Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Is there such a thing as too many baskets?

Hi Everyone,
I have been making little rag baskets for quite some time now and it seems to be an addiction!
Every night while languishing in front of the Telly, I have clothes line rope in lap with strips of fabric to wrap around the rope and sew together. It takes about 30 minutes to make a small basket without even thinking about it, but my hands are busy!

The baskets will be sold this Fall at our church bazaar.  There are many, many uses for such small, colorful baskets, one of which is to give as a gift with a little candy inside. 

Or almost anything inside. Maybe a piece of jewelry or something unusual, such as some ear plugs for swimming (or the T.V) or some fun pencil erasers. I'm sure you can help me out by telling me what YOU would put in one.

Never lose your thread again!

I even got carried away and made a giant one about 10 or 12 inches long. This one took a little time and I prefer the little ones actually.
To make a basket, just use cotton/poly clothes line wrapped with 1 inch wide strips of fabric. Don't worry about fraying..it IS a Rag Basket. Sew the coils together with quilting thread. You can shape the basket by having the coils slope gently outward or straight up. Attach handles. Very easy and quick. Happy crafting!

But....how many of these do you think we can sell? I have already make about 50! Perhaps I should move on to some other craft project.


  1. The concept of having too many baskets is as ridiculous as that of having too many flower-pots! There is no such thing.
    As to what I would keep in those baskets of yours - why, chillis, of course! Dried ones maybe.

  2. Love those little baskets, Egretta. They are so colorful. I am not sure that I would have the patience to make one, but perhaps I should try.

  3. How cute Egretta, love them.. full of color nice for different things... with love Janice

  4. I like Mark's first comment. Your baskets are really pretty. I like the idea of a little basket containing a heavily iced cupcake!