Designer: Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.
Materials for One Basket:
- 3/4 yard green, pink, or aqua fabric (basket)
- 4 yards—12/32"-diameter cotton piping cord
- Quilting thread or sturdy cotton thread to match fabric
- Heavy-duty needle (such as chenille)
- Clothespins (optional)
Finished baskets: small: 5" diameter, 2-1/2" high; medium: 5-1/2" diameter, 2-1/2" high; large: 6-1/2" diameter, 3" high
Cut or tear green, pink, or aqua fabrics into 16–1-1/2"-wide strips (tearing the strips adds more texture to their edges).
1. Using diagonal seams (shown with black line), join short ends of two 1-1/2"-wide strips. Trim excess fabric, leaving 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam open. Repeat to sew together four strips total to make a pieced strip.
2. Repeat Step 1 to make four pieced strips total.
3. Fold and press each pieced strip in half lengthwise with wrong side inside to make four 3/4"-wide strings. To prevent tangling, wind each string into a small loop (about the size of your hand) and secure with a clothespin.
1. Sew end of cord to string about 1-1/2" from string end; trim cord end 1/4" beyond stitching.
2. Wrap string at an angle around trimmed end of cord to cover it.
3. Snuggly wrap string at an angle around length of cord, overlapping wraps by about half the width of the string, or about 3/8". Each string will cover 3–4 feet of cord.
TIP: Use a clothespin as a clamp to hold wraps in place whenever you need to stop. Add a new string onto working string when needed by joining string ends with diagonal seams as done before.
4. At end of desired length of cord, secure wrapped string in place by stitching the cord to the string as you did in the beginning (this prevents unraveling).