Making a rag basket is very rewarding. You can turn simple leftover fabric into a beautiful basket in a matter of hours. Use your old fabric - any fabric will work, but upholstery fabric works best. I love polka dots and tend to make quite a few with polka dot fabric. Although there are many methods for making rag baskets, I make my baskets by using hot glue, fabric, and cording.
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
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.
Sorry that I don't have any how-to pictures with this post, but the next time I make one, I'll update this post with pictures along the way. 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. I'll be making more and will change out the pictures so you can see more baskets.