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DIY Fabric and Rope Easter Basket

Have you ever wanted to give a really special Easter basket to someone?  I’ve bought new baskets over the years, hoping to achieve a personalized look, but I needed to make one myself to get the look that I really wanted.

DIY Fabric and Rope Easter Basket

The only problem was that I had no idea how to do that.  Then, I found a bunch of tutorials on Pinterest, like this one, showing how to make a fabric and rope Easter basket.  Perfect!  I made a few adjustments and made one too!  Instead of sewing everything, I used a glue gun.  I wish I had a sewing machine that could sew rope, but using a glue gun makes this project doable by most adults.  No kids though, because hot glue is nobody’s friend.  Just ask my fingerprints.  LOL!

DIY Fabric and Rope Easter Basket supplies

For my basket I used: 1 yard of material, 1 bag of Cotton Filler 6/32 Inch Cord – 10 yards.  Rotary Cutter: if you don’t have any, just use scissors. If you’re using a rotary cutter, make sure you have a self healing cutting mat, or you’ll get some permanent designs in your table as an unwanted result. You’ll also need a glue gun and probably 4 or 5 glue sticks.

I use a 45mm rotary cutter with a pinking blade just so these pieces would have pinked edges.  Pinked edges is not necessary, but a rotary cutter is super helpful.  

Cutting Fabric for the DIY Fabri and Rope Easter Basket

I cut my pieces into 2″ strips, but I think they could have been even thinner.  It’s really up to you.  Honestly, you can’t mess this up, so don’t spend too much time worrying about it.  Just jump in and get started!

Sewing Easter Basket Material for the DIY Fabri and Rope Easter Basket

This part isn’t mandatory but if I make another basket, I’ll still do it.  After I cut out the pieces of fabric to 2″, I picked about five or six strips and sewed them together. It allowed me to just grab a strip, wrap, glue and move on.  Don’t make them too long though because super long pieces can make it more difficult to wrap while gluing.

Fabric for Rope Easter Basket

I might have made a few too many.  LOL!  Well, this will definitely make more than one Easter basket, so I’m set there!

If you’re looking for an affordable sewing machine that does a great job…

I recommend the Brother CS6000i.  It’s affordable, light weight and has easy markings that help you locate measurements.  Plus, it has a removable table for quilts and other large projects.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  I just love it!  It’s has made me a more confident sewist and as a beginner, I needed that boost of confidence! (I bought it after this post though, here I was making my Brother embroidery machine work double duty for me.  The embroidery machine is great too, but it’s heavy.)

Cover rope end for Rope Easter Basket

I’d say that the most important part of this whole project is covering the cut ends.  So, make sure they are covered well.

The first one will be for the center inside of the basket, so you want that to look as good as possible.  If you can cover it starting at an angle, that’s best, because you want to wrap the rope at an angle.

Fabric wrapping rope for Rope Easter Basket

Wrapping at an angle will help you cover more of the rope, faster.  If you find that yours doesn’t look perfect, then you’re in good company, mine doesn’t either!  Don’t worry about it.  It’s going to turn out just fine and if it doesn’t, add more fabric, more glue or some embellishments.  It’s not a big deal.  This ends up having a shabby chic look and I’m sure that whoever you give yours to will love it!

Fabric wrapping rope for Rope Easter Basket

You just wrap and glue and wrap and glue until you get to the end.  You will need to cover the end of the rope, just like you did when we started.

Fabric wrapped rope for Rope Easter Basket

Finally.  Now we can start building the basket!

Forming the Basket

Fabric wrapped rope for Rope Easter Basket

Do your best to make a tight circle while gluing the insides of the fabric covered rope as you roll.  If you have some finger protection for glue guns, wear it.  There’s a reason for the saying, “I craft.  Therefore, I have no fingerprints.”

Rolled rope center for Rope Easter Basket

I think it looks pretty already.

Rolled rope center for Rope Easter Basket

After creating a base of about 8 circles wide, I started creating the sides of the basket.  When you’re ready, simply begin gluing the fabric wrapped rope on top of the most outward layer.

Creating basket base for Rope Easter Basket

Keep going up and gluing until you’re close to the end of the rope.  Yeah, my glue gets everywhere.  I’m not a neat gluer, or is it gluist?  LOL!

Creating sides for Rope Easter Basket

It’s almost finished!

Creating handle for Rope Easter Basket

At this point, I cut off part of the rope and covered each raw end with fabric.  I glued the loose end to the inside of the basket.  Next, I glued the handle sides too.  By the way, these are my favorite scissors.  They are tough enough to handle a variety of jobs and can still cut paper well too.  I’ve been using them since 2010.  They rock!

DIY Fabric and Rope Easter Basket

This pretty basket is for my daughter who is away at college.  She usually can’t get home for Easter due to exams, so this is a way that I can share the wonderful day with her.  Try making one of these baskets!  Pick your favorite fabrics and colors, add candy, and share it with someone special this Easter!

DIY Fabric and Rope Easter Basket

I’d love to see your finished baskets!  Will you leave me a link to them in the comments or on my Facebook page?  I’m excited to see what you make!

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