A Tisket A Tasket A New Shopping Basket

A Tisket A Tasket.  Time for a new shopping basket!

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My jar of strings is overflowing.  I still can’t believe how quickly these accumulate when cutting.  It’s a lot of fabric!

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To make this basket will require about 3 skeins of ‘End of Day’ Quiltters cotton rope.  I’m using a vintage Zig Zag machine today.  It’s a Japanese Brother machine from the 1960s with some elements of a Singer 15.  Heavy and strong.  This is also a good opportunity to use up some old overlocking thread.  Loving this blue thread!

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Begin slowly making a coil. Sew 17 rounds.

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Tip the round so that it is perpendicular to the machine.  Carefully sew the next couple of rounds to change the orientation of the basket.

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Keep sewing rounds.

Make sure to keep the basket as steady and straight as possible whilst adding each extra round.

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So far this is two skeins.  I need to wrap some more!

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Add about 24 rounds.  Then add another 12 or so rounds increasing tension on each new round to gradually reduce the overall lumen / size of the basket opening.

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To make the handles.  Allowing an 8″ opening and a 12″ length of fabric wrapped rope create the handles equidistant on both sides of the basket.

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Ensure that you are sewing at right angles to the basket so that the handles stand erect and are aesthetically pleasing,  continue sewing for 5 rounds around each handle.  This is a little fiddly.   Dont worry. Just take your time.

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Allow about an extra metre or so if you woul like to add a ” Love” message to your basket.  This will need to be hand stitched in place.  Use a double thread.  This is a nice deep basket.  Excellent for holding long items or bottles!  I’m taking this one shopping! 😀

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