Easter is such a welcome holiday -- usually the beginning, and always a celebration of spring. Making this rag basket is a perfect way to get ready for the season and you can even use up your fabric scraps!
Things You Need
6 feet of heavy cotton piping 36 inches of smaller cotton piping Assorted strips of fabric Large needle Heavy quilting or button thread
Purchase precut 2 1/2-inch strips or cut your own scraps into strips 2 1/2-inch wide and approximately 21 inches long with a mat and roller cutter. Use a variety of colors and patterns to match your taste.
Sew Strips Together
Sew strips together in groups of four, which is about all you can handle as you wrap the cord. Use a 1/4-inch seam and alternate patterns and colors.
Anchor Strips to Cord
Fold the end of one strip in half and sew a seam across the end. Turn, insert the end of the cotton piping and sew closed.
Wrap Fabric Around Cord
With the strip folded in half, begin wrapping the fabric around the heavy cord. Hold tightly in place and overlap the edges by about half of the width of the strip.
Add Strips as You Go
Sew additional strips together as you reach the end of each one. This avoids the tangled mess of fabric you would have if you were working with the entire length of strips at one time. When you reach the end of the cord, sew the fabric to the cord and this will keep the fabric from unraveling.
Coil the wrapped cord and stitch together as you go. Use a large needle and a thimble to push the thread through the cord.
Turn Up the Side
Continue sewing and turning the coil until you have about seven rounds. Transfer the cord to the top of the coil and sew down through the cord for the first row.
Build the Side
Continue building the sides until you reach the end of the cord. Lap the end cord over the side and sew in place.
Make the Handle
Wrap the smaller 36-inch cord with the fabric strips in the same manner. Fold this cord in half and tack together along the length. Sew in place at each side to form the handle.