said...

Such beatiful baskets.

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Clara said...

Truly lovely.

Kathleen said...

Here from Seasonal Sundays. Your baskets are beautiful! I assume I should buy very thick cording??

Busy Working Mama said...

How cool! What a fun project!

Bonnie said...

I just saw this on {Made by Me} Wednesday. What a great way to use leftover fabric! I love the design and colors.

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Hi Annabelle. I love your rag bag project. A clever, unique and USEFUL project. Thank you for linking and sharing your baskets to the Boardwalk Bragfest!

Alicia said...

very cute!! i like them a lot :)

Moonangelnay said...

those look really cool! love the idea!

Best wishes!

Nay x

Moonangelnay Handmade Blog

Sarah C. said...

Fabulous! Thanks for sharing the "how to" and adding a link to {Made by Me} Wednesday! :)

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Mariel said...

So cute! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Tuesday - Saturday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

lulumusing said...

Terrific. I'm so glad you shared and made the process seem so simple.

Debi @ Adorned From Above said...

These are so cute.
Debi

Crystelle Boutique said...

How fun! I've always been curious as to how they made these... :)

Thanks for showing us!

hugs x
Crystelle
http://www.crystelleboutique.com

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I LOVE rag baskets...thank you for showing me how to make one....now if I could find the time!

Jenn said...

Love the rag baskets. I remember making those with my cousins when I was a kid. We did some kind of weaving and wrapping thing - can't remember.
Thanks for joining my link party!

Kammy's Korner said...

I would just LOVE to try this!!! I always have lots of scrap fabric.

Kerry said...

How creative! Great job!

TALU!

allisamazing said...

Your baskets are gorgeous!

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/12/Clever-Chicks-Blog-Hop-12.html



I hope you can make it!

Cheers,

Kathy Shea Mormino

The Chicken Chick

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow, these are super unique! thanks for sharing!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Very pretty!

Kim said...

okay . .now even I could do this!! Thanks for sharing! :)

Jill said...

Gorgeous baskets!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Jennifer said...

WOW~! These are AWESOME! Happy WW

Joyce Lansky said...

Great basket!

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/01/wordless-wednesday-millies-beehive-do.html

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sacra vim said...

Gorgeous baskets! Thanks for sharing your tips!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love these baskets! Very country!

Linda @ With A Blast said...

Pinned immediately! thank you for sharing this at the WEDNESDAY ADORNED FROM ABOVE Blog hop ;-)

sammysgrammy said...

Wow - that's a lot of comments and a lot of link-ups.
I haven't quite figured how to do the link-up thing.............

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!