Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another Fabric Basket

Here is a second fabric basket/bowl that I made recently (see earlier post here). This time I made it with all of my selvage trimmings from fabrics I've used. (Never did know quite why I was saving all those, but now I have a use for them!)

It was a lot of fun to make this basket, because the fabric strips were just chosen randomly, no color planning went into it at all.

Usually, strips a little wider, say 3/4" are best to make these baskets. And since I am fairly stingy when it comes to cutting off my selvages, many of my strips were more like 1/2". But that only meant that I had to use a few more strips.

Here is a close-up that shows some of the printing and the "color dots" that appear on the selvage.

And here's another close-up. You can see letters quite clearly here.

Now, this clothesline is available for purchase in a few different sizes. It ranges from about-enough-for-a-basket-with-some-left-over to GREAT-BIG-LONG.

And the clothesline doesn't come in a nice, easy skein (as in yarn). It's just a big loop, and that can get fairly hard to handle at times. After sorting out this 200-foot mess a couple times, I knew that I had to do something about it.
Thank goodness the FedEx man had just left a package that day, and I used the box to make a sort of spool on which to wind my clothesline. It's nothing fancy, but it works pretty well. At least it's not some long snake of a thing getting all wound around itself.

I can't wait to make more baskets now! I'd like to try something in an oval shape.


  1. Great basket - I like how the selvage bits look in there!

  2. I love that you used selvages and so randomly too. I haven't tried one of these baskets yet, but I've seen a few of them and I love them.

  3. Thanks for the comments! The baskets are super-easy and very fun to do.

  4. Nice basket! I love the effect you get when you place the colors randomly. Great job.