27 March 2011

Woven Fabric Basket

I made a tiny little woven basket today out of old scraps of my indigo dyed fabric. Below are photos of the steps I followed. 

First I cut 1cm wide strips of my fabric (with interfacing for stability) and laid them on a flat piece of paper. I then wove the strips under and over to create the base.

So that my base held its stability i then ironed a rectangle of thick interfacing on the back. It could also be stitched if you wanted. 

I then started weaving my first strip around the base of the basket. I used a bit of fabric glue to hold it in a few spots so it was easier to get started. 

Because the fabric wasn't overly stiff it made it a bit hard to get the edges to stand up. I had to add a few more dots of glue in a few places so I could work faster.

I then kept weaving strip after strip around the sides to build up the walls.

Once I'd made the walls of the basket as high as I wanted I folded some of the top strips down and cut some of them back. 

The photo above makes the edge look a bit messy so I decided it needed an edge to neaten it up. I cut a wide strip of dark indigo fabric and applied lots of glue. I then simply folded it over the edge of the basket.

I neatened up the dark edge on the pic above and so the finished basket is below. 

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