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.
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!
Simple Crochet Pattern for Crochet Drink Cozies 6-5-13 (Last Updated)
I posted my pattern last week for the Red White & Blue Drink Cozy which is a super easy pattern to make. This week I've been making the same drink cozies but with different yarn and appliques. Here are a few to give you some ideas of what you can make for your own home:
I have a few of these in my ETSY shop if you'd like to take a peek.
If you want to give it a try, I have drafted the instructions below for crocheting a basket. Hook - 4.0 Yarn - I used 100% cotton. But if you want a really sturdy basket, use 2 strands of 100% cotton or something heavier like wool.
Once you get the bottom finished, single stitch all the way around, but only grab the back loop of the row. You will soon see that grabbing the back loop only makes the bottom ridge and begins the sides of the basket.
If this is your first basket, you may choose to make it in one color instead of switching colors as I have done. If you do decide to switch colors, there isn't any magic to this, just change colors when you think it will look best.
Single stitch all the way around, grabbing both loops and keep going. Do not slip stitch -- just keep going until you get the height you want.
It's really that easy!
Hope this helps and good luck on your first basket!
Slip stitch with beginning of row (do not add any ss here)
Continue with ss in each stitch
1 row of double stitches
2 rows of single stitches
Wrap yarn or ribbon around the center - (Shhh: Don't tell on me, but I used hot glue to glue the beginning and end of the string onto the bracelet.)
I'll be adding these to my ETSY shop if you'd rather I make them for you.
Creative Ideas: Use a different color for the center wrapped yarn; Use some jewelry pieces in the band; Use some buttons; Use the colors of the season (IE: red, white, and blue like these); Use your imagination !!