Someone did a HUGE favor for me so I thought a homemade thank you gift was in order. I looked through my Pinterest board and found a lovely basket I thought would fit the bill nicely. The basket is unique and easy to mail. It can be used in many ways such as a vase, candy basket or an organizer.
I used to make bracelets with gum wrappers using this same method. With any luck I could get hold of Fruit Stripe gum. In my mind, it was the best tasting gum and it had the best bracelet colors. Win, win!
I hope you enjoy making this fun gum wrapper style basket!
20-(2 1/2″x WOF) (width of fabric) fabric strips, your color choice
80 yds. 1/2″ wide fusible webbing tape or 1 1/4 yd. Heat N Bond webbing by the yard, cut into 1/2″ strips
Miscellaneous supplies: iron, clips or clothespins, pins, thread or thin cord
1)The tedious part is first: we have to get the fabric strips ready for weaving. Begin by folding one fabric strip in half lengthwise and press. Open the fabric strip and fuse bonding tape onto each long edge. Remove release paper.
2)Fold each long edge inward to meet in the center (where the ironed line is) and press to fuse, following manufacturer’s instructions.
3)Fuse another strip of bonding tape onto one long edge, getting as close to the edge as possible. Remove release paper. Fold in half lengthwise and press to fuse, again following manufacturer’s instructions. Do this to all 20 strips to prepare for weaving.
4)The boring stuff is over. Time to start weaving. First, lay 10 strips going one way and then weave 10 strips into them in the traditional over and under method, trying to weave directly in the center. I used a measuring tape to help me out here. Tighten weave as much as you can bringing all strips close to each other. When this is nice and tight, using your thread or thin cord, weave around the edge of this centered square. I did this twice to ensure a tight basket bottom. It will be removed later; it’s just used to keep the bottom secure until the sides are done.
5) Each side has 10 fabric strips. Start weaving by dividing half the strips on one side to the left and half to the right. Cross the two center strips and start weaving at a diagonal. You will probably have to weave a couple off to the right then a couple off to the left in order to keep the side building up tightly. Weave up as far as you would like to go, leaving some for tucking under at the top. My sides were approximately 9″ tall. You may prefer a shorter basket. Your side will have a point at the bottom (this is actually the basket corner). Tighten and clip or pin at the top. Repeat these steps for the other three sides to form four basket corners.
6)Now the corners are complete. The next step is to weave each section to the one next to it keeping the over and under pattern. Remember–your weaving is forming at a diagonal. Connect all weaving together. Tighten and pull strips up as needed.
7)To fasten off the basket at the top, tuck ends down through the weaving on the inside of the basket to form little points. Be sure to fold the strip down through the loop as shown in the picture. I wove my ends in and out of about three strips to hold securely. Cut off ends of weaving strips.
8)At this point, even though your basket should hold up just fine, you may choose to place a drop of fabric glue or strong glue in the top loops. Hold with a clip while drying.
9)Remove the thread or string used in step 4 to hold the basic square of weaving together. You are done!
I loved making this basket (once I had the strips prepared)! After making the first one, I also thought it would definitely get faster with each new basket. How fun it would be to experiment with different colors and fabrics. Enjoy!