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Made using some rope and hot glue, these no-sew mini baskets are a fun way to store sewing supplies, washi tape, pens, and other miscellaneous small items.
A few weeks ago, I realised that I really needed some additional small storage containers to organise my craft supplies. Rather than spend money (or go outside, ew), I wanted to see if I could figure out a storage solution using supplies I already had.
After browsing Pinterest for ~inspiration~, I decided to make some no-sew baskets using a roll of sash cord I had sitting around in the shed. Here are some pictures of my finished baskets:
Now I’m kind of obsessed with making these little baskets. Here’s why:
- They’re easy to make. The only thing you need to know is how to use a hot glue gun.
- They’re relaxing to make. This is because, for the most part, you’re just looping the rope around and around. It’s the perfect craft project for when you want to completely switch off from thinking.
- These no-sew baskets are super useful for storing small things. I hate storing a bunch of small things in a large container because it means you spend forever rummaging for what you need. With these mini-baskets, it’s much easier to find whatever it is you’re looking for.
With that said, there is one main downside to these baskets. While they’re great for storing small, lightweight objects, they’re not much good for storing heavy objects, as the bottom gives way. If you need a basket to store heavy objects, grab a small plastic pot and follow this tutorial instead.
How to make easy no-sew mini storage baskets
To make your no-sew baskets, you will need:
- Rope. I used sash cord (which you can buy here) for the basket and jute rope for the handles.
- A hot glue gun and plenty of hot glue sticks. You can get a cheap hot glue gun + glue stick combo here.
- A glass jar in a size of your choosing (you can just use a food or storage jar – you will get it back unharmed at the end!)
To decorate your no-sew baskets, you will need:
- A rectangle of drop cloth, one per basket, and a rectangle of burlap, one per basket.
- Iron-on transfer paper (get some affordable transfer paper here).
- This PDF, which contains the images I used on the front of my baskets. I found the first image on Wikimedia Commons, while the second is from The Graphics Fairy.
To begin, apply a small amount of glue to the end of your rope. Curl it around until it creates a small circle, like so:
Continue to curl the rope around itself, applying plenty of hot glue as you go. Don’t worry about the glue looking messy. As this is the bottom of the basket, you won’t even see it!
Once your base is as wide as your jar, rest the jar on top of the rope.
Then, wrap the rope up and around the jar. Apply plenty of hot glue to the rope as you go.
As you’ll need to remove the jar once you’re finished, it’s important to prevent the jar from sticking to the rope. You can do this by:
- Making sure you only put the hot glue on the rope, never on the jar itself.
- Taking the time to remove/shuffle the jar around as you go. This prevents any excess glue from drying on it.
Keep wrapping the rope around the jar until you’ve almost reached the desired height.
Now it’s time to make the handles!
Cut a 10cm/4″ (approx) piece of jute rope. Apply glue to one end of the rope and stick it to the inside of your basket. Loop the jute rope around and glue it at the other end, like so:
Repeat on the opposite side to create two handles.
Next, apply a generous amount of glue to the main rope (the white one). Glue it over the top of your handles. Press firmly to ensure everything is nice and secure.
Once your basket has reached the desired height, tuck the ‘tail’ of the rope on the inside of the basket, gluing it to secure it (see above).
So concludes the construction of the basket. Now it’s time to give it a bit of a facelift…basketlift? Whatever, we’re gonna make it pretty.
Decorating your no-sew basket
Print this PDF on to iron-on paper. Following the instructions included with your iron-on paper, use your iron to transfer the image to a rectangle of drop cloth.
Next, use your hot glue gun to glue the drop cloth to a rectangle of burlap, like so:
Finally, use your hot glue gun (damn, this thing is getting a workout) to glue the image to the basket.
Your no-sew baskets are complete.
If you want a neater look, you can always trim the excess thread. I liked it a bit messy.
Save me for later!